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Advanced Thin-Film Technique Could Deliver Long-Lasting Medication

August 5, 2014 3:23 pm | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | News | Comments

About one in four older adults suffers from chronic pain. Many of those people take medication, usually as pills. But this is not an ideal way of treating pain: Patients must take medicine frequently, and can suffer side effects, since the...

Codman Neuro Launches New Envoy Guiding Catheters

August 5, 2014 2:59 pm | by Codman Neuro | News | Comments

Codman Neuro, part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of the ENVOY DA XB Distal Access Guiding Catheter and the 7F ENVOY Guiding Catheter for neurovascular procedures. The announcement was made at...

World’s Smallest Propeller Could Be Used for Microscopic Medicine

August 5, 2014 2:54 pm | by Kevin Hattori, American Technion Society | News | Comments

If you thought that the most impressive news in shrinking technology these days was smart watches, think again. Scientists are quietly toiling in their laboratories to create robots that are only nanometers – billionths of a meter – in length...

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Photos of the Day: Bottling Ultrasound Imaging

August 5, 2014 11:08 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a technique for generating acoustic bottles in open air that can bend the paths of sound waves along prescribed convex...

Bottling Up Sound Waves

August 5, 2014 11:03 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

There's a new wave of sound on the horizon carrying with it a broad scope of tantalizing potential applications, including advanced ultrasonic imaging and therapy, acoustic cloaking, and levitation and particle manipulation. Researchers with...

Surprise Discovery Could See Graphene Used to Improve Health

August 5, 2014 10:47 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

A chance discovery about the 'wonder material' graphene – already exciting scientists because of its potential uses in electronics, energy storage and energy generation – takes it a step closer to being used in medicine and human health...

Researchers Determine Why Tendons Break Down with Age

August 5, 2014 10:36 am | by Queen Mary, University of London | News | Comments

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London have identified differences in the proteins present in young and old tendons, in new research that could guide the development of treatments to stop tissue breakdown from occurring. Tendon structure...

Speedier Diagnosis of Diseases Likely Thanks to New DNA Analysis Technique

August 5, 2014 10:34 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

Researchers from McGill University and the Génome Québec Innovation Centre have achieved a technical breakthrough that should result in speedier diagnosis of cancer and various pre-natal conditions. The key discovery, which is described online...

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Hip Replacement Surgery Is on the Rebound

August 5, 2014 10:26 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The hip replacement market is beginning to recover from the global recession and controversies surrounding metal-on-metal implants, with procedure volumes growing and patient confidence at an all-time high, says an analyst with research and...

Technology Enables ALS Patients to Gain Greater Control of Their Lives

August 5, 2014 10:05 am | by Royal Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips and Accenture have announced that they have developed proof of concept software connecting a wearable display to Emotiv Insight Brainware that could ultimately give more independence to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...

Minuscule Chips for NMR Spectroscopy Promise Portability, Parallelization

August 4, 2014 4:06 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

A team of engineers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Schlumberger-Doll Research Center in Cambridge, Mass., and the University of Texas, Austin, have created a truly portable device for nuclear magnetic resonance...

Curbing Risk, Not Medical Innovation, in Personalized Medicine

August 4, 2014 3:55 pm | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., Director – Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA | Blogs | Comments

Innovative new tests are routinely submitted to the Food and Drug Administration to assure they are safe and effective. They include genetic tests that help oncologists decide whether a patient is a good candidate for a drug that treats melanoma...

Breaking Down the Regulation of LDTs: Moving Forward

August 4, 2014 3:29 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The letter stated that in order to move toward equal regulation, FDA should share its thinking on what it believes LDT regulation under FDCA should look like in practice, or how it plans to deregulate IVDs, by releasing its draft guidance...

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Blood and Saliva Tests Help Predict Return of HPV-Linked Oral Cancers

August 4, 2014 3:08 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Physicians at Johns Hopkins have developed blood and saliva tests that help accurately predict recurrences of HPV-linked oral cancers in a substantial number of patients. The tests screen for DNA fragments of the human papillomavirus (HPV)...

Self-Assembling Anti-Cancer Molecules Created in Minutes

August 4, 2014 3:03 pm | by University of Warwick | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a simple and versatile method for making artificial anti-cancer molecules that mimic the properties of one of the body's natural defense systems. The chemists, led by Professor Peter Scott at the University of Warwick...

See-Through Organs and Bodies Will Accelerate Biomedical Discoveries

August 4, 2014 2:55 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

The ability to see through organs and even the entire body to visualize long-range connections between cells as well as fine-grained cellular structures has been a long-time dream of biologists. A study published by Cell Press July 31st in...

FDA Clearance of ElMindA’s BNA Analysis System

August 4, 2014 2:24 pm | by ElMindA | News | Comments

ElMindA Ltd. announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the company’s BNA Analysis System for the assessment of brain function. Brain Network Activity (BNA) combines non-invasive, multi-channel EEG...

Implanted Neurons Become Part of the Brain

August 4, 2014 2:19 pm | by Université du Luxembourg | News | Comments

Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have grafted neurons reprogrammed from skin cells into the brains of mice for the first time with long-term stability. Six months after implantation...

Smartphones as a Health Tool for Older Adults

August 4, 2014 11:02 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya BarcelonaTech (UPC) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is creating a smartphone app that will help older adults to understand their state of health and develop...

Researchers Make Cancer Glow

August 4, 2014 10:43 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

The best way to cure most cases of cancer is to surgically remove the tumor. The Achilles heel of this approach, however, is that the surgeon may fail to extract the entire tumor, leading to a local recurrence. With a new technique, researchers...

23andMe Receives Over $1.3 Million in Funding from NIH

August 4, 2014 10:23 am | by 23andMe Inc. | News | Comments

23andMe, the leading personal genetics company, has received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a grant totaling $1,367,504 for a two-year project to support the further development of 23andMe's web-based database and research engine...

GEARing Technology for Developing Markets

August 4, 2014 10:16 am | by Eric Brown, MIT Industrial Liaison Program | News | Comments

Several years ago, as a graduate student at MIT, Amos Winter spent a summer in Tanzania surveying wheelchair technology. What he found was a disconnect between products and the lives of their customers. “You had normal wheelchairs that...

Tecan Acquires IBL International to Offer Integrated Solution for Specialty Diagnostics

August 4, 2014 10:05 am | by Tecan Group | News | Comments

The Tecan Group has announced the acquisition of IBL International as an important strategic step to support Tecan's evolution into a solutions business with a higher share of recurring revenues. IBL International is a leading company in the...

U.S. to Remain World’s Leading Diagnostic X-Ray Systems Market by 2020

August 4, 2014 9:36 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The U.S. diagnostic X-ray systems market value will grow from $694 million in 2012 to approximately $1.1 billion by 2020, at a moderate Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.1%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The...

Siemens Unveils New Chemistry and Immunoassay Systems at AACC 2014

August 4, 2014 9:26 am | by Siemens Healthcare | News | Comments

Siemens Healthcare introduces the ADVIA Chemistry XPT System1 and ADVIA Centaur XPT Immunoassay System2 at the 2014 AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo, Chicago, July 27-31. The newest in the company’s portfolio of chemistry and... 

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