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FDA Approves Bayer's Magnetic Resonance Contrast Agent

June 12, 2014 4:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bayer HealthCare has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new indication for Gadavist@  (gadobutrol) injection for intravenous use with MRI of the breast to assess the presence and extent of malignant breast  disease. The approval is ...

Potential Anti-TNF Response Biomarker Identified

June 12, 2014 12:34 pm | by European League Against Rheumatism | News | Comments

DNA methylation has been identified as a potential biomarker of response to etanercept and adalimumab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) according to preliminary results from one of the largest methylome-wide investigations of treatment response to anti-TNF therapies. These data ...

Agreement for Commercializing Previstage GCC Colorectal Cancer Staging Test in China

June 11, 2014 4:46 pm | by Shuwen Biotech | News | Comments

Shuwen Biotech, a diagnostic company focused on licensing, developing and commercializing diagnostic kits and services for unmet clinical needs in China, has announced that it has formed an alliance with the Canada-based DiagnoCure to commercialize the Previstage™ GCC colorectal cancer staging test ...

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UCL Licences Research to Collagen Solutions for Next Generation Collagen Products

June 11, 2014 12:50 pm | by Henry Rummins, University College London | News | Comments

UCL Business, the wholly-owned technology transfer company of UCL, has concluded an exclusive licencing agreement with Collagen Solutions – the developer and manufacturer of medical grade collagen components for use in regenerative medicine, medical devices and ...

Tiny Sensor Tests the Chemical Composition of Liquids

June 11, 2014 12:41 pm | by Florian Aigner, Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

They are invisible, but perfectly suited for analysing liquids and gases; infrared laser beams are absorbed differently by different molecules. This effect can for instance be used to measure the oxygen concentration in blood. At the Vienna University of Technology, this technique has ...

A Few Circulating Cancer Cells Could Cue Risk of Metastases

June 10, 2014 4:14 pm | by Kimberly Brown, Society of Nuclear Medicine | News | Comments

A simple noninvasive blood test matched with state-of-the-art molecular imaging of individual cells could help oncologists understand their patients' chances of survival, say researchers at the ...          

Toshiba Introduces New Patient-Friendly PET/CT System

June 10, 2014 3:57 pm | by Toshiba | News | Comments

Oncology departments can now provide their patients with a better PET/CT imaging experience using Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.’s all-new Celesteion (pending 510(k) clearance). The versatile system combines ...      

Photos of the Day: Monitoring Vitals with Light

June 10, 2014 12:41 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

In a pair of papers published in The Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express, groups of researchers from the Netherlands and Israel describe two new wearable devices that use changing patterns of scattered light to ...

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Biometric Watches Use Light to Non-Invasively Monitor Patients

June 10, 2014 12:35 pm | by Angela Stark, The Optical Society | News | Comments

Monitoring a patient's vital signs and other physiological parameters is a standard part of medical care, but, increasingly, health and fitness-minded individuals are looking for ways to easily keep their own tabs on ...    

Gyroscopes Can Help Diagnose ADHD

June 10, 2014 12:09 pm | by Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine | News | Comments

Recent advances in technology have led to affordable, miniature, inertial sensors that incorporate both accelerometers and gyroscopes. This enables a device no bigger than a wristwatch to measure a wide range of movements, such as tilting, rotation, acceleration, and ...

FDA Clearance for Newest Model of WatchPAT Device

June 9, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Itamar Medical reported that the new and upgraded model of the WatchPAT, Itamar Medical's leading sleep apnea diagnostic device, has been cleared by the FDA. The FDA clearance came earlier than anticipated, and was announced at the Annual...

Why Bother? Is the Fight Really Worth It?

June 9, 2014 10:17 am | by Emily L. Cross, Ph.D., Director of Media and Communication, TecMed Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In some eyes, TecMed, Inc. might be considered the world’s longest standing medical ‘start-up.’ Even CEO Alan Leszinske claims that the name ‘start-up’ might be a bit erroneous since the company has been in full swing for nearly 2 decades...

Fully Automated DNA Lab-on-a-Chip Microfluidic System Wins Competition

June 9, 2014 10:03 am | by Dolomite | The Dolomite Centre Ltd | News | Comments

Dolomite have announced the winner of their 2013 Productizing Science competition as Molbot Pte. Ltd. The company submitted the concept of a low-cost bench-top molecular biology “Minilab” for automating molecular biology applications...  

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New Molecule Enables Quick Drug Monitoring

June 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Monitoring the drug concentration in patients is critical for effective treatment, especially in cases of cancer, heart disease, epilepsy and immunosuppression after organ transplants. However, current methods are expensive, time-consuming...

Shifamed Introduces Coaxial Steerable Catheter Technology In 4 Fr Size

June 9, 2014 7:27 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Shifamed LLC, a medical technology incubator, today announced that it will formally introduce its patented coaxial steerable catheter technology in 4 Fr size at MD&M East on June 10-12, 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New...

Cloud Technology in e-Health

June 6, 2014 3:04 pm | by Mary Lynne Nielsen, Technology Initiatives Director, IEEE Standards Association | Blogs | Comments

Innovation across an array of technology areas—personal health device communications, cloud computing, the smart grid, cyber-security and “Big Data” analytics, among them—have helped the global healthcare community to envision a whole new...

A New Diagnostic Tool for Dementia Diseases

June 6, 2014 2:26 pm | by University of Eastern Finland | News | Comments

A new diagnostic tool helps clinicians to differentiate between Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Presented in the doctoral thesis of MD Miguel Ángel Muñoz Ruiz at the University of Eastern Finland...

Trends in the U.S. IVD Market: Market Segments and Conclusions

June 6, 2014 1:55 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to the report, professional point-of-care diagnostics is the largest IVD segment in the U.S. and generates $3.6 billion in annual revenues. The volume of this segment reflects the high penetration of point-of-care testing products...

Endoscope with an Oxygen Sensor Detects Pancreatic Cancer

June 6, 2014 11:53 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

An optical blood oxygen sensor attached to an endoscope is able to identify pancreatic cancer in patients via a simple endoscopic procedure, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida. The study, published in GIE: Gastrointestinal...

Researchers Use Living Systems as a Guide to Develop Advanced Technologies

June 6, 2014 11:39 am | by World Scientific | News | Comments

How should we respond to technologies around us that are inefficient, wasteful, pollute our environment, and overburden our health care system? In their latest three three volume "Handbook of Biomimetics and Bioinspiration" published with...

Mobile DNA Test for HIV

June 6, 2014 11:27 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University bioengineers are developing a simple, highly accurate test to detect signs of HIV and its progress in patients in resource-poor settings. The current gold standard to diagnose HIV in infants and to monitor viral load depends...

Biomarkers Accurately Distinguish Mesothelioma from Non-Cancerous Tissue

June 6, 2014 11:15 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Scientists have identified four biomarkers that may help resolve the difficult differential diagnosis between malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and non-cancerous pleural tissue with reactive mesothelial proliferations (RMPs). This is a...

Prostate Cancer Biomarkers Identified in Seminal Fluid

June 6, 2014 10:52 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

Improved diagnosis and management of one of the most common cancers in men – prostate cancer – could result from research at the University of Adelaide, which has discovered that seminal fluid (semen) contains biomarkers for the disease...

Rural Clinics Increasingly Turn to Telemedicine

June 6, 2014 10:40 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifty years in farming had given Tom Soukup a few brushes with his own mortality, but after a cow pinned him against a wall, death felt closer than ever. He lay on the muddy ground and began to pray, every gasp feeling like a stab to the...

The Role of Polymer Science in IVD

June 5, 2014 4:09 pm | by Josh Ridley, Business Development Manager – Biomaterials, Zeus | Zeus | Articles | Comments

In vitro diagnostics technologies involve the testing of samples outside of the body. However, the devices that are utilized within the body to capture those samples are significant to the overall success of a testing procedure. This article...

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