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Stool Samples Provide Marker for Bowel Disease

March 28, 2014 4:50 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A novel method for distinguishing different types of bowel disease using the stool samples of patients has been created by a group of researchers in the UK. It works by analysing the chemical compounds emitted from the samples and could...

Simple Blood Test May Predict if a Child Will Become Obese

March 28, 2014 4:31 pm | by University of Plymouth | News | Comments

Researchers at the Universities of Southampton, Plymouth and Exeter used the test to assess the levels of epigenetic switches in the PGC1a gene – a gene that regulates fat storage in the body. Epigenetic switches take place through a chemical...

FDA Reviews DNA-Based Colon Cancer Screening Kits

March 28, 2014 4:23 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is weighing the benefits and risks of two experimental colon cancer screening tests which use patients' DNA to detect dangerous tumors and growths. FDA scientists have questions about the accuracy and the...

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Baxter Splitting into Two Separate Businesses

March 28, 2014 2:09 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Following a rival's lead, Baxter International Inc. said it's planning a breakup into two health care companies as it tries to boost innovation and profitability and reward shareholders. Thursday's news could mark a recent trend as Wall...

Photos of the Day: Watson vs. Brain Cancer (Infographic)

March 28, 2014 11:20 am | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM and NYGC's computational biology experts are renowned for accelerating life sciences discoveries using deep analytical approaches and next generation information technologies. The system, expected to be deployed as a cloud-based...  

IBM’s Watson Takes on Brain Cancer

March 28, 2014 11:17 am | by IBM | News | Comments

New York Genome Center (NYGC) and IBM are collaborating to analyze genetic data to accelerate the race to personalized, life-saving treatment for brain cancer patients. IBM's Watson cognitive computing system will be designed to analyze the...

Biomarkers Predict Effectiveness of Radiation Treatments

March 27, 2014 4:11 pm | by Beaumont Research | News | Comments

An international team of researchers, led by Beaumont Health System’s Jan Akervall, M.D., Ph.D., looked at biomarkers to determine the effectiveness of radiation treatments for patients with squamous cell cancer of the head and neck. They identified two markers that ...

Using PET Scanning to Evaluate Therapies of Menkes Disease

March 27, 2014 4:03 pm | by Satoshi Nozaki, RIKEN | News | Comments

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies in Japan have used PET imaging to visualize the distribution in the body of copper, which is deregulated in Menkes disease, a genetic disorder, using a mouse model. This study lays the groundwork for PET imaging studies on ...

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Sensor to Detect Common Illicit Date Rape Drug within Seconds

March 27, 2014 11:39 am | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed the world’s first fluorescent sensor to identify the presence of a drug known as GHB that is commonly used to spike beverages. When the sensor is mixed with ...

When Smaller Is Better for Biological Scanning

March 27, 2014 11:35 am | by Angela Herring, Northeastern University | News | Comments

A few hun­dred dol­lars and 24 hours: That’s what’s required to scan bio­log­ical mate­rials for impor­tant bio­markers that signal dis­eases such as dia­betes or cancer, using industry stan­dard equip­ment. But sup­pose you wanted to ...

CT Scans Help Catch Cases Traditional Test Misses

March 27, 2014 11:05 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

Gout is on the rise among U.S. men and women, and this piercingly painful and most common form of inflammatory arthritis is turning out to be more complicated than had been thought. The standard way to check for gout is by ...    

Bringing Original Ideas to Life: The Development of the Credit Card Sized Battery

March 27, 2014 8:09 am | by Neil Oliver, Technical Marketing Manager, Accutronics | Articles | Comments

An object as being as small as a sugar cube is fairly easy to visualize. Similarly, if the reference was to a quarter or dime, the object’s dimensions are apparent. However, if the item described was compared to an 1ICP-063450-2 lithium-ion...

Detecting Tumor Markers Easily

March 26, 2014 2:42 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Blood is just teeming with proteins. It's not easy there to identify specialized tumor markers indicating the presence of cancer. A new method now enables diagnostics to be carried out in ...         

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Nanotube Coating Helps Shrink Mass Spectrometers

March 26, 2014 11:03 am | by Elizabeth K. Gardner, Purdue University | News | Comments

Nanotechnology is advancing tools likened to Star Trek's "tricorder" that perform on-the-spot chemical analysis for a range of applications including medical testing, explosives detection and food safety. Researchers found that when paper used to collect a sample was coated with carbon nanotubes, the voltage required ...

Genetic Pedigrees at Point of Care with New App

March 26, 2014 10:57 am | by John Ascenzi, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

Long before next-generation sequencing technology ushered in today's data-intensive era of human genome information, clinicians have been taking family histories by jotting down pedigrees ...            

Can MedTech Keep Up with Consumers’ Great Expectations?

March 25, 2014 8:44 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Consumer medical technology is one of the broadest medical device sectors with the most opportunity. It holds the most demand and promise for newcomers and long-time players alike, but if medical device makers do not jump on this opportunity...

Microfluidic Device Measures Drugs' Influence on Blood Clotting

March 24, 2014 11:59 am | by Brett Israel, Georgia Tech | News | Comments

A new microfluidic method for evaluating drugs commonly used for preventing heart attacks has found that while aspirin can prevent dangerous blood clots in some at-risk patients, it may not be effective in all patients with ...    

Photos of the Day: Artificial Arteries Measure Drug Influence

March 24, 2014 11:52 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new study, which involved 14 human subjects, used a device that simulated blood flowing through narrowed coronary arteries to assess effects of anti-clotting drugs. The study is the first to examine how aspirin and another heart attack prevention drug respond to ...

A Brief History Lesson on Obama and Companion Diagnostics

March 21, 2014 4:12 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

About eight years ago, a little known junior U.S. senator from a midwestern state introduced a bill called the Genomics and Personalized Medicine Act of 2006. In this bill, the senator proposed to increase funding for research on genomics...

This App Could Prevent 1,600 Deaths Every Day

March 21, 2014 2:16 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

The move towards mobile medicine is pretty incredible in a few different ways. For one, it offers an aging population — in the U.S. it’s the baby boomers — an option for treatment that doesn’t involve more doctor’s offices or hospitals than...

Detecting Neurodegenerative Disease Symptoms at Home

March 21, 2014 11:56 am | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

The world population is rapidly ageing, which means the number of disabled and dependent people is increasing since these rates increase with age, particularly after the age of 80. This is the context in which the Tecnalia centre for applied...

New Method Can Diagnose a Feared Form of Cancer

March 21, 2014 11:46 am | by University of Gothenburg | News | Comments

Pancreatic cancer is often detected at a late stage, which results in poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Researchers at The University od Gothenburg, Sweden, have now developed a method which identifies the cancer’s visible precursors...

Discovery of Giant Macrophages in the Blood of Cancer Patients

March 21, 2014 10:41 am | by Creatv MicroTech | News | Comments

Creatv MicroTech, Inc. collaborates with cancer researchers from a number of universities to study circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the blood of cancer patients. When cancers become advanced, tumor cells from the primary tumor can enter...

Philips to Establish Research & Innovation Hub in Africa

March 21, 2014 9:57 am | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips has announced the establishment of its Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, which underlines the company’s commitment to invest in Africa. The Philips Africa Innovation Hub will work both on the creation of new inventions...

MGC Diagnostics Announces Its Intent To Acquire Medisoft SA

March 20, 2014 5:33 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

MGC Diagnostics Corp. a leading global medical technologies company, today announced it has entered into a letter of intent to acquire Medisoft SA of Sorinnes, Belgium. Under the proposed agreement, MGC Diagnostics would acquire all the...

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