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Using Implants to Learn About the Brain and How to Heal It

December 2, 2014 12:24 pm | News | Comments

The mind has a language of its own, and Jeff Ashe is trying to figure out what exactly it is saying. Ashe and his team at GE Global Research in upstate New York are working with scientists, engineers, and physicians at Brown University to better...

Free, Open Source Software Enables 3D View of Cells, Viruses, and Bacteria

December 2, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Researchers can now explore viruses, bacteria and components of the human body in more detail than ever before with software developed at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). In a study published December 1 in the journal Nature Methods, the...

Low Cost Device Enables Electricity-Free Diagnosis of HIV

December 2, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Diagnosing HIV and other infectious diseases presents unique challenges in remote locations that lack electric power, refrigeration, and appropriately trained health care staff. To address these issues, researchers funded by the National Institutes...

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Seeing the Invisible Light — New Potential for Eye Disease Diagnosis

December 2, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

Any science textbook will tell you we can't see infrared light. Like X-rays and radio waves, infrared light waves are outside the visual spectrum. But an international team of researchers co-led by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine...

3D Mammography Offers Better Cancer Detection

December 2, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

A major new study being presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has found that digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, has the potential to significantly increase the cancer detection...

Driving Through the Human Body with Magnets

December 2, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

Sarthak Misra of the University of Twente MIRA Research Institute has been awarded the prestigious individual ERC Starting Grant worth 1.5 million euros. This grant will be used for the ROBOTAR research project. ROBOTAR aims to develop systems...

Mobile Phone Microscope Can Address Worldwide Health Concerns

December 1, 2014 11:14 am | Videos | Comments

Many major global health threats (malaria, tuberculosis, parasitic infections but also cancer and nutritional issues) require quality diagnostic tests for both clinical and public health purposes; however, such tests are not available in resource-constrained...

Novel Imaging System Offers Lower Radiation Exposure for Liver Cancer Patients

December 1, 2014 11:01 am | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins researchers report that their test of an interventional X-ray guidance device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2013 has the potential to reduce the radiation exposure of patients undergoing intra-arterial therapy...

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Test Detects Blood Cancer Before It Even Develops

December 1, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

Researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals have uncovered an easily detectable, "pre-malignant" state in the blood that significantly increases the likelihood that an individual will...

Blood Test for Asthma Attacks Brought on by a Cold

December 1, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

People who have asthma generally suffer worse with colds caused by rhinoviruses than other people do. There are also asthmatics and patients with the severe lung condition COPD in whom the cold virus can trigger serious flare-ups of their condition...

Lab Group Hires Lawyers for LDT Fight

December 1, 2014 9:23 am | Blogs | Comments

The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) has retained former Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, a partner with Bancroft PLLC, and Laurence H. Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard University...

Non-Invasive Device Helps in Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease

December 1, 2014 9:07 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of the HeartFlow FFR-CT software, which permits health care professionals to non-invasively evaluate blood flow in the coronary arteries of patients showing signs and symptoms of coronary...

Medical Device in Urinals Detects Dehydration

December 1, 2014 8:50 am | News | Comments

Dehydration can be a serious health issue for Australia’s mining industry, but a new product to be developed with input from Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is set to more effectively help mine managers implement their...

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First FDA-Approved Stool DNA Screening Test Gains Support

November 26, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

Exact Sciences Corp. announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued its final payment decision regarding Cologuard and will reimburse it at $502 per test. Cologuard is the first and only FDA-approved noninvasive stool...

A MedTech Thanksgiving Tale

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | Blogs | Comments

Not so long ago, the collective nations of the medtech Native Americans co-existed in relative peace in a land far from all others. Sure, there was the occasional squabble between tribes, while other times, one tribe would absorb a smaller tribe into...

Prepping for the Next Major Epidemic

November 24, 2014 12:09 pm | News | Comments

The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster. "It's really urgent that we address the weak links and...

IBM Wants a DNA Reader in Every Doctor’s Office

November 24, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

A team of scientists from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice in medicine. "Our goal is to put...

A Genetic Test for Endometriosis

November 24, 2014 11:17 am | News | Comments

Researchers at UC San Francisco have identified patterns of genetic activity that can be used to diagnose endometriosis and its severity, a finding that may offer millions of women an alternative to surgery through a simple noninvasive procedure...

WHO: Ebola IVDs Urgently Needed

November 24, 2014 9:00 am | Blogs | Comments

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) released an assessment of the Ebola virus situation. In its assessment, WHO stressed that IVDs for Ebola are “urgently needed.” “The goal of interrupting chains of Ebola virus transmission depends...

Cancer Biomarker and Drug Delivery System in One

November 21, 2014 11:48 am | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (NTU Singapore) has invented a unique biomarker with two exceptional functions. First, it lights up when it detects tumor cells to allow scientists to take a better look. And it can also release anti-cancer...

Genetic Test for Eye Disorders Proves Very Effective

November 21, 2014 11:19 am | News | Comments

Investigators at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology and colleagues reported the development and characterization of a comprehensive genetic test for inherited eye disorders in the online version of...

Friday 5: Don Labriola of QuickSilver Controls Speaks on Automated Healthcare

November 21, 2014 10:23 am | Blogs | Comments

According to Labriola, he “grew up” at Beckman (now under Danaher), starting with the company at age 17 and worked there for the next 20 years of his career. Most of his time was spent in the Medical Diagnostics Group. “I worked on the electronics...

Converging Medical Device, Drug, and Biotech Companies

November 21, 2014 7:30 am | Blogs | Comments

Most device development is evolutionary, (i.e., come out with one device, tweak it a bit to make a new device, etc.) I understand the advantages of evolutionary device development from a technology perspective, from a business perspective...

Top 10 from Medica & CompaMed

November 20, 2014 2:37 pm | Videos | Comments

Welcome to MDT’s Top 10 list from the Medica and Compamed shows, which took place in Dusseldorf, Germany. This was my first visit to the event, so to say it was overwhelming, yet fantastic, would be an understatement. Watch my list of the ten best things I saw.

Computer Model to Better Understand Gastrointestinal Disease

November 20, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

Tufts University School of Engineering researchers and collaborators from Texas A&M University have published the first research to use computational modeling to predict and identify the metabolic products of gastrointestinal tract microorganisms...

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