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AdvaMedDx Supports FDA Oversight of LDTs

September 11, 2014 9:24 am | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

Andrew Fish, executive director of AdvaMedDx, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee today in support of FDA taking a risk-based approach to the regulation of lab-developed tests (LDTs), which have...

The World's Smallest Breathalyzer

September 11, 2014 9:17 am | by Elevator Communications | News | Comments

Nearly every day a record breaking crowdfunding campaign catches the attention of the world with new devices that meld the worlds of software with hardware. And one key player in this revolution is 3D printing. The DrinkMate project, now on...

Prototype Handheld Lab Offers 15-Minute DNA-Based Diagnosis

September 10, 2014 11:45 am | by QuantuMDx | News | Comments

At the TEDMED 2014 conference, medical device developers QuantuMDx Group announced the successful production of their first fully-integrated sample-to-result working prototype of Q-POC, a handheld lab that delivers your DNA-based medical...

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'Electronic Skin' Could Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection

September 10, 2014 11:23 am | by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces | News | Comments

For detecting cancer, manual breast exams seem low-tech compared to other methods such as MRI. But scientists are now developing an "electronic skin" that "feels" and images small lumps that fingers can miss. Knowing the size and shape of a lump...

New Ultrasound System Delivers Three Times the Imaging Information

September 10, 2014 10:28 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Analogic Corporation, enabling the world's medical imaging and aviation security technology, has announced the launch of its new bk3000 ultrasound system, the newest addition to its industry-leading family of ultrasound products. The bk3000...

Artificial Membranes on Silicon

September 10, 2014 9:46 am | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Artificial membranes mimicking those found in living organisms have many potential applications ranging from detecting bacterial contaminants in food to toxic pollution in the environment to dangerous diseases in people. Now a group of scientists...

Potential New Diagnostic Test to Identify Infected Necrotic Pancreatitis

September 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Jen Jenkinson | Articles | Comments

Acute pancreatitis accounts for nearly 275,000 hospital admissions each year in the US and severe cases are often complicated by infected necrosis within the pancreas, accounting for between 10 and 17% of cases. The sooner this infection is...

Mass Spectrometry in Your Hand

September 9, 2014 10:56 am | by Eric Bender, MIT Industrial Liaison Program | News | Comments

If you’re out in the field doing environmental testing, food checks, forensic work, or other chemical analysis, mass spectrometry is an extremely accurate detection tool with one huge drawback: You can lose days in sending samples back to...

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Tiny Medical Technologies from Lemelson-MIT Prize Winning Inventor

September 9, 2014 10:50 am | by Stephanie Martinovich, Lemelson-MIT program | News | Comments

Sangeeta Bhatia SM ’93, PhD ’97, biomedical engineer and professor at MIT, is the recipient of the 2014 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. Bhatia is recognized for designing and commercializing miniaturized technologies with applications to improve...

New Infrared Marker for Bio-Imaging

September 9, 2014 10:41 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health | News | Comments

Far-red shifted fluorescent tissue markers make it possible to visualize structures and processes with advanced bio-imaging. This permits new insights into organisms and creates the potential for a wide range of applications – from more exact...

Myriad myPath Melanoma Test Reduced Indeterminate Cases by 76 Percent

September 9, 2014 10:16 am | by Myriad Genetics, Inc. | News | Comments

Myriad Genetics, Inc. today presented results from a pivotal clinical utility study of the Myriad myPath Melanoma test at the 2014 College of American Pathologists (CAP) annual meeting in Chicago, Ill. Myriad myPath Melanoma is a novel diagnostic...

New Methods Enhance the Quality of Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

September 9, 2014 9:45 am | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

New methods that enhance the quality of myocardial perfusion imaging were developed in a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. In her PhD study, Tuija Kangasmaa, Lic. Phil., invented a method which makes it possible to...

Why Apple’s iWatch Won't Move the Needle on Lowering Healthcare Costs in the U.S.

September 9, 2014 9:35 am | by Greg Caressi, Senior Vice President of Healthcare & Life Sciences, Frost & Sullivan | Blogs | Comments

While the industry will be talking, writing and forecasting the impact of Apple's upcoming iWatch release on the healthcare industry, the reality is the iWatch won't move the needle on lowering healthcare costs in the U.S. Why not? There are...

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Google Glass Could Detect, Diagnose Emotion

September 9, 2014 9:25 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

Well, there you go. Google Glass is more than just an ostentatious gadget for filming things, augmented reality, and generally freaking everyone out within a 50-yard radius. Actually, medical applications like BioGlass could finally move...

Ultra-Thin, High-Speed Detector Could Enable Imaging Just Below the Skin

September 8, 2014 11:53 am | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

New research at the University of Maryland could lead to a generation of light detectors that can see below the surface of bodies, walls, and other objects. Using the special properties of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon that is only...

Electronic Nose Can Detect Sub-Groups of Asthma in Children

September 8, 2014 11:44 am | by European Lung Foundation | News | Comments

An electronic nose can be used to successfully detect different sub-groups of asthmatic children, according to a new study. The new research, presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in Munich, is part of the...

UV Light-Induced Mutation Drives Many Skin Cancers

September 8, 2014 11:23 am | by Stanford University Medical Center | News | Comments

A genetic mutation caused by ultraviolet light is likely the driving force behind millions of human skin cancers, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The mutation occurs in a gene called KNSTRN, which is involved...

Canada Funds 22 Inventive Ideas for Better Health in Developing Nations

September 8, 2014 11:17 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | News | Comments

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today announced $2.4 million in seed funds shared between 22 projects from Canada and nine developing nations, to pursue inventive new ideas for improving health in low-resource...

Breath Temperature Test Could Identify Lung Cancer

September 8, 2014 11:05 am | by European Lung Foundation | News | Comments

The temperature of exhaled breath could be used to diagnose lung cancer, according to a new study. The research, presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in Munich today, suggests that testing the temperature...

Inexpensive Lab Test Identifies Resistant Infections in Hours

September 8, 2014 10:57 am | by American Society for Microbiology | News | Comments

Researchers from Oregon State Public Health Lab have modified the protocol for a relatively new test for a dangerous form of antibiotic resistance, increasing its specificity to 100 percent. Their research, confirming the reliability of a test...

New Technology May Uncover the Root of Critical Infections and Cut Healthcare Costs

September 8, 2014 10:19 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

A new study suggests a pioneering testing technology could reduce hospital stays by up to eight days and lower annual healthcare costs for people with serious infections by approximately $2.2 million. The cost reductions are based on a health...

Congressional Roundtable Recognizes Companion Diagnostics’ Importance

September 8, 2014 9:21 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few weeks ago, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee held a roundtable discussion on personalized medicine as part of its 21st Century Cures initiative. Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) led...

Researchers Developing Noninvasive Method for Diagnosing Common, Painful Back Condition

September 5, 2014 12:17 pm | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary research team in the Cedars-Sinai Biomedical Imaging Research Institute, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Regenerative Medicine Institute and Department of Surgery received a grant from the National Institutes of Health...

Inexpensive Micropumps Could Enable $20 Complete Lab-on-a-Chip System

September 5, 2014 12:07 pm | by Penn State Materials Research Institute | News | Comments

Researchers at Penn State have demonstrated an acoustofluidic pump powered by a piezoelectric transducer about the size of a quarter. This reliable, inexpensive, programmable pump is a crucial feature for lab-on-a-chip devices that could make...

FDA Allows Marketing of the First Test to Assess Risk of Developing Acute Kidney Injury

September 5, 2014 11:35 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of the NephroCheck test, a first-of-a-kind laboratory test to help determine if certain critically ill hospitalized patients are at risk of developing moderate to severe acute kidney...

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