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Genetic Testing in Kids Is Fraught with Complications

July 2, 2015 3:30 pm | by University of Utah Health Sciences | News | Comments

A woman coping with the burden of familial breast cancer can't help but wonder if her young daughter will suffer the same fate. Has she inherited the same disease-causing mutation? Is it best to be prepared for the future, or to wait? During the last...

Your Smartphone Could One Day Tell You You're Pregnant

July 2, 2015 9:27 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Researchers at the Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT), University of Hanover, Germany...

Medical Innovation Competition Pits Country Against Country

July 1, 2015 3:19 pm | by Omar Benavides, Ph.D., Senior Product Development Engineer, Procyrion, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Culled from a pool of more than 280 high-quality submissions from 34 countries, 17 of the most...

Powering Implantable Devices with Humidity

July 1, 2015 2:31 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Researchers have developed a technique that can be employed to generate motion/power in humid...

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An Alternative to Traditional Invasive Autopsy

July 1, 2015 9:19 am | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust have introduced an alternative method to diagnose the cause of death, which in many cases can replace the need for the traditional invasive autopsy...

Microarray Device Makes Chemotherapy More Personalized and Efficient

June 30, 2015 3:50 pm | by University of Florida Health | News | Comments

Two University of Florida researchers have invented a device that makes chemotherapy treatments more personalized, efficient and affordable. The miniaturized platform, known as a microarray, uses patients’ cancer cells to test various doses...

'Fingerprinting' Our Sense of Smell

June 30, 2015 12:14 pm | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

Each of us has, in our nose, about six million smell receptors of around four hundred different types. The distribution of these receptors varies from person to person - so much so that each person's sense of smell may be unique. In research...


App-Based Ultrasound Solution Introduced

June 30, 2015 9:56 am | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips announced the introduction of Lumify, its first App-Based Ultrasound solution that will extend the reach of ultrasound applications across the health continuum using mobile technology. Unveiled at this week’s Social Media and...

A Step Closer to a Blood Test for Lung Cancer

June 30, 2015 9:50 am | by Valley Health System | News | Comments

The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ, is pleased to announce that two of its oncologists and a research scientist are helping pave the way to an easier, more accurate, less invasive way to screen for the most common form of lung cancer...

Atomic Force Microscope Spies On Live Cancer Cells

June 30, 2015 9:12 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers who developed a high-speed form of atomic force microscopy have shown how to image the physical properties of live breast cancer cells, for the first time revealing details about how deactivation of a key protein may lead to metastasis...

Pinpointing the Onset of Metastasis

June 29, 2015 3:46 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor, R&D | Articles | Comments

Within the oncology community, a debate is raging about two controversial topics. The first is overdiagnosis. According to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal, some leading cancer experts say that zealous screening is finding ever-smaller...

Verifying the Accuracy of the Rapid Ebola Test

June 29, 2015 2:09 pm | by Tulane University | News | Comments

A new finger prick rapid Ebola test co-developed by Tulane University researchers is as accurate as traditional lab testing for the disease, according to an independent study published in the British medical journal The Lancet. Instead of taking days...


Detecting Illegal Drugs from a Single Fingerprint

June 29, 2015 12:00 pm | by Sheffield Hallam University | News | Comments

An innovative technology pioneered by Sheffield Hallam University academics can detect the presence of a range of illegal and designer drugs from a single fingerprint, which could be a valuable new tool in bringing drug dealers and other...

'Lifelike' Cell Culture Screens Chemicals for Cancer-Causing Effects

June 29, 2015 10:42 am | by Dan Krotz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

The vast majority of the thousands of chemicals in our homes and workplaces have not been tested to determine if they cause cancer. That’s because today’s options are lacking. Rodent tests are too slow, and cell culture tests don’t replicate...

Infographic: How STEM Education is Revolutionizing Biology, Health & Medicine

June 29, 2015 9:58 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Bioinformatics is the careful application of computers and statistics to the field of biology. It includes things such as machine learning and computing at high rate of performance in order to help solve biological problems. Currently, computational...

Wearable Medical Devices and End-to-End Healthcare

June 26, 2015 1:11 pm | by Dr. Mohan Kumar R., Vice President, Strategic Business, MegaChips Corporation (India), SIG for Disability & Internet of Things Steering Committee; Sri Chandrasekaran, Director, Standards & Technology, India; IEEE Standards Association | Blogs | Comments

Wearable, low-power medical devices hold the promise of vastly improving the efficiency and cost of end-to-end (E2E) healthcare delivery. While this is particularly true in developing countries, success in this burgeoning domain would benefit...

Computer Simulation Predicts Development, Progress of Pressure Sores

June 26, 2015 10:25 am | by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have devised a computational model that could enhance understanding, diagnosis and treatment of pressure ulcers related to spinal cord injury. In a report published online in PLOS...


DNA Shed from Head and Neck Tumors Detected in Blood and Saliva

June 26, 2015 9:15 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

On the hunt for better cancer screening tests, Johns Hopkins scientists led a proof of principle study that successfully identified tumor DNA shed into the blood and saliva of 93 patients with head and neck cancer. A report on the findings is...

Growing Neurons in 3D for Parkinson's Research

June 26, 2015 8:38 am | by University of Luxembourg | News | Comments

The progressive loss of neurons in the brain of Parkinson's patients is slow yet inexorable. So far, there are no drugs that can halt this insidious process. Researchers at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of...

New Breath Test for Pneumonia

June 25, 2015 10:54 am | by Manchester University | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Manchester are part of a team that has identified an important new approach to diagnose infections in critically ill patients rapidly and accurately. A study by colleagues in Salford and Manchester found...

Analyzing Thousands of DNA Samples in 30 Minutes

June 25, 2015 10:50 am | by Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg | News | Comments

A team of scientists including PhD student Friedrich Schuler from the Laboratory of MEMS Applications at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) of the University of Freiburg has developed a method for dividing a DNA sample...

Infographic: The Mobile Health Industry Is Booming

June 25, 2015 9:10 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The use of modern technologies for health-related applications is on the rise. The continued miniaturization of components and reduced manufacturing costs are helping to push mobile health into the mainstream. Indeed, the industry is projected...

New Device 'Eavesdrops' on Chemical Signals within Cells

June 24, 2015 9:59 am | by University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | News | Comments

Biomedical engineers at the University of Toronto have invented a new device that more quickly and accurately "listens in" on the chemical messages that tell our cells how to multiply. The tool improves our understanding of how cancerous growth...

Nanometric Sensor Can Help Diagnose Multiple Sclerosis

June 23, 2015 3:32 pm | by Agência FAPESP | News | Comments

The early diagnosis of certain types of cancer, as well as nervous system diseases such as multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica, may soon be facilitated by the use of a nanometric sensor capable of identifying biomarkers of these pathological...

There Are So Many Wearables, Better Make Sure They're Safe!

June 23, 2015 2:15 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Many safety risks common to electronic products can be heightened when devices have such close, direct, and extended duration contact with the human body. Physical safety concerns related to wearable devices include electric shock, acoustic sound pressure...

New Tech Could Find Tiny RNA Cancer Beacons in Blood

June 23, 2015 1:13 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Cancerous tumors cast off tiny telltale genetic molecules known as microRNAs and Univ. of Michigan researchers have come up with an efficient way to detect them in blood. The researchers say their approach could open the door to a single...

Breath Test Diagnoses Esophageal and Gastric Cancer in Minutes

June 23, 2015 10:01 am | by Imperial College London | News | Comments

Researchers have devised a breath test that can help doctors diagnose the early signs of esophageal and gastric cancer in minutes. The test has produced encouraging results in a clinical study, and will now be tested in a larger trial involving...

Biosensor Gives Blood Test Results in Minutes

June 23, 2015 9:47 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Of the patients told to get a blood test, about 30-40 percent of them don’t. Then, of the patients who do get a blood test done, up to 60 percent of the time the patient never hears the results, reported Steve Lufkin, CEO of vantix DIAGNOSTICS...

New Technology Looks into the Eye and Brings Cells into Focus

June 23, 2015 9:12 am | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Eye doctors soon could use computing power to help them see individual cells in the back of a patient’s eye, thanks to imaging technology developed by engineers at the University of Illinois. Such detailed pictures of the cells, blood vessels and...

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