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Paper-Based Device Could Bring Medical Testing to Remote Locales

November 5, 2013 10:33 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

In remote regions of the world where electricity is hard to come by and scientific instruments are even scarcer, conducting medical tests at a doctor’s office or medical lab is rarely an option. Scientists are now reporting progress toward ...

Photos of the Day: Space Robots Diagnose Cancer

November 4, 2013 2:43 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The goal for a team of collaborative researchers with the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (CSii) in Canada is to help speed the diagnosis of breast cancer. They are scheduled to enter an advanced platform into ...    

Robots Lead to One-Stop Breast Cancer Diagnosis

November 4, 2013 2:38 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

We may not be driving flying cars to work yet, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot to be excited about from technology advances related to the space age. Instead of zipping past traffic jams, International Space Station-derived robotic capabilities are giving us a fast pass to life-saving surgical techniques with ...

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Hopkins Suspends Black Lung Service

November 4, 2013 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins Medicine says it has suspended a service in which radiologists give second readings on X-rays of coal miners seeking benefits for black lung disease. Hopkins announced the suspension Friday. The medical institution had ... 

Photos of the Day: Docs & Vets Team Up for Medical Research

November 4, 2013 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists from medical hubs including the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the National Institutes of Health and The Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo will compare animal and human cases to better their understanding of medical conditions.

Doctors, Vets Explore Shared Medical Problems

November 4, 2013 11:16 am | by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

What do Siberian tigers and post-menopausal women have in common? That is among the questions related to fighting diseases affecting both animals and people that physicians and veterinarians are teaming up to ...      

Novel Microfluidic Material Breakthrough for Wafer-Scale Mass Production of Lab-On-Chip

November 1, 2013 12:15 pm | by imec | News | Comments

Imec, a world-leading nanoelectronics research center and JSR, a leading materials company, announce that they have successfully used JSR’s innovative PA (Photo-patternable Adhesive) material for wafer-scale processing of lab-on-chip devices...

Boston Scientific Completes Acquisition of Bard Electrophysiology

November 1, 2013 12:07 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation closed on its previously announced agreement to acquire Bard EP, the electrophysiology (EP) business of C.R. Bard, Inc. The completion of this transaction advances Boston Scientific's ability to more comprehensively...

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Photos of the Day: Programmable Nanomaterial for Biosensing

November 1, 2013 11:25 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Antibody-inspired “molecular Velcro” designed at Berkeley Lab could lead to a new class of biosensors. Researchers took cues from the architecture of a natural antibody in designing a new material that resembles tiny sheets of Velcro...   

'Molecular Velcro' May Lead to Cost-Effective Alternatives to Natural Antibodies

November 1, 2013 11:22 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Taking inspiration from the human immune system, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have created a new material that can be programmed to identify an endless variety of molecules...

Device Offers Fast, Painless Alternative to Liver Biopsies for Hepatitis Patients

November 1, 2013 10:18 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

A non-invasive alternative to liver biopsy, now the standard method of diagnosing cirrhosis in hepatitis patients, proved very reliable in a national multi-center study including Henry Ford Hospital. The results of the study are good news for chronic...

Mobile + Apps = Healthcare Future

October 31, 2013 3:57 pm | by IMS Health | News | Comments

This infographic offers highlights of a study that looks at the current state of consumer mobile apps in healthcare—the range of apps available and their functionality, the barriers that exist to their broad use, and what is needed to move apps to a more significant role in improved and cost-effective healthcare systems.

p-BNC, The Programmable Bio-Nano-Chip: Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE Finalist

October 31, 2013 12:51 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

The McDevitt Research Group, a medical micro device group committed to improving the speed, accuracy and affordability of global disease diagnosis, announces the p-BNC, the Programmable Bio-Nano-Chip system. Currently under development...  

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Imaging Breast Cancer with Light

October 31, 2013 11:25 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and cancer deaths among women worldwide. Routine screening can increase breast cancer survival by detecting the disease early and allowing doctors to address it at this critical stage...

MedStar Heart Institute and Infraredx, Inc Initiate the Lipid Rich Plaque (LRP) Study to Evaluate Prediction of Heart Attacks

October 31, 2013 9:57 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

MedStar Heart Institute of Washington, D.C. and Infraredx, Inc., a medical device company committed to advancing the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease, today announced the initiation of the Lipid-Rich Plaque (LRP) Study...

Measuring Hormones Could Help Improve Breast Cancer Risk Prediction

October 29, 2013 6:05 pm | by AACR | News | Comments

Including the levels of several hormones in currently used breast cancer risk prediction models improves prediction, and this could help better identify women who would benefit from chemoprevention, according to results presented here at the...

New and Improved Way to Scan the Brain

October 29, 2013 2:09 pm | by Center for Tomography Research Laboratory | News | Comments

The Center for Tomography Research Laboratory (CTECH Labs) will introduce the latest technology in brain scanning at the 6th International IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference on Neural Engineering at the Sheraton Hotel...

New Imaging Research Shows Increased Iron in the Brain in Earliest Stages of MS

October 29, 2013 11:00 am | by University of Western Ontario | News | Comments

While it's been known for over a century that iron deposits in the brain play a role in the pathology of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), new imaging research from Western University (London, Canada) helps to answer the question of whether these...

New Imaging Technology Helps Resolve MS Question

October 29, 2013 10:58 am | by Western University | Videos | Comments

As Western University scientist Ravi Menon, Ph.D., explains, it's been known for over a century that iron deposits in the brain play a role in the pathology of multiple sclerosis, but now, new imaging research from the Robarts Research Institute at...

Unique Nano Carrier Targets Drug Delivery to Cancer Cells

October 29, 2013 10:42 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

The first-of-its-kind nanostructure is unusual because it can carry a variety of cancer-fighting materials on its double-sided (Janus) surface and within its porous interior. Because of its unique structure, the nano carrier can do all of the following...

Super-Thin Membranes Clear the Way for Chip-Sized Pumps

October 29, 2013 10:33 am | by University of Rochester | News | Comments

The ability to shrink laboratory-scale processes to automated chip-sized systems would revolutionize biotechnology and medicine. For example, inexpensive and highly portable devices that process blood samples to detect biological agents such...

Photo of the Day: Credit-Card-Sized Diagnostics

October 29, 2013 10:32 am | by University of Rochester | News | Comments

A microfluidic bioreactors consists of two chambers separated by a nanoporous silicon membrane. It allows for flow-based assays using minimal amounts of reagent. The ultra-thin silicon membrane provides an excellent mimic of biological...  

Ear Infection Diagnosis with a Smartphone

October 28, 2013 12:10 pm | by American Academy of Pediatrics | News | Comments

A new, smartphone-enabled otoscope provides clear, transmittable images of the ear drum, or tympanic membrane, which someday may allow for ear infection diagnosis without a visit to the doctor's office, according to an abstract presented...

3D Imaging Platform Accurately Detects Lung Cancer in Sputum

October 28, 2013 12:07 pm | by BLL Partners, LLC | News | Comments

Data at IASLC demonstrate feasibility of using sputum and the Cell-CT platform to non-invasively detect the presence or absence of lung cancer; initially for adjunctive use with x-ray CT screening to address high rate of false positive results...

BUSM Researchers Identify Molecule that Could Aid Lung Cancer Detection, Treatment

October 28, 2013 11:41 am | by Boston University Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have discovered a molecule that could help lead to the non-invasive detection of lung cancer as well as its treatment. Using RNA sequencing, the team looked at airway epithelial cells and...

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