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ABC Syringe Wins the World Design Impact Prize 2014

March 6, 2014 2:46 pm | by The University of Huddersfield | News | Comments

For designing a device that has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives, University of Huddersfield lecturer Dr. David Swann has been awarded a globally prestigious prize, which he received at a ceremony in Cape Town, South...

7-Tesla MRI Scanner Allows Even More Accurate Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

March 6, 2014 2:38 pm | by Medical University of Vienna | News | Comments

Taking part in a recent study, scientists at the MedUni Vienna have demonstrated for the first time worldwide that 7-Tesla ultra-high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used for clinical applications in patients with breast...  

My DNA Vending Machine

March 6, 2014 11:42 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Vending machines generally offer up sodas, candy bars and chips. Not so for the one created by TED Fellow Gabe Barcia-Colombo. This artist has dreamed up a DNA Vending Machine, which dispenses extracted human DNA, packaged in a vial along...

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Blood Test to Screen for Fatal Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

March 5, 2014 4:43 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

vCJD is a fatal degenerative brain disorder thought to be caused by a misfolded protein (prion) in the brain and contracted most commonly through eating infected beef. Up to 3 million cattle in the United Kingdom may have been infected with...

‘Human Hair’ Fibers Transmit High-Quality Images

March 5, 2014 3:39 pm | by Laura L. Hunt, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | News | Comments

After having recently discovered a new way to propagate multiple beams of light through a single strand of optical fiber, engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) now have found that their novel fiber architecture can transmit...

Scientists Twist Sound with Metamaterials

March 5, 2014 3:34 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A Chinese-U.S. research team is exploring the use of metamaterials -- artificial materials engineered to have exotic properties not found in nature -- to create devices that manipulate sound in versatile and unprecedented ways. In the journal...

Ultra-High-Field MRI May Allow Earlier Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease

March 5, 2014 3:23 pm | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

New research shows that ultra-high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides detailed views of a brain area implicated in Parkinson's disease, possibly leading to earlier detection of a condition that affects millions worldwide. The results of...

A Complete Medical Check-Up on a Chip

March 5, 2014 2:55 pm | by École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

About the size of a stapler, this new handheld device developed at EFPL is able to test a large number of proteins in our body all at once — a subtle combination of optical science and engineering. Could it be possible one day to do a...  

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Carotid Artery MRI Helps Predict Likelihood of Strokes and Heart Attacks

March 4, 2014 12:22 pm | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Noninvasive imaging of carotid artery plaque with MRI can accurately predict future cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks in people without a history of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published online in the...

Separation of DNA and Proteins Through Improved Gel Electrophoresis

March 4, 2014 11:52 am | by Linköping University | News | Comments

Medical diagnoses and DNA sequencing can be made cheaper, faster and more reliable using a new miniaturized technique for gel electrophoresis based on conducting polymer materials, according to researchers at Linköping University in Sweden...

Why Should an IVD Manufacturer Consider ISO 13485 Certification?

March 3, 2014 5:33 pm | by Sarah Stec, Esq., Legal and Regulatory Director, GMED North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

In vitro diagnostic medical devices, or IVDs, are critical medical devices that can be used to help the patient, physician, and caregiver in reaching medical decisions. Their growing influence and added value in the worldwide medical device...

The Past, Present, and Future of M&A in the IVD Industry

March 3, 2014 2:01 pm | by Richard K. Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

PwC recently released its “Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Deals Insights Quarterly” report. In this report, PwC stated that, “The diagnostics sector remained relatively quiet in the M&A market throughout 2013. However, this sector...

Simple Blood Test Could Revolutionize Schizophrenia Diagnosis

March 3, 2014 12:09 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An inexpensive blood test to diagnose schizophrenia could be made available within two years, offering a groundbreaking alternative to conventional methods that rely on conversations between patients and doctors. Schizophrenia is a serious...

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Detecting Levels of Antibiotics in Blood Paves the Way to Individualized Treatment

March 3, 2014 10:39 am | by University College London | News | Comments

A new methodology for rapidly measuring the level of antibiotic drug molecules in human blood serum has been developed, paving the way to applications within drug development and personalized medicine. The study, published today in Nature...

CCCF's Super-Awesome Colon-O-Tron Raising Awareness of Colorectal Cancer in Rockefeller Plaza

February 28, 2014 6:30 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation (CCCF), a New York-based nonprofit dedicated to reducing colorectal cancer incidence and death throughout the United States, is making it easier to talk and learn about colorectal cancer with the Super...

Egypt Army 'AIDS Detector' Instead Finds Ridicule

February 28, 2014 11:10 am | by Maggie Michael, Associated Press | News | Comments

Egypt's military leaders have come under ridicule after the chief army engineer unveiled what he described as a "miraculous" set of devices that detect and cure AIDS, hepatitis and other viruses. The claim, dismissed by experts and called...

A World Free from Cancers: Probable, Possible, or Preposterous?

February 28, 2014 9:50 am | by Research!America | News | Comments

A panel of leading health, economics and policy experts today discussed the prospects for a future where cancers are rendered manageable or even eradicated and the variables affecting progress toward that goal so that cancer patients are...

Finalists Selected for Georgia Tech InVenture Prize

February 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The finalists for Georgia Tech’s sixth annual InVenture Prize competition, which will be aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting on March 26 at 7:30 p.m., have been announced. The InVenture Prize competition is designed to encourage and support...

Unilabs and Diagnoplex SA Announce the Swiss Market Launch of Colox, a Non-invasive Colon Cancer Screening Test

February 28, 2014 4:34 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Unilabs, a leading supplier of clinical laboratory and medical diagnostic imaging services in Europe and Diagnoplex SA, a developer of molecular diagnostics for colorectal cancer announced today the Swiss market launch of Colox®, a non-invasive...

Medical Device Platforms: Times They Are a Changin’

February 27, 2014 11:54 am | by Renjith Ponnappan, Product Manager, eInfochips | Blogs | Comments

What do a BMW, a fridge and a portable ultrasound have in common? Ten years ago the answer would have been “nothing”, but the answer now is “low-power GPµs” spawned from the world of mobile phones. Ten years ago the answer would have been...

DNA Blood Tests Show Prenatal Screening Promise

February 27, 2014 11:35 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A DNA test of a pregnant woman's blood is more accurate than current methods of screening for Down syndrome and other common disorders, new research finds. If other studies bear this out, it could transform prenatal care by giving a more...

Cancer Targeted Treatments from Space Station Discoveries

February 27, 2014 11:27 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Invasive and systemic cancer treatment is a necessary evil for many people with the devastating diagnosis. These patients endure therapies with ravaging side effects, including nausea, immune suppression, hair loss and even organ failure...

3D Microgels 'On-Demand' Offer New Potential for Cell Research

February 27, 2014 11:20 am | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

Stars, diamonds, circles. Rather than your average bowl of Lucky Charms, these are three-dimensional cell cultures generated by an exciting new digital microfluidics platform, the results of which have been published in Nature Communications...

Cancer Cells: Finding the Few Foes Among Billions of Friends

February 27, 2014 11:16 am | by Steven Powell, University of South Carolina | News | Comments

Beating cancer is all about early detection, and new research from the University of South Carolina is another step forward in catching the disease early. A team of chemists is reporting a new way to detect just a few lurking tumor cells...

Google Glass Could Help Stop Emerging Public Health Threats Around the World

February 27, 2014 9:35 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The much-talked-about Google Glass — the eyewear with computer capabilities — could potentially save lives, especially in isolated or far-flung locations, say scientists. They are reporting development of a Google Glass app that takes a picture...

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