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US Demand for In Vitro Diagnostic Products to Exceed $24 Billion in 2016

August 7, 2012 11:20 am | by The Freedonia Group | News | Comments

US demand for in vitro (IVD) diagnostic products is forecast to increase 6.1 percent annually to $24.7 billion in 2016. An expanding volume of patient care activity, spurred by aging demographic patterns, a rising incidence of diseases and disorders, and the extension of health insurance coverage by the Affordable Care Act of 2010...

New Service Creates Needed Marketplace for Hospitals to Buy and Sell Excess Inventory

August 7, 2012 11:09 am | by MDLMedical.com | News | Comments

There is a new solution of materials managers dealing with excess inventory. MDLMedical.com is a members-only, on-line exchange that helps hospitals and surgical centers buy and sell unused, new medical devices and implants; purchase needed inventory at market-determined prices and recover some of the costs of their idle surgical inventory.

Fidelis Diagnostics Partners with Exalenz Bioscience to Add H. pylori Breath Testing Solutions to Its Portfolio of Services

August 7, 2012 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 7, 2012--Fidelis Diagnostics, Inc., a rapidly growing healthcare company providing innovative diagnostic services nationally, today announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Exalenz Bioscience, Inc., a medical device company specializing in the...

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Endomagnetics Awarded Funding to Explore Melanoma Detection

August 6, 2012 4:22 pm | News | Comments

Endomagnetics, the company known for developing magnetic technology for use in breast cancer staging, has been awarded government funding to extend its application to another form of cancer. The project will explore the clinical feasibility of applying magnetic sentinel lymph node (SLN) detection to melanoma...

HCOs Find Risks & Opportunities in Quest for Reduced Costs & Improved Quality

August 2, 2012 10:05 am | News | Comments

Groundbreaking report in Mayo Clinic Proceedings examines the implications of the Accountable Care Organization component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Hologic Closes $3.8B Deal for Gen-Probe

August 1, 2012 2:48 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Gen-Probe's products include tests for sexually transmitted diseases. Hologic expects the deal to deepen its women's health focus and make it a major provider of STD diagnostics.

Medicare Fraud Busters Unveil Command Center

August 1, 2012 2:33 pm | by Kelli Kennedy & Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | News | Comments

Medicare's war on fraud is going high-tech with the opening of a $3.6 million command center that features a giant screen and the latest computer and communications gear.

Principal Scientist Wants More Transparency to Minimize Research Bias

July 31, 2012 2:59 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Bias may be completely unintentional, but everyone has it to one degree or another. It is the responsibility of ethical scientists to acknowledge those biases so that research data can be viewed more accurately and science is not slanted.

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Experts: Better Systems Needed for Medical Device Cybersecurity

July 31, 2012 10:17 am | by University of Massachusetts at Amherst | News | Comments

Medical devices save countless lives, but an interdisciplinary research team warns that federal regulators need to improve how they track security and privacy problems in medical devices.

Detecting Cancer With Lasers Has Limited Use

July 31, 2012 9:37 am | by University of Missouri-Columbia | News | Comments

A technique, known as photoacoustics, can find some forms of melanoma even if only a few cancerous cells exist, but a recent study by MU researchers found that the technique was limited in its ability to identify other types of cancer.

Infection Warning System Contains Targets for Antiviral & Vaccine Strategies

July 30, 2012 3:04 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Two new targets have been discovered for antiviral therapies and vaccines strategies that could enhance the body's defenses against such infectious diseases as West Nile and hepatitis C.

Patent Issued for Advanced Detection in Medical Imaging

July 30, 2012 2:57 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

The patents cover the technology in Arradiance’s GEM-R2 and GEM-R2D2 nanofilms that functionalize bare detector substrates of any size or insulating material to enable noiseless, low signal amplification.

23andMe Seeks FDA Approval for Personal DNA Test

July 30, 2012 2:50 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Genetic test maker 23andMe is asking the FDA to approve its personalized DNA test in a move that, if successful, could boost acceptance of technology that is viewed skeptically by leading scientists who question its usefulness.

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"Diving Board" Sensors Key to DNA Detection

July 30, 2012 2:40 pm | by Britt Faulstick, Drexel | News | Comments

A tiny vibrating cantilever sensor could soon help doctors and field clinicians quickly detect harmful toxins, bacteria and even indicators of certain types of cancer from small samples of blood or urine.

Ebola Infects Multiple Villages in Uganda

July 30, 2012 11:13 am | by Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six more patients suspected to have Ebola have been admitted to the hospital days after investigators confirmed an outbreak of the highly infectious disease in a remote corner of western Uganda, a health official said on Monday.

Roper Industries Buys Sunquest for $1.42B

July 30, 2012 10:51 am | by AP | News | Comments

Medical and industrial equipment maker Roper Industries is buying hospital software company Sunquest Information Systems for approximately $1.42 billion.

DSM’s VitroStealth Coating used in Axis-Shield’s next generation Afinion Point-of-Care Cartridge

July 10, 2012 12:22 pm | News | Comments

DSM, a global leader in biomedical materials, today announced that its VitroStealth® non-biofouling coating is used in Afinion®, Axis-Shield’s next generation point-of-care diagnostic system. Physicians can use Afinion® during the span of an office visit and obtain patient lipid levels within a matter of minutes.

Epilepsy Organizations Award Funding for New Devices to Treat, Detect, and Monitor Epilepsy Conditions

June 25, 2012 6:45 am | News | Comments

The Epilepsy Therapy Project (ETP) and the Epilepsy Foundation (EF) today announced the latest grant recipients of their New Therapy Grants Program, a unique joint venture of the two non-profit epilepsy organizations to advance clinical development...

Covidien Announces Global Launch of Nellcor SpO2 Module for Philips IntelliVue Patient Monitors

June 25, 2012 6:11 am | News | Comments

Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring and respiratory care devices, today announced the launch of its Nellcor™ SpO2 single parameter module for use with the Philips IntelliVue patient monitoring platform.

PositiveID Corporation Wins Gold at Connected World Value Chain Awards for Its iglucose Mobile Health Solution for Diabetes Management

June 19, 2012 6:50 am | News | Comments

PositiveID Corporation announced it has won the Gold award for its iglucose mobile health solution for diabetes management at Connected World magazine's Value Chain Awards in the Home Health category.

Dexcom Receives CE Mark Approval for the Dexcom G4 Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

June 15, 2012 6:03 am | News | Comments

Dexcom, Inc. today announced that it has received CE Mark approval for its fourth generation continuous glucose monitoring system, the Dexcom G4® system, enabling commercialization of the Dexcom G4 system in the European Union and the countries in Asia and Latin America...

NIST Effort Could Improve High-Tech Medical Scanners

June 13, 2012 7:28 am | News | Comments

A powerful color-based imaging technique is making the jump from remote sensing to the operating room—and a team of scientists* at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have taken steps to ensure it performs...

Using Tiny ‘Speed Bumps,’ Micro-Sorting Device Could Catch Roaming Cancer Cells

June 13, 2012 7:25 am | News | Comments

German Drazer, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and his doctoral student, Jorge A. Bernate, reported that they have developed a lab-on-chip platform...

Groundbreaking Discovery of the Cellular Origin of Cervical Cancer

June 12, 2012 8:59 am | News | Comments

A team of scientists from A*STAR's Institute of Medical Biology (IMB) and Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) together with clinicians from Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have identified a unique set of cells in the cervix that are the cause...

Biochip Could Enable Fast, Portable Flu Strain Detection

June 10, 2012 10:35 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A similar design could lead to chips that detect drug-resistant strains of HIV and tuberculosis.

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