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Pandemic Flu Test Identifies Specific Strain

October 8, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Translational Genomics Research Institute | News | Comments

The federal government has awarded a patent to the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) for a test that can detect — and assist in the treatment of — the H1N1 pandemic flu strain. TGen and NAU...

Quantum Probe Enhances Sensitivity of Biomedical Devices

October 8, 2014 11:09 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Michigan have demonstrated a technique based on the quantum properties of atoms that directly links measurements of electric field strength to the...

Rubber Lab-on-a-Chip Could Revolutionize Cancer Diagnosis

October 8, 2014 10:17 am | by University of Kansas | News | Comments

Scientists have been laboring to detect cancer and a host of other diseases in people using promising new biomarkers called "exosomes." Indeed, Popular Science magazine named exosome-based cancer diagnostics one of the 20 breakthroughs that...

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Detecting Colon Cancer Earlier

October 8, 2014 9:50 am | by Université du Luxembourg | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Luxembourg have identified potential new ways to test for the first signs of one of the most deadly types of cancer: colorectal cancer. They have found new “biomarkers”: molecules whose increased presence or...

From Wearables to Implantables to…What’s Next?

October 8, 2014 9:39 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Some time has passed since the Apple announcement of the company’s “iWatch” (at least as of the time I’m writing this) and all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it. Unfortunately, from the mobile healthcare aspect, it was underwhelming...

Glucose Control - Both a Challenge and an Opportunity in MedTech

October 8, 2014 8:30 am | by Emily L. Cross, Ph.D, Director of Media and Communication, TecMed, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In a 2009 educational presentation Dr. Alia Rizvi, a medical scholar-practitioner from the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine reported that glucose control in the hospital, in-patient outcomes, and overall cost of patient care...

Unique App Uses Health Records to Assess Heart Disease Risk

October 7, 2014 10:30 am | by Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science | News | Comments

Although cardiovascular disease is largely avoidable through lifestyle modifications, it remains the nation’s number one cause of death. While annual wellness exams offer physicians the chance to advise patients on modifying cardiac risk...

Predicting Risk of Heart Failure in Kidney Disease Patients

October 7, 2014 10:04 am | by American Society of Nephrology (ASN) | News | Comments

Two blood markers are strongly linked with the development of heart failure in individuals with mild to severe kidney disease, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN)...

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Standardizing the Alzheimer's Blood Test

October 7, 2014 9:46 am | by UNT Health Science Center | News | Comments

The first standardized guidelines for the collection of blood to test for early Alzheimer's disease have been established by an international working group led by UNT Health Science Center. These guidelines are needed before the blood test...

RNAscope Diagnostic Test for B-Cell Lymphoma

October 7, 2014 9:40 am | by Advanced Cell Diagnostics | News | Comments

Advanced Cell Diagnostics, Inc. (ACD), a global technology and market leader in in situ nucleic acid detection for life science research and clinical diagnostics, has been awarded a two-year, $1.4 million grant from National Cancer Institute...

Apps for the Health Sector

October 7, 2014 8:30 am | by Anne Meerboth-Maltz, Messe Düsseldorf North America | Articles | Comments

How good are the apps for our smartphones and tablet PCs when it comes to health? What constitutes a good mini application in this field? Those are questions experts will discuss at the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM within the scope of the world’s...

Identifying the Brain’s Role in High Blood Pressure

October 6, 2014 2:32 pm | by University of Maryland Medical Center | News | Comments

New research by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) and the Ottawa Heart Institute has uncovered a new pathway by which the brain uses an unusual steroid to control blood pressure. The study, which also suggests...

Custom Made Droplets for Diagnostics

October 6, 2014 2:26 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT researchers have developed a new way of creating surfaces on which droplets of any desired shape can spontaneously form. They say this approach could lead to new biomedical assay devices and LED display screens, among other applications...

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The Skin Cancer Selfie

October 6, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer type in the United States, and it's also the deadliest form of skin cancer, causing more than 75 percent of skin-cancer deaths. If caught early enough though, it is almost always curable. Now a camera...

Diagnosing at the Cellular Level with 3D Gaming Gear

October 6, 2014 11:33 am | by Drexel University | News | Comments

For hundreds of years biologists have studied cells through the lens of a microscope. With a little help from a team of engineers at Drexel University, these scientists could soon be donning 3D glasses in a home-theater-like lab to take their own...

$514 Billion in Global MedTech Sales by 2020

October 6, 2014 10:49 am | by Evaluate Ltd. | News | Comments

The medical technology sector is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5 percent per year between 2013 and 2020, according to the latest forecasts from market intelligence firm Evaluate Ltd. Its new report, “EvaluateMedTech World...

Infographic: MedTech World Preview 2014

October 6, 2014 10:47 am | by Evaluate Ltd. | News | Comments

2014 marks a year of rapid change for the global medical device market, particularly within the cardiology and orthopedic spaces, which have been dominated by megamergers. If the deal between Covidien and Medtronic goes through, we could see...

Diagnosing Cancer with Yogurt

October 6, 2014 9:34 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Even though I’m not personally a fan, even I’m aware of the many benefits yogurt offers. From improving your gut to potentially contributing to a lower blood pressure, perhaps a yogurt a day keeps the doctor away. But does it also keep the cancer...

Congress Tackles LDT Regulation: User Fees and FDA Resources

October 6, 2014 8:50 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, FDA finally released its two draft guidances on the regulation of laboratory-developed tests (LDT): Framework for Regulatory Oversight of LDTs and FDA Notification and Medical Device Reporting for LDTs. With the release of these...

Developing the Best Custom Positioning Solution for an Automated Pathology Scanner

October 6, 2014 8:30 am | by Jim Monnich, Engineering Manager – Electromechanical Positioning, and Brian Handerhan, Business Development Manager; Parker Hannifin | Articles | Comments

Digital pathology is a rapidly growing segment of in vitro diagnostics with the potential to streamline the overall pathology process for the benefit of both doctors and patients. This relatively new market segment requires motion systems...

Researcher Earns Grant to Study Biomarkers, Advancement of Parkinson's

October 3, 2014 11:43 am | by Grand Valley State University | News | Comments

A researcher at Grand Valley State University has received a grant to continue studying if molecular biomarkers can be used to monitor the advancement of Parkinson's disease. Sok Kean Khoo, distinguished associate professor of molecular...

Biomarker Enables the Prediction of Aggressive Prostate Cancer at Diagnosis

October 3, 2014 11:34 am | by University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center | News | Comments

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have identified a biomarker living next door to the KLK3 gene that can predict which GS7 prostate cancer patients will have a more aggressive form of cancer. The results reported...

Research Aims for Better Understanding of Microvascular Diseases

October 3, 2014 11:25 am | by University of Houston | News | Comments

New technologies being developed by a University of Houston researcher to produce three-dimensional models of tissue and whole organ microstructures offer the promise of better diagnosis and treatment for a variety of diseases. David Mayerich...

Genetic Test Reveals Risk of Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

October 3, 2014 10:38 am | by Lund University | News | Comments

Many of those who are genetically predisposed to develop atrial fibrillation, which dramatically raises the risk of stroke, can be identified with a blood test. This is shown by new research from Lund University in Sweden. The number of people...

6 'Connecting' Technologies that Impact Medical Devices

October 3, 2014 10:25 am | by Ohio University | News | Comments

While this infographic offers insights on connecting technologies that are serving people and communities, it isn't hard to see how they each have implications in the medical device space.             

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