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FDA Clears an Alternative to Needles During Hospital Blood Draws

February 15, 2015 9:00 am | by Velano Vascular | News | Comments

Velano Vascular today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted marketing clearance for a new technology that provides an innovative approach to one of the most common procedures in medicine – the in-hospital...

Lung Cancer Breath Test

February 13, 2015 3:04 pm | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

A clinical trial led by University of Leicester respiratory experts into a potentially ground-breaking ‘breath test’ to detect lung cancer is set to get underway at the Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. It is hoped that the LuCID...

'NanoGap' Detects Bladder and Kidney Cancer Early

February 13, 2015 2:35 pm | by University of Twente | News | Comments

A new mobile device that allows bladder and kidney cancer to be detected at an early stage. This is being worked on by Wilfred van der Wiel, professor of nanoelectronics at the University of Twente MESA+ research institute...

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New MRI Technique to Improve Heart Disease Diagnosis

February 12, 2015 3:06 pm | by Heart Research UK | News | Comments

Researchers are to develop a new heart imaging technique that could help give a more accurate diagnosis of heart disease. A team at Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College London have been given a three year grant of just over...

2-Minute Screening Test Now Required for All Newborns in Michigan

February 12, 2015 1:51 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

At birth, Payton was the image of perfect health - rosy cheeks, weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and eating like a champ. But just minutes before parents Holly and Rob Morris expected to take her home from Hillsdale Community Health Center...

Personalizing Patient Treatments with Automated Genetic Testing

February 12, 2015 10:52 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Meet Bob Bean, CEO of Harmonyx Diagnostics. Also the president and CEO of Transnetyx, which provides automated genotyping services, he helped to found Harmonyx in order to provide accurate, affordable, and accessible genetic testing for...

3 Steps and 4 Strategies for Device Development from Concept to Patient

February 11, 2015 12:15 pm | by Graham Reynolds, Vice President, Marketing and Innovation, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The healthcare market is seeing the growth in creative collaborations between pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical companies and packaging and delivery systems manufacturers, such as West, that can provide solutions for integrated delivery systems...

Simple Blood Test Can Predict Risk of Dementia

February 10, 2015 10:48 am | by University of Copenhagen - The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences | News | Comments

Scientists at Rigshopitalet, Herlev Hospital and the University of Copenhagen identify a new biomarker that can predict the risk of developing dementia by way of a simple blood test. In the long term, this could mean better prevention and thus at...

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After First Molecular Rapid Test Approval, Expect More

February 9, 2015 11:34 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Kalorama Information says that the broad-use approval of the first rapid diagnostic test for influenza with a molecular basis demonstrates the potential for molecular POC marketplace predicted in the firm’s report last year.  Alere i Influenza...

FDA Considering How to Tailor its Oversight for Next Generation Sequencing

February 8, 2015 11:00 am | by Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration | Blogs | Comments

FDA is weighing the appropriate regulatory approach to advances in technology that allow physicians to obtain information on large segments of a patient’s genetic makeup very quickly. This technology is known as next generation sequencing...

Molecular Breast Imaging Will Boost Breast Cancer Detection

February 8, 2015 8:30 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

As breast cancer detection can be improved by Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) as an adjunct to mammography, in comparison with mammography alone, manufacturers must pursue cost-effectiveness to ensure its widespread adoption, says an analyst...

Disposable Devices to Identify Allergies

February 6, 2015 2:39 pm | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

Gabriel Caballero Robledo from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) at Monterrey, Mexico, is working on the design of a small medical device capable of detecting allergies or diseases quickly and at a low cost. During his stay...

FDA-Approved 3D Breast CT Doesn't Require Tissue Compression

February 6, 2015 2:32 pm | by Koning Corporation | News | Comments

Koning Corporation, a leading developer of advanced medical imaging systems announced today that the FDA has approved their Koning Breast CT (KBCT) system and KBCT-guided biopsy bracket. This approval signals that KBCT has undergone and... 

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New Generation MRI Compatible Pacing System

February 6, 2015 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sorin Group, a global medical device company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, announced today that it has received approval from Japan’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) for its new KORA...

MRI Technique Developed for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Children

February 5, 2015 1:34 pm | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

Between 5 and 8 million children in the United States have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), yet most cases go undiagnosed. To help address this issue, researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine have developed a new magnetic... 

Simple Ultrasound Measure Can Diagnose Postoperative Urinary Retention

February 5, 2015 11:04 am | by International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) | News | Comments

In patients who don't resume normal urination after surgery, a simple ultrasound test can accurately diagnose the common problem of postoperative urinary retention (POUR), reports a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. Using ultrasound to...

15-Minute Diagnosis Using A Smartphone

February 5, 2015 9:11 am | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

A team of researchers, led by Samuel K. Sia, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that simultaneously detects three...

Microscopy Technique Allows Mapping Protein Synthesis in Living Tissues

February 5, 2015 8:53 am | by Jessica Guenzel, Columbia University | News | Comments

Researchers at Columbia Univ. have made a significant step toward visualizing complex protein metabolism in living systems with high resolution and minimum disturbance, a longstanding goal in the scientific community. In a recent study...

A Phone So Smart, It Sniffs Out Disease

February 4, 2015 11:45 am | by Jennifer Frey, American Technion Society | News | Comments

A research consortium headed by Professor Hossam Haick of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is developing a product that, when coupled with a smartphone, will be able to screen the user’s breath for early detection of life-threatening...

Super-Fast Cell Mechanical Screening

February 4, 2015 10:55 am | by Technische Universität Dresden | News | Comments

An entirely new approach for the mechanical characterization of cells, developed by scientists of the Technische Universität Dresden, has the potential to revolutionize the diagnosis of a wide range of diseases. Cells, like any other material, have...

Live Long and Measure: Quest to Create Real-World Tricorder

February 4, 2015 9:35 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

Seeking to boldly go where medical science has not gone before, the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) at the University of California, San Diego has been named the official testing site for the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder...

Tiny Robotic 'Hands' Could Improve Diagnostics and Drug Delivery

February 4, 2015 9:07 am | by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces | News | Comments

Many people imagine robots today as clunky, metal versions of humans, but scientists are forging new territory in the field of ‘soft robotics.’ One of the latest advances is a flexible, microscopic hand-like gripper. The development could help doctors...

A Day in the Life of a Medical Device Testing Technician

February 3, 2015 3:57 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Last week, I was invited to attend the ECRI Institute's 2015 C-Suite Watch List Media Event. It was an interesting look at what's going on at one of the country's only independent organizations that tests and evaluates medical device technology...

Improving Blood Volume Measurements In Critical Care

February 3, 2015 3:00 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

FAST BioMedical Inc. announces the conclusion of a Phase II clinical trial for a technology designed to provide timely, precise and convenient plasma volume and kidney function measurements. This is especially useful for patients undergoing...

'Egg-on-a-Chip' Could Be Valuable Diagnostic Tool

February 3, 2015 2:37 pm | by Science China Press | News | Comments

Lab-on-a-chip (LOC) systems have registered tremendous progress over the past 20 years. Myriad "chip" schemes have already emerged, ranging from the lung-on-a-chip and heart-on-a-chip to the liver-on-a-chip and kidney-on-a-chip. However, an...

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