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Simple Blood Test Could Diagnose Alzheimer's

March 11, 2015 3:27 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

UCLA researchers have provided the first evidence that a simple blood test could be developed to confirm the presence of beta amyloid proteins in the brain, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Although approximately 5 million Americans...

How Smart Devices and the Internet of Things Influence Patient Behavior

March 11, 2015 3:12 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

At TEDMED 2014, serial entrepreneur Josh Stein shares what he's learned about “smart” devices and the "Internet of Things", and how they relate to positively influencing patient behavior...                                                 

Photos of the Day: Spinning Synthetic Spider Silk for Medicine

March 11, 2015 3:02 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

If you live in a house, one of the most amazing materials known to humans is likely languishing in a dark corner of your basement. Spider webs, and especially spider draglines, are made from silk threads extruded by arachnids that can be several...

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Your Smartphone Is Already a Tricorder

March 11, 2015 9:54 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Apple announced several new initiatives on March 9, including HBO Now and a function on the Apple Watch that will tell you when you’ve been sitting down too long watching HBO Now. One of them has already been in use by medical researchers...

Electronic Clinical Decision Support Tool Standardizes Care for Pneumonia Patients

March 11, 2015 9:38 am | by Intermountain Medical Center | News | Comments

A new study by Intermountain Medical Center researchers in Salt Lake City found that using advanced clinical decision support tools reduces mortality for the 1.1 million patients in the Unites States who are treated for pneumonia each year...

New Imaging Technique for Improved Prostate Cancer Detection and Treatment

March 11, 2015 9:22 am | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

A research team including NIBIB-funded scientists has developed an improved MRI technique with the potential to provide more precise and effective treatment for prostate cancer. The imaging technique improves upon standard MRI to obtain clearer...

PET/MR Can Effectively Diagnose Cause of Unclear Foot Pain

March 11, 2015 9:03 am | by Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging | News | Comments

A single scan could diagnose the cause of foot pain better and with less radiation exposure to the patient than other methods, according to a study in the March 2015 issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Imaging with 18F-fluoride positron...

Continued Pressure to Make Products Smaller, Lighter, More Reliable

March 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Peter Ladwig, Ph.D., Director of Technology Development, Hutchinson Technology Inc. | Hutchinson Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The need for miniaturization is driving the development of new process technologies to manufacture complex components. In some cases, it is impossible to manufacture separate pieces for separate functions and attach them together to manufacture...

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How to Succeed in the Emerging Digital Healthcare Market

March 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Rajeev Kapoor, Partner, A.T. Kearney | Blogs | Comments

Over the next five to 10 years, a new healthcare technology marketplace will emerge: digital health. As healthcare and wellness come closer together, and as medicine focuses on home-based prevention as much as hospital-based treatment, people...

Blood Test May Identify Autism in Young Boys

March 10, 2015 11:10 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

In a study published in the current online issue of JAMA Psychiatry, an international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, report finding a highly accurate blood-based measure...

Novel Non-Invasive Method Captures Total Body SIV Replication

March 10, 2015 11:00 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A collaborative effort between investigators at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University School of Medicine and Georgia Institute of Technology has led to the development of a non-invasive method to image simian immunodeficiency...

Manipulating Light for Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease

March 10, 2015 10:32 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Imagine having the ability to manipulate light waves in order to see through a skull right into the brain, or being able to use lasers to diagnose a bacterial infection in a matter of minutes. At the Center for Biophotonic Sensors and Systems...

Photos of the Day: X-rays for the Developing World

March 10, 2015 9:47 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

In developing countries, many hospitals have become cemeteries of medical equipment. Several radiology systems, often sent by international aid, may never be used due to the climatic conditions and the instability of electricity networks...

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Genes for Type 1 Diabetes Can't Hide Anymore

March 10, 2015 8:58 am | by University of Florida Health | News | Comments

A research group that includes a University of Florida genetics expert has located and narrowed down the number of genes that play a role in the disease, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Genetics. Knowing the...

Laboratory Developed Testing Provides Precise Results

March 10, 2015 8:53 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report on laboratory-developed testing (LDTs), the market within the U.S. will grow from $9.7 billion in 2014 to about $17.7 billion in 2019, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.7%. In the realm of...

Interfacing with Wearables Through Your Own Skin

March 9, 2015 3:43 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

iSkin is a biocompatible skin sticker that enables users to interface with electronic devices directly by touching the technology that's on their own body. The sticker could enable an interface for healthcare wearables that could be conveniently...

Quick, Easy and Early Diagnosis with Rare Earth Ions

March 9, 2015 1:32 pm | by University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Science | News | Comments

Lack of oxygen in cells is an indicator of diseases as serious as cerebral hemorrhages, stroke and cancer. Regrettably measuring real-time oxygen concentration in living tissue is difficult with current technologies. Now a chemist from the...

Fluid-Based Gating Mechanism for Filtering Blood and Fluid Samples

March 9, 2015 10:38 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

In nature, pores can continuously control how a living organism absorbs or excretes fluids, vapors and solids in response to its environment; for example, tiny holes invisible to the naked eye called stomata cover a plant's leaves and stems as...

'Heart-on-a-Chip' Could Replace Animal Testing for Drug Screening

March 9, 2015 9:16 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

When University of California, Berkeley, bioengineers say they are holding their hearts in the palms of their hands, they are not talking about emotional vulnerability. Instead, the research team led by bioengineering professor Kevin Healy...

'Nanobody' Detects and Destroys Norovirus

March 9, 2015 9:01 am | by German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) | News | Comments

Infection with highly contagious noroviruses, while not usually fatal, can lead to a slew of unpleasant symptoms such as excessive vomiting and diarrhea. Current treatment options are limited to rehydration of the patient. "Additionally...

Next-Generation Viral Load Assay for HBV

March 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Roche | News | Comments

Roche announced today the commercial availability of the cobas HBV quantitative nucleic acid test for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems—adding to the viral load monitoring portfolio on the newest molecular diagnostic platforms from Roche...

First Validated Breath Test for Illicit Drugs

March 6, 2015 10:17 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Drug testing is most commonly performed using urine samples. The methodology and regulations for reliable urine testing are well developed and can be considered the current gold standard for drug testing. However, one problem with urine testing...

Quick and Early Diagnosis of Cancer with Two or Three Drops of Blood

March 6, 2015 10:12 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

To develop a device based on nanophotonic technology that enables a quick and early diagnosis of different types of cancer –specifically breast, prostate, lung and colorectal– analyzing only two or three drops of blood. This is the objective of...

Autism Detection Improved by Multimodal Neuroimaging

March 6, 2015 9:44 am | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

In an ancient Indian parable, a group of blind men touches different parts of a large animal to find what it is. Only when they share the descriptions of an ear, tail, trunk and leg do they know it is an elephant. Rajesh Kana, Ph.D., of the...

Unregulated Internet Marketing of Cancer-Related Gene Tests

March 6, 2015 9:40 am | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | News | Comments

Websites that market personalized cancer care services often overemphasize their purported benefits and downplay their limitations, and many sites offer genetic tests whose value for guiding cancer treatment has not been shown to be clinically...

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