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FDA Seeks to Address Cybersecurity Challenges in Medical Devices

October 14, 2014 2:39 pm | by Suzanne B. Schwartz, M.D., M.B.A., Director of Emergency Preparedness/Operations & Medical Countermeasures, CDRH | Blogs | Comments

Cyber vulnerabilities – bugs or loopholes in software codes or other unintentional access points – are a real and constant threat to our networked laptops, mobile phones, or tablets. The Heartbleed virus and security breaches at major retailers...

Sharing Data Could Lead to Better Healthcare

October 14, 2014 12:13 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have been awarded a $9.2 million grant to help modernize and transform how researchers share, use, find and cite biomedical datasets. The 3-year project, a collaboration with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is part of a federal initiative...

Measuring Snot Stickiness in the Interest of Treating Disease

October 14, 2014 10:58 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Some people might consider mucus an icky bodily secretion best left wrapped in a tissue, but to a group of researchers, snot is an endlessly fascinating subject. The team has developed a way to use gold nanoparticles and light to measure the stickiness of the slimy substance that lines our airways...

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Wearable Diagnostic Prototype for Chronic Illness Debuted at Dreamforce

October 14, 2014 9:57 am | by Philips | News | Comments

Today at the Dreamforce 2014 conference in San Francisco, Royal Philips and Nijmegen, the Netherlands-based Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc) announced the debut of a prototype to support patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...

Automated 'Sepsis Sniffer' Enables Faster Response

October 13, 2014 4:35 pm | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | News | Comments

An automated early warning and response system for sepsis developed by Penn Medicine experts has resulted in a marked increase in sepsis identification and care, transfer to the ICU, and an indication of fewer deaths due to sepsis. A study assessing...

Innovative Force-Sensing System Enables Microrobots to Study Cells

October 13, 2014 3:11 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Inexpensive microrobots capable of probing and manipulating individual cells and tissue for biological research and medical applications are closer to reality with the design of a system that senses the minute forces exerted by a robot's tiny probe. Microrobots small enough to interact with cells already exist...

Examining the Physician Office Lab Market: Growth and Reimbursement

October 13, 2014 2:49 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to the report, the global market for physician office laboratory (POL) diagnostics was estimated at $2.4 billion in 2014. The U.S., Europe, and Japan represent 58%, 32%, and 5% of the market, respectively. The rest of the world accounts...

New Technique Enables Accurate PET Scans

October 13, 2014 2:16 pm | by University of Eastern Finland | News | Comments

A novel technique which reduces image degradation caused by respiratory motion during a PET scan was developed in a recent study at the University of Eastern Finland. PET scanning is routinely used to detect cancer and heart conditions. The new technique is based on bioimpedance measurement...

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3D-Printed Cardiovascular Model Listed as a Class 1 Medical Device

October 13, 2014 12:14 pm | by Materialise NV | News | Comments

Materialise NV has listed its 3D-printed cardiovascular HeartPrint models as a medical device in the USA and EU markets. After years of 3D printing anatomical models for educational and research purposes, the Company addressed the need for models that can assist with...

Detecting Prostate Cancer with Urine

October 13, 2014 11:15 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have identified a set of RNA molecules that are detectable in tissue samples and urine of prostate cancer patients but not in normal healthy individuals. The study sets the stage for the...

Effectiveness of Low Dose CT Screening for Lung Cancer

October 13, 2014 8:30 am | by Jen Jenkinson | Articles | Comments

More people are diagnosed with lung cancer than any other malignancy around the world, with around 200,000 new diagnoses in the US each year1. Unfortunately, lung cancer has a poor survival rate, with about 150,000 deaths annually from the disease...

RFID Technology Localizes Breast Tumors

October 10, 2014 11:40 am | by UW-Madison | News | Comments

Breast cancer may inspire more public discussion, advocacy, and charitable giving than almost any other disease besides HIV and AIDS. But people rarely talk about the specific experiences to which cancer patients are subjected. Especially the...

Detecting Depression in the Elderly

October 10, 2014 10:11 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

Specialists at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) of Mexico developed a system that achieved detecting depression in older adults, through monitoring their daily routine. This technology can be used as an auxiliary tool for the care of...

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Common Laboratory Filter Paper Detects Disease

October 10, 2014 10:04 am | by AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing | News | Comments

Using a common laboratory filter paper decorated with gold nanoparticles, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have created a unique platform, known as “plasmonic paper,” for detecting and characterizing even trace amounts of...

Implantable Medical Devices that Dissolve When No Longer Needed

October 10, 2014 9:53 am | by AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing | News | Comments

Electronic devices that dissolve completely in water, leaving behind only harmless end products, are part of a rapidly emerging class of technology pioneered by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Early results demonstrate...

Casting Custom-Shaped Metal Nanoparticles Like Watermelons

October 10, 2014 9:23 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering | News | Comments

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have unveiled a new method to form tiny 3D metal nanoparticles in prescribed shapes and dimensions using DNA, Nature's building block, as a construction...

3D Printing for the Medical Sector

October 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Klaus Jopp, Technical Writer | Articles | Comments

One of the largest technology companies in the U.S. is now also planning to get into 3D printing. The management of the IT giant Hewlett Packard anticipates that the world market for 3D printers and related software and services will grow from...

IEEE Technology Time Machine Takes on the Future of Health

October 9, 2014 4:06 pm | by Bruce Wheeler, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

Innovation is driving a seemingly exponential growth of health-monitoring devices, many aimed at consumers with accuracy and reliability that falls far short of what is needed in the highly regulated healthcare market. Innovators need to be...

New Screening Technique Requires Just One Drop

October 9, 2014 12:48 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

A new technique makes it possible to quickly detect the presence of drugs or to monitor certain medical conditions using only a single drop of blood or urine, representing a potential tool for clinicians and law enforcement. The technique works...

Power of a Clinical Lab in the Home

October 9, 2014 10:58 am | by Cambridge Consultants | News | Comments

Product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants has unveiled a new approach to diagnostic instrument development. The Flow Health Hub brings the power of the clinical laboratory into the home – in the shape of a simple, cost-effective...

Moving Nanoparticles Through the Body with Magnets

October 9, 2014 10:48 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

A long-sought goal of creating particles that can emit a colorful fluorescent glow in a biological environment, and that could be precisely manipulated into position within living cells, has been achieved by a team of researchers at MIT and...

Developing Complex Biosensors with Synthetic Polymers

October 9, 2014 10:15 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

A new four-year, multi-million dollar award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA will be used to develop the technology necessary to synthesize, screen, and sequence artificial genetic polymers composed of threose...

Tracking Metastatic Cancer Through the Blood

October 9, 2014 10:07 am | by Thomas Jefferson University | News | Comments

The genetic fingerprint of a metastatic cancer is constantly changing, which means that the therapy that may have stopped a patient's cancer growth today, won't necessarily work tomorrow. Although doctors can continue to biopsy the cancer...

Teflon-Like Coating for Improved Blood-Screening

October 9, 2014 10:02 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

A new technology to exponentially improve blood-screening for transfusions has leapfrogged its way from Duke University lab to corporate development. In an unusually streamlined tech-transfer deal, a two-year-old startup company founded...

A Nobel Prize Winning Look into Single-Molecule Microscopy

October 9, 2014 9:55 am | by Karl Ritter and Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Americans and a German scientist won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for finding ways to make microscopes more powerful than previously thought possible, allowing scientists to see how diseases develop inside the tiniest cells...

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