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Computer-Aided Diagnosis of Epilepsy

May 13, 2014 11:49 am | by Cynthia Lee and Kim Irwin, UCLA | News | Comments

Akash Patel, a second-year biology major, and Sarah Barritt, a second-year political science major at UCLA, have a sizable academic edge that will help one get into medical school and the other into law school. For more than a year, both...

High-Tech Peg Measures Palsy Patients’ Dexterity

May 13, 2014 11:25 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

It looks like a game board and many of its users will find it fun, but there’s serious intent behind a device by Rice University students to test the abilities of cerebral palsy patients. At the heart of the DeXcellence platform is a small...

Photos of the Day: Pegging Down a Cerebral Palsy Test

May 13, 2014 11:25 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

The DeXcellence device invented by senior engineering students at Rice University tracks the dexterity of cerebral palsy patients through their ability to move a Bluetooth-enabled cylinder through a series of tasks. The peg can be tracked...

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Evolutions in the EU IVD Regulatory Landscape

May 12, 2014 11:44 am | by Sarah Stec, Legal and Regulatory Director, GMED North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

Of the two medical device regulations that are currently being debated in the European Union, the regulation covering in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDs) contains the more comprehensive changes to the EU IVD market access regulations...

Conducting Polymer Films Decorated with Biomolecules for Cell Research Use

May 12, 2014 10:36 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

The ability to create conducting polymer films in a variety of shapes, thicknesses and surface properties rapidly and inexpensively will make growing and testing cells easier and more flexible, according to a team of Penn State bioengineers...

Hijacking Bacteria's Natural Defenses to Trap and Reveal Pathogens

May 12, 2014 10:26 am | by University of Nottingham | News | Comments

The breakthrough, published in the journal Nature Materials, could offer an easier way of detecting pathogenic bacteria outside of a clinical setting and could be particularly important for the developing world, where access to more sophisticated...

Patient Stem Cells Used to Make 'Heart Disease-on-a-Chip'

May 12, 2014 10:11 am | by Harvard's Wyss Institute | News | Comments

Harvard scientists have merged stem cell and 'organ-on-a-chip' technologies to grow, for the first time, functioning human heart tissue carrying an inherited cardiovascular disease. The research is big step forward for personalized medicine...

Trends in the U.S. IVD Market: Diseases and Testing Venues

May 12, 2014 9:06 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

My blog last week looked at a report released by Kalorama Information entitled, “The United States Market For In Vitro Diagnostic Tests.” This report examines the current state of the U.S. IVD market, analyzes the various emerging trends...

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Last day for entries! R&D 100 deadline is 11:59 pm, May 9.

May 9, 2014 1:49 pm | News | Comments

It has arrived...the last day to file your 2014 R&D 100 Awards entry is today, Friday, May 9. If you have started an entry, please take the time to make sure it it is registered and contact us if you need assistance in making the...

Common Test Used on Heart Patients Who Need Defibrillator Implants Unnecessary

May 9, 2014 12:05 pm | by McMaster University | News | Comments

New research from McMaster University suggests that a commonly performed test during certain types of heart surgery is not helpful and possibly harmful. The testing procedure, known as defibrillator testing (DT), is commonly used on people...

Home Health Market Soars as Medical Providers Seek to Cut Costs

May 9, 2014 10:25 am | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

Medical providers’ efforts to reduce costs by taking a more holistic approach to healthcare will spur a doubling in the global market for home health technologies in the coming years, according to IHS Technology. Worldwide revenue for home...

Fio Chairman: How Automating Diagnostic Testing Can Simultaneously Automate Valuable Data Capture

May 9, 2014 10:20 am | by Wired UK | Videos | Comments

Fio Corporation Chairman and CEO Michael Greenberg said that lack of timely, precise metrics associated with the trillions of dollars spent annually in decentralized healthcare delivery makes waste inevitable and literally incalculable: “Show...

AACC Supports FDA on Blood Glucose Meters but Questions New Standards

May 8, 2014 3:30 pm | by American Association for Clinical Chemistry | News | Comments

In January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance proposing separate performance and accuracy criteria for over-the-counter blood glucose meters used in the home and prescription blood glucose meters used in...

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Toward a Faster, More Accurate Way to Diagnose Stroke

May 8, 2014 3:20 pm | by Analytical Chemistry | News | Comments

When someone suffers from a stroke, a silent countdown begins. A fast diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between life and death. So scientists are working on a new blood test that one day could rapidly confirm whether someone...

A Lab in Your Pocket

May 8, 2014 11:27 am | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

When you get sick, your physician may take a sample of your blood, send it to the lab and wait for results. In the near future, however, doctors may be able to run those tests almost instantly on a piece of plastic about the size of credit...

Researchers Use DNA to Build Tool that May Literally Shine Light on Cancer

May 8, 2014 11:19 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Bioengineers at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the University of Montreal have used DNA to develop a tool that detects and reacts to chemical changes caused by cancer cells and that may one day be used to deliver drugs to tumor cells...

Urine Test Best Detects Alcohol Use in Liver Transplant Candidates, Recipients

May 8, 2014 11:06 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

Researchers from Italy confirm that urinary ethyl glucuronide (uEtG) accurately detects alcohol consumption in liver transplant candidates and recipients. The study published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association...

Listening to Bipolar Disorder: Smartphone App Detects Mood Swings via Voice Analysis

May 8, 2014 11:03 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

A smartphone app that monitors subtle qualities of a person's voice during everyday phone conversations shows promise for detecting early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder, a University of Michigan team reports. While the...

Recall Report: PT/INR Test Strips Had Significantly Innacurate Results

May 7, 2014 2:13 pm | by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) | News | Comments

Alere is recalling this product due to complaints of patients who had a therapeutic or near therapeutic INR with the Alere INRatio2 PT/INR Professional Test Strip but a significantly higher INR (outside of therapeutic range) when performed...

Is FDA’s Crackdown on Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing a Violation of the First Amendment?

May 7, 2014 9:52 am | by American Association for Clinical Chemistry | News | Comments

In November 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the company 23andMe to stop offering its direct-to-consumer DNA testing service, which provided individuals with $99 assessments of their genetic risk for almost 200...

PENTAX Medical Launches New Software Platform for Endoscopy Unit

May 7, 2014 9:43 am | by PENTAX Medical Co. | News | Comments

PENTAX Medical Company, a healthcare industry leader in endoscopic imaging, announced the U.S. and Canada launch of the endoPRO iQ 7.6, the company’s newest version of its information technology (IT) and image management software for endoscopy...

DaVita Labs Uses Roche Technology to Launch Molecular Diagnostics Testing

May 7, 2014 6:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. and a leading provider of kidney care services, today announced that DaVita Labs, the diagnostic laboratory servicing both dialysis organizations and physician practices... 

Clamping Down on Cancer-Causing Mutations

May 6, 2014 4:08 pm | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

An international research team has built molecular “clamps” out of DNA that offer a powerful new tool for identifying individuals with an increased risk of cancer. The clamp is capable of detecting genetic mutations, associated with cancer...

Cyborg Sensor Could Unlock Anesthesia’s Secrets

May 6, 2014 3:21 pm | by Evan Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Almost every biological process involves sensing the presence of a certain chemical. Finely tuned over millions of years of evolution, the body’s different receptors are shaped to accept certain target chemicals. When they bind, the receptors...

Luminescent Nanocrystal Tags and Scanner Enable Rapid Detection of Multiple Pathogens in Single Test

May 6, 2014 3:01 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

A research team using tunable luminescent nanocrystals as tags to advance medical and security imaging have successfully applied them to high-speed scanning technology and detected multiple viruses within minutes. The research, led by...  

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