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Butterflies Could Hold Key to Probes that Repair Genes

August 5, 2014 3:50 pm | by Clemson University | News | Comments

New discoveries about how butterflies feed could help engineers develop tiny probes that siphon liquid out of single cells for a wide range of medical tests and treatments, according to Clemson University researchers. The National Science...

3-in-1 Optical Skin Cancer Probe

August 5, 2014 3:42 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

As thousands of vacationers hit the beach this summer, many of them will expose their unprotected bare limbs to direct UV sunlight, potentially putting them at risk of skin cancer later in life. To fight back, scientists can also turn to light...

World’s Smallest Propeller Could Be Used for Microscopic Medicine

August 5, 2014 2:54 pm | by Kevin Hattori, American Technion Society | News | Comments

If you thought that the most impressive news in shrinking technology these days was smart watches, think again. Scientists are quietly toiling in their laboratories to create robots that are only nanometers – billionths of a meter – in length...

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Photos of the Day: Bottling Ultrasound Imaging

August 5, 2014 11:08 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a technique for generating acoustic bottles in open air that can bend the paths of sound waves along prescribed convex...

Bottling Up Sound Waves

August 5, 2014 11:03 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

There's a new wave of sound on the horizon carrying with it a broad scope of tantalizing potential applications, including advanced ultrasonic imaging and therapy, acoustic cloaking, and levitation and particle manipulation. Researchers with...

Surprise Discovery Could See Graphene Used to Improve Health

August 5, 2014 10:47 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

A chance discovery about the 'wonder material' graphene – already exciting scientists because of its potential uses in electronics, energy storage and energy generation – takes it a step closer to being used in medicine and human health...

Speedier Diagnosis of Diseases Likely Thanks to New DNA Analysis Technique

August 5, 2014 10:34 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

Researchers from McGill University and the Génome Québec Innovation Centre have achieved a technical breakthrough that should result in speedier diagnosis of cancer and various pre-natal conditions. The key discovery, which is described online...

Curbing Risk, Not Medical Innovation, in Personalized Medicine

August 4, 2014 3:55 pm | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., Director – Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA | Blogs | Comments

Innovative new tests are routinely submitted to the Food and Drug Administration to assure they are safe and effective. They include genetic tests that help oncologists decide whether a patient is a good candidate for a drug that treats melanoma...

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Breaking Down the Regulation of LDTs: Moving Forward

August 4, 2014 3:29 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The letter stated that in order to move toward equal regulation, FDA should share its thinking on what it believes LDT regulation under FDCA should look like in practice, or how it plans to deregulate IVDs, by releasing its draft guidance...

Blood and Saliva Tests Help Predict Return of HPV-Linked Oral Cancers

August 4, 2014 3:08 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Physicians at Johns Hopkins have developed blood and saliva tests that help accurately predict recurrences of HPV-linked oral cancers in a substantial number of patients. The tests screen for DNA fragments of the human papillomavirus (HPV)...

See-Through Organs and Bodies Will Accelerate Biomedical Discoveries

August 4, 2014 2:55 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

The ability to see through organs and even the entire body to visualize long-range connections between cells as well as fine-grained cellular structures has been a long-time dream of biologists. A study published by Cell Press July 31st in...

FDA Clearance of ElMindA’s BNA Analysis System

August 4, 2014 2:24 pm | by ElMindA | News | Comments

ElMindA Ltd. announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the company’s BNA Analysis System for the assessment of brain function. Brain Network Activity (BNA) combines non-invasive, multi-channel EEG...

Smartphones as a Health Tool for Older Adults

August 4, 2014 11:02 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya BarcelonaTech (UPC) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is creating a smartphone app that will help older adults to understand their state of health and develop...

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Researchers Make Cancer Glow

August 4, 2014 10:43 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

The best way to cure most cases of cancer is to surgically remove the tumor. The Achilles heel of this approach, however, is that the surgeon may fail to extract the entire tumor, leading to a local recurrence. With a new technique, researchers...

23andMe Receives Over $1.3 Million in Funding from NIH

August 4, 2014 10:23 am | by 23andMe Inc. | News | Comments

23andMe, the leading personal genetics company, has received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a grant totaling $1,367,504 for a two-year project to support the further development of 23andMe's web-based database and research engine...

Tecan Acquires IBL International to Offer Integrated Solution for Specialty Diagnostics

August 4, 2014 10:05 am | by Tecan Group | News | Comments

The Tecan Group has announced the acquisition of IBL International as an important strategic step to support Tecan's evolution into a solutions business with a higher share of recurring revenues. IBL International is a leading company in the...

U.S. to Remain World’s Leading Diagnostic X-Ray Systems Market by 2020

August 4, 2014 9:36 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The U.S. diagnostic X-ray systems market value will grow from $694 million in 2012 to approximately $1.1 billion by 2020, at a moderate Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.1%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The...

Siemens Unveils New Chemistry and Immunoassay Systems at AACC 2014

August 4, 2014 9:26 am | by Siemens Healthcare | News | Comments

Siemens Healthcare introduces the ADVIA Chemistry XPT System1 and ADVIA Centaur XPT Immunoassay System2 at the 2014 AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo, Chicago, July 27-31. The newest in the company’s portfolio of chemistry and... 

Hope for More Accurate Diagnosis of Memory Problems

August 4, 2014 9:02 am | by University of East Anglia | News | Comments

More accurate tests could be created to diagnose diseases such as Alzheimer's or memory problems stemming from head injuries, leading to earlier intervention, according to new findings from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The research...

Innovative Scientists Update Old-School Pipetting with New-Age Technology

August 4, 2014 8:59 am | by Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research | News | Comments

A team of Whitehead Institute researchers is bringing new levels of efficiency and accuracy to one of the most essential albeit tedious tasks of bench science: pipetting. And, in an effort to aid the scientific community at large, the group...

FDA Takes Steps to Help Ensure the Reliability of Certain Diagnostic Tests

August 4, 2014 8:20 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken important steps to ensure that certain tests used by health care professionals to help diagnose and treat patients provide accurate, consistent and reliable results. First, the FDA is issuing a final...

A blood test for suicide?

July 31, 2014 4:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that, if confirmed in larger studies, could give doctors a simple blood test to reliably predict a person's risk of attempting suicide. The discovery, described online in The American Journal of Psychiatry, suggests that ...

UK psychologist creates patient tool to assist with lung cancer screening decision

July 31, 2014 2:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The phrase "we caught it early" is possibly the best news a patient can hear in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. Combating cancer in its earliest stages, when the disease is localized to a certain part of the body, gives patients the best chances of survival. Screenings for breast, skin, colon, prostate and other forms of cancer are touted for saving lives through early detection. Many health care providers recommend ...

Potential 'Universal' Blood Test for Cancer Discovered

July 29, 2014 3:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Bradford, UK, have devised a simple blood test that can be used to diagnose whether people have cancer or not. The test will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms, saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures such as ...

The LDT Letter Battle

July 28, 2014 9:30 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this month, five democratic U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding the regulation of laboratory-developed tests (LDT). In this letter, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal...

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