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Liquid Biopsy Could Improve Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

October 1, 2013 10:51 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

A microfluidic chip developed at the University of Michigan is among the best at capturing elusive circulating tumor cells from blood—and it can support the cells' growth for further analysis. The device, believed to be the first to pair these functions, uses the advanced electronics material graphene oxide.

New Study Shows Blood Test Detected Cancer Metastasis

October 1, 2013 10:06 am | by Chempetitive Group | News | Comments

Researchers from the University Göttingen Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Chronix Biomedical have published a new study exploring the genetic hallmarks of canine mammary cancer. Appearing in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, the paper identifies important similarities and differences between human and canine breast tumors, providing a strong platform for future research using the canine model system.

UW Engineers Invent Programming Language to Build Synthetic DNA

October 1, 2013 10:01 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

A team led by the University of Washington has developed a programming language for chemistry that it hopes will streamline efforts to design a network that can guide the behavior of chemical-reaction mixtures in the same way that embedded electronic controllers guide cars, robots and other devices.

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Pacific Biosciences announces agreement with Roche diagnostics to develop and supply DNA sequencing-based products for clinical diagnostics

September 30, 2013 4:45 pm | by I-Micronews | News | Comments

Pacific Biosciences will develop and manufacture certain products intended for clinical use, which it will sell exclusively to Roche. Roche obtained worldwide rights to exclusively distribute these products in the field of human in vitro diagnostics. Pacific Biosciences will continue to market its current and future products for all fields outside of human in vitro diagnostics

FDA clears Aixplorer’s Real-Time ShearWave™ Elastography (SWE™) to truly quantify tissue elasticity.

September 30, 2013 2:22 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

SuperSonic Imagine, the highly innovative company which invented ShearWave™ Elastography, announced today that the Aixplorer® MultiWave™ Ultrasound system, first cleared by the FDA in 2009, has now received FDA clearance for the quantification capabilities of its Real-Time ShearWave™ Elastography (SWE™).

Former Naval Commander 'On Track' to Become a Hero to Those with Diabetes

September 30, 2013 11:23 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

GlucoTrack, which is already CE Marked, removes the two most significant barriers to frequent monitoring of blood glucose by diabetes patients: pain and cost. GlucoTrack is able to measure blood glucose at any desired point in time, making it the right solution for a wide range of diabetes patients.

New Approach to Global Health Challenges

September 27, 2013 12:00 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT’s new Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) is tackling some of the world’s biggest health challenges through an interdisciplinary approach that will seek new ways to diagnose and treat infectious, neurological and cardiovascular diseases.

Photos of the Day: Affordable Blood Flow Imaging

September 27, 2013 11:48 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Blood flow is routinely measured in the clinic, and laser speckle contrast imaging is one way of measuring these changes; however, this technique requires professional-grade imaging equipment, which limits its use. Now, using $90 worth of off-the-shelf commercial parts including a webcam and a laser pointer, researchers have duplicated the performance of expensive, scientific-grade LSCI instruments at a fraction of the cost.

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Scientists Rig Hospital-Grade Lightweight Blood Flow Imager on the Cheap

September 27, 2013 11:40 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Tracking blood flow in the laboratory is an important tool for studying ailments like migraines or strokes and designing new ways to address them. Blood flow is also routinely measured in the clinic, and laser speckle contrast imaging is one way of measuring these changes; however, this technique requires professional-grade imaging equipment, which limits its use.

Researchers Develop New Type of Fluorescent Camera for Blood Diagnostics, Brain Mapping

September 27, 2013 10:49 am | by Matthew Chin, UCLA | News | Comments

Fluorescence imaging is the most widely used method for analyzing the molecular composition of biological specimens. Target molecules, when they are present, can be "tagged" with a fluorescent label and made visible. This highly sensitive technique, which is used in screening blood for cancer cells and studying biochemical reactions, is very good at detecting molecules present in extremely low concentrations.

New Breast Cancer Imaging Technique Could Cut Down on False Positives

September 27, 2013 10:32 am | by BYU | News | Comments

A joint BYU-Utah research team is developing a new breast cancer screening technique that has the potential to reduce false positives, and, possibly, minimize the need for invasive biopsies. The group has created an MRI device that could improve both the process and accuracy of breast cancer screening by scanning for sodium levels in the breast.

Steve Jobs Left a Legacy on Personalized Medicine

September 27, 2013 9:30 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

If you need proof of how information technology is influencing biotech, take a look at Foundation Medicine, the Boston-area diagnostics company that went public on Wednesday. Its stock price quickly doubled after the IPO. And one reason is surely its links to stratospheric tech names from the West Coast.

GE Healthcare Announces Agreement with Research Group at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden to Provide Next Generation Sequencing Services

September 27, 2013 4:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

GE Healthcare (GEHC), a unit of GE (NYSE: GE) announced today that it has won a tender to exclusively provide next generation sequencing services to a research group at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The sequencing services will be provided by a subsidiary of GE Healthcare, SeqWright Genomic Services, a Houston, Texas-based provider of nucleic acid sequencing and other genomic services.

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Medical Devices: How Secure Are They?

September 26, 2013 4:21 pm | by Jon Jarboe, Senior Technical Manager, Coverity | Articles | Comments

Medical devices are increasingly dependent on software, evolving from the use of a simple two-transistor circuit for early artificial cardiac pacemakers to sophisticated modern systems supporting infusion pumps, electrocardiogram analysis, and image-guided surgery.

Securing Patient Data in Motion and At Rest

September 26, 2013 3:57 pm | by Vivian Funkhouser, Principal of Healthcare Vertical Solutions, Motorola Solutions | Blogs | Comments

Data security is a hot topic in the healthcare industry. Healthcare network providers have the difficult task of identifying the correct technology to collect and store data all while maintaining a secure network to communicate and transmit the data. It is important to not only consider the type of technology healthcare networks utilize to collect data...

Photos of the Day: Building a 'Body'

September 26, 2013 3:18 pm | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | News | Comments

Whether it's the Ebola virus or Sarin and Ricin, a key to responding to chemical or biological attacks is having effective antidotes at the ready. To accelerate the development of new therapies, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine is leading a unique $24 million federally funded project to develop a "body on a chip" that will be used to develop these countermeasures.

Wake Forest Baptist Leads $24 Million Project to Develop 'Body on a Chip'

September 26, 2013 2:10 pm | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | News | Comments

Whether it's the Ebola virus or Sarin and Ricin, a key to responding to chemical or biological attacks is having effective antidotes at the ready. To accelerate the development of new therapies, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine is leading a unique $24 million federally funded project to develop a "body on a chip" that will be used to develop these countermeasures.

ResolutionMD Accesses Images up to Six Times Faster Than Other Image-Viewing Systems

September 25, 2013 11:41 am | by Calgary Scientific | News | Comments

Calgary Scientific today shared that its ResolutionMD diagnostic medical imaging software was formally evaluated by clinicians during a structured research study at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and determined to be significantly faster than the two PACS and desktop image-viewing systems currently in use at the facility.

Heart Activity Is Regulated via Communicating Heart Cells

September 25, 2013 11:35 am | by University of Western Ontario | Videos | Comments

New research from Western University is leading to a better understanding of what happens during heart failure; knowledge that could lead to better therapeutics or a more accurate predictor of risk. The research--led by Robarts Research Institute scientists Robert Gros, Ph.D., and Marco Prado, Ph.D...

New Research Shows How Heart Cells Communicate to Regulate Heart Activity

September 25, 2013 11:30 am | by University of Western Ontario | News | Comments

The research led by Robarts Research Institute scientists Robert Gros, PhD, and Marco Prado, PhD, along with graduate student Ashbeel Roy found the heart is regulated not only by nervous systems but also by heart cells sending messages to each other through the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh).

Photos of the Day: Sensor Skin from Nanotubes

September 25, 2013 11:17 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) are showing the way toward low-cost, industrial-scale manufacturing of a new family of electronic devices. A leading example is a gas sensor that could be integrated into food packaging to gauge freshness, or into compact wireless air-quality monitors.

With Carbon Nanotubes, a Path to Flexible, Low-Cost Sensors

September 25, 2013 11:11 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Carbon nanotube-based gas sensors created at TUM offer a unique combination of characteristics that can't be matched by any of the alternative technologies. They rapidly detect and continuously respond to extremely small changes in the concentrations of gases including ammonia, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxide.

Engineers Develop a Stretchable, Foldable Transparent Electronic Display

September 25, 2013 9:51 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

OLED technology is used today in screens for many smartphones and some televisions. The new ultra-stretchable OLED material developed at UCLA could lead to foldable and expandable screens for new classes of smartphones and other personal electronic devices; new minimally invasive medical tools; and many other applications.

Researchers Use Smart Phone Photography to Diagnose Eye Disease

September 25, 2013 9:48 am | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

Retinal (or fundus) photography is an essential part of any ophthalmology practice. Commercial fundus cameras can cost tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, making the technology out of reach for smaller ophthalmic practices and to physicians in third-world countries.

FDA Lays Out Rules for Some Smartphone Health Apps

September 24, 2013 11:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food and Drug Administration officials say they will begin regulating a new wave of applications and gadgets that work with smartphones to take medical readings and help users monitor their health. With the rise of the iPhone, Android and other mobile devices has come a flood of applications designed to help people stay healthy.

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