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Clearance for the Third Generation PillCam SB System in Japan

September 23, 2013 10:57 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Given Imaging has announced that Japan's Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency has granted approval for the PillCam SB 3 system. The innovative technology in this third-generation system will provide physicians throughout Japan with the most advanced PillCam capsule endoscopy technology to detect and monitor small bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease.

Worldwide Medtech Sales Forecast to Reach $455 Billion by 2018

September 23, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

The medical device and diagnostics market is set to grow at 4.5 percent per year (CAGR) between 2012 and 2018, totalling $455 billion in 2018, according to the newly-released EvaluateMedTech World Preview 2013, Outlook to 2018: The Future of Medtech report from market intelligence firm Evaluate Ltd.

Researchers Identify Biomarker for Smoker’s Lung Cancer

September 20, 2013 12:07 pm | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

Mayo Clinic researchers have shown that a specific protein pair may be a successful prognostic biomarker for identifying smoking-related lung cancers. The protein — ASCL1 — is associated with increased expression of the RET oncogene, a particular cancer-causing gene called RET.

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Watching Tumors Burst Through a Blood Vessel

September 20, 2013 11:56 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a microfluidic device that mimics the flow of cancer cells through a system of blood vessels. Using high-resolution time-lapse imaging, the researchers captured the moments as a cancer cell squeezes its way through a blood vessel wall into the surrounding extracellular matrix.

Imaging Technique Detects Pediatric Liver Disease Without Need for Needle Biopsy

September 20, 2013 10:42 am | by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center | News | Comments

A new, non-invasive imaging technique, magnetic resonance elastography, can now help physicians accurately detect fibrosis in children with chronic liver disease. A new study shows that MRE detects such chronic diseases as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is increasingly common in children and teens, affecting an estimated 13 percent of adolescents.

Florida Hospital Collaborates with VTT of Finland to Explore Research for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

September 19, 2013 11:36 am | by Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) | News | Comments

In an effort to better understand the development of Alzheimer’s disease, Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are collaborating to identify the biomarker assay that may predict early onsets of the disease.

New Test Aims to Better Detect Viral Infections

September 19, 2013 10:36 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

It happens too often: A doctor isn't sure what's causing someone's feverish illness but prescribes antibiotics just in case, drugs that don't work if a virus is the real culprit. Now Duke University researchers are developing a blood test to more easily tell when a respiratory illness is due to a virus and not a bacterial infection, hoping to cut the dangerous overuse of antibiotics and speed the right diagnosis.

Portable, Low-Cost, Early-Warning Test for Osteoporosis

September 19, 2013 10:05 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

A handheld device for diagnosing the early signs of osteoporosis could be available for clinical use within five years. The technology is currently being refined and tested at the University of Southampton with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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Automated Detection of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism

September 18, 2013 1:25 pm | by By Paolo Fiorini, Principal Scientist, imec; Liesbet Lagae, R&D manager Life Science Technologies, imec; and Ichiro Yamashita, professor, NAIST | Articles | Comments

Imec and Panasonic are jointly developing a fully integrated sample-to-answer device to perform molecular diagnostic tests. Recently, they’ve created prototype of the device. The chip is about half the size of a credit card that performs fast, simple and sensitive detection of genetic markers, specifically single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).

Uncovering Cancer's Inner Workings by Capturing Live Images of Growing Tumors

September 18, 2013 11:52 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Scientists seeking new ways to fight cancer often try to understand the subtle, often invisible, changes to DNA, proteins, cells, and tissue that alter the body's normal biology and cause disease. Now, to aid in that fight, a team of researchers has developed a sophisticated new optical imaging tool that enables scientists to look deep within tumors and uncover their inner workings.

Robotics Takes on the Life Sciences

September 17, 2013 3:02 pm | by Mike Szesterniak, Industry Market Manager—Life Sciences, Parker Hannifin | Articles | Comments

Life sciences is one industry that is currently undergoing a turbulent development environment. Major advancements such as next-generation DNA sequencing and molecular imaging are expected to drive growth in categories such as immunochemistry and genetic testing. Add to this that changes in government regulations and market conditions are forcing life science OEMs to build their products using faster, smaller more modular technologies.

Speeding Up Cancer Diagnosis During Surgery

September 17, 2013 1:21 pm | by The University of Nottingham | News | Comments

With funding from the National Institute for Health Research, experts at The University of Nottingham have developed a highly accurate prototype technique which can produce a detailed ‘spectroscopic fingerprint’ of each tissue layer removed during surgery.

American Cancer Society CMO: Money-driven hospitals push for dangerous tests

September 17, 2013 1:11 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Routine screening has been touted as the most effective way to stem cancer deaths, but it may instead put patients in harm's way, according to American Cancer Society chief medical officer Dr. Otis Brawley. Speaking at a seminar last week, Brawley warned that hospitals recommending regular screening may be looking out for their profits rather than their patients.

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Logical Images Awarded U.S. Patent for Unique Visual Diagnostic Process and System

September 17, 2013 12:31 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Logical Images, the Rochester-based company that created the nation's only widely used diagnostic decision tool, VisualDx, announced today that it has been awarded a U.S. patent for its unique visual diagnostic process and system that, in addition to other features, selectively presents and displays images based upon descriptive characteristics of a patient.

New Marker Identified for Early Diagnosis of Lung Cancer

September 17, 2013 10:53 am | by American Association for Cancer Research | News | Comments

A protein called isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH1) is present at high levels in lung cancers and can be detected in the blood, making it a noninvasive diagnostic marker for lung cancers, according to a study published in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

UCLA Researchers' Smartphone 'Microscope' Can Detect a Single Virus, Nanoparticles

September 17, 2013 10:10 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

Aydogan Ozcan, a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and his team have created a portable smartphone attachment that can be used to perform sophisticated field testing to detect viruses and bacteria without the need for bulky and expensive microscopes and lab equipment.

Flexpoint on Target for Release of Disposable Directional ColonoScope with Haemoband Surgical, LTD.

September 17, 2013 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Flexpoint Sensor Systems, Inc. today announced they expect to complete both Phase Two and Phase Three of development of the colonoscope application during the remainder of 2013. The company will receive milestone cash payments for each stage of the development process.

Mobile Diagnostics by Smartphone and Image Analysis for Detecting Antibiotic Resistance

September 16, 2013 12:15 pm | by Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Angewandte Informationstechnik (FIT) | News | Comments

Fraunhofer FIT demonstrates a mobile wireless system that monitors the health of elderly people in their own homes, using miniature sensors, and also a novel optical system for detecting antibiotic resistance, which can determine in just two hours if bacteria react to a specific antibiotic.

NIH Awards $2 Million for Engineering Approach to Understanding Lymphedema

September 16, 2013 11:58 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Georgia Tech a $2-million research grant to unravel the mechanical forces at play in lymphedema, a poorly understood disease with no cure and little hope for sufferers. Lymphedema develops when the body fails to circulate lymphatic fluid, a mixture of immune cells, proteins, and lipids.

AdvaMedDx Supports Diagnostics Payment Reform Legislation

September 16, 2013 10:23 am | by AdvaMedDx | News | Comments

Andrew Fish, executive director of AdvaMedDx, a division of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) focused on diagnostics policy matters, released the following statement on the introduction in the U.S. House of Representatives of the Modernizing Our Drug and Diagnostics Evaluation and Regulatory Network (MODDERN) Cures Act.

Schizophrenia: It’s in the Wiring of the Brain

September 16, 2013 10:20 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Just as wires must be insulated to effectively carry electrical impulses, nerve cells must be insulated by myelin to effectively transmit neural impulses. Using typical magnetic resonance imaging or MRI, one can visually distinguish parts of the brain that look white and parts that look gray.

Scientists Creating New Diagnostic and Bioinformatics Tools for Psychotic Disorders

September 16, 2013 10:05 am | by Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) | News | Comments

A new EU project, METSY, develops and applies neuroimaging and bioinformatics tools to study how lipid metabolism is connected to psychotic disorders and metabolic co-morbidities such as metabolic syndrome and diabetes. The overall objective is to identify, prioritize and evaluate multi-modal blood and neuroimaging biomarkers...

Quidel Receives Two FDA Clearances for Molecular Diagnostic Tests for Use on Life Technologies QuantStudio(TM) Dx

September 16, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Quidel Corporation and Life Technologies Corporation announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearances to the Quidel Molecular Influenza A+B assay and the Quidel Molecular RSV + hMPV assay, both for use on the QuantStudio™ Dx Real-Time PCR Instrument by Life Technologies.

Helping to Reduce Hospital Admissions for COPD Patients

September 13, 2013 10:41 am | by SINTEF | News | Comments

Product designer Jarl Reitan and his colleague Silje Bøthun are working on a preventative project for patients with advanced COPD. Five patients from Trondheim are currently testing a system using tablet computers and a customized app developed by SINTEF.

Association Between Virus, Bladder Cancers Detected Using Lawrence Livermore Technology

September 13, 2013 10:20 am | by Stephen P. Wampler, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory-developed biological detection technology has been employed as part of an international collaboration that has detected a virus in bladder cancers. The research is believed to be the first study to demonstrate an association between Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), also known as human herpesvirus 8, and bladder cancers.

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