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Device Offers New Way to Model Sickle Cell Behavior

January 20, 2015 11:43 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Patients with sickle cell disease often suffer from painful attacks known as vaso-occlusive crises, during which their sickle-shaped blood cells get stuck in tiny capillaries, depriving tissues of needed oxygen. Blood transfusions can sometimes...

Photos of the Day: The 15 Biggest Innovations in Health Tech

January 20, 2015 9:40 am | by 10zig Technology | News | Comments

VMware Horizon TM 6 (with view) allows healthcare organizations the ability to deliver virtualized and remote Windows desktops and applications through a single platform in their workforce. Release Date June 2014 (Formally VMware View and...

DNAe Acquires nanoMR Inc. for Point-of-Need Blood Test

January 20, 2015 9:16 am | by DNA Electronics Ltd | News | Comments

DNA Electronics Ltd (‘DNAe’), the inventors of semiconductor DNA sequencing technology and developers of a new, revolutionary point-of-need test for blood infections, has on 15 January 2015 completed the acquisition of the entire issued share...

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Connectivity and Internet of Things Will Transform Availability of Healthcare

January 16, 2015 9:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Connectivity, which is often referred to as the “Internet of Things” and associated wireless capabilities, are providing a new framework for improving virtually every aspect of healthcare. This includes shifting from reactive to preventative healthcare...

Booking a Trip to the ER on Your Smartphone

January 16, 2015 9:30 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

It's like OpenTable for medical appointments. No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings. Online services such as ZocDoc and InQuicker are enabling...

Egypt's Military Prosecutor to Investigate 'AIDS Detector'

January 15, 2015 2:48 pm | by Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Egyptian judicial official says the country's chief prosecutor has asked military prosecutors to investigate a set of devices that inventors said detect and cure AIDS and hepatitis C — a claim widely dismissed by experts in Egypt and...

Detecting Heart Attacks Early with Gold

January 15, 2015 2:09 pm | by New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering | News | Comments

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering professors have been collaborating with researchers from Peking University on a new test strip that is demonstrating great potential for the early detection of certain heart attacks. Kurt H. Becker, a professor...

Philips and Indica Labs Team Up for Advanced Image Analysis of Cancer

January 15, 2015 10:52 am | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips today announced that it will further support oncology researchers’ efforts to analyze pathology samples by offering advanced image analysis algorithms from Indica Labs, Inc. as part of its Digital Pathology Solutions offerings...

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Penn Engineers Develop 'Triple Threat' Graphene Biosensor

January 14, 2015 1:53 pm | by Even Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Biosensors—electronic devices that can detect the presence of proteins and other biological molecules—have a wide variety of applications, from medical diagnostics, to food safety, to security and law enforcement. But current biosensors need to...

Advanced 3-D Facial Imaging Can Help Detect Autism

January 14, 2015 11:55 am | by University of Missouri - Columbia | News | Comments

Autism is a spectrum of closely related disorders diagnosed in patients who exhibit a shared core of symptoms, including delays in learning to communicate and interact socially. Early detection of autism in children is the key for treatments to be...

Making an Impact…and Being Awarded for It

January 14, 2015 10:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Joining a number of other new categories for the 2014/2015 competition, the “Medical Device Design Innovation” award will strive to recognize “the exceptional new technologies and cutting-edge designs changing the face of medtech.” While that’s...

University and Hospitals Collaborate to Find Healthcare Solutions

January 14, 2015 9:58 am | by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Oficina de Información Científica | News | Comments

A prototype for doing a skin biopsy in 5 minutes and a simulator for training doctors in minimally invasive surgery are some of the innovative projects in the process of being patented that have arisen from the relationship between the university...

First Contracting Human Muscle Grown in a Lab

January 14, 2015 9:08 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

In a laboratory first, Duke researchers have grown human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds just like native tissue to external stimuli such as electrical pulses, biochemical signals and pharmaceuticals. The lab-grown tissue should soon...

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Device Manipulates Differentiating Stem Cells

January 14, 2015 8:51 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Electroporation is a powerful technique in molecular biology. By using an electrical pulse to create a temporary nanopore in a cell membrane, researchers can deliver chemicals, drugs, and DNA directly into a single cell. But existing electroporation...

'NanoVelcro' Extracts and Analyzes Tumor Cells

January 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | News | Comments

An international group led by scientists at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute has developed a new method for effectively extracting and analyzing cancer cells circulating in patients’ blood. Circulating tumor cells are cancer cells that...

Nanolaser Biosensor Could Detect Biomarkers of Cancer or Alzheimer's

January 13, 2015 11:53 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A simple method to sense DNA, as well as potential biomarker proteins of cancer or other diseases such as Alzheimer’s, may soon be within reach – thanks to the work of a team of Yokohama National University researchers in Japan. As the team...

Wearable Sensors Gather Lots of Data…Now to Make It Useful

January 13, 2015 11:27 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It's not just about how many steps you've taken or how many calories you've burned in a day. Wearable fitness trackers and health monitors are becoming more commonplace and diverse, but just what do you do with all of that data? "We have a lot...

Glass Microbubbles Provide Low-Cost CD4+ T Cell Testing

January 13, 2015 11:07 am | by World Scientific | News | Comments

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease represents a global health problem concern in the world especially in many areas of Africa. According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), there were 24.7 million people...

Microfluidic Device Observes T Cell Interaction

January 13, 2015 10:02 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The immune system is a complex network of many different cells working together to defend against invaders. Successfully fighting off an infection depends on the interactions between these cells. A new device developed by MIT engineers offers...

Sepsis Pathogen Detection Without a Blood Culture

January 13, 2015 9:28 am | by Pure Communications Inc. | News | Comments

T2 Biosystems, a company developing innovative diagnostic products to improve patient health, today announced that results from its pivotal trial evaluating its lead products, the T2Candida Panel and the T2Dx Instrument were published online...

Cognitive Training Game Provides Potential Alzheimer's Diagnostics

January 12, 2015 2:12 pm | by IOS Press BV | News | Comments

Greek researchers demonstrated the potential of a virtual supermarket cognitive training game as a screening tool for patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) among a sample of older adults. MCI is a condition that often predates Alzheimer's...

Halting the Epidemic of Ebola Fear

January 9, 2015 4:03 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Since its first reported case in Guinea in March 2014, the Ebola outbreak has spread on an unprecedented level. As of January 6, 2015, over 20,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed. Last year, the disease has left African soil, making landfall...

A New Way to Detect Genetic Conditions in IVF Embryos

January 9, 2015 11:58 am | by University of Kent | News | Comments

New research at the University of Kent has identified karyomapping as a viable and cost-effective method of detecting a wide range of genetic diseases in IVF embryos. The current method, which involves the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis...

FDA Approves Blood Screening Assay for HIV, HCV, and HBV

January 9, 2015 11:13 am | by Roche | News | Comments

Roche announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the cobas TaqScreen MPX Test, v2.0 for use in the detection and identification of HIV, HCV, and HBV in donations of human whole blood and blood components...

FDA Approves Fetal Monitoring System that Allows Freedom of Movement During Labor

January 9, 2015 10:14 am | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips today announced that it received 510(k) clearance from the U.S.A. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Avalon CL Fetal Monitoring solution (Avalon CL). The solution provides consistent monitoring of the... 

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