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‘Tumor-on-a-Chip’ Technology Offers New Direction

November 11, 2013 4:27 pm | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

A two-year collaboration between the Chan and the Rocheleau labs at the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) has led to the development of a new microfluidics screening platform that can accurately predict the way...

Quantity, Not Just Quality, in New Brain Scan Method

November 11, 2013 2:30 pm | by Paul Gabrielsen | News | Comments

Imagine that your mechanic tells you that your brake pads seem thin, but doesn't know how long they will last. Or that your doctor says your child has a temperature, but isn't sure how high. Quantitative measurements help us make important...

Grifols acquires Novartis diagnostics unit for $1.7M

November 11, 2013 1:26 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Novartis unloaded its diagnostics units today, selling the division to Grifols in a deal worth $1.7 million, the companies announced today. Barcelona-based Grifols said that the deal includes Novartis' nucleic acid amplification techniques in...

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Star Trek for Real? Device Is Like Fictional Tricorder

November 11, 2013 1:12 pm | by Caliber I.D. | News | Comments

That the future is here with a state-of-the-art version of the tricorder is due to a highly innovative medical device company, Caliber Imaging & Diagnostics (Caliber I.D.). Based in Boston and Rochester, it is a leader in noninvasive optical biopsies...

Official Roster of Teams Announced in the $10 Million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE

November 11, 2013 10:21 am | by XPRIZE | News | Comments

XPRIZE has announced the 34 registered teams competing for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a 3.5-year global competition sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation that will award $10 million to teams that develop a consumer-friendly, mobile... 

Lightpoint Medical and Sagentia Win £125,000 Award in TSB Photonics for Health Competition

November 11, 2013 9:49 am | by Sagentia | News | Comments

Lightpoint Medical and Sagentia Technology & Product Development announced today that they have jointly received a grant award in the Photonics for Health Competition sponsored by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board...

Rickets Making a Comeback

November 8, 2013 10:42 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Rickets, the childhood disease that once caused an epidemic of bowed legs and curved spines during the Victorian era, is making a shocking comeback in 21st-century Britain. Rickets results from a severe deficiency of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. Rickets was historically ...

Test for Patients with Sore Throats Cuts Antibiotic Use

November 8, 2013 10:26 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

A new 'clinical score' test for patients with sore throats could reduce the amount of antibiotics prescribed and result in patients feeling better more quickly, research in the British Medical Journal shows. Researchers at the University of Southampton ...

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How to Develop a TB Sensor That Fits in Your Pocket

November 6, 2013 10:48 am | by Ghent University | News | Comments

Tuberculosis (TB) is a major global health issue. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), every year there are worldwide 8.8 million new active TB cases and nearly 2 million TB deaths - 5000 every day - mostly in the poorest communities of ...

Samsung Aims to Be Top Medical Device Maker

November 6, 2013 10:38 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung wants to be the top medical device maker through acquiring companies and developing its own technologies. In the last three years, Samsung spent $1 billion to buy 14 companies in medical equipment, mobile software and services ...

Colon Cancer Testing May Be Leveling Off in U.S.

November 5, 2013 2:54 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

After years of increases, testing for colon cancer may be leveling off. A large government survey of older adults last year found about two-thirds had gotten the recommended screening. That's the same level as ...      

Paper-Based Device Could Bring Medical Testing to Remote Locales

November 5, 2013 10:33 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

In remote regions of the world where electricity is hard to come by and scientific instruments are even scarcer, conducting medical tests at a doctor’s office or medical lab is rarely an option. Scientists are now reporting progress toward ...

Photos of the Day: Space Robots Diagnose Cancer

November 4, 2013 2:43 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The goal for a team of collaborative researchers with the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (CSii) in Canada is to help speed the diagnosis of breast cancer. They are scheduled to enter an advanced platform into ...    

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Robots Lead to One-Stop Breast Cancer Diagnosis

November 4, 2013 2:38 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

We may not be driving flying cars to work yet, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot to be excited about from technology advances related to the space age. Instead of zipping past traffic jams, International Space Station-derived robotic capabilities are giving us a fast pass to life-saving surgical techniques with ...

Hopkins Suspends Black Lung Service

November 4, 2013 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins Medicine says it has suspended a service in which radiologists give second readings on X-rays of coal miners seeking benefits for black lung disease. Hopkins announced the suspension Friday. The medical institution had ... 

Photos of the Day: Docs & Vets Team Up for Medical Research

November 4, 2013 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists from medical hubs including the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the National Institutes of Health and The Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo will compare animal and human cases to better their understanding of medical conditions.

Doctors, Vets Explore Shared Medical Problems

November 4, 2013 11:16 am | by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

What do Siberian tigers and post-menopausal women have in common? That is among the questions related to fighting diseases affecting both animals and people that physicians and veterinarians are teaming up to ...      

Novel Microfluidic Material Breakthrough for Wafer-Scale Mass Production of Lab-On-Chip

November 1, 2013 12:15 pm | by imec | News | Comments

Imec, a world-leading nanoelectronics research center and JSR, a leading materials company, announce that they have successfully used JSR’s innovative PA (Photo-patternable Adhesive) material for wafer-scale processing of lab-on-chip devices...

Boston Scientific Completes Acquisition of Bard Electrophysiology

November 1, 2013 12:07 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation closed on its previously announced agreement to acquire Bard EP, the electrophysiology (EP) business of C.R. Bard, Inc. The completion of this transaction advances Boston Scientific's ability to more comprehensively...

Photos of the Day: Programmable Nanomaterial for Biosensing

November 1, 2013 11:25 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Antibody-inspired “molecular Velcro” designed at Berkeley Lab could lead to a new class of biosensors. Researchers took cues from the architecture of a natural antibody in designing a new material that resembles tiny sheets of Velcro...   

'Molecular Velcro' May Lead to Cost-Effective Alternatives to Natural Antibodies

November 1, 2013 11:22 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Taking inspiration from the human immune system, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have created a new material that can be programmed to identify an endless variety of molecules...

Device Offers Fast, Painless Alternative to Liver Biopsies for Hepatitis Patients

November 1, 2013 10:18 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

A non-invasive alternative to liver biopsy, now the standard method of diagnosing cirrhosis in hepatitis patients, proved very reliable in a national multi-center study including Henry Ford Hospital. The results of the study are good news for chronic...

Mobile + Apps = Healthcare Future

October 31, 2013 3:57 pm | by IMS Health | News | Comments

This infographic offers highlights of a study that looks at the current state of consumer mobile apps in healthcare—the range of apps available and their functionality, the barriers that exist to their broad use, and what is needed to move apps to a more significant role in improved and cost-effective healthcare systems.

p-BNC, The Programmable Bio-Nano-Chip: Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE Finalist

October 31, 2013 12:51 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

The McDevitt Research Group, a medical micro device group committed to improving the speed, accuracy and affordability of global disease diagnosis, announces the p-BNC, the Programmable Bio-Nano-Chip system. Currently under development...  

Imaging Breast Cancer with Light

October 31, 2013 11:25 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and cancer deaths among women worldwide. Routine screening can increase breast cancer survival by detecting the disease early and allowing doctors to address it at this critical stage...

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