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Fluxgate Current Transducers Sharpen MRI Images

October 9, 2013 4:52 pm | by Claude Gudel, R&D Senior Engineer, LEM | Articles | Comments

MRI—magnetic resonance imaging—is a powerful medical technology that has revolutionized diagnosis of a very wide range of illnesses and injuries, greatly reducing or in many cases eliminating the need for exploratory surgery. It provides medical practitioners with two- and three-dimensional images...

Photos of the Day: 3D-Printed Bacterial Zoos

October 9, 2013 2:12 pm | by The University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

The researchers use a novel 3-D printing technology to build homes for bacteria at a microscopic level. The resulting structures can be of almost any shape or size, and can be moved around in relationship to other structures…   

3D-Printed Microscopic Cages Confine Bacteria in Tiny Zoos

October 9, 2013 2:02 pm | by The University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

  By caging bacteria in microscopic houses, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin are studying how communities of bacteria, such as those found in the human gut and lungs, interact and develop infections. In a recent experiment...    

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Flawed Diamonds: Gems for New Technology

October 9, 2013 11:30 am | by University of Arizona | News | Comments

A team of researchers led by University of Arizona assistant professor Vanessa Huxter has made the first detailed observation of how energy travels through diamonds that contain nitrogen-vacancy centers – defects in which two adjacent carbon atoms...

From Slowdown to Shutdown—US Leadership in Biomedical Research Takes a Blow

October 9, 2013 10:49 am | by American Society for Cell Biology | News | Comments

ASCB Executive Director Stefano Bertuzzi, PhD, told reporters that shutting down the driving engines of American bioscientific research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), will have effects well beyond...

New Urine Test Could Diagnose Eye Disease

October 9, 2013 10:39 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

You might not think to look to a urine test to diagnose an eye disease. But a new Duke University study says it can link what is in a patient's urine to gene mutations that cause retinitis pigmentosa, or RP, an inherited, degenerative disease...

A Better Breathalyzer

October 9, 2013 10:30 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

To gauge whether suspects involved in accidents or routine traffic stops have been driving drunk, police officers pair field sobriety tests with breathalyzers, which signal the presence of alcohol in the breath. Most breathalyzers are expensive...

ALPHAEON to Launch the First Early Cataract Detection Device

October 9, 2013 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALPHAEON Corporation, a leader in lifestyle healthcare and wholly-owned subsidiary of Strathspey Crown Holdings LLC, announced today that it has acquired an exclusive U.S. license from Visiometrics, S.L. to market the HD AnalyzerT...   

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The FDA’s UDI Rule is Final! What Now?

October 8, 2013 12:02 pm | by Ken Koldan, Business Development Manager, FLEXcon | Blogs | Comments

The FDA published the final rule for the unique device identification system (UDI) during the UDI Conference in Baltimore, MD and released it on September 24, 2013. This much anticipated rule will provide a consistent way to identify medical devices and ensure that proper safety regulations are being followed.

Scientists Use Blur to Sharpen DNA Mapping

October 8, 2013 9:20 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

With high-tech optical tools and sophisticated mathematics, Rice University researchers have found a way to pinpoint the location of specific sequences along single strands of DNA, a technique that could someday help diagnose genetic diseases...

Cisbio Bioassays and Orion Diagnostica Oy Sign an Agreement for Steroid Radioimmunoassays

October 7, 2013 6:00 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Cisbio Bioassays and Orion Diagnostica Oy announced that they have signed an agreement covering raw materials and related documentation for the manufacturing of ultrasensitive Estradiol, Cortisol and Testosterone radioimmunoassays...    

Nanodiamond Biosensor for Detection of Iron Level in Blood

October 7, 2013 4:56 pm | by Nanotechnology Now | News | Comments

"Standard blood tests do not capture — as one might expect — free iron ions in the blood, because free iron is toxic and is therefore hardly detectable in blood," explains Professor Tanja Weil, director of the Institute for Organic Chemistry...

Photo of the Day: Breath of Fresh Air...for Asthma Treatment

October 7, 2013 3:39 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

In a piece of research run at the Paediatric Service of the Hospital Universitario Donostia, Dr Paula Corcuera-Elosegui, assistant consultant in Infant Pneumology, has studied the validity of the exhaled nitric oxide measurement as a complementary...

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Fresh Advance in the Diagnosis and Control of Childhood Asthma

October 7, 2013 3:38 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

A researcher at the University of the Basque Country has produced a Ph.D. thesis at the pediatric pneumology section of the Hospital Universitario Donostia in San Sebastian; it deals with the link between asthma and exhaled nitric oxide...

Ethical Issues as Scientists Peek into Baby Genes

October 7, 2013 10:14 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Little Amelia Sloan is a pioneer: Shortly after her birth, scientists took drops of the healthy baby's blood to map her genetic code. Amelia is part of a large research project outside the nation's capital that is decoding the DNA of hundreds of infants.

Americans, German Win Nobel for Cell Transport

October 7, 2013 10:05 am | by Karl Ritter and Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans James Rothman and Randy Schekman and German-born researcher Thomas Sudhof won the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discoveries on how hormones, enzymes and other key substances are transported within cells. This traffic control system keeps activities inside cells from descending into chaos and has helped researchers gain a better understanding of a range of diseases...

5 Achievements that Haven't Won a Nobel Prize

October 6, 2013 11:45 am | by Malin Rising - Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcements of this year's Nobel Prize winners will start Monday with the medicine award and continue with physics, chemistry, literature, peace and economics. The secretive award committees never give away any hints in advance of who could win, but here's a look at five big scientific breakthroughs that haven't yet received a Nobel prize.

Nanoscale Neuronal Activity Measured for the First Time

October 4, 2013 12:25 pm | by Queen Mary University of London | News | Comments

A new technique that allows scientists to measure the electrical activity in the communication junctions of the nervous systems has been developed by a researcher at Queen Mary University of London. The junctions in the central nervous systems that enable the information to flow between neurons, known as synapses, are around 100 times smaller than the width of a human hair...

GE Healthcare lands EU approval for Vivid E9 ultrasound

October 4, 2013 11:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical technology giant GE Healthcare won European regulatory approval for the latest in its line of Vivid E9 ultrasound systems with XDclear technology. The next-generation system with XDclear features enhanced image quality in 2D, 4D, color and Doppler, tools that can help with hard-to-image patients, including those who are obese.

Data-Driven Machine Learning Method Effectively Flags Risk for Post-Stroke Dangers

October 4, 2013 11:06 am | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | News | Comments

A team of experts in neurocritical care, engineering, and informatics, with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, have devised a new way to detect which stroke patients may be at risk of a serious adverse event following a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Computer Scientists Develop New Approach to Sort Cells Up to 38 Times Faster

October 3, 2013 11:17 am | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

A team of engineers led by computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, has developed a new approach that marries computer vision and hardware optimization to sort cells up to 38 times faster than is currently possible. The approach could be used for clinical diagnostics, stem cell characterization and other applications.

The Nanobiosym: Grand Prize Winner of Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE

October 3, 2013 11:00 am | by XPRIZE | Videos | Comments

The presence of disease can be detected with gold standard accuracy by placing a single drop of blood or saliva on a nanochip that is inserted into Team Nanobiosym's mobile device. The developers of the unit were awarded the $525,000 Grand Prize in the first competition of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE.

Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE Grand Prize Awarded for Point-of-Diagnosis Technology

October 3, 2013 10:40 am | by Nokia | News | Comments

Nanobiosym Health RADAR, a Boston-based research incubator institute led by Dr. Anita Goel, was awarded the $525,000 Grand Prize in the first competition of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE for their Gene-RADAR® sensing technology that will transform the way health care is delivered by enabling personalized diagnostic testing.

Great Potential for Faster Diagnoses with New Method

October 3, 2013 10:03 am | by University of Copenhagen | News | Comments

The more accurately we can diagnose a disease, the greater the chance that the patient will survive. That is why many researchers are working to improve the quality of the diagnostic process. Researchers at the Nano-Science Center, University of Copenhagen have discovered a method that will make the process faster, cheaper and more accurate.

Gene Scans Solve Mystery Diseases in Kids, Adults

October 3, 2013 9:54 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

They were mystery diseases that had stumped doctors for years — adults with strange symptoms and children with neurological problems, mental slowness or muscles too weak to let them stand. Now scientists say they were able to crack a quarter of these cases by decoding the patients' genes.

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