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UV Light-Induced Mutation Drives Many Skin Cancers

September 8, 2014 11:23 am | by Stanford University Medical Center | News | Comments

A genetic mutation caused by ultraviolet light is likely the driving force behind millions of human skin cancers, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The mutation occurs in a gene called KNSTRN, which is involved...

Canada Funds 22 Inventive Ideas for Better Health in Developing Nations

September 8, 2014 11:17 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | News | Comments

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today announced $2.4 million in seed funds shared between 22 projects from Canada and nine developing nations, to pursue inventive new ideas for improving health in low-resource...

Breath Temperature Test Could Identify Lung Cancer

September 8, 2014 11:05 am | by European Lung Foundation | News | Comments

The temperature of exhaled breath could be used to diagnose lung cancer, according to a new study. The research, presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in Munich today, suggests that testing the temperature...

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Inexpensive Lab Test Identifies Resistant Infections in Hours

September 8, 2014 10:57 am | by American Society for Microbiology | News | Comments

Researchers from Oregon State Public Health Lab have modified the protocol for a relatively new test for a dangerous form of antibiotic resistance, increasing its specificity to 100 percent. Their research, confirming the reliability of a test...

New Technology May Uncover the Root of Critical Infections and Cut Healthcare Costs

September 8, 2014 10:19 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

A new study suggests a pioneering testing technology could reduce hospital stays by up to eight days and lower annual healthcare costs for people with serious infections by approximately $2.2 million. The cost reductions are based on a health...

Congressional Roundtable Recognizes Companion Diagnostics’ Importance

September 8, 2014 9:21 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few weeks ago, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee held a roundtable discussion on personalized medicine as part of its 21st Century Cures initiative. Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) led...

Researchers Developing Noninvasive Method for Diagnosing Common, Painful Back Condition

September 5, 2014 12:17 pm | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary research team in the Cedars-Sinai Biomedical Imaging Research Institute, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Regenerative Medicine Institute and Department of Surgery received a grant from the National Institutes of Health...

Inexpensive Micropumps Could Enable $20 Complete Lab-on-a-Chip System

September 5, 2014 12:07 pm | by Penn State Materials Research Institute | News | Comments

Researchers at Penn State have demonstrated an acoustofluidic pump powered by a piezoelectric transducer about the size of a quarter. This reliable, inexpensive, programmable pump is a crucial feature for lab-on-a-chip devices that could make...

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FDA Allows Marketing of the First Test to Assess Risk of Developing Acute Kidney Injury

September 5, 2014 11:35 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of the NephroCheck test, a first-of-a-kind laboratory test to help determine if certain critically ill hospitalized patients are at risk of developing moderate to severe acute kidney...

Growing Prostate Cancer Organoids in the Lab

September 5, 2014 10:36 am | by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center | News | Comments

Research led by investigators at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has shown for the first time that organoids derived from human prostate cancer tumors can be grown in the laboratory, giving researchers an exciting new tool to test...

A Minimally Invasive, High-Performance Intervention for Staging Lung Cancer

September 5, 2014 10:27 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Endoscopic biopsy of lymph nodes between the two lungs (mediastinum) is a sensitive and accurate technique that can replace mediastinal surgery for staging lung cancer in patients with potentially resectable tumors. Such were the conclusions...

New Blood Test Could Offer More Tailored Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

September 5, 2014 10:01 am | by Manchester University | News | Comments

A new blood test allowing doctors to predict which ovarian cancer patients will respond to particular types of treatment is a step closer following a new study by Manchester scientists. Researchers from The University of Manchester and The...

Ultrasensitive Biosensor from Molybdenite Semiconductor Outshines Graphene

September 4, 2014 3:25 pm | by UC Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Move over, graphene. An atomically thin, two-dimensional, ultrasensitive semiconductor material for biosensing developed by researchers at UC Santa Barbara promises to push the boundaries of biosensing technology in many fields, from health...

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Next Gen Sequencing Will Determine Growth in IVD Testing Market

September 4, 2014 3:05 pm | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Not since the commercialization of polymerase chain reaction tests has molecular diagnostics been presented with such a promising technology as next-generation sequencing (NGS), according to healthcare market research firm Kalorama Information...

Blood Test for 'Nicked' Protein Predicts Prostate Cancer Treatment Response

September 4, 2014 11:07 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Prostate cancer patients whose tumors contain a shortened protein called AR-V7, which can be detected in the blood, are less likely to respond to two widely used drugs for metastatic prostate cancer, according to results of a study led by...

Visualizing Plastic Changes to the Brain

September 4, 2014 10:47 am | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

Tinnitus, migraine, epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's: all these are examples of diseases with neurological causes, the treatment and study of which is more and more frequently being carried out by means of magnetic stimulation...

Photos of the Day: 12 Ways to Put Patients First

September 4, 2014 10:27 am | by Innovation HealthJam | News | Comments

The Innovation HealthJam brought together more than 2,400 individuals from the healthcare and technology fields to brainstorm ideas, improvements and innovation in healthcare. ‘Jammers’ were active in eight discussion forums via 3,300...

Photos of the Day: Innovation HealthJam

September 4, 2014 10:26 am | by Innovation HealthJam | News | Comments

The Innovation HealthJam brought together more than 2,400 individuals from the healthcare and technology fields to brainstorm ideas, improvements and innovation in healthcare. ‘Jammers’ were active in eight discussion forums via 3,300...

Handheld Scanner Could Make Brain Tumor Removal More Complete

September 3, 2014 11:03 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Cancerous brain tumors are notorious for growing back despite surgical attempts to remove them — and for leading to a dire prognosis for patients. But scientists are developing a new way to try to root out malignant cells during surgery so...

Lab Unveils New Nano-Sized Synthetic Scaffolding Technique

September 3, 2014 9:59 am | by University of Oregon | News | Comments

Scientists, including University of Oregon chemist Geraldine Richmond, have tapped oil and water to create scaffolds of self-assembling, synthetic proteins called peptoid nanosheets that mimic complex biological mechanisms and processes. The...

FDA Approval of GE's SenoClaire - New Breast Imaging with 3D Tomosynthesis Solution

September 3, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Healthcare has announced the FDA approval of SenoClaire, GE’s new breast tomosynthesis solution designed with a three-dimensional imaging technology. In collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, GE developed SenoClaire technology...

Molecular Probes Permit Doctors to Detect Diabetic Retinopathy Before Vision Fails

September 2, 2014 3:25 pm | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

A new study published in the September issue of The FASEB Journal identifies a novel strategy to diagnose the leading cause of blindness in adults, diabetic retinopathy, before irreversible structural damage has occurred. This advance involves...

New Method for Non-Invasive Prostate Cancer Screening

September 2, 2014 3:16 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Cancer screening is a critical approach for preventing cancer deaths because cases caught early are often more treatable. But while there are already existing ways to screen for different types of cancer, there is a great need for even more...

New Fully Automated Molecular Diagnostic Systems

September 2, 2014 1:51 pm | by Roche | News | Comments

Roche announced today the commercial availability of the cobas 6800/8800 Systems, two integrated and fully automated molecular testing systems for blood and plasma donor screening in markets accepting the CE mark. The cobas 6800/8800 Systems...

Real Tremors, or Drug-Seeking Patient? New App Can Tell

September 2, 2014 12:40 pm | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

A 42-year-old investment banker arrives at the emergency department with complaints of nausea, vomiting, anxiety and tremor. He drinks alcohol every day—often at business lunches, and at home every evening. Worried about his health, he decided...

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