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Might a Handheld Chemical Scanner Revolutionize Diagnostics? Not Yet, But…

July 8, 2014 11:32 am | by Jon Gerberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Israeli inventor has created a scanner that he says could change the way we shop and take care of ourselves — by reading the chemical makeup of foods, drugs and other items we use. The tiny gadget is still limited to a few key applications...

New Smartphone App Offers Easy and Inexpensive Solution for Hearing Screening

July 8, 2014 9:57 am | by University of Pretoria | News | Comments

An article published in the International Journal of Audiology on 7 July 2014 reports on an innovative smartphone app that will make it easier and cheaper to screen people, including young children and the elderly, for hearing loss. The...

Significant Step Toward Blood Test for Alzheimer's

July 8, 2014 9:43 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood which can predict the onset of Alzheimer's, marking a significant step towards developing a blood test for the disease. There are currently no effective long-lasting drug treatments...

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Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Becomes an Independent, Stand-Alone Company

July 8, 2014 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. (OCD) unveiled its newly expanded executive leadership team following the acquisition of the company by The Carlyle Group from Johnson & Johnson. In his first act as OCD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer...

Time of Day Crucial to Accurately Test for Diseases

July 7, 2014 4:52 pm | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

A new study published today in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), has found that time of day and sleep deprivation have a significant effect on our metabolism. The finding could be crucial when looking at...

Low-Cost TB Test Means Quicker, More Reliable Diagnosis for Patients

July 7, 2014 2:02 pm | by Texas A&M University Health Science Center | News | Comments

A new test for tuberculosis (TB) could dramatically improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis for one of the world's deadliest diseases, enabling health care providers to report results to patients within minutes, according to a study published...

Pseudogenes May Provide Clearer Understanding of Biomarkers

July 7, 2014 1:50 pm | by University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center | News | Comments

Alas, the thankless pseudogene. Dysfunctional, unloved and seemingly of little use, these poor-cousin relatives of genes have lost their protein-coding abilities. They contain material not essential for an organism's survival and are the...

Breaking Down the Regulation of LDTs: Public Health, First Amendment, and Innovation

July 7, 2014 11:52 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to the letter, for the past 38 years, the FDAs of seven Presidential administrations have failed to confront the problem of the existence of dual regulatory systems for IVDs and LDTs. To compensate for this, the agency has attempted...

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'Nanojuice' Could Improve How Doctors Examine the Gut

July 7, 2014 10:11 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Located deep in the human gut, the small intestine is not easy to examine. X-rays, MRIs and ultrasound images provide snapshots but each suffers limitations. Help is on the way. University at Buffalo researchers are developing a new imaging...

Photos of the Day: Take a Look at the Future of Brain Imaging

July 7, 2014 9:57 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Three decades ago, engineers at GE research labs in Niskayuna, NY, built one of the first magnetic resonance machines and peered inside a colleague’s head. The result was the world’s first MRI image of the human brain. “This was an exciting...

Size Matters In Capsule Endoscopy

July 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Coto Technology | News | Comments

No longer must men and women choose between the discomfort and humility of the physician's endoscope or risk the dangers of poor colorectal health. Advances in medical diagnostics and electronic miniaturization have led to the development...

Noninvasive Advanced Image Analysis Could Lead to Better Patient Care

July 7, 2014 9:00 am | by The Translational Genomics Research Institute | News | Comments

Lung cancer patients could receive more precise treatment, and their progress could be better tracked, using a new high-tech method of non-invasive medical imaging analysis, according to a study published today by the journal PLOS ONE. Genetic...

Bioelectronics Could Lead to a New Class of Medicine

July 2, 2014 2:44 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Imagine having tiny electronics implanted somewhere in your body that can regulate nerve signals and make symptoms of various disorders go away. That’s the vision of the field of bioelectronic medicine — the emerging discipline that has made...

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Empowering Consumers Through Accurate Genomic Tests

July 2, 2014 11:45 am | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., Director – Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA | Blogs | Comments

We’ve come to recognize that almost every disease has a genetic component, and many consumers now are eager to know more about their genetic profiles. They need only send a sample of their DNA collected from their saliva or from a cheek swab...

NIH Creates Network to Tackle Mysterious Diseases

July 2, 2014 11:09 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The government is expanding its "mystery disease" program, funding a network at six universities around the country to help diagnose patients with diseases so rare they've been told they're undiagnosable. The National Institutes of Health has...

Biomarker Predicts Effectiveness of Brain Cancer Treatment

July 2, 2014 10:43 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a new biomarker that predicts whether glioblastoma – the most common form of primary brain cancer – will respond to chemotherapy. The findings are...

China’s Diagnostic X-Ray Imaging Market Value to Hit $1 Billion by 2020

July 2, 2014 10:12 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

China will witness significant growth in its diagnostic X-ray imaging market, rising from $528 million in 2012 to hit the billion-dollar mark by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.6%, says research and consulting firm GlobalData...

HotSpot: Wireless, Connected Chemistry Analyzer

July 2, 2014 9:30 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

CenLab is a handheld, wireless, connected chemistry analyzer. It allows for automated, and better yet cost effective, analysis of body fluids and water quality. It eliminates trips to the doctor by providing ubiquitous, instantaneous, urinalysis...

Global Ultrasound Devices Market Expected to Reach USD 8.71 Billion in 2019

July 2, 2014 9:09 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Ultrasound Devices Market (By Product Type - Cart/Trolley Based Ultrasound Devices and Compact Ultrasound Devices, By Technology - 2-D, 3-D & 4-D, Doppler, HIFU...

Efforts to Cut Unnecessary Blood Testing Bring Major Decreases in Healthcare Spending

July 2, 2014 8:29 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests to assess symptoms of heart attack and chest pain and to achieve a large decrease in patient...

'Molecular Movies' Will Enable Extraordinary Gains in Bioimaging, Health Research

July 2, 2014 8:20 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Researchers have announced the creation of an imaging technology more powerful than anything that has existed before, and is fast enough to observe life processes as they actually happen at the molecular level. Chemical and biological actions...

Telemedicine for Patients with Chronic Liver Diseases

July 2, 2014 8:17 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Although telemedicine could improve the quality of life of patients with chronic liver diseases, viable home care systems are still lacking. Scientists working on the EU-project “d-LIVER” mean to remedy this situation. Initial results have...

Electronics-to-Wear Light Up Healthcare

July 1, 2014 11:33 am | by CORDIS | News | Comments

For most electronic circuit boards, if you try to bend them, they snap and are rendered useless. But this is set to change. A European research project called PLACE-IT has come up with a new type of flexible electronics that won’t break...

Managing the Data Jungle

July 1, 2014 11:23 am | by Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Angewandte Informationstechnik (FIT) | News | Comments

Many biology labs fight with a glut of measurement data. New software aims to make this a thing of the past: it simplifies laboratory experiment evaluation and unifies how data is saved. It even identifies measurement errors on the spot...

Mobile Health Devices Market to Grow 8-Fold to $41.8 Billion in 2023

July 1, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Driven by adoption of vital signs monitoring and in vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices, the mobile health (mHealth) market will grow eight-fold from $5.1 billion in 2013 to $41.8 billion in 2023, according to Lux Research. Clinical mHealth devices...

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