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'Virtual Breast' Could Improve Cancer Detection

October 1, 2014 2:54 pm | by Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Next to lung cancer, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society. That's why so many medical professionals encourage women to get mammograms, even though the tests are imperfect at...

'Bubble Boy' Biomarker Discovered

October 1, 2014 2:45 pm | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Many people recognize "the bubble boy" as an unusual character from a "Seinfeld" episode or a John Travolta movie. But in reality, a genetic disease called SCID, short for severe combined immunodeficiency, forces patients to breathe filtered...

The FDA Takes Steps to Strengthen Cybersecurity of Medical Devices

October 1, 2014 10:29 am | by FDA | News | Comments

To strengthen the safety of medical devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized recommendations to manufacturers for managing cybersecurity risks to better protect patient health and information. The final guidance, titled...

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Global Demand for Medical Disposables to Reach $245 Billion

October 1, 2014 10:02 am | by The Freedonia Group Inc. | News | Comments

Global demand for medical disposables is forecast to rise 6.6 percent annually to $245 billion in 2018. The strongest influence on growth will involve the upgrading and stricter enforcement of infection prevention protocols by hospitals and...

Race for Proteomics Knowledge Spurs Investment and Partnerships

September 30, 2014 1:56 pm | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Proteomics is a focus point for investment and collaboration, according to a new report from Kalorama Information.  The healthcare market research publisher said that over 100 deals had occurred in proteomics in the past two years. The activity...

Homeland Security and FDA Address Medical Device Cybersecurity

September 30, 2014 11:53 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security is joining forces with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to tackle the issue of medical device cybersecurity—a tacit recognition of the emerging vulnerabilities associated with healthcare technology...

Oxford Isis Fund Invests in Oxtex and Brainomix to Improve Stroke Diagnosis

September 30, 2014 10:01 am | by Isis Innovation | News | Comments

The £1.25 million University of Oxford Isis Fund, set up by Parkwalk Advisors and Isis Innovation in February, has made its first investments in medical device spin-out Oxtex and in Brainomix, a start up from the Isis Software Incubator which...

AliveCor Launches New App to Auto Detect Atrial Fibrillation in an ECG Recording

September 30, 2014 9:53 am | by AliveCor | News | Comments

AliveCor, Inc. announced today the launch of the latest version of the AliveECG app, which provides patients with free real-time atrial fibrillation (AF) detection in ECG recordings using its new FDA-cleared algorithm. The new app helps...

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A Safer Approach for Diagnostic Medical Imaging

September 30, 2014 9:44 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Medical imaging is at the forefront of diagnostics today, with imaging techniques like MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computerized tomography), scanning, and NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) increasing steeply over the last two decades...

Lighting Up Brain Activity

September 30, 2014 9:31 am | by Ken Kingery | News | Comments

Yiyang Gong will join the faculty of the biomedical engineering department in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering beginning November 1, 2014. An expert in nanophotonics, Gong is developing genetic sensors that literally light up...

Supersensitive Nanodevice Can Detect Extremely Early Cancers

September 29, 2014 2:22 pm | by University of Alabama Huntsville | News | Comments

Extremely early detection of cancers and other diseases is on the horizon with a supersensitive nanodevice being developed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in collaboration with The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering...

Researchers Identify Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer

September 29, 2014 12:06 pm | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | News | Comments

Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and other institutions have discovered a sign of the early development of pancreatic cancer – an upsurge in certain amino acids that occurs before the disease...

Revolutionary Hamstring Tester Will Keep More Players on the Field

September 29, 2014 11:59 am | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Elite sporting stars can assess and reduce their risk of a hamstring injury thanks to a breakthrough made by QUT researchers. The discovery could be worth a fortune to football codes, with hamstring strain injuries accounting for most non-contact...

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Data Presented on the Oncotype DX Test and Precision Oncology

September 29, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In line with this year’s theme for the annual European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress - ‘Precision Medicine in Cancer Care’ - Genomic Health presented results from multiple studies across different cancer types demonstrating how...

Examining the Physician Office Lab Market: CLIA and Technology

September 29, 2014 9:21 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Kalorama Information recently released a report entitled, “Physician Office Laboratory Markets, 3rd Edition,” which provides a complete review of this important segment of the IVD industry. The following presents some of the report’s analyses...

FDA Clearance on Beckman Coulter’s Power Express Automated Sample Processing System

September 26, 2014 2:22 pm | by Beckman Coulter | News | Comments

Delivering on its commitment to help labs face new challenges in the ever-changing healthcare environment, Beckman Coulter has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance on its Power Express high-speed automated sample...

New Technology May Lead to Prolonged Power in Mobile Devices

September 26, 2014 11:57 am | by The University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn’t die after a few hours of heavy...

MDPC Publishes Robust Security Risk Assessment Framework for Medical Devices

September 26, 2014 10:56 am | by Medical Device Privacy Consortium | News | Comments

The Medical Device Privacy Consortium's Product Security Working Group has developed a robust framework for medical device manufactures and developers to assess the security risks associated with the use of medical devices. The framework is...

High-Throughput Cell-Sorting Method Can Separate 10 Billion Bacterial Cells in 30 Minutes

September 26, 2014 10:37 am | by University of Hawaii at Manoa | News | Comments

University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Engineering mechanical engineer Yi Zuo has developed a new, high-throughput method for sorting cells capable of separating 10 billion bacterial cells in 30 minutes. The finding has already proven useful...

NIH Launches New Program to Spur Mobile Health Innovations

September 25, 2014 3:27 pm | by NIH Fogarty International Center (FIC) | News | Comments

A new NIH program is awarding nearly $2.5 million to spur innovation in mobile communication technologies and software applications used in biomedical research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Fogarty has awarded the first round...

Potential Blood Test to Gauge How Much Post-Surgical Care Is Required

September 25, 2014 3:11 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

One of the big frustrations of surgery: There's little way to know if you'll be a fast or slow healer, someone who feels back to normal in a week or is out of work for a month with lingering pain and fatigue. Now Stanford University researchers...

FDA Clears Glucose Monitoring System for Use in Hospital Critical Care Units

September 25, 2014 11:26 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared a new indication for the Nova StatStrip Glucose Hospital Meter System, extending its use to critically ill patients who have been hospitalized. This is the first blood glucose monitoring...

Simple Blood Test Could Be Used as Tool for Early Cancer Diagnosis

September 25, 2014 10:59 am | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

High levels of calcium in blood, a condition known as hypercalcaemia, can be used by GPs as an early indication of certain types of cancer, according to a study by researchers from the universities of Bristol and Exeter. Hypercalcaemia is the...

New Findings on How Brain Handles Tactile Sensations

September 25, 2014 10:31 am | by Lund University | News | Comments

The traditional understanding in neuroscience is that tactile sensations from the skin are only assembled to form a complete experience in the cerebral cortex, the most advanced part of the brain. However, this is challenged by new research findings...

Studying Proteins Is a 5 Billion-Dollar Business

September 25, 2014 10:09 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

The market for “proteomics” instruments, reagents and testing for research and diagnostic applications topped 5 billion dollars in 2013, and should see rapid revenue growth, according to Kalorama information.  The healthcare market research...

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