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Blood Test Diagnoses Sepsis Within an Hour

October 24, 2014 11:26 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

A new test, developed by University of British Columbia researchers, could help physicians predict within an hour if a patient will develop severe sepsis so they can begin treatment immediately. Sepsis, a syndrome caused by infection, leads to...

Reversing Blindness and Eliminating Deafness

October 24, 2014 10:59 am | by Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

The Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, a collaborative...

Diamonds Offer Potential for Enhanced Imaging, Drug Delivery

October 24, 2014 10:34 am | by Cardiff University | News | Comments

Nanodiamonds are very small particles (a thousand times smaller than human hair) and because of...

NFC Power in a Pin-Sized Package

October 23, 2014 3:11 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

In a recent blog, I highlighted a rapidly charging battery technology that was being developed...

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Diagnosing Fungal Pneumonia with a Breath Test

October 23, 2014 10:45 am | by Infectious Diseases Society of America | News | Comments

Many different microbes can cause pneumonia, and treatment may be delayed or off target if doctors cannot tell which bug is the culprit. A novel approach—analyzing a patient's breath for key chemical compounds made by the infecting microbe...

A Virtually Effortless Doctor's Visit

October 23, 2014 10:19 am | by Sam Brusco, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

The doctor is in! Virtually, that is, in the confines of your phone or computer screen. Companies like HealthTap are now providing virtual house calls to patients who may not be able to schedule a same day appointment. These companies...

Slowing Down Molecules for Fast, Less Costly Diagnosis

October 23, 2014 9:34 am | by University of Limerick | News | Comments

UL research solves major scientific challenge which unlocks potential for rapid diagnostics tools. Research from the University of Limerick has unlocked a major scientific challenge which has exciting potential for point of care medical tests...

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Testing Blood With a Skin Patch

October 23, 2014 9:07 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Drawing blood and testing it is standard practice for many medical diagnostics. As a less painful alternative, scientists are developing skin patches that could one day replace the syringe. In the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, one team...

Monitoring Bacterial Infections in Real-Time

October 23, 2014 9:00 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Combining a PET scanner with a new chemical tracer that selectively tags specific types of bacteria, Johns Hopkins researchers working with mice report they have devised a way to detect and monitor in real time infections with dangerous Gram-negative...

Point-of-Care Technologies Can Detect Ebola in Under an Hour

October 23, 2014 8:42 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Affordable and accessible point-of-care (POC) technologies capable of providing early diagnosis of infection are being developed in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to Kalorama Information. Unless Ebola control measures...

Sintered Porous Plastics: Furthering Understanding of Cancer and Other Diseases

October 23, 2014 8:30 am | by Beattie Communications | Articles | Comments

The fight against cancer could be aided by new technical advances in filtration and separation technology. Porvair Filtration Group believes that the evolution of its range of sintered porous plastics can help molecular biologists and clinicians...

Detecting over 30 Diseases in a Single Drop of Blood

October 22, 2014 3:38 pm | by HealthTell | News | Comments

HealthTell, an early stage Life Sciences company, announced the company has reached $13.5 million in funding to help expand the development and commercialization of the first and only diagnostic platform capable of assessing an individual’s real-time immune system response to specific diseases...

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Designing New Devices with Metamaterials

October 22, 2014 1:02 pm | by Basque Research | News | Comments

Víctor Torres Landivar, Telecommunications engineer, has designed and manufactured new devices based on metamaterials (artificial materials with properties not found in nature). On drawing up his PhD, defended at the Public University of Navarre, he achieved the first experimental demonstration ever...

Breathalyzer Detects Dangerous Vapors

October 22, 2014 10:25 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher has received a three-year, $400,369 National Science Foundation grant to build a handheld device that could analyze a person's breath to reveal whether certain dangerous gasses are present that need more immediate medical attention...

Improving Cancer Treatment with 'Designer' Nanodevice

October 22, 2014 10:12 am | by University of Lincoln | News | Comments

Cancer diagnostics and treatment options could be drastically improved with the creation of a "designer" nanodevice being developed by researchers from the UK, Italy, the US and Argentina. The diagnostic "nanodecoder," which will consist of self-assembled DNA...

Detecting Knee Osteoarthritis with Sound Waves

October 22, 2014 10:03 am | by Lancaster University | News | Comments

The UK is leading this new field of health research based on listening to the sounds emitted by the body. Microphones are attached to the knees of patients, and the high frequency sound waves emanating from their knees are measured as they stand up...

October 2014 Digital Edition

October 21, 2014 3:22 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

With the advantages plastics can offer, along with the flexibility in material selection and physical characteristics, it’s no wonder why molding is used to some degree in a large percentage of medical device designs. Moving Molding Forward is a Roundtable feature that highlights...

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Medical Imaging Tech to Detect Cancer Earlier

October 21, 2014 2:16 pm | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

A new medical imaging method being developed at Rutgers University could help physicians detect cancer and other diseases earlier than before, speeding treatment and reducing the need for invasive, time-consuming biopsies. The potentially lifesaving technique uses nanotechnology...

High School Sisters Develop Screening Tools for Lung and Heart Disease

October 21, 2014 1:57 pm | by American College of Chest Physicians | News | Comments

Two Michigan high school students, sisters Ilina and Medha Krishen, have developed screening tools using electronic stethoscopes to detect lung and heart disease. The sisters will present their findings at CHEST 2014 in Austin, Texas next week. Ilina Krishen became aware...

World's First Breath-Test for Portal Hypertension

October 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by Exalenz Bioscience | News | Comments

Exalenz Bioscience announced the start of a pivotal study investigating the potential of its BreathID test as a non-invasive tool to diagnose Clinically Significant Portal Hypertension, the most common complication of cirrhosis that accounts for significant morbidity...

Blood Test Detects Early Stage Lung Cancer

October 21, 2014 8:39 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Global Cancer Diagnostics has announced the availability of The Lung Cancer Test beginning, October 20, 2014.  All required Clinical Validation studies are complete with excellent results. The Test detects the presence of the required biomarkers that aid in the early detection of lung cancer...

25 Testing Innovations Critical to IVD Market Growth

October 20, 2014 1:55 pm | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

New test innovations will be the source of revenue growth in the in vitro diagnostic test industry, especially as companies struggle with reimbursement challenges, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market researcher listed more than 25 testing innovations...

iPhone Ophthalmoscope Rivals Traditional Methods for Diabetic Eye Disease Monitoring

October 20, 2014 12:30 pm | by American Academy of Opthalmology | News | Comments

A smartphone-based tool may be an effective alternative to traditional ophthalmic imaging equipment in evaluating and grading severity of a diabetic eye disease, according to a study released at AAO 2014, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 118th annual meeting...

Why Might the Medical Device Industry Lose $34 Billion?

October 20, 2014 11:05 am | by A.T. Kearney | News | Comments

The medical device industry has enjoyed stability, strong growth, healthy margins and above average price-to-earnings ratios over the last 20 years. However, disruptive change is already underway and the future of the industry will be different...

iPads Detect Early Signs of Glaucoma

October 20, 2014 10:49 am | by American Academy of Opthalmology | News | Comments

Using a tablet screening app could prove to be an effective method to aid in the effort to reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness in populations at high-risk for glaucoma with limited access to health care, according to a study released at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting...

Congress Tackles LDT Regulation: Labs Acting Like IVD Manufacturers

October 17, 2014 4:38 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A couple of weeks ago, FDA released its two draft guidances on the regulation of laboratory-developed tests (LDT): Framework for Regulatory Oversight of LDTs and FDA Notification and Medical Device Reporting for LDTs. With the release of these...

WHO Admits to Botched Ebola Response

October 17, 2014 4:07 pm | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

In a draft document, the World Health Organization has acknowledged that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information. In the document obtained...

Students Sharpen Research Skills with the FDA

October 17, 2014 3:49 pm | by Nysia George, Ph.D., Intern Program Coordinator, and Tom Powers, Communication Officer; National Center for Toxicological Research | Blogs | Comments

Biology. Chemistry. Bioinformatics. Toxicology. Practical, hands-on laboratory work is important for all college students who want to become scientists — but, for many of them, such experiences are out of reach. That’s one of the reasons why every...

Diagnosing Healing Complications Before Surgery with Simple Test

October 17, 2014 10:26 am | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

As many as 35 percent of patients who undergo surgery to remove soft tissue sarcomas experience wound-healing complications, due to radiation they receive before surgery. Now a study has suggested that a simple test called transcutaneous...

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