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New Genetic Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes Revealed

December 26, 2013 8:59 am | by Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard | News | Comments

An international team of researchers in Mexico and the United States has uncovered a new genetic clue that contributes to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, particularly the elevated risk among Mexican and other Latin American...

Revised Autism Screening Tool Offers More Precise Assessment

December 24, 2013 12:54 pm | by NIH | News | Comments

An updated screening tool that physicians administer to parents to help determine if a very young child has autism has been shown to be much more accurate than earlier versions at identifying children who could benefit from further evaluation...

Manufacturing Technologies and NPI to Shorten Time-to-Market for Medical Devices

December 24, 2013 9:15 am | News | Comments

Express Manufacturing (EMI) has announced the implementation of a plan to expand support for their current and future customers from 2014. Developed as a response to customer feedback, this plan will address customer demand for high quality...


Early Detection of Blinding Eye Disease Could be as Easy as Scanning a Barcode

December 20, 2013 12:03 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

A new optical device puts the power to detect eye disease in the palm of a hand. The tool—about the size of a hand-held video camera—scans a patient’s entire retina in seconds and could aid primary care physicians in the early detection of...

Photos of the Day: Scanning for Eye Disease

December 20, 2013 12:02 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

A new optical device puts the power to detect eye disease in the palm of a hand. The tool—about the size of a hand-held video camera—scans a patient’s entire retina in seconds and could aid primary care physicians in the early detection of...

Concussion Tests’ Marketing Outpaces Scientific Evidence

December 20, 2013 11:39 am | by The University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

Computerized neurocognitive testing for concussions is widely used in amateur and professional sports, but little research over the past decade proves its effectiveness, a paper published this month in the journal Neuropsychology Review...

FDA Clearance for First-Ever Spectral Breast Density Measurement Application

December 20, 2013 10:10 am | by Philips | News | Comments

As breast density becomes a more recognized risk factor for breast cancer, Royal Philips today announced 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Spectral Breast Density Measurement Application for its MicroDose...

The Pulse: Prosthetics with Feeling & One Hour AIDS Detection

December 19, 2013 4:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are giving feeling to prosthetics, detecting AIDS in an hour, improving inhaler technology, and stopping hemorrhaging in trauma patients. This episode features…          


MRI Method for Measuring MS Progression Validated

December 19, 2013 3:36 pm | by University of Western Ontario | News | Comments

New imaging research from Western University (London, Canada) has demonstrated that a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) approach called quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) can be an important tool for diagnosing and tracking the progression...

DNA Clamp to Grab Cancer Before It Develops

December 19, 2013 3:34 pm | by Université de Montréal | News | Comments

As part of an international research project, a team of researchers has developed a DNA clamp that can detect mutations at the DNA level with greater efficiency than methods currently in use. Their work could facilitate rapid screening of...

Plant-Based ‘Microswimmers’ Could Propel Drugs to the Right Location

December 19, 2013 3:24 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

In the quest to shrink motors so they can maneuver in tiny spaces like inside and between human cells, scientists have taken inspiration from millions of years of plant evolution and incorporated, for the first time, corkscrew structures from...

UCLA Researcher Highlights Advances in Nanotechnology's Fight Against Cancer

December 19, 2013 11:13 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

As cancer maintains its standing as the second leading cause of death in the U.S., researchers have continued their quest for safer and more effective treatments. Among the most promising advances has been the rise of nanomedicine, the application...

Screening Device Differentiates Between Normal and Unhealthy Cells

December 19, 2013 10:48 am | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

A University of Surrey research team has developed an innovative device that can differentiate between normal and unhealthy cells. The team, led by Michael Hughes, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has developed a device that analyzes the...


Clinical Studies Demonstrate Feasibility and Accuracy of the Harmony™ Prenatal Test for Risk Assessment of Down Syndrome in Twin Pregnancies

December 19, 2013 9:02 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., maker of the Harmony™ Prenatal Test, announced today the publication of two clinical studies involving twin pregnancies in Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy.  The two studies provide information on how to consider use of...

Wireless, Disposable Sensors for Patient Monitoring on the Way

December 18, 2013 4:11 pm | by Jonathan Sbert, Product Line Manager for Healthtech, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Technology that enables wireless and disposable human diagnostic sensors for ECG, pulse oximetry, heart monitoring, temperature, and other measurements will be prevalent in 2014. Imagine the day when a patient lies in a hospital bed completely...

iHealth, UCSF And UC Berkeley Lab Collaborate On Clinical Study

December 18, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today, iHealth Lab Inc. announced it is collaborating with UC San Francisco and University of California's Berkeley Lab on a pilot study to make arterial endothelial function testing as easy to perform as a simple blood pressure measurement...

ISO/IEEE Personal Health Device Profiles Help Make Seamless Communication a Reality

December 17, 2013 2:59 pm | by Dr. Malcolm Clarke, IEEE 11073 PHD Working Group | Articles | Comments

Successful end-to-end data systems are typically comprised of a collection of dovetailing technologies managed by a comprehensive set of global standards that make interoperability possible at the product level. The strict regulations, rigorous...

Highly Sensitive System Detects Individual Molecules for Diagnostics

December 17, 2013 12:02 pm | by Uta Bilow, HZDR | News | Comments

Medical diagnostics is searching for substances capable of documenting early on whether a serious disease is developing or what its course will be. In many cases, the treacherous molecules are present only in trace amounts – which is why...

Microprinting Leads to Low-Cost Artificial Cells

December 17, 2013 11:44 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

Easily manufactured, low-cost artificial cells manufactured using microprinting may one day serve as drug and gene delivery devices and in biomaterials, biotechnology and biosensing applications, according to a team of Penn State biomedical...

Breathalyzer to Detect Lung Cancer

December 17, 2013 11:40 am | by The University of Huddersfield | News | Comments

Lung cancer is one of the world’s biggest killers. In the UK it accounts for six per cent of all deaths, largely because treatment is often ineffective by the time symptoms are diagnosed. But researchers at the University of Huddersfield...

Researchers Create First Soluble 2D Supramolecular Organic Frameworks

December 17, 2013 11:27 am | by Lynn Yarris, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Supramolecular chemistry, aka chemistry beyond the molecule, in which molecules and molecular complexes are held together by non-covalent bonds, is just beginning to come into its own with the emergence of nanotechnology. Metal-organic...  

Photos of the Day: SOFs for Biomimetics

December 17, 2013 11:27 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have unveiled the first two-dimensional SOFs that self-assemble in solution, an important breakthrough that holds implications for sensing and separation...

Report: Success of Vaccines Won’t Limit IVD Market

December 17, 2013 9:39 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Vaccines have been successful in preventing disease, but according to Kalorama Information that doesn’t mean they will hurt the market for products to test for those diseases. The healthcare market research publisher says a variety of factors...

New Way to Predict Prognosis in Patients with Heart Failure

December 16, 2013 12:16 pm | by George Washington University | News | Comments

Researchers at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have identified a new method to determine whether a patient’s heart will fail, which in the future...

Timing Is Everything in New Nanotechnology for Medicine

December 16, 2013 12:08 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers working to advance imaging useful to medicine and security are capitalizing on the same phenomenon behind the lingering "ghost" image that appeared on old television screens. A team of researchers from Purdue University and... 

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