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Medtech Innovator 2014 Winner Announced

June 19, 2014 10:38 am | by RCT Ventures | News | Comments

267 companies submitted their plans. A panel of investor judges reviewed the entries to select the MedTech Innovator Top 10 Semi-Finalists. The investor judges included Christopher P. Martin, President, RCT Ventures; Ned Scheetz, Founder...

Microwave Helmet Differentiates Bleeding Strokes from Clot-Induced Strokes

June 19, 2014 10:20 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

The results from the initial clinical studies involving the microwave helmet Strokefinder confirm the usefulness of microwaves for rapid and accurate diagnosis of stroke patients. This is shown in a scientific article published on Monday...

Photos of the Day: Stroke Seeking Helmet

June 19, 2014 10:19 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

Strokefinder enables earlier diagnosis than current methods, which improves the possibility to counteract brain damage.In the article, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital...

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Quantum Mechanism to Trigger the Emission of Tunable Light at Terahertz Frequencies

June 18, 2014 5:05 pm | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Scientists have found that two-dimensional (2D) nanostructures with asymmetric design enable a new quantum mechanism, triggering the emission of tunable light at terahertz frequencies—with unprecedented efficiency. The researchers, from...

False Negative Results Found in Prognostic Testing for Breast Cancer

June 18, 2014 5:01 pm | by The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth | News | Comments

A recent study evaluating HER2 testing in a large cohort of women with breast cancer found important limitations in the conventional way HER2 testing is performed in the US and internationally. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center...

Breathalyzer Test May Detect Deadliest Cancer

June 18, 2014 4:42 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Lung cancer causes more deaths in the U.S. than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast, and pancreatic). The reason for the striking mortality rate is simple: poor detection. Lung cancer attacks without leaving any... 

New Manufacturing Methods Needed for 'Soft' Machines, Robots

June 18, 2014 2:40 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a technique that might be used to produce "soft machines" made of elastic materials and liquid metals for potential applications in robotics, medical devices and consumer electronics. Such an elastic technology...

MedTech Prices Lag Behind CPI, Other Medical Goods

June 18, 2014 11:11 am | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

Medical technology prices continue their trend of consistently low growth, increasing at approximately one-third the rate of prices in the overall economy and one-fifth the rate of prices for other medical goods and services over a 23-year...

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WebMD Launches Health App to Make Biometric Data Understandable and Actionable

June 18, 2014 10:48 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

WebMD Health Corp. has launched WebMD Healthy Target, an integrated health improvement program that uses biometric device data from activity trackers, wireless scales and glucose meters to deliver tailored, physician-reviewed, contextually...

3D Breast Imaging Could Revolutionize Cancer Screening

June 18, 2014 10:19 am | by American Roentgen Ray Society | News | Comments

In community-based radiology practice, mammography screening with 3D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) yielded lower recall rates, an increased overall cancer detection rate, and an increased detection rate for invasive cancer compared with...

AACC Urges NY to Rescind Blood Glucose Meter Policy

June 18, 2014 9:34 am | by American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) | News | Comments

On January 13, the New York State (NYS) Department of Health issued a directive limiting the ways in which NYS medical laboratories can use blood glucose meters to help patients. Although AACC shares the Department’s desire to ensure that...

Technique Could Make Sub-Wavelength Images at Radio Frequencies

June 18, 2014 9:30 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Imaging and mapping of electric fields at radio frequencies (RF)* currently requires the use of metallic structures such as dipoles, probes and reference antennas. To make such measurements efficiently, the size of these structures needs...

Cardiopad Brings Heart Health to Remote Cameroon Communities

June 17, 2014 10:37 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A touch screen tablet invented by a 22-year-old Cameroonian engineer is helping doctors perform heart examinations on patients in remote, rural locations beyond the reach of specialists...          

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Study to Test Possible Oral Cancer Detection Tool

June 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Department of Otolaryngology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center will collaborate on a pilot study to examine whether an abundance of naturally occurring antibacterial...

Technology Detects Bacterial Pathogens in Soldiers' Combat Wounds

June 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Stephen P Wampler, LLNL | News | Comments

A biological detection technology developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists can detect bacterial pathogens in the wounds of U.S. soldiers that have previously been missed by other technologies. This advance may, in time...

Portable Brain Scanners Will Change Everything We Know About Concussions

June 17, 2014 8:26 am | by Humboldt State University | News | Comments

A portable imaging tool could change the way the medical community analyzes and understands the long-term effects of sports-related concussions. Research conducted by Humboldt State Kinesiology professor Rock Braithwaite has played a...   

Automating Laboratory-on-a-Chip to Cut Healthcare Costs

June 17, 2014 8:24 am | by University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

A research team at the University of California, Riverside has created a computer programming language that will automate "laboratory-on-a-chip" technologies used in DNA sequencing, drug discovery, virus detection and other biomedical... 

Trapping the Light Fantastic

June 17, 2014 8:23 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Jeremy Baumberg and his 30-strong team of researchers are master manipulators of light. They are specialists in nanophotonics – the control of how light interacts with tiny chunks of matter, at scales as small as a billionth of a meter. It’s...

Unleashing Clinical Measurements

June 16, 2014 2:38 pm | by Angelo Corsaro, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, PrismTech | Blogs | Comments

Medical devices are an essential element of modern medicine as they provide accurate clinical measurements such as oxygen saturation, blood pressure and temperature, x-ray and ultrasound imaging, as well as automatically administer intravenous...

Nanoparticles Aid in Microscopic Cancer Detection

June 16, 2014 11:52 am | by INM - Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH | News | Comments

Assemblies of proteins, known as protein complexes, have important functions in cells; protein complexes embedded in the cell membrane, for example, are responsible for the exchange with the extracellular environment. But because they are...

FDA Clearance for Alere’s i Influenza A and B Test

June 16, 2014 11:43 am | by Alere | News | Comments

Alere Inc., a leading global provider of point-of-care rapid diagnostic and health information solutions, today announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Alere i Influenza A & B test...

Producing Hyperpolarized Xenon Gas on a Microfluidic Chip

June 16, 2014 11:08 am | by Rachel Berkowitz, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

While big machines were once the stuff that scientific dreams are made of, analytical spectroscopy instrumentation has trended to smaller products that are portable, affordable, and fit into locations far removed from a standard laboratory...

Sixteen Nanometres in 3D

June 16, 2014 10:52 am | by Paul Piwnicki, Paul Scherrer Institut | News | Comments

Tomography enables the interior of a vast range of objects to be depicted in 3D – from cellular structures to technical appliances. Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) have now devised a method that opens up new scales of...

Music Under the Microscope

June 16, 2014 10:41 am | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

Water droplets are musical. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen have converted the frequencies of droplets flowing through thin channels into musical notes. This is more than just a gimmick...

Photos of the Day: Diagnosing Disease with Musical Microfluidics

June 16, 2014 10:41 am | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

The researchers at the Göttingen-based Max Planck Institute can control the frequency with which the water droplets flow through the channels of a microfluidic chip. The chip is a transparent plastic block that is traversed by thin conduits...

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