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Great Potential for Faster Diagnoses with New Method

October 3, 2013 10:03 am | by University of Copenhagen | News | Comments

The more accurately we can diagnose a disease, the greater the chance that the patient will survive. That is why many researchers are working to improve the quality of the diagnostic process. Researchers at the Nano-Science Center, University of Copenhagen have discovered a method that will make the process faster, cheaper and more accurate.

Cynvenio Announces ClearID, a Breakthrough Test for Monitoring Breast Cancer Patients and Early Detection of Recurrence

October 3, 2013 7:30 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Cynvenio, a cancer diagnostics company focused on transforming cancer treatment and management through the molecular analysis of tumor biomarkers in blood, today launched a new weapon in the fight against breast cancer, the ClearID Breast Cancer monitoring program.

Photo of the Day: ‘Eying’ Disease

October 2, 2013 12:32 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

For hundreds of years, optical devices like telescopes and microscopes have relied on solid lenses that slide up and down to magnify and to focus. To tune how much light is received, conventional devices use mechanical contraptions like the blades that form the adjustable aperture in cameras.


New Imaging System Can Help Diagnose Disease

October 2, 2013 12:26 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

To meet demands for ever smaller imaging systems, researchers are working to create entirely unconventional ways of focusing light. In pursuit of this vision, engineers from the University of Freiburg in Germany have built a novel type of imaging system inspired by the elegance and relative mechanical simplicity of the human eye.

VuCOMP M-Vu® Computer-Aided Detection System for Mammography Installed at Mammography Specialists Medical Group in Los Gatos, California

October 2, 2013 11:44 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

VuCOMP, Inc. announced today that it has installed its advanced computer-aided detection system, M-Vu CAD, at Mammography Specialists Medical Group (MSMG) in Los Gatos, California. VuCOMP’s CAD system is designed to provide an unprecedented level of performance to help radiologists find breast cancer earlier.

NIH Grant Could Develop Technology to Help Personalize Leukemia Treatments

October 2, 2013 11:42 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

People affected by leukemia and health care professionals who advocate for personalized medicine options could benefit from technology that is being developed with funding from a National Institutes of Health grant. Tymora Analytical Operations LLC, Purdue University, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have been awarded a one-year, $300,000 Phase I STTR grant from the NIH.

Study Demonstrates Significant Clinical and Economic Impact of Nanosphere’s Verigene Blood Culture Test

October 2, 2013 10:31 am | by Nanosphere | News | Comments

  Nanosphere has announced publication of a study in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology that evaluated the clinical and economic impact of rapid bacterial identification and antibiotic resistance determination by the Verigene Gram-Positive Blood Culture Test for patients with enterococcal bacteremia, which can lead to sepsis.

Seeing Through Silicon

October 2, 2013 10:24 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Scientists at MIT and the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) have developed a new type of microscopy that can image cells through a silicon wafer, allowing them to precisely measure the size and mechanical behavior of cells behind the wafer. The new technology, which relies on near-infrared light, could help scientists learn more about diseased or infected cells as they flow through silicon microfluidic devices.


Personalized Medicine Roadmap: Definiens Releases Five Steps to Utilize Data Mining with Image Analysis

October 2, 2013 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Definiens, a healthcare company that advances personalized medicine through image analysis and digital pathology solutions, today released tips for integrating data mining with image analysis. As pathologists, researchers and clinicians seek to advance personalized medicine through the development and prescription of targeted therapies...

SOFIE BIO Receives $1.8M Phase II SBIR Grant

October 2, 2013 9:13 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SOFIE BIOSCIENCES, an emerging in vivo imaging diagnostics company focused on Positron Emission Tomography (PET) probes, scanners and chemistry systems, announced today that the National Institute of Health has awarded the company a grant under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

FDA Grants Prestigious Award to Pediatric Medical Device Consortium Led by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

October 1, 2013 3:52 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Orphan Products Development has awarded a grant of up to $1.5 million over five years to the Southern California Center of Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP), a consortium established by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California (USC) for the development of pediatric medical devices.

Photos of the Day: Accelerator on a Chip

October 1, 2013 1:20 pm | News | Comments

In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice.

Researchers Demonstrate 'Accelerator on a Chip'

October 1, 2013 1:07 pm | by SLAC | News | Comments

In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice.


Cell-Detection System Promising for Medical Research, Diagnostics

October 1, 2013 12:20 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers are developing a system that uses tiny magnetic beads to quickly detect rare types of cancer cells circulating in a patient's blood, an advance that could help medical doctors diagnose cancer earlier than now possible and monitor how well a patient is responding to therapy.

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.

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.

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.

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