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New Technology Tracks Carcinogens as They Move through the Body

December 11, 2014 9:40 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Researchers for the first time have developed a method to track through the human body the movement of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, as extraordinarily tiny amounts of these potential carcinogens are biologically processed and eliminated...

Prototype Point-of-Care Analyzer Enables Early Ebola Detection

December 10, 2014 12:16 pm | by STMicroelectronics | News | Comments

Driven by the ambitious objective to quickly detect the Ebola virus in the blood at a very early stage to minimize further transmission, STMicroelectronics and Clonit, in collaboration with Italy’s National Institute for Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani...

The Pulse: Pain-Free Lancing for Blood Testing and Tracking Surgeons’ Eyes

December 10, 2014 11:36 am | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re performing a blood draw pain-free, comparing heart vital signs, tracking the eyes of surgeons, and giving the disabled access to smartphones.           

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Integrating Patient Devices into Health IT Systems

December 10, 2014 11:20 am | by Charles Settles, Product Analyst, TechnologyAdvice | Articles | Comments

The launch of Apple’s HealthKit platform was the first real sign the fitness and health tracking movement had legs; Apple has always been intentional about its moves, and its fans are usually quick to adopt new offerings. They’ve already announced...

Easing the Burden on Healthcare Professionals

December 10, 2014 7:30 am | by Jan Wittenber, Member of IEEE and Fellow at the Center for Medical Interoperability | Blogs | Comments

The following from the Background section of the ISO/IEEE 11073 Personal Health Data (PHD) Standards addresses this topic appropriately: “Demographics changes (the rapidly aging population in many industrialized countries) and an increase...

Blood Test for Breast Cancer

December 9, 2014 11:56 am | by Oxford University | News | Comments

It may be possible to develop a simple blood test that, by detecting changes in the zinc in our bodies, could help to diagnose breast cancer early. A team, led by Oxford University scientists, took techniques normally used to analyze trace metal...

Crowdsourcing for Solutions to Epileptic Seizure Detection and Prediction

December 9, 2014 10:20 am | by American Epilepsy Society (AES) | News | Comments

An international competition using the wisdom of crowds has developed computer algorithms to detect, predict, and ultimately prevent epileptic seizures. A total of five-hundred and four teams competed in two challenges, one for Seizure Detection...

Home (Healthcare) Is Where the Need Is

December 9, 2014 7:30 am | by Carlos Castillo, Biomedical Engineer & Research Biomedical Engineering Advisor, Loma Linda University Zhang Neuroscience Laboratory | Blogs | Comments

Short answer, where the need is! Perhaps numbers will make this more clear. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) gives us the first part of this equation “Each day, 10,000 baby boomers retire and begin receiving Medicare and Social Security benefits”... 

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Rapid Ebola Test Runs Off Car Battery for Remote Locations

December 8, 2014 12:28 pm | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

Rutgers researcher David Alland, working with the California biotechnology company Cepheid, has received a grant of nearly $640,000 from the National Institutes of Health to develop a rapid test to diagnose Ebola as well as other viruses that can...

Medical Device Makers: You’re Responsible for Device Cybersecurity

December 8, 2014 11:06 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

Who is responsible for the cybersecurity of medical devices? The makers of those devices. That anyway is the position of the American Hospital Association (AHA), which made its point in comments submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

IVD Companies Join Ebola Fight

December 8, 2014 9:58 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

While the initial hysteria and fear of an Ebola pandemic has quieted down, the fight against this disease is far from over. National Public Radio reported that there were 537 new Ebola infections in Sierra Leone in one week, which is the largest weekly...

Friday 5: Connecting Healthcare with TE Connectivity's Thomas Medina

December 5, 2014 9:42 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I foresee a continuous transition from body-worn to body-integrated devices designed to deliver very specific, customized care. Device function will be monitored and controlled remotely, determined via gene-based diagnosis and therapies; and will be...

World’s Fastest 2-D Camera May Enable New Scientific Discoveries

December 3, 2014 1:55 pm | by Tony Fitzpatrick, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

A team of biomedical engineers at Washington University in St. Louis, led by Lihong Wang, PhD, the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has developed the world’s fastest receive-only 2-D camera, a device that can capture...

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3 Questions: Lee Gehrke on a New Paper Diagnostic for Ebola

December 3, 2014 12:16 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Once a patient infected with the Ebola hemorrhagic virus starts showing symptoms, it can take several hours under the best conditions, and up to several days in remote areas, to get diagnostic results using conventional tests, such as identification...

Brain Representations of Social Thoughts Accurately Predict Autism Diagnosis

December 3, 2014 11:37 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Psychiatric disorders — including autism — are characterized and diagnosed based on a clinical assessment of verbal and physical behavior. However, brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience are poised to provide a powerful advanced new tool...

Green Light from FDA for CT Lung-Imaging Software

December 3, 2014 11:08 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

A technology that started in a University of Michigan Medical School lab may soon help lung disease patients around the world breathe a little easier, by helping their doctors make a clearer diagnosis and more individualized treatment plan. Imbio...

Novel Nanoparticle Technology to Be Used to Screen for Ebola Virus in Saliva

December 3, 2014 10:53 am | by George Mason University | News | Comments

Ceres Nanosciences Inc. (Ceres) today announced the commencement of a development program, funded by the Gates Foundation, to use Ceres' Nanotrap particle technology to develop a new method of detecting the presence of the Ebola virus in saliva...

Sale of Three Siemens Healthcare Units Raises Questions About Firm’s IVD Future

December 3, 2014 10:41 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

The announced sales of three healthcare units within Siemens Healthcare may indicate the company is looking to expand in non-healthcare areas, says Kalorama Information. Siemens hasn’t announced any further sales. The healthcare market research...

Stanford Scientists Seek to Map Origins of Mental Illness and Develop Noninvasive Treatment

December 3, 2014 9:28 am | by Amy Adams, Stanford | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has convened to map the origins of mental illnesses in the brain and develop noninvasive technologies to treat the conditions. The collaboration could lead to improved treatments for depression, anxiety and...

Roche Moves into Non-Invasive Prenatal Test Space with Acquisition

December 2, 2014 2:12 pm | by Roche | News | Comments

Roche has announced the acquisition of Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., a privately-held company based in San Jose, California, USA. Ariosa is a molecular diagnostics testing service provider that provides a highly targeted and accurate non-invasive prenatal...

Test Detects Brain Cancer in a Drop of Blood

December 2, 2014 2:03 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

HealthTell, an early stage Life Sciences company, today announced it has been awarded a $225,000 SBIR grant (1R43CA183360-01) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to evaluate the performance of the company's proprietary Immunosignature...

Using Implants to Learn About the Brain and How to Heal It

December 2, 2014 12:24 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The mind has a language of its own, and Jeff Ashe is trying to figure out what exactly it is saying. Ashe and his team at GE Global Research in upstate New York are working with scientists, engineers, and physicians at Brown University to better...

Free, Open Source Software Enables 3D View of Cells, Viruses, and Bacteria

December 2, 2014 11:41 am | by Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Researchers can now explore viruses, bacteria and components of the human body in more detail than ever before with software developed at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). In a study published December 1 in the journal Nature Methods, the...

Low Cost Device Enables Electricity-Free Diagnosis of HIV

December 2, 2014 10:54 am | by NIH/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering | News | Comments

Diagnosing HIV and other infectious diseases presents unique challenges in remote locations that lack electric power, refrigeration, and appropriately trained health care staff. To address these issues, researchers funded by the National Institutes...

Seeing the Invisible Light — New Potential for Eye Disease Diagnosis

December 2, 2014 10:37 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Any science textbook will tell you we can't see infrared light. Like X-rays and radio waves, infrared light waves are outside the visual spectrum. But an international team of researchers co-led by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine...

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