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Simple Test could Detect Most Common Cause of Visual Impairment in the UK

August 28, 2014 11:46 am | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

A simple colour test that could detect the early onset of a condition which accounts for over half of visual impairment certifications in the UK is being researched by scientists at Aston University. Dr Frank Eperjesi, an optometry specialist...

Do-It-Yourself Blood Pressure Care Can Beat MDs

August 28, 2014 10:43 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

"Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found. Those who did their own readings at home and adjusted their medicine as...

Making Science Fiction a Science Reality: 10 Finalist Teams Selected For $10 Million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE

August 28, 2014 10:31 am | by XPRIZE | News | Comments

XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, today announced the 10 finalist teams competing for the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a 3.5-year global competition sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation for teams to develop...

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Innovations in Blood Glucose Monitoring with New Device

August 28, 2014 10:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Nipro Diagnostics, Inc., today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared its TRUE METRIX™ Self-Monitoring blood glucose system and the TRUE METRIX™ PRO Professional Monitoring blood glucose system. As the...

New Smartphone App Can Detect Newborn Jaundice in Minutes

August 28, 2014 9:49 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Skin that turns yellow can be a sure sign that a newborn is jaundiced and isn't adequately eliminating the chemical bilirubin. But that discoloration is sometimes hard to see, and severe jaundice left untreated can harm a baby. University of...

NIH Issues Finalized Policy on Genomic Data Sharing

August 28, 2014 9:22 am | by National Institutes of Health/Office of the Director | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health has issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy to promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures that improve health while protecting the...

'Junk' Blood Tests May Offer Life-Saving Information

August 28, 2014 9:16 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Some 30 percent of all positive hospital blood culture samples are discarded every day because they're "contaminated" — they reflect the presence of skin germs instead of specific disease-causing bacteria. Rather than toss these compromised...

New Technology May Identify Tiny Strains in Body Tissues Before Injuries Occur

August 27, 2014 3:31 pm | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed algorithms to identify weak spots in tendons, muscles and bones prone to tearing or breaking. The technology, which needs to be refined before it is used in patients, one day...

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Microtechnologies for Driving Forward Mobility and Human Health

August 27, 2014 2:35 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

CIC microGUNE, the Co-operative Research Centre into Microtechnologies, is coordinating the microSCALE project which seeks to generate innovative solutions based on microtechnologies to tackle the problems of the mobility industry and life...

Primerdesign Launch World’s Most Affordable Real-Time PCR Machine

August 27, 2014 10:05 am | by B3C newswire | News | Comments

Primerdesign Ltd is delighted to announce the release of the World’s most affordable Real-Time PCR instrument. The genesig q16 will accompany their catalogue of over 400 applied DNA testing kits and provide a market shifting solution making...

Companion Testing Market Exceeded One Billion Dollars in 2013

August 27, 2014 10:01 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

The market for test and pharmaceutical pairs, known as companion diagnostics in the testing industry, has grown significantly. The global companion diagnostic market is valued at about $1.2 billion for 2013. This is up from $950 million in...

Introducing the Multi-Tasking Nanoparticle

August 26, 2014 2:52 pm | by UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center | News | Comments

Kit Lam and colleagues from UC Davis and other institutions have created dynamic nanoparticles (NPs) that could provide an arsenal of applications to diagnose and treat cancer. Built on an easy-to-make polymer, these particles can be used...

How Quantified-Self Technologies are Transforming Personal Health

August 26, 2014 2:06 pm | by Frost & Sullivan | News | Comments

The market for quantified-self technologies – apps that enable people to track and quantify aspects of their daily lives – is currently in the embryonic stage. However, explosive growth is expected in coming years as many companies successfully...

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New Tool to Probe Cancer's Molecular Make-Up

August 26, 2014 1:50 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Researchers from the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute based at The University of Manchester – part of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre – and the Institute of Cancer Research, London, looked at protein kinases, molecules that...

Handheld DNA Diagnostic Unit Allows Lab-Quality Analysis in the Field

August 26, 2014 12:53 pm | by University of Otago | News | Comments

A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at New Zealand's University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining...

New Biomarker Highly Promising for Predicting Breast Cancer Outcomes

August 26, 2014 11:57 am | by American Society for Microbiology | News | Comments

A protein named p66ShcA shows promise as a biomarker to identify breast cancers with poor prognoses, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology. Cancer is deadly in large part due to...

Breath Test for COPD

August 26, 2014 11:23 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center | News | Comments

NYU Langone Medical Center will lead a new clinical initiative -- funded by a $225,000 grant from The National Institutes of Health -- to determine a breath test’s effectiveness to identify volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in human breath...

Photos of the Day: Picking Out Cancer Cells

August 26, 2014 11:10 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the size of a dime, could...

Sorting Cells with Sound Waves

August 26, 2014 11:08 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the size of a dime, could...

A Glucose Meter of a Different Color

August 26, 2014 10:18 am | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois | News | Comments

University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring. The researchers developed a new continuous glucose monitoring material that changes color as glucose levels fluctuate, and the wavelength shift is so precise...

Microbubbles Help Biologist See Inside the Body

August 25, 2014 2:48 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Castle is using his research skills to help speed treatment through “microbubbles,” tiny gas-filled spheres that can flow through the bloodstream, reflect sound waves and help define otherwise grainy ultrasound pictures. “Anywhere blood flows...

Luxury Fashion Takes on Fitness Technology

August 25, 2014 2:03 pm | by Leanne Italie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Luxury fashion is making inroads in wearable tech as more designers try their hands at developing smart, stylish accessories and clothing aimed at tracking performance and health, or simply making connected lives easier to manage. "We actually...

Meaghan's Minute: Compact Medical Testing

August 25, 2014 1:54 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, Harvard researchers have created a portable medical detector that can monitor diabetes, detect malaria, discover environmental pollutants, and perform tests that now are done by machines costing tens of thousands...

Changes in the Eye Can Predict Changes in the Brain

August 25, 2014 11:08 am | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

Researchers at the Gladstone Institutes and University of California, San Francisco have shown that a loss of cells in the retina is one of the earliest signs of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in people with a genetic risk for the disorder...

Lung Cancer Is Rarely Detected by Current X-Ray Procedures

August 25, 2014 9:59 am | by University of Oslo | News | Comments

Each year, nearly 3,000 Norwegians develop lung cancer. Current x-ray- examinations capture only 20 percent of cases. With modern ultralow-dose CT, the radiologists hit the bull’s eye 90 percent of the time. In Norway, no other forms of cancer...

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