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Test Strip for Ebola, Yellow Fever, and Dengue

February 24, 2015 9:41 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

When diagnosing a case of Ebola, time is of the essence. However, existing diagnostic tests take at least a day or two to yield results, preventing health care workers from quickly determining whether a patient needs immediate treatment and...

FDA Eases Access to 23andMe's DNA Screening for Inherited Diseases

February 20, 2015 9:58 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health officials are easing access to DNA tests used to screen parents for devastating genetic disorders that can be passed on to their children. The surprise announcement offers a path forward for Google-backed genetic testing...

Blood Test Rules Out Heart Attacks to Reduce ER Burden

February 20, 2015 9:33 am | by Bournemouth University | News | Comments

A new test that rules out heart attacks in patients could reduce hospital admissions by as much as 40%, for patients with chest pain, according to research published by Bournemouth University (BU). The research found that a quick protocol...

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Adjustable Prosthetic Among Pediatric Award Winners

February 20, 2015 9:27 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Five companies were chosen to receive $50,000 each to support of new products that fill unmet pediatric needs. These five winners, named on Feb. 12, were deemed the most promising out of 31 submissions and 12 finalists in the National Capital...

Sensor Technology May Help Improve Accuracy of Clinical Breast Exams

February 19, 2015 3:45 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

Sensor technology has the potential to significantly improve the teaching of proper technique for clinical breast exams (CBE), according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health... 

Mobile App Could Help Diagnose Chronic Health Issues

February 19, 2015 2:14 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

Smartphones and tablets may hold the key to getting more nurses to diagnose patients with chronic health issues like obesity, smoking, and depression -- three of the leading causes of preventable death and disability. Mobile devices loaded...

Lab Tests and Ultrasounds Identify Children Who Need Surgical Treatment for Appendicitis

February 19, 2015 1:44 pm | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

Data from two standard diagnostic tests commonly obtained in children evaluated for abdominal pain--when combined--can improve the ability of emergency department physicians and pediatric surgeons to identify those patients who should be...

Combination of Imaging Methods Improves Diagnostics

February 19, 2015 10:32 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen - German Research Centre for Environmental Health | News | Comments

Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technische Universität München have succeeded in a breakthrough for the further development of contrast agents and consequently improved diagnostics with...

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Mobile Cancer Survivor Clinic in a Fully Equipped 18-Wheeler

February 19, 2015 10:07 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | News | Comments

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Moncrief Cancer Institute and Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center debuted the Mobile Cancer Survivor Clinic – a custom-designed, $1.1 million, fully equipped 18-wheeler that can deliver follow-up...

Human Organs–on–Chips Nominated for Design of the Year 2015

February 19, 2015 9:19 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

The Wyss Institute's human organs–on–chips have been nominated for Design of the Year 2015 by the Design Museum in London and will be put on display as part of the museum's Designs of the Year 2015 Exhibition. The Designs of the Year Exhibition...

Assessing 23andMe’s Direct to Consumer Tests

February 18, 2015 4:05 pm | by American Association for Clinical Chemistry | Videos | Comments

Consumer interest in genetic testing is on the rise, and direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing presents both opportunities and challenges for the laboratory community. On Thursday, February 26th at 2PM, Linnea Baudhuin, PhD, DABMG, from...

3D Engineered Bone Marrow Makes Functioning Platelets

February 18, 2015 11:31 am | by Tufts University | News | Comments

A team led by researchers at Tufts University School of Engineering and the University of Pavia has reported development of the first three-dimensional tissue system that reproduces the complex structure and physiology of human bone marrow...

Smartphone Reader for Detecting Ebola

February 18, 2015 11:04 am | by Novarum DX | News | Comments

Novarum DX, the world’s leading mobile point of care technology company, specializing in creating smartphone apps for reading and sharing diagnostic test results, has announced it will demo a newly created app which reads a rapid, point...

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Breathalyzer for Lung Cancer Screening

February 17, 2015 2:02 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Researchers from Chongqing University in China have developed a high sensitive fluorescence-based sensor device that can rapidly identify cancer related volatile organic compounds -- biomarkers found exclusively in the exhaled breath...

Saliva Test to Diagnose Autism

February 17, 2015 10:20 am | by Clarkson University | News | Comments

A spit test may one day be able to diagnose autism according to researchers at Clarkson University and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Scientists at the universities have published the first study showing that children with...

FDA Clears an Alternative to Needles During Hospital Blood Draws

February 15, 2015 9:00 am | by Velano Vascular | News | Comments

Velano Vascular today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted marketing clearance for a new technology that provides an innovative approach to one of the most common procedures in medicine – the in-hospital...

Lung Cancer Breath Test

February 13, 2015 3:04 pm | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

A clinical trial led by University of Leicester respiratory experts into a potentially ground-breaking ‘breath test’ to detect lung cancer is set to get underway at the Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. It is hoped that the LuCID...

'NanoGap' Detects Bladder and Kidney Cancer Early

February 13, 2015 2:35 pm | by University of Twente | News | Comments

A new mobile device that allows bladder and kidney cancer to be detected at an early stage. This is being worked on by Wilfred van der Wiel, professor of nanoelectronics at the University of Twente MESA+ research institute...

New MRI Technique to Improve Heart Disease Diagnosis

February 12, 2015 3:06 pm | by Heart Research UK | News | Comments

Researchers are to develop a new heart imaging technique that could help give a more accurate diagnosis of heart disease. A team at Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College London have been given a three year grant of just over...

2-Minute Screening Test Now Required for All Newborns in Michigan

February 12, 2015 1:51 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

At birth, Payton was the image of perfect health - rosy cheeks, weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and eating like a champ. But just minutes before parents Holly and Rob Morris expected to take her home from Hillsdale Community Health Center...

Personalizing Patient Treatments with Automated Genetic Testing

February 12, 2015 10:52 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Meet Bob Bean, CEO of Harmonyx Diagnostics. Also the president and CEO of Transnetyx, which provides automated genotyping services, he helped to found Harmonyx in order to provide accurate, affordable, and accessible genetic testing for...

3 Steps and 4 Strategies for Device Development from Concept to Patient

February 11, 2015 12:15 pm | by Graham Reynolds, Vice President, Marketing and Innovation, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The healthcare market is seeing the growth in creative collaborations between pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical companies and packaging and delivery systems manufacturers, such as West, that can provide solutions for integrated delivery systems...

Simple Blood Test Can Predict Risk of Dementia

February 10, 2015 10:48 am | by University of Copenhagen - The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences | News | Comments

Scientists at Rigshopitalet, Herlev Hospital and the University of Copenhagen identify a new biomarker that can predict the risk of developing dementia by way of a simple blood test. In the long term, this could mean better prevention and thus at...

After First Molecular Rapid Test Approval, Expect More

February 9, 2015 11:34 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Kalorama Information says that the broad-use approval of the first rapid diagnostic test for influenza with a molecular basis demonstrates the potential for molecular POC marketplace predicted in the firm’s report last year.  Alere i Influenza...

FDA Considering How to Tailor its Oversight for Next Generation Sequencing

February 8, 2015 11:00 am | by Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration | Blogs | Comments

FDA is weighing the appropriate regulatory approach to advances in technology that allow physicians to obtain information on large segments of a patient’s genetic makeup very quickly. This technology is known as next generation sequencing...

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