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X-Chem First Biotech to Exceed 100 Billion Compounds with its Unique and Proprietary Small Molecule DNA-Encoded Library

February 4, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

X-Chem, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company focused on applying its powerful product engine to the generation of novel small molecule therapeutics, today announced that the company has created the first biotech-owned screening library...

Simple, At-Home Test Will Detect Most Colorectal Cancers

February 3, 2014 5:00 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Tests that require patients to collect a single stool sample at home and then send it to a lab for analysis will detect about 79 percent of colorectal cancers, according to a new evidence review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine...

FDA Approves Pill Camera to Screen Colon

February 3, 2014 2:13 pm | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A kinder, gentler approach to one of the most dreaded exams in medicine is on the way: U.S. regulators have cleared a bite-size camera to help screen the large intestine of patients who have trouble with colonoscopies. The ingestible pill...

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Tasso Simplifies Blood Sampling, Secures $2.3M

February 3, 2014 10:48 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Tasso, Inc., a medtech start-up developing a wearable blood draw device, has secured $2.3M in grant funding for its HemoLink technology. After a successful SBIR Phase I, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has granted the company...

Capturing Ultrasharp Images of Multiple Cell Components at Once

February 3, 2014 9:51 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

A new microscopy method could enable scientists to generate snapshots of dozens of different biomolecules at once in a single human cell, a team from the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported...

Diagnosis just a Breath Away with New Laser

February 3, 2014 9:37 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

University of Adelaide physics researchers have developed a new type of laser that will enable exciting new advances in areas as diverse as breath analysis for disease diagnosis. Published in the journal Optics Letters, the researchers from...

Researchers Discover How Brain Regions Work Together, or Alone

February 3, 2014 9:18 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Our brains have billions of neurons grouped into different regions. These regions often work alone, but sometimes must join forces. How do regions communicate selectively? Stanford researchers may have solved a riddle about the inner workings...

Given Imaging Receives FDA Clearance for PillCam COLON in Patients Following Incomplete Colonoscopy

February 3, 2014 1:45 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

Given Imaging Ltd, a world leader in GI medical devices and pioneer of capsule endoscopy, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared PillCam COLON as a new modality to provide visualization of the colon...

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Abbott shutters Puerto Rico facility

January 31, 2014 2:04 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Abbott is reportedly shutting down a Puerto Rico manufacturing plant, with an unspecified number of employees slated for termination. The plant in question resides in a city called Barceloneta, and the facility houses pharmaceutical...  

Cell Membrane Model Studied as Future Diagnostic Tool

January 31, 2014 11:46 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and in Lithuania have used a NIST-developed laboratory model of a simplified cell membrane to accurately detect and measure a protein associated with a serious gynecological...

UCSF Team Reveals How the Brain Recognizes Speech Sounds

January 31, 2014 11:15 am | by University of California - San Francisco | News | Comments

UC San Francisco researchers are reporting a detailed account of how speech sounds are identified by the human brain, offering an unprecedented insight into the basis of human language. The finding, they said, may add to our understanding...

Sensor Screens Your Blood for Drugs in Real-Time

January 30, 2014 2:48 pm | by Heather Kathryn Ross, UCSB | News | Comments

A sensor system called MEDIC can continuously measure levels of medication and illegal drugs in human blood. It’s every doctor’s dream — a small, wearable sensor that can monitor levels of, say, the heart drug digoxin in a patient’s blood...

Using Golden DNA Strands to Close Electric Circuits in Biosensors

January 30, 2014 11:20 am | by Uppsala University | News | Comments

By letting DNA strands grow together with gold, scientists at Uppsala Berzelii Centre for Neurodiagnostics and Science for Life Laboratory have developed a brand new concept for super sensitive diagnostics of different diseases. The study...

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Cancer Research: New U.S. Patent to Swedish Researchers

January 29, 2014 2:38 pm | by Expertsvar | News | Comments

Alf Månsson and Sven Tågerud, professors at Linnaeus University in Sweden, have been granted a patent in the US for their research on nanodiagnostics. Their ideas will, among other things, improve diagnosing for prostate cancer. The ideas...

Bringing Medical Testing to Remote Locales

January 29, 2014 1:40 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The latest episode in the American Chemical Society's (ACS') award-winning Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcast series features a small, paper-based device that can monitor or detect disease with no electricity or expensive lab...

23andMe Helps Identify 11 New Genetic Associations for Asthma-With-Hay Fever

January 29, 2014 12:34 pm | by 23andMe | News | Comments

23andMe, the leading personal genetics company, has participated in the first ever genome-wide association study of the combined asthma-with-hay fever phenotype.  Led by researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, the... 

Measuring Brain Activity in Premature Infants

January 29, 2014 12:14 pm | by The Journal of Visualized Experiments | News | Comments

On January 29, JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, will publish a procedure to identify newborns and children at-risk for developmental problems, especially those born prematurely. The technique is an infant friendly way of measuring...

Imaging Autoimmune Diabetes

January 29, 2014 12:06 pm | by Lund University | News | Comments

Researchers at Lund University have managed to develop a technique whereby they can study the inflammatory process that takes place in the pancreas during the natural development of type 1 diabetes, allowing for real time and repeated non...

Healthcare and the ‘Internet of Things’

January 28, 2014 11:20 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE, Director of Special Assignments, Industrial & Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics | Blogs | Comments

A revolution in healthcare is quietly brewing. The “Internet of Things”—a global system that could eventually comprise billions of devices and applications—including sensors, actuators, microcontrollers, mobile-communication devices, nano...

Glucose Monitoring Devices Market: Asia-Pacific to Boost Moderate Growth by 2019

January 28, 2014 10:50 am | by GBI Research | News | Comments

The global glucose monitoring devices market value will experience a moderate increase from $9.9 billion in 2012 to $13.7 billion by 2019, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5%, forecasts business intelligence provider GBI Research...

Nipping Diabetes in the...Blood

January 28, 2014 10:25 am | by Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

An estimated 25.8 million Americans have diabetes. Another 79 million are thought to have "prediabetes," meaning they are at risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Now Dr. Nataly Lerner of Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine... 

DNA-Built Nanostructures Safely Target, Image Cancer Tumors

January 28, 2014 10:05 am | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

A team of researchers at the University of Toronto has discovered a method of assembling "building blocks" of gold nanoparticles as the vehicle to deliver cancer medications or cancer-identifying markers directly into cancerous tumors. The...

Retired NFL Players Fear Dementia Based on Unproven Tests

January 27, 2014 8:45 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After thousands of hits to his head and confronted with troubling symptoms, NFL Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure is sure he has the devastating brain disease CTE—even though the strongest scientific evidence says it can only be diagnosed...

New Biomedical Diagnostics Using Personalized 3D Imaging

January 27, 2014 12:16 pm | by Universidad Carlos III of Madrid | News | Comments

This innovation enables 3D images of living organisms to be obtained with greater speed and precision. In broad terms, helical optical projection tomography consists in rotating a sample while moving it vertically in order to then obtain...

New Microscopy Technique Improves Imaging at the Atomic Scale

January 27, 2014 12:09 pm | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

When capturing images at the atomic scale, even tiny movements of the sample can result in skewed or distorted images – and those movements are virtually impossible to prevent. Now microscopy researchers at North Carolina State University...

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