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New Technology Developed to Diagnose Cancer Cells

July 14, 2014 9:48 am | by Medical University of Vienna | News | Comments

In pathology, cells and cell nuclei are usually examined using a microscope for bio-marker expressions in tumors. This analysis is used to weigh up the treatment options for patients who have cancer, for example. The certainty of the diagnosis...

Merck Committed to Companion Diagnostics

July 11, 2014 4:27 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

During the past month and a half, pharmaceutical giant Merck has been actively forming partnerships with IVD manufacturers to develop companion diagnostics for their drugs. The following is a rundown of these recent alliances. At the end of...

Doctor-Entrepreneur Sets Sights on Improving Prostate Cancer Treatment

July 11, 2014 2:49 pm | by MD Anderson | News | Comments

Providing life-saving care to cancer patients, becoming an internationally renowned doctor and serving as an engineer on a nuclear submarine are crowning career credentials in their own right. But Steven Frank, M.D., MD Anderson radiation...

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Seeing the Inner Workings of the Brain Made Easier

July 11, 2014 2:21 pm | by Amy Adams, Stanford University | News | Comments

Last year, Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, announced a new way of peering into a disembodied brain that provided spectacular fly-through views of its inner connections. Since...

Sunshine Act Will Reveal Manufacturers’ Payments to Docs in September

July 11, 2014 2:04 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

When many of us have a medical appointment we're concerned about our finances: how much will we owe out-of-pocket? What's our co-pay? But next time, you may also want to ask your doctors about their financial situation. That's because nearly...

New Diagnostic Test to Distinguish Psoriasis from Eczema

July 11, 2014 9:45 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health | News | Comments

In some patients, the chronic inflammatory skin diseases psoriasis and eczema are similar in appearance. Up to now, dermatologists have therefore had to base their decision on which treatment should be selected on their own experience and...

Ultrasound Tracks Odor Representation in the Brain

July 11, 2014 9:26 am | by CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange) | News | Comments

A new ultrasound imaging technique has provided the first ever in vivo visualization of activity in the piriform cortex of rats during odor perception. This deep-seated brain structure plays an important role in olfaction, and was inaccessible...

Global Endoscopy Devices Market is Expected to Reach USD 36.9 Billion by 2019

July 11, 2014 9:09 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Endoscopy Devices Market (Endoscopes, Endoscopic Operative Devices, and Visualization Systems) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast...

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New Simple Setup for X-Ray Phase Contrast

July 11, 2014 8:56 am | by Technische Universität München | News | Comments

X-ray phase-contrast imaging can provide high-quality images of objects with lower radiation dose. But until now these images have been hard to obtain and required special X-ray sources whose properties are typically only found at large particle...

Robot Care Giver Offers Company and Security to 94-Year-Old Grandmother

July 10, 2014 3:48 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A robot that monitors the health of elderly people living alone and allows them to have face-to-face conversations with relatives or doctors is being tested in Rome by 94-year-old Grandma Lea. The makers of the GiraffPlus system say their...

Making a Wire-Free Future

July 10, 2014 9:56 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

More than a century ago, engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla proposed a global system of wireless transmission of electricity — or wireless power. But one key obstacle to realizing this ambitious vision has always been the inefficiency of...

Working Toward a Single-Molecule Biosensor: An Interview with Pietro Gucciardi

July 9, 2014 3:38 pm | by Alexander Hellemans, youris.com | News | Comments

Until now, few biosensors have had the required sensitivity to detect single molecules. A novel approach for improved biosensor sensitivity has opened new avenues for developing new kinds of biosensors. It relies on light irradiation of tiny...

Designing Ultra-Sensitive Biosensors for Early Personalized Diagnostics

July 9, 2014 3:27 pm | by Alexander Hellemans, youris.com | News | Comments

Personalized medicine is one of the new developments that is deemed to revolutionize health care. A key component is the detection of biomarkers, proteins in blood or saliva, for example, whose presence or abnormal concentration is caused...

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Projecting a 3-Dimensional Future

July 9, 2014 2:22 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Since the 1960s, theatergoers have shelled out for crude 3D glasses, polarized glasses, and shutter glasses to enhance their viewing experience. These basic devices, used to trick the brain into perceiving an artificial three-dimensional...

Applying the Data Distribution Service in an IoT Healthcare System

July 9, 2014 12:25 pm | by Angelo Corsaro, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, PrismTech | Blogs | Comments

In my last post, I described how the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard is used to provide ubiquitous access to clinical measurements. In this post, I will be introducing the foundations of this enabling technology that can allow healthcare...

Finding Real Value in Big Data for Public Health

July 9, 2014 11:51 am | by San Diego State University | News | Comments

Media reports of public health breakthroughs made possible by big data have been largely oversold, according to a new study, published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "Many studies deserve praise for being the first of...

New Supercomputer Accelerates Pace of Health Research Across North of England

July 9, 2014 11:40 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

The Health eResearch Centre (HeRC), a research partnership led by The University of Manchester, has advanced Northern England’s computing power by financing a new computer system that can analyze bigger and more complex sets of information...

New App Widens Opportunities for Dementia Assessments

July 9, 2014 9:42 am | by University of Plymouth | News | Comments

A team of clinicians from Plymouth, UK, and Sydney, Australia, have launched ACEmobile – a free-to-use app to support the assessment of dementia, worldwide. ACEmobile is the first of its kind; an iPad-based tool that supports the assessment...

Food Allergies: A New, Simple Method to Track Down Allergens

July 8, 2014 2:58 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

Scientists at EPFL have developed a fast and accurate method for determining exactly which proteins cause allergies to milk. The novel approach can extend to other foods as well. Although food allergies are common, sufferers often don’t know...

Harnessing the Speed of Light

July 8, 2014 2:36 pm | by Steve Calechman, MIT Industrial Liaison Program | News | Comments

The fields of data communication, fabrication, and ultrasound imaging share a common challenge when it comes to improving speed and efficiency: light’s diffraction limit. Nicholas Fang thinks his group at MIT might have found a solution...

Might a Handheld Chemical Scanner Revolutionize Diagnostics? Not Yet, But…

July 8, 2014 11:32 am | by Jon Gerberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Israeli inventor has created a scanner that he says could change the way we shop and take care of ourselves — by reading the chemical makeup of foods, drugs and other items we use. The tiny gadget is still limited to a few key applications...

New Smartphone App Offers Easy and Inexpensive Solution for Hearing Screening

July 8, 2014 9:57 am | by University of Pretoria | News | Comments

An article published in the International Journal of Audiology on 7 July 2014 reports on an innovative smartphone app that will make it easier and cheaper to screen people, including young children and the elderly, for hearing loss. The...

Significant Step Toward Blood Test for Alzheimer's

July 8, 2014 9:43 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood which can predict the onset of Alzheimer's, marking a significant step towards developing a blood test for the disease. There are currently no effective long-lasting drug treatments...

Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Becomes an Independent, Stand-Alone Company

July 8, 2014 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. (OCD) unveiled its newly expanded executive leadership team following the acquisition of the company by The Carlyle Group from Johnson & Johnson. In his first act as OCD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer...

Time of Day Crucial to Accurately Test for Diseases

July 7, 2014 4:52 pm | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

A new study published today in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), has found that time of day and sleep deprivation have a significant effect on our metabolism. The finding could be crucial when looking at...

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