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Genetic Testing Can Identify Men at Six-Fold Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer

September 15, 2014 11:58 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

Scientists can now explain a third of the inherited risk of prostate cancer, after a major international study identified 23 new genetic variants associated with increased risk of the disease. The study brings the total number of common genetic...

Congress Tackles LDT Regulation: FDA Authority and Adverse Events

September 15, 2014 10:27 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on FDA’s notification to Congress at the end of July that it intends to issue draft guidance on a framework for oversight of laboratory...

St. Jude Medical Announces Launch of OPTIS Integrated System

September 15, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the company has secured CE Mark and FDA clearance for the new OPTIS Integrated System. The system is a departure from traditional, mobile cart-based diagnostic tools...

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Fighting Lung Cancer: Faster Image Processing for Low-Radiation CT Scans

September 12, 2014 4:17 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

A new $1.9 million study at the University of Michigan seeks to make low-dose computed tomography scans a viable screening technique by speeding up the image reconstruction from half an hour or more to just five minutes. The advance could be...

23andMe CEO Navigates Health Regulation

September 12, 2014 4:02 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

No Silicon Valley company better embodies the promise and the pitfalls of working in healthcare than DNA testing firm 23andMe. Launched in 2006 to a flurry of media coverage, the Mountain View, California-based company seemed to have every...

Researchers Create World's Largest DNA Origami

September 12, 2014 3:35 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of Copenhagen have created the world's largest DNA origami, which are nanoscale constructions with applications ranging from biomedical research to nanoelectronics...

ONCOblot Blood Test for Cancer Goes International

September 12, 2014 3:13 pm | by ONCOblot Labs | News | Comments

The ONCOblot Test, a highly sensitive blood test for cancer, has now expanded into international territories; bringing much needed support for early cancer detection to areas beyond The United States. ONCOblot believes that these two new...

Sepsis Kills Over 6,000,000 Children in Developing World: App-Device Could Help Save Them

September 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by LionsGate Technologies | News | Comments

Saving lives in the developing world is why Dr. Ansermino and his colleagues at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Electrical and Computer Engineering in Medicine research group developed the Phone Oximeter pulse oximeter, a sensor...

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'Pocket Doctor' Diagnosis for Parkinson's Disease

September 12, 2014 11:47 am | by Aston University | News | Comments

Smartphones will soon be able to perform the functions of a ‘pocket doctor’ and map Parkinson’s disease and other degenerative diseases, thanks to the work of an Aston University mathematician. With Smartphones now able to accurately record...

One-Minute Point-of-Care Anemia Test

September 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A simple point-of-care testing device for anemia could provide more rapid diagnosis of the common blood disorder and allow inexpensive at-home self-monitoring of persons with chronic forms of the disease. The disposable self-testing device...

Photos of the Day: Quick At-Home Anemia Test

September 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Close-up of a prototype device for point-of-care testing of anemia. The device could enable more rapid diagnosis of the common blood disorder and allow inexpensive at-home self-monitoring of persons with chronic forms of the disease. Erika...

VolitionRx NuQ Blood Test Detects 84% of Colorectal Cancers

September 11, 2014 3:38 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

VolitionRx Limited, a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for a broad range of cancer types, today announced that CEO Cameron Reynolds will this morning present topline data from its 4,800-subject...

IBA and Philips Join Forces to Advance Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer

September 11, 2014 10:25 am | by LPP | News | Comments

IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.), the world’s leading provider of proton therapy and radiopharmacy solutions, and Royal Philips today announce the signing of a global collaboration to provide advanced diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for...

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Silicon Valley Struggles to Speak FDA's Language

September 11, 2014 10:24 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar — Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many...

Monitoring the Response of Bone Metastases to Treatment Using MRI and PET

September 11, 2014 9:50 am | by European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer | News | Comments

Imaging technologies are very useful in evaluating a patient's response to cancer treatment, and this can be done quite effectively for most tumors using RECIST, Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors. However, RECIST works well for...

Automated Anti-Müllerian Hormone Test to Improve Fertility Assessment and Treatment

September 11, 2014 9:29 am | by Beckman Coulter | News | Comments

Beckman Coulter Diagnostics has obtained CE Mark on its new automated Access anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) assay. The new test is the company’s latest innovation in women’s health testing and further advances Beckman Coulter’s rich 15-year...

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...

'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...

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...

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