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Invisible Blood in Urine May Indicate Bladder Cancer

September 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by University of Exeter | News | Comments

New research which finds that invisible blood in urine may be an early warning sign of bladder cancer is likely to shape guidelines for clinicians. Scientists at the University of Exeter Medical School found that one in 60 people over the...

New Tuberculosis Blood Test in Children is Reliable and Highly Specific

September 2, 2014 11:56 am | by Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute | News | Comments

A new blood test provides a fast and accurate tool to diagnose tuberculosis in children, a new proof-of-concept study shows. The newly developed test (TAM-TB assay) is the first reliable immunodiagnostic assay to detect active tuberculosis...

Scientists Develop 'Electronic Nose' for Rapid Detection of C. diff Infection

September 2, 2014 11:48 am | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

A fast-sensitive "electronic-nose" for sniffing the highly infectious bacteria C. diff, that causes diarrhoea, temperature and stomach cramps, has been developed by a team at the University of Leicester. Using a mass spectrometer, the...

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A New Way to Diagnose Malaria

September 2, 2014 11:33 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Over the past several decades, malaria diagnosis has changed very little. After taking a blood sample from a patient, a technician smears the blood across a glass slide, stains it with a special dye, and looks under a microscope for the...

Faster, Cheaper Tests for Sickle Cell

September 2, 2014 11:28 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Within minutes after birth, every child in the U.S. undergoes a battery of tests designed to diagnose a host of conditions, including sickle cell disease. Thousands of children born in the developing world, however, aren't so lucky, meaning...

Protein Glue Shows Potential for Use with Biomaterials

September 2, 2014 10:30 am | by ResearchSEA | News | Comments

A paper published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials have shown that a synthetic protein called AGMA1 has the potential to promote the adhesion of brain cells in a laboratory setting. It is also cheaper and easier to produce...

Philips Debuts New Affiniti Ultrasound System at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2014

September 2, 2014 10:17 am | by Philips Healthcare | News | Comments

Royal Philips has announced the launch of Affiniti, a new ultrasound system designed to enable global hospitals and health systems to overcome the demands of increasing patient volumes and cost pressures. Making its debut at the European...

IVD Market Continues to Be Steady and Solid

September 2, 2014 8:53 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to the report, the global IVD market generated $54.6 billion in revenues in 2013. During the next few years, the market is expected to grow 4% annually and reach $65 billion by 2018. Compared with the usual 5-6% growth rate for...

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SF Biotech Firm Sparsa Inc. to Develop Houston Methodist Technology

August 28, 2014 4:08 pm | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

Houston Methodist and San Francisco-based Sparsa Inc. have entered into an agreement to develop technology invented by Houston Methodist Research Institute scientists Lidong Qin, Ph.D., and Yujun Song, Ph.D., that quickly and cheaply...

Computer Software and Mathematical Theory to Improve Imaging Systems

August 28, 2014 3:59 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Sina Farsiu wants to figure out how to peer into your soul...or at least your brain. An expert in designing computer image processing algorithms, Farsiu is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Duke Medicine who recently accepted a primary...

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...

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...

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...

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