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Genetic Breast Cancer Test Predicts Metastatic Risk and Chemotherapy Benefits

March 6, 2015 9:33 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

A genetic test for patients with breast cancer that helps to predict the risk of developing metastatic disease and the expected benefits of chemotherapy has been adopted quickly into clinical practice in a study of older patients and it appears...

Genomic Editing Technology Reveals and 'Turns Off' Cancer-Related Genes

March 6, 2015 9:23 am | by Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard | News | Comments

For the first time, CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology has been employed in a whole organism model to systematically target every gene in the genome. A team of scientists at the Broad Institute and MIT's David H. Koch Institute for Integrative...

Activating Genes on Command

March 5, 2015 11:47 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

When it comes to gene expression - the process by which our DNA provides the recipe used to direct the synthesis of proteins and other molecules that we need for development and survival - scientists have so far studied one single gene...

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Photos of the Day: MoMA Exhibits Organs-on-Chips

March 4, 2015 3:55 pm | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

Samples of the Wyss Institute's Human Organs–on–Chips were formally acquired by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) of New York City on March 2, 2015, and are on display in MoMA's latest Architecture and Design Exhibition, "This Is For Everyone...

Affordable ADHD Genetic Testing

March 4, 2015 11:21 am | by Harmonyx Diagnostics | News | Comments

Harmonyx, a leading company in affordable and accessible genetic testing, has launched a new test for guided prescription therapy for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The first-of-its-kind offering places power in patients’...

Using RNA to Identify Disease Markers

March 4, 2015 11:00 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

UCLA life scientists have created an accurate new method to identify genetic markers for many diseases -- a significant step toward a new era of personalized medicine, tailored to each person's DNA and RNA. The powerful method, called GIREMI...

First FDA-Approved Rapid Ebola Test for Emergency Use

March 4, 2015 10:48 am | by University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston | News | Comments

University of Texas Medical Branch researchers who helped assess the effectiveness of a new rapid test kit to diagnose Ebola learned this week it has received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. "The kit was...

Making Big Data Little

March 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Carolyn Rose, Director of Strategy and Research, Insight Product Development | Insight Product Development | Articles | Comments

As anticipation grows for the seemingly limitless opportunities that big data represents for healthcare, a clear path to leveraging the massive information repository that exists today continues to elude the masses. Enamored with the possibilities...

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Eye-Tracking Device to Better Understand Anxiety in Children

March 3, 2015 2:23 pm | by Penn State University | News | Comments

Koraly Perez-Edgar, a researcher in Penn State’s Department of Psychology, takes a remote-operated toy spider from a tall bookcase in her office, turns it on and places it on the linoleum floor. It’s gangly, about the size of a shoebox...

New Company Developing Single-Drop 'Point of Care' Blood Analyzer

March 3, 2015 2:07 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

A blood test yields a wealth of information crucial to a person's health. What's needed is a device that is small and inexpensive, yet capable of quickly providing a thorough analysis using a very small sample. With a two-year option license...

6 Common Failures in Mobile Health App Development

March 3, 2015 10:43 am | by Delmar Howard, mHealth Program Manager, Intertek | Blogs | Comments

Widespread adoption of mobile devices and apps in healthcare is growing. Yet, as the industry rushes to market with new mobile health offerings, they often are met with confusion and uncertainty in such a new arena. Recent draft guidance...

Reducing Animal Testing for Skin Allergies

March 2, 2015 1:56 pm | by European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) | News | Comments

The JRC has validated and recommended a new method which is not based on animal testing, to identify chemicals that can trigger skin allergies, estimated to affect already 20% of the population in Europe. The human Cell Line Activation Test...

Diagnosing TB with Oral Swabs

March 2, 2015 10:49 am | by University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine | News | Comments

Drawing inspiration from veterinary medicine, researchers at the University of Washington have helped developed a new prospective approach to diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) - easy-to-obtain oral swab samples, greatly improving on standard...

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A Virtual Reality Check for Medical Students

March 2, 2015 10:15 am | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

Jack has a backache. He’s nervous, sitting there in the doctor’s exam room, and his eyes quickly dart back and forth. He carefully answers the medical student’s questions, grimacing from the pain as he describes where it hurts, and how...

Lab-on-Paper for Rapid, Inexpensive Immune-Detection Tests

March 2, 2015 10:15 am | by University of Rhode Island | News | Comments

A team of University of Rhode Island engineers led by Professor Mohammad Faghri has created a new paper-based platform for conducting a wide range of complex medical diagnostics. The key development was the invention of fluid actuated valves...

Untangling DNA with a Droplet of Water, a Pipette and a Polymer

February 27, 2015 2:51 pm | by KU Leuven | News | Comments

Researchers have long sought an efficient way to untangle DNA in order to study its structure - neatly unraveled and straightened out - under a microscope. Now, chemists and engineers at KU Leuven, in Belgium, have devised a strikingly simple...

Device 1,000 Times More Sensitive to Biomarkers for TBI Screening

February 27, 2015 2:13 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center | News | Comments

New technology being introduced at NYU Langone Medical Center could help researchers advance blood biomarker capabilities that show changes in low concentrations of specific proteins present following a neurological injury. The single molecule...

True 3D Images...Glasses-Free

February 27, 2015 1:25 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

3D Icon’s imaging technology is poised to profoundly impact medical device development as well as healthcare practices. An upgrade on existing 3D imaging systems, “CSpace” provides an incredibly realistic display that you might as well be...

Urine Test Could Lead to Better Bladder Cancer Treatment

February 27, 2015 10:33 am | by University of Birmingham | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Birmingham believe that a simple urine test could help to guide clinicians in the treatment of bladder cancer patients. Being able to reliably identify those patients with the most aggressive cancers early...

Lab Test on Tumor Cells for Personalized Cancer Treatments

February 27, 2015 9:47 am | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | News | Comments

By measuring how vigorously tumor cells turn on "self-destruct" signals when exposed to different cancer drugs, a novel lab test can predict within less than 24 hours which agent is most likely to work against a particular tumor, say researchers...

Screening for Diabetes at Dental Visits Using Oral Blood

February 27, 2015 9:21 am | by New York University | News | Comments

It is estimated that 8.1 million of the 29.1 million Americans living with diabetes are undiagnosed and many who have diabetes have poor glycemic control. Given that each year many Americans visit a dental provider but not a primary care...

A New Ultrasensitive Test for Peanut Allergies

February 27, 2015 9:06 am | by University of Connecticut | News | Comments

Current peanut allergy tests are not very reliable when it comes to diagnosing the severity of an individual's allergic reaction, which can range from hives to life-threatening anaphylactic shock. With an estimated three million people...

Urine Test Predicts Heart Failure Patients’ Risk of Kidney Injury

February 27, 2015 9:00 am | by American Society of Nephrology | News | Comments

Levels of a protein in the urine may help clinicians predict which patients with acute heart failure are at increased risk of developing kidney injury during hospitalization, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal...

Using Blood Samples Instead of Tumor Biopsies for Lung Cancer Patients

February 26, 2015 4:31 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

A study examined the feasibility of using circulating free DNA (cfDNA) from blood samples of patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer as a surrogate for tumor biopsies to determine tumor-causing epidermal growth factor receptor...

Infographic: 7 Teen Inventors Who Are Changing the World

February 26, 2015 4:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN, @Kcpanetta and Larry Corby, Digital Artist | News | Comments

As we move through Engineers week, we need to take a minute to celebrate kids who are, mostly without the formal training, creating incredible things and making large steps in the medical, consumer, and engineering fields. We've pulled together...

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