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A Wristband that Destroys Cancer Cells

March 25, 2015 3:54 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

As it turns out, Google has now secured a patent for a potentially cancer cell-destroying wrist-worn device. For lack of better words, that’s pretty awesome. Winning the war against cancer may very well be all in the wrist. Take that, cancer!

Infographic: How Technology Is Saving Lives: The Healthcare Revolution

March 25, 2015 11:00 am | by Devin Jollimore, Training Coordinator, Mission Safety Services | News | Comments

Technology has many uses. The use of technology is increasing and with it so is the ability to use it to improve our quality of life. The medical and healthcare sectors have experienced rapid change and the positive impact this is having...

Hand-Held Probe First to Measure Bone Strength

March 25, 2015 9:51 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | News | Comments

For people taking glucocorticoids such as prednisone, the increased risk of bone fracture is a well-documented side effect. Used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including autoimmune diseases and allergies, glucocorticoids are known to...

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Imaging Tests Detect Coronary Artery Disease Long Before It Strikes

March 25, 2015 9:27 am | by Mount Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Adding two non-invasive imaging tests to traditional cardiovascular disease risk factor assessment more precisely predicts a healthy patient’s future risk of heart attack, stroke, or premature death, according to a study led by Icahn School...

Immunomagnetic Assay On-a-Chip Captures, Analyzes Circulating Tumor Cells

March 25, 2015 9:21 am | by Norris Cotton Cancer Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center | News | Comments

To quantify rare tumor markers that will allow oncologists to make prognoses and select therapies, John X.J. Zhang, PhD led a team of bioengineers from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth in demonstrating a novel system that...

Blood Test Can Help Bowel Cancer Patients Avoid Drug Side-Effects

March 25, 2015 9:09 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Manchester researchers have provided early evidence to suggest that a blood test could be used to identify bowel cancer patients that may benefit from more intensive chemotherapy. Colorectal, or bowel, cancer is the second biggest cancer...

Tampons Could Help Predict Endometrial Cancer

March 24, 2015 3:20 pm | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have shown that it is possible to detect endometrial cancer using tumor DNA picked up by ordinary tampons. The new approach specifically examines DNA samples from vaginal secretions for the presence of chemical "off"...

Painting Tissue Samples with Light

March 24, 2015 3:15 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

One infrared scan can give pathologists a window into the structures and molecules inside tissues and cells, enabling fast and broad diagnostic assessments, thanks to an imaging technique developed by University of Illinois researchers and...

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A 23andMe Approach to Your Gut Bacteria

March 24, 2015 2:41 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

You might be surprised to learn that you’re more bacteria than human! In the body, bacterial cells outnumber human cells about ten to one. Don’t think of them as intruders, though - these microscopic soldiers are constantly working to make sure...

Blood Test Identifies Post-Heart Surgery Stroke Risk

March 24, 2015 9:42 am | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | News | Comments

The results of a blood test done immediately after heart surgery can be a meaningful indicator of postoperative stroke risk, a study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has found. An acutely elevated level of blood urea nitrogen...

Blood Test for Cancer Cells Provides Early Treatment Failure Warning

March 24, 2015 9:23 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

A blood test that measures the number of cells shed from prostate tumors into the bloodstream can act as an early warning sign that treatment is not working, a major new study shows. Researchers showed that measuring the numbers of circulating...

Growing 3D 'Lungs-in-a-Dish'

March 24, 2015 9:07 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

Scientists have coaxed stem cells to grow the first three-dimensional mini lungs. Previous research has focused on deriving lung tissue from flat cell systems or growing cells onto scaffolds made from donated organs. In a study published...

New Surgery Simulators Made by 3D Printing Pioneers

March 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Virtual reality training simulators may be able to provide surgeons with the next-best experience save actually operating on a patient. 3D Systems has released two new modules for its Simbionix Anthro Mentor arthroscopic training simulator: a hip...

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Blood Test for Patients on Acne Medication Deemed Unnecessary

March 23, 2015 9:49 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

A new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has found that for young, healthy women taking spironolactone to treat hormonal acne, frequent office visits and blood draws are an unnecessary health care expense. For the...

CT Scans Appear to Dramatically Improve Diagnosis of Heart Disease

March 22, 2015 10:20 am | by American College of Cardiology | News | Comments

Use of computed tomography coronary angiography, which provides 3-D images of the heart, coupled with standard care allows doctors to more accurately diagnose coronary artery disease in patients presenting with chest pain, therefore, leading...

Sandia Showcases Biology Breakthroughs

March 20, 2015 3:50 pm | by DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Technologies developed in Sandia National Laboratories' biosciences program could soon find their way into doctors' offices -- devices like wearable microneedles that continuously analyze electrolyte levels and a lab-on-a-disk that can test a...

Mechanically Stimulating Stem Cells

March 20, 2015 3:41 pm | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT | News | Comments

Researchers in MIT Associate Professor Krystyn J. Van Vliet's group last year showed that three biomechanical and biophysical markers could accurately identify the most desirable stem cells from a mixed group of bone marrow-derived cells...

Built-In Blood Alcohol Tester for Cars

March 20, 2015 10:43 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

If every new car made in the United States had a built-in blood alcohol level tester that prevented impaired drivers from driving the vehicle, how many lives could be saved, injuries prevented, and injury-related dollars left unspent? Researchers...

Photos of the Day: High-Tech Probe Battles Bed Sores

March 20, 2015 10:01 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In 1870s, the famous French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, who influenced his young student Sigmund Freud so much that Freud named his son after him, took on a painful subject – the pressure ulcer. “I have often been a witness to this fact...

Brain-Wide Association Analysis Displays Autistic and Non-Autistic Brain Differences

March 20, 2015 9:46 am | by University of Warwick | News | Comments

The methodology can potentially isolate the areas of the brain involved with other cognitive problems, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD and schizophrenia. The functional differences between autistic and non-autistic brains have...

Kidney Cancer Detected Early with Urine Test

March 20, 2015 9:20 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

If kidney cancer is diagnosed early -- before it spreads -- 80 percent of patients survive. However, finding it early has been among the disease's greatest challenges. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis...

First Blood Test for Osteoarthritis Could Soon Be Available

March 20, 2015 9:17 am | by University of Warwick | News | Comments

The first blood test for osteoarthritis could soon be developed, thanks to research by the University of Warwick. The research findings could potentially lead to patients being tested for osteoarthritis and diagnosed several years before the...

Using Tablets to Screen New or Expecting Moms for Perinatal Depression

March 19, 2015 2:21 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Pregnant women and new mothers at one central Illinois public health clinic will soon receive depression screenings using mobile health - also called mHealth - technology. Researchers from the School of Social Work at the University of...

Microfluidic Devices Can Sort Sperm Cells

March 19, 2015 2:15 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

For in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies, selecting the healthiest and best swimming sperm from a sample of semen can dramatically increase success. Microfluidics--micro-scale technologies that were originally...

Stem Cells Help Determine Rabies Resistance

March 19, 2015 2:05 pm | by Texas A&M AgriLife | News | Comments

Researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife Research have developed a new technology to determine sensitivity or resistance to rabies virus. "We were able to create a novel platform such that we could look at how pathogens, such as bacteria or virus...

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