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3D 'Organoids' Grown from Tumors Could Personalize Drug Screening

May 7, 2015 3:26 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

Three-dimensional cultures (or "organoids") derived from the tumors of cancer patients closely replicate key properties of the original tumors, reveals a study published May 7 in Cell. These "organoid" cultures are amenable to large-scale drug...

Redesigned MRI Systems for Patients with Implants

May 7, 2015 10:19 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | News | Comments

New technology developed at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may extend the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to many patients whose access to MRI is currently limited. A redesign...

Psychologists Aim to Help Dr. Google

May 7, 2015 10:09 am | by British Psychological Society | News | Comments

Psychologists are to improve online health information on lung cancer after research showed that family members are more likely to search online to encourage loved ones to seek help. This is one of the outcomes from research by PhD student...


Red Blood Cell-Sized Silicon Microspheres for Imaging, Drug Delivery

May 7, 2015 9:32 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Technology in common household humidifiers could enable the next wave of high-tech medical imaging and targeted medicine, thanks to a new method for making tiny silicone microspheres developed by chemists at the University of Illinois...

A Better Way to Build DNA Scaffolds

May 7, 2015 9:28 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

Imagine taking strands of DNA -- the material in our cells that determines how we look and function - and using it to build tiny structures that can deliver drugs to targets within the body or take electronic miniaturization to a whole new level...

Smartphone Video Microscope Automates Detection of Parasites in Blood

May 6, 2015 4:16 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

A research team led by UC Berkeley engineers has developed a new smartphone microscope that uses video to automatically detect and quantify infection by parasitic worms in a drop of blood. This next generation of UC Berkeley’s CellScope technology...

MedTech Memoirs: X-rays

May 6, 2015 3:57 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Similar to a surprising amount of the most significant medtech, the X-ray was discovered completely by accident, by German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895. Röntgen was performing an experiment using cathode ray tubes - glass tubes with...

Infographic: Home Healthcare Technology

May 6, 2015 10:10 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske & Larry Corby, Digital Artist | News | Comments

The trend of medical technology moving out of the hospitals and doctor's offices and into patients' homes has been going on for several years now, but has been increasing rather quickly more recently. As such, challenges are emerging for medical device...


Thermometer-Like Device Could Help Diagnose Heart Attacks

May 6, 2015 9:28 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Diagnosing a heart attack can require multiple tests using expensive equipment. But not everyone has access to such techniques, especially in remote or low-income areas. Now scientists have developed a simple, thermometer-like device that...

Closed-Loop Artificial Pancreas for Diabetes Patients

May 6, 2015 9:23 am | by Yale University | Videos | Comments

In an ongoing Yale School of Medicine research project, a combined insulin pump and automated glucose monitor allows diabetes patients more freedom from continually monitoring their glucose status through food logs and blood tests...

23andMe and Pfizer Team Up to Combat Lupus

May 6, 2015 9:11 am | by Edelman | News | Comments

23andMe Inc., the leading personal genetics company, today announced the launch of the Lupus Research Study in collaboration with Pfizer Inc. The companies aim to enroll 5,000 individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus, more commonly...

A Desktop 3D Printer for Living Tissue

May 5, 2015 11:20 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | News | Comments

Biotech startup BioBots debuted its desktop 3D printer for biomaterials at TechCrunch’s Disrupt NY – producing a replica of Van Gogh’s ear. 3D bioprinting, the fabrication of biological constructs via a 3D printing technologies, already...

Novel X-Ray Technology Finds Hard-to-See Tumors

May 5, 2015 9:26 am | by Technische Universität München | News | Comments

Soft tissue disorders like tumors are very difficult to recognize using normal X-ray machines. There is hardly any distinction between healthy tissue and tumors. Researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have now developed...


Screening Method Detects Twice as Many Women with Ovarian Cancer

May 5, 2015 9:16 am | by University College London | News | Comments

A new screening method can detect twice as many women with ovarian cancer as conventional strategies, according to the latest results from the largest trial of its kind led by UCL. The method uses a statistical calculation to interpret changing...

Big Data Is Here, but What Do We Do With It?

May 4, 2015 12:32 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Patient data is being collected by an assortment of people, companies, and organizations, and in many cases, the data is not being shared with anyone else. This is due to a number of reasons — competitive advantages, privacy issues, or lack of compatibility between systems to do so efficiently...

Automated Counting of Tumor Cells in Blood

May 4, 2015 9:25 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Biological and medical scientists have been using flow cytometry to count cancer cells for the past 40 years. But the large instruments are expensive and can only be operated by trained personnel. By contrast the PoCyton cytometer developed by...

Big Data Gets Personal: A Twitter Recap

May 1, 2015 11:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this week, I attended the Medical World Americas event in Houston, TX. While it was more targeted toward healthcare professionals than a typical conference I attend, it certainly had plenty of interesting insights and provided me with ideas that reflect back to implications on the development of medical technology.

First-of-Its-Kind Blood Test Aids in Early Pregnancy Detection

May 1, 2015 9:34 am | by Abbott | News | Comments

Women account for nearly 60 percent of visits to emergency departments (ED) in the United States. In emergency situations, it is critical for doctors to know the pregnancy status of women who are of childbearing age as soon as possible...

Surgical Instrument Allows Surgeons to Obtain Real-Time Biopsies

April 30, 2015 4:08 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

New York College of Health Professions announces a valuable addition to their world class Intellectual Properties portfolio with U.S. Patent #8,996,098 donated by its Chairman under the College's Intellectual Properties policy. This patent...

5 Health Apps Changing My Opinion of the Apple Watch

April 30, 2015 3:58 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Admittedly, I was a little pessimistic when I first heard about the Apple Watch - another wearable (albeit, a much more high-tech one) seemed like overkill. But there are some health technology companies starting to change my mind, and that's no easy feat.

Genetic Testing Moves into World of Employee Health

April 30, 2015 9:58 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Your employer may one day help determine if your genes are why your jeans have become too snug. Big companies are considering blending genetic testing with coaching on nutrition and exercise to help workers lose weight and improve their health...

World’s First Multi-Modality Cellular Sensor

April 30, 2015 9:53 am | by Georgia Tech Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The research can have positive impact on semiconductors being used in the development of health care applications, including the more cost-effective development of pharmaceuticals and point-of-care devices and low-cost home-based diagnostics...

Will Bio-Inspired Robots Sniff Out Disease?

April 30, 2015 9:46 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

With just a sniff, our noses can detect smells that trigger specific memories, tell us food has gone bad, or even connect us to a potential mate. What if a robot could 'smell' as effectively as we do? In a new study funded by the Human Frontier...

Urine Profiles Provide Clues to How Obesity Causes Disease

April 29, 2015 2:49 pm | by Imperial College London | News | Comments

Being overweight or obese is associated with higher risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer, but the mechanisms connecting body fat and disease are not well understood. The new study, led by Imperial College London, shows that...

A Phone with the Ultimate Macro Feature

April 29, 2015 2:44 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

If you thought scanning one of those strange, square QR codes with your phone was somewhat advanced, hold on to your seat. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have recently developed a device that can turn any...

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