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Blood Test for Cancer Cells Provides Early Treatment Failure Warning

March 24, 2015 9:23 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

A blood test that measures the number of cells shed from prostate tumors into the bloodstream can act as an early warning sign that treatment is not working, a major new study shows. Researchers showed that measuring the numbers of circulating...

Growing 3D 'Lungs-in-a-Dish'

March 24, 2015 9:07 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

Scientists have coaxed stem cells to grow the first three-dimensional mini lungs. Previous research has focused on deriving lung tissue from flat cell systems or growing cells onto scaffolds made from donated organs. In a study published...

New Surgery Simulators Made by 3D Printing Pioneers

March 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Virtual reality training simulators may be able to provide surgeons with the next-best experience save actually operating on a patient. 3D Systems has released two new modules for its Simbionix Anthro Mentor arthroscopic training simulator: a hip...

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Blood Test for Patients on Acne Medication Deemed Unnecessary

March 23, 2015 9:49 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

A new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has found that for young, healthy women taking spironolactone to treat hormonal acne, frequent office visits and blood draws are an unnecessary health care expense. For the...

CT Scans Appear to Dramatically Improve Diagnosis of Heart Disease

March 22, 2015 10:20 am | by American College of Cardiology | News | Comments

Use of computed tomography coronary angiography, which provides 3-D images of the heart, coupled with standard care allows doctors to more accurately diagnose coronary artery disease in patients presenting with chest pain, therefore, leading...

Sandia Showcases Biology Breakthroughs

March 20, 2015 3:50 pm | by DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Technologies developed in Sandia National Laboratories' biosciences program could soon find their way into doctors' offices -- devices like wearable microneedles that continuously analyze electrolyte levels and a lab-on-a-disk that can test a...

Mechanically Stimulating Stem Cells

March 20, 2015 3:41 pm | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT | News | Comments

Researchers in MIT Associate Professor Krystyn J. Van Vliet's group last year showed that three biomechanical and biophysical markers could accurately identify the most desirable stem cells from a mixed group of bone marrow-derived cells...

Built-In Blood Alcohol Tester for Cars

March 20, 2015 10:43 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

If every new car made in the United States had a built-in blood alcohol level tester that prevented impaired drivers from driving the vehicle, how many lives could be saved, injuries prevented, and injury-related dollars left unspent? Researchers...

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Photos of the Day: High-Tech Probe Battles Bed Sores

March 20, 2015 10:01 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In 1870s, the famous French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, who influenced his young student Sigmund Freud so much that Freud named his son after him, took on a painful subject – the pressure ulcer. “I have often been a witness to this fact...

Brain-Wide Association Analysis Displays Autistic and Non-Autistic Brain Differences

March 20, 2015 9:46 am | by University of Warwick | News | Comments

The methodology can potentially isolate the areas of the brain involved with other cognitive problems, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD and schizophrenia. The functional differences between autistic and non-autistic brains have...

Kidney Cancer Detected Early with Urine Test

March 20, 2015 9:20 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

If kidney cancer is diagnosed early -- before it spreads -- 80 percent of patients survive. However, finding it early has been among the disease's greatest challenges. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis...

First Blood Test for Osteoarthritis Could Soon Be Available

March 20, 2015 9:17 am | by University of Warwick | News | Comments

The first blood test for osteoarthritis could soon be developed, thanks to research by the University of Warwick. The research findings could potentially lead to patients being tested for osteoarthritis and diagnosed several years before the...

Using Tablets to Screen New or Expecting Moms for Perinatal Depression

March 19, 2015 2:21 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Pregnant women and new mothers at one central Illinois public health clinic will soon receive depression screenings using mobile health - also called mHealth - technology. Researchers from the School of Social Work at the University of...

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Microfluidic Devices Can Sort Sperm Cells

March 19, 2015 2:15 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

For in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies, selecting the healthiest and best swimming sperm from a sample of semen can dramatically increase success. Microfluidics--micro-scale technologies that were originally...

Stem Cells Help Determine Rabies Resistance

March 19, 2015 2:05 pm | by Texas A&M AgriLife | News | Comments

Researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife Research have developed a new technology to determine sensitivity or resistance to rabies virus. "We were able to create a novel platform such that we could look at how pathogens, such as bacteria or virus...

First Portable DNA Sequencing 'Laboratory'

March 19, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Genome Analysis Center | News | Comments

As one of the first research Institutes to take part in the MinION Access Programme (MAP) for portable DNA sequencing, introduced by Oxford Nanopore Technologies, The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC)'s task force share their experience of the ground...

First Clinical Diagnostic Test for Lupus

March 19, 2015 12:25 pm | by IES Diagnostics, Inc. | News | Comments

IES Diagnostics, Inc. has identified the body’s unique, specific immune response (immune signature) for systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), a chronic autoimmune disease affecting more than five million people. With this knowledge, IES...

MRI Measurement Tools Help Diagnose Veterans' Traumatic Brain Injuries

March 18, 2015 2:36 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

More than 300,000 U.S. veterans have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in recent years, a legacy of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But these numbers don't tell the whole story. While severe TBI can be obvious, milder cases...

Molecular Tool Assesses Vaginal Microbiome Health

March 18, 2015 2:31 pm | by Lancaster University | News | Comments

A new microarray-based tool, called VaginArray, offers the potential to provide a fast, reliable and low-cost assessment of vaginal health and diagnoses of infections. The research is published ahead of print March 2, in Antimicrobial Agents...

Speech-Based System for Early Detection of Alzheimer's

March 18, 2015 2:26 pm | by University of the Basque Country | News | Comments

The ELEKIN research group of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country is working to develop various non-invasive methodologies for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease. One of the ELEKIN group's lines of research is biomedical...

Malaria Test for Ancient Human Remains

March 18, 2015 11:10 am | by Jim Shelton, Yale University | News | Comments

Ancient malaria patients, the anthropologist will see you now. A Yale University scientist has developed a promising new method to identify malaria in the bone marrow of ancient human remains. It is the first time researchers have been...

Newly Developed Technology Dissects Properties of Single Stem Cells

March 18, 2015 10:31 am | by University of North Carolina School of Medicine | News | Comments

The human gut is a remarkable thing. Every week the intestines regenerate a new lining, sloughing off the equivalent surface area of a studio apartment and refurbishing it with new cells. For decades, researchers have known that the party...

Mobile System Captures High-Resolution Images Inside the Eye

March 18, 2015 10:23 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

A smart and simple method developed at Rice University to image a patient’s eye could help monitor eye health and spot signs of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, especially in developing nations. The patient-operated, portable...

A New Test for Children with Concussions

March 18, 2015 10:02 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and the MUHC, are working to develop a much needed tool for helping diagnose concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries suffered by thousands of...

Top 5 Medical Devices from SXSW 2015

March 17, 2015 4:24 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

The SX Health and MedTech Expo was presented for the first time on March 16th and 17th, the last two days of SXSW's "Interactive" portion. The stage was host to programming and panels, providing opportunities to learn from leading experts...

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