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Examining the Physician Office Lab Market: Japan and Global Overview

November 7, 2014 3:07 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Japan’s highly centralized healthcare system has not left much room for physician office testing, outside of a sizeable physician office laboratory (POL) flu testing market. Epidemic and pandemic influenza strains in Asia significantly increased the need...

Single Blood Drop Diagnostics Key to Resolving Healthcare Challenges

November 7, 2014 2:17 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

At TEDMED 2014, President and CEO of Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, talked about the importance of enabling early detection of disease through new diagnostic tools and empowering individuals to make educated decisions about their healthcare...

Bedside Ultrasound a Major Game Changer

November 7, 2014 1:45 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Resa Lewiss, Director of Point-of-Care Ultrasound and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, explains why and how ultrasound at the bedside has become a game changer for clinical care...

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DARPA Speeds Funding for New Biotech

November 7, 2014 1:33 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

Many businesses and academic researchers wishing to pursue cutting-edge research ideas with government support lack the resources to navigate the burdensome paperwork requirements required to win federal grants or contracts. DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office...

GPS Device Tracks Athletes' Performance

November 7, 2014 1:08 pm | by Eric Olson, AP College Football Writer | News | Comments

Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong Jr. was running play after play during a preseason practice and was beginning to wear down in the heat. He could have asked for a break, but he didn't have to. An assistant strength coach who was keeping electronic ...

Shape-Shifting Micro Muscles Will Pump You Up

November 7, 2014 12:42 pm | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

First of their kind, self-assembling particle chains may serve as muscles for futuristic tiny robots. This breakthrough has Michigan Engineers pumped up. They have demonstrated the ability to extend and retract—flex—nanoscale colloidal fibers ...

Orthopedic Patients Avoid Falls with 'Therapy Car'

November 7, 2014 12:33 pm | by Virginia Mason Hospital | News | Comments

A “therapy car” developed at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center is being used by its physical and occupational therapists to help patients recovering from hip and knee replacement surgery simulate getting in and out of a real vehicle...

The Key to Mending Broken Hearts

November 7, 2014 10:58 am | by Salk Institute | News | Comments

Researchers at the Salk Institute have healed injured hearts of living mice by reactivating long dormant molecular machinery found in the animals’ cells, a finding that could help pave the way to new therapies for heart disorders in humans. The new results...

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Wearable Device Tracks Diet

November 7, 2014 10:38 am | by University of Alabama | News | Comments

Sensors and software used to track physical activity are increasingly popular, as smart phones and their apps become more powerful and sophisticated, but, when it comes to food, they all rely on the user to report meals. Dr. Edward Sazonov, an associate...

Parkinson's Disease Created in a Dish

November 7, 2014 10:19 am | by New York Stem Cell Foundation | News | Comments

A team of scientists led by The New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute successfully created a human stem cell disease model of Parkinson's disease in a dish. Studying a pair of identical (monozygotic) twins, one affected and one unaffected with Parkinson's disease...

Groundbreaking Diagnostics Approach

November 7, 2014 9:59 am | by Cambridge Consultants | News | Comments

Product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants is working with Singapore-based start-up Endofotonics on a groundbreaking endoscopic instrument development to improve pre-cancer diagnosis. It’s the world’s first device to give clinicians real-time...

Dyson Awards Low Cost Incubator for Premature Babies

November 7, 2014 9:54 am | by Dyson | News | Comments

Over one in ten babies worldwide are born prematurely. According to the World Health Organization, 75% of deaths resulting from premature birth could be avoided if inexpensive treatments were more readily available across the globe. This year’s James Dyson Award winner...

Opening the Door to Nonpharmacological Treatment Options with Neurological Devices

November 7, 2014 7:30 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Devices under the umbrella of the neurological market cover an array of purposes, including management and treatment of disorders, as well as surgical and interventional procedures. Some of the most exciting devices are those used in neuromodulation...

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Will ‘Outsiders’ Overtake the Medical Device Industry?

November 6, 2014 4:37 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

The real variable that makes companies like Google and Apple a threat to the more established medical device players (well, besides a big bankroll) is the experience and mindset they have. These are consumer companies who have been extremely...

Tear Fluid Sensor Offers Non-Invasive Glucose Monitoring

November 6, 2014 2:05 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

NovioSense BV has announced the issuance by the European Patent Office of a patent that discloses a wireless flexible spring like sensor for detection of glucose levels in tear fluid. This invention contributes to the non-invasive near field...

Nanodiamonds Created from Graphite Could Lead to Advanced Biosensors

November 6, 2014 11:21 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

What began as research into a method to strengthen metals has led to the discovery of a new technique that uses a pulsing laser to create synthetic nanodiamond films and patterns from graphite, with potential applications from biosensors to...

Chinese Factory Churns Out 6,000 Ebola Suits a Day

November 6, 2014 11:11 am | by Zhang Weiqun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Far from the Ebola hot zone, the sewing and gluing machines at a factory in China have been whirring more than usual to produce crucial yellow suits that protect the front-line medics more than 11,000 kilometers (7,000 miles) away in West Africa...

India Startup to Improve Effectiveness of MRI Technology

November 6, 2014 11:00 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Officials at an Indian life sciences startup based on a Purdue University innovation say their company could improve the results of MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a technique used at hospitals for medical diagnoses. David Thompson, president...

Device Sorts Cancer Cells in Blood to Predict Spread

November 6, 2014 10:36 am | by University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | News | Comments

For most cancer patients, primary tumors are often not the most deadly. Instead, it is the metastatic tumors - tumors that spread from their original location to other parts of the body - that are the cause of most cancer deaths. The catalysts behind...

Might Your Phone Determine Your State of Mental Health?

November 6, 2014 10:25 am | by Acoustical Society of America | News | Comments

Imagine this scenario: You've been feeling persistently blue lately, so you pull out your phone. Instead of asking Siri to tell you a joke, though, you open an app that records you simply talking about your day. A few hours later, your therapist sends...

Device Brings a Breath of Fresh Air to Heart Failure Diagnosis

November 6, 2014 9:49 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Paramedics respond to a 911 call to find an elderly patient who’s having difficulty breathing. Anxious and disoriented, the patient has trouble remembering all the medications he’s taking, and with his shortness of breath, speaking is difficult. Is he suffering from acute emphysema or heart failure?

Diagnosing Infectious Diseases with a Handheld POC Device

November 6, 2014 9:30 am | by OJ Bio | News | Comments

The successful development of new platform technology for the rapid point of care (POC) diagnosis of flu and other respiratory conditions has widespread potential for the detection of a wide range of other infectious diseases. Supported by Innovate...

Simple, yet Sensitive Magnetometer Could Offer Advances in Medical Imaging

November 5, 2014 5:12 pm | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | News | Comments

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an innovative magnetometer that can replace conventional technology in applications such as neuroimaging, mineral exploration and molecular diagnostics. Its manufacturing costs are between...

Analysis Predicts Blindness from AMD

November 5, 2014 5:02 pm | by Stanford University Medical Center | News | Comments

Stanford University School of Medicine scientists have found a new way to forecast which patients with age-related macular degeneration are likely to suffer from the most debilitating form of the disease. The new method predicts, on a personalized...

Hydrogel Offers Applications in Drug Delivery, Tissue Repair

November 5, 2014 4:54 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

A novel jelly-like substance developed by Kansas State University researchers was recently issued a U.S. patent. The substance may be used for biomedical applications, ranging from cell culture and drug delivery to repairing and replacing tissue...

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