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Fresh Advance in the Diagnosis and Control of Childhood Asthma

October 7, 2013 3:38 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

A researcher at the University of the Basque Country has produced a Ph.D. thesis at the pediatric pneumology section of the Hospital Universitario Donostia in San Sebastian; it deals with the link between asthma and exhaled nitric oxide...

Ethical Issues as Scientists Peek into Baby Genes

October 7, 2013 10:14 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Little Amelia Sloan is a pioneer: Shortly after her birth, scientists took drops of the healthy baby's blood to map her genetic code. Amelia is part of a large research project outside the nation's capital that is decoding the DNA of hundreds of infants.

Americans, German Win Nobel for Cell Transport

October 7, 2013 10:05 am | by Karl Ritter and Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans James Rothman and Randy Schekman and German-born researcher Thomas Sudhof won the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discoveries on how hormones, enzymes and other key substances are transported within cells. This traffic control system keeps activities inside cells from descending into chaos and has helped researchers gain a better understanding of a range of diseases...

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5 Achievements that Haven't Won a Nobel Prize

October 6, 2013 11:45 am | by Malin Rising - Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcements of this year's Nobel Prize winners will start Monday with the medicine award and continue with physics, chemistry, literature, peace and economics. The secretive award committees never give away any hints in advance of who could win, but here's a look at five big scientific breakthroughs that haven't yet received a Nobel prize.

Nanoscale Neuronal Activity Measured for the First Time

October 4, 2013 12:25 pm | by Queen Mary University of London | News | Comments

A new technique that allows scientists to measure the electrical activity in the communication junctions of the nervous systems has been developed by a researcher at Queen Mary University of London. The junctions in the central nervous systems that enable the information to flow between neurons, known as synapses, are around 100 times smaller than the width of a human hair...

GE Healthcare lands EU approval for Vivid E9 ultrasound

October 4, 2013 11:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical technology giant GE Healthcare won European regulatory approval for the latest in its line of Vivid E9 ultrasound systems with XDclear technology. The next-generation system with XDclear features enhanced image quality in 2D, 4D, color and Doppler, tools that can help with hard-to-image patients, including those who are obese.

Data-Driven Machine Learning Method Effectively Flags Risk for Post-Stroke Dangers

October 4, 2013 11:06 am | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | News | Comments

A team of experts in neurocritical care, engineering, and informatics, with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, have devised a new way to detect which stroke patients may be at risk of a serious adverse event following a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Computer Scientists Develop New Approach to Sort Cells Up to 38 Times Faster

October 3, 2013 11:17 am | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

A team of engineers led by computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, has developed a new approach that marries computer vision and hardware optimization to sort cells up to 38 times faster than is currently possible. The approach could be used for clinical diagnostics, stem cell characterization and other applications.

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The Nanobiosym: Grand Prize Winner of Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE

October 3, 2013 11:00 am | by XPRIZE | Videos | Comments

The presence of disease can be detected with gold standard accuracy by placing a single drop of blood or saliva on a nanochip that is inserted into Team Nanobiosym's mobile device. The developers of the unit were awarded the $525,000 Grand Prize in the first competition of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE.

Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE Grand Prize Awarded for Point-of-Diagnosis Technology

October 3, 2013 10:40 am | by Nokia | News | Comments

Nanobiosym Health RADAR, a Boston-based research incubator institute led by Dr. Anita Goel, was awarded the $525,000 Grand Prize in the first competition of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE for their Gene-RADAR® sensing technology that will transform the way health care is delivered by enabling personalized diagnostic testing.

Great Potential for Faster Diagnoses with New Method

October 3, 2013 10:03 am | by University of Copenhagen | News | Comments

The more accurately we can diagnose a disease, the greater the chance that the patient will survive. That is why many researchers are working to improve the quality of the diagnostic process. Researchers at the Nano-Science Center, University of Copenhagen have discovered a method that will make the process faster, cheaper and more accurate.

Gene Scans Solve Mystery Diseases in Kids, Adults

October 3, 2013 9:54 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

They were mystery diseases that had stumped doctors for years — adults with strange symptoms and children with neurological problems, mental slowness or muscles too weak to let them stand. Now scientists say they were able to crack a quarter of these cases by decoding the patients' genes.

Cynvenio Announces ClearID, a Breakthrough Test for Monitoring Breast Cancer Patients and Early Detection of Recurrence

October 3, 2013 7:30 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Cynvenio, a cancer diagnostics company focused on transforming cancer treatment and management through the molecular analysis of tumor biomarkers in blood, today launched a new weapon in the fight against breast cancer, the ClearID Breast Cancer monitoring program.

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Photo of the Day: ‘Eying’ Disease

October 2, 2013 12:32 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

For hundreds of years, optical devices like telescopes and microscopes have relied on solid lenses that slide up and down to magnify and to focus. To tune how much light is received, conventional devices use mechanical contraptions like the blades that form the adjustable aperture in cameras.

New Imaging System Can Help Diagnose Disease

October 2, 2013 12:26 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

To meet demands for ever smaller imaging systems, researchers are working to create entirely unconventional ways of focusing light. In pursuit of this vision, engineers from the University of Freiburg in Germany have built a novel type of imaging system inspired by the elegance and relative mechanical simplicity of the human eye.

VuCOMP M-Vu® Computer-Aided Detection System for Mammography Installed at Mammography Specialists Medical Group in Los Gatos, California

October 2, 2013 11:44 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

VuCOMP, Inc. announced today that it has installed its advanced computer-aided detection system, M-Vu CAD, at Mammography Specialists Medical Group (MSMG) in Los Gatos, California. VuCOMP’s CAD system is designed to provide an unprecedented level of performance to help radiologists find breast cancer earlier.

NIH Grant Could Develop Technology to Help Personalize Leukemia Treatments

October 2, 2013 11:42 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

People affected by leukemia and health care professionals who advocate for personalized medicine options could benefit from technology that is being developed with funding from a National Institutes of Health grant. Tymora Analytical Operations LLC, Purdue University, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have been awarded a one-year, $300,000 Phase I STTR grant from the NIH.

Study Demonstrates Significant Clinical and Economic Impact of Nanosphere’s Verigene Blood Culture Test

October 2, 2013 10:31 am | by Nanosphere | News | Comments

  Nanosphere has announced publication of a study in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology that evaluated the clinical and economic impact of rapid bacterial identification and antibiotic resistance determination by the Verigene Gram-Positive Blood Culture Test for patients with enterococcal bacteremia, which can lead to sepsis.

Seeing Through Silicon

October 2, 2013 10:24 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Scientists at MIT and the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) have developed a new type of microscopy that can image cells through a silicon wafer, allowing them to precisely measure the size and mechanical behavior of cells behind the wafer. The new technology, which relies on near-infrared light, could help scientists learn more about diseased or infected cells as they flow through silicon microfluidic devices.

Personalized Medicine Roadmap: Definiens Releases Five Steps to Utilize Data Mining with Image Analysis

October 2, 2013 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Definiens, a healthcare company that advances personalized medicine through image analysis and digital pathology solutions, today released tips for integrating data mining with image analysis. As pathologists, researchers and clinicians seek to advance personalized medicine through the development and prescription of targeted therapies...

SOFIE BIO Receives $1.8M Phase II SBIR Grant

October 2, 2013 9:13 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SOFIE BIOSCIENCES, an emerging in vivo imaging diagnostics company focused on Positron Emission Tomography (PET) probes, scanners and chemistry systems, announced today that the National Institute of Health has awarded the company a grant under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

FDA Grants Prestigious Award to Pediatric Medical Device Consortium Led by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

October 1, 2013 3:52 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Orphan Products Development has awarded a grant of up to $1.5 million over five years to the Southern California Center of Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP), a consortium established by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California (USC) for the development of pediatric medical devices.

Photos of the Day: Accelerator on a Chip

October 1, 2013 1:20 pm | News | Comments

In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice.

Researchers Demonstrate 'Accelerator on a Chip'

October 1, 2013 1:07 pm | by SLAC | News | Comments

In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice.

Cell-Detection System Promising for Medical Research, Diagnostics

October 1, 2013 12:20 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers are developing a system that uses tiny magnetic beads to quickly detect rare types of cancer cells circulating in a patient's blood, an advance that could help medical doctors diagnose cancer earlier than now possible and monitor how well a patient is responding to therapy.

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