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Engineer Pursues Development of Five-Dimensional Imaging Technology

January 16, 2014 2:42 pm | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Virginia Tech biomedical engineering faculty member Guohua Cao, director of the X-Ray Systems Laboratory, is leading an effort to develop a new type of X-ray scanner that is an unprecedented five dimensional technology. Cao is using his...

Infraredx Announces Nipro Corporation’s Plans for Commercial Manufacturing of TVC Imaging System in Japan

January 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Infraredx, Inc., a medical device company committed to advancing the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease, today announced that Nipro Corporation, the exclusive distributor of the TVC Imaging System in Japan, has established...

Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Acquired for $4.15 Billion

January 16, 2014 11:23 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group has agreed to acquire Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics (OCD) business, a global provider of solutions for screening, diagnosing, monitoring and confirming diseases, for...

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Tech for Faster Diagnosis, Cures

January 15, 2014 2:13 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D Magazine | Articles | Comments

In January 2013, an assoc. prof of biomedical engineering at Columbia Univ., Samuel K. Sia, developed a lab-on-a-chip technology that not only checks a patient’s HIV status with just a finger prick, it also synchronizes the results automatically...

New Breast Cancer Stem Cell Findings Explain How Cancer Spreads

January 15, 2014 10:35 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Breast cancer stem cells exist in two different states and each state plays a role in how cancer spreads, according to an international collaboration of researchers. Their finding sheds new light on the process that makes cancer a deadly...

Sequenom Laboratories Expands Access to MaterniT21™ PLUS Test

January 14, 2014 4:30 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Sequenom, Inc., a life sciences company providing innovative testing and genetic analysis solutions, announced today its wholly owned subsidiary, Sequenom Laboratories, entered into an agreement to offer access to its MaterniT21 PLUS laboratory-developed...

Building Complex Polymer Nanostructures on Plant Virus Scaffolds

January 14, 2014 1:01 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have received a $540,000 federal grant to devise methods for building minute structures tailored to precisely deliver medicines to tumors or carry dyes that help imaging technologies detect disease...

Researchers Investigating How to Make PET Imaging Even Sweeter

January 14, 2014 12:34 pm | by The Mount Sinai Hospital/Mount Sinai School of Medicine | News | Comments

An international research team led by Mount Sinai Heart at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is testing its novel sugar-based tracer contrast agent to be used with positron emission tomography (PET) imaging to help in the hunt for dangerous...

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Photos of the Day: Robo-Sperm, Medical Miniaturization, and Stephen Colbert

January 14, 2014 12:13 pm | by Institute for Integrative Nanosciences | News | Comments

A new biohybrid micro-robot is developed by capturing bovine sperm cells inside ferromagnetic microtubes that use the motile cells as driving force. These micro-bio-robots can be remotely controlled by an external magnetic field. The performance...

VC Funding in Healthcare IT Sector Reaches New Heights with $2.2 Billion in 2013

January 14, 2014 11:13 am | by Mercom Capital Group | News | Comments

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global communications and consulting firm, released its annual report on funding and mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity for the Healthcare Information Technology (IT) sector in 2013. Venture capital (VC)...

Molecular Nano-Spies to Make Light Work of Disease Detection

January 14, 2014 10:58 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

A world of cloak-and-dagger pharmaceuticals has come a step closer with the development of stealth compounds programmed to spring into action when they receive the signal. Researchers at the University of Nottingham’s School of Pharmacy...

Merge Healthcare Licenses Zero Footprint Patent Portfolio From Heart Imaging Technologies

January 14, 2014 2:46 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, and Heart Imaging Technologies (Heart IT), an industry leader in web-based medical image viewing and management solutions...

Following Up from RSNA 2013

January 13, 2014 1:58 pm | by Pierre Lemire, President and CTO, Calgary Scientific | Blogs | Comments

Heading into RSNA 2013, I wrote about advancements in technology over the past 25 years and how significant improvements in technology has allowed us to deliver on what we hoped would be possible. This seemed to resonate with many people...

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Children’s Brain Imaging Data Bank Could Become a ‘Google’ Tool for Doctors

January 13, 2014 11:35 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

When an MRI scan uncovers an unusual architecture or shape in a child’s brain, it’s cause for concern: The malformation may be a sign of disease. But deciding whether that odd-looking anatomy is worrisome or harmless can be difficult. To...

Tweaking MRI to Track Creatine May Spot Heart Problems Earlier

January 13, 2014 10:59 am | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | News | Comments

A new MRI method to map creatine at higher resolutions in the heart may help clinicians and scientists find abnormalities and disorders earlier than traditional diagnostic methods, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the...   

Study: Self-Administered Test Helps Spot Early Alzheimer's

January 13, 2014 10:52 am | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE test), which takes less than 15 minutes to complete, is a reliable tool for evaluating cognitive abilities. Findings by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center...

Detecting Alzheimer's at Home

January 13, 2014 10:48 am | by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | Videos | Comments

Researchers have developed an at-home test that can help doctors spot early symptoms of cognitive issues in their patients, like Alzheimer's disease. Best of all, the test is cheap, self-administered, and a new study shows, can be just as...

Green Park Collaborative to Develop Evidence Standards for Next Generation Sequencing-Based Testing in Oncology

January 13, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Green Park Collaborative, sponsored by the Center for Medical Technology Policy (CMTP), today launched a new effort to develop methodological guidance on the kinds of evidence needed to evaluate promising tests in the rapidly developing...

Setting the Bar for Blood Glucose Meter Performance

January 10, 2014 2:34 pm | by Courtney Lias, Director, Division of Chemistry and Toxicology Devices, CDRH | Blogs | Comments

Many of the nearly 19 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes must monitor their blood glucose (sugar) frequently throughout the day using an at-home meter to make sure that their blood glucose is within a safe range. The ability to measure...

AdvaMed Signs MOU with Taiwan Med Tech Association

January 10, 2014 11:56 am | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) announced today that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Taiwan Advanced Medical Technology Association (TAMTA) to facilitate collaboration between the... 

High Costs of Research Made Worse by Funding Gap

January 10, 2014 10:35 am | by Florida Science Communications | News | Comments

Although more opportunity exists for university-based researchers to be innovative, and there is more financial support for innovation than ever before, the cost of university research is rising to new levels and presents a serious funding...

Researchers Develop Tool To Determine Individual Risk Of Prostate Cancer Overdiagnosis

January 10, 2014 8:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Studies have found that prostate cancer is overdiagnosed in up to 42 percent of cases, prompting men to receive unnecessary treatment that can cause devastating side effects, including impotence and incontinence. Now, researchers at Fred...

Simple Test Can Indicate Cervical Cancer

January 9, 2014 2:49 pm | by Gary Mans, University of Louisville | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Louisville have confirmed that using the heat profile from a person’s blood, called a plasma thermogram, can serve as an indicator for the presence or absence of cervical cancer, including the stage of cancer...

Eye-Catching Electronics Enable Wearable Devices

January 9, 2014 2:15 pm | by Peter Rüegg, ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Researchers at ETH are developing electronic components that are thinner and more flexible than before. They can even be wrapped around a single hair without damaging the electronics. This opens up new possibilities for ultra-thin, transparent...

Avelas Biosciences Closes $6.85 Million in Series B Financing to Advance Real-Time Cancer Visualization Technology to Clinical Proof-of-Concept

January 9, 2014 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Avelas Biosciences announced today the closing of a $6.85 million tranche of a Series B financing round - bringing the total funds raised since inception to ~$14 million.  The funds will be used to support ongoing development of the Avelas...

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