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Capturing Brain Activity with Sculpted Light

September 9, 2013 12:16 pm | by Universität Wien | News | Comments

Researchers in Vienna develop new imaging technique to study the function of entire nervous systems Scientists at the Campus Vienna Biocenter have found a way to overcome some of the limitations of light microscopy. Applying the new technique, they can record the activity of a worm’s brain with high temporal and spatial resolution, ultimately linking brain anatomy to brain function.

New 'Artificial Nose' Device Can Speed Diagnosis of Sepsis

September 9, 2013 9:38 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Disease-causing bacteria stink — literally — and the odor released by some of the nastiest microbes has become the basis for a faster and simpler new way to diagnose blood infections and finger the specific microbe. The new test produces ...

Guided Therapeutics Receives Additional Questions from FDA for LuViva Advanced Cervical Scan

September 9, 2013 7:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Guided Therapeutics, Inc. today announced that the company received additional questions from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the pre-market approval application for the LuViva ® Advanced Cervical Scan. FDA advised the company the PMA was not yet approvable in its current form and that the company needed to address these questions in order to place the PMA in approvable form.

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Modeling the Electrochemistry of Blood Glucose Test Strips

September 6, 2013 3:09 pm | by Gary Dagastine | COMSOL, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Self-monitoring of blood glucose levels is vital to effective diabetes control, and so every day, diabetics around the world share the same routine: They place a drop of their blood on a test strip and insert the strip into a meter to measure their glucose level. But few of them probably stop to think that the humble little plastic test strip that makes self-monitoring possible is actually a highly engineered sensor.

Sensing a Healthcare Revolution

September 6, 2013 12:06 pm | by Mark Winter, Senior Director, Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE and the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE | Blogs | Comments

In today’s interconnected world, it’s easier to set a DVR from an airplane seat or remotely watch the kids arrive home than to gather significant data about our health. Traditional office visits, laboratory tests, and hospital-based equipment are still the primary means of acquiring information about a person’s health.

Enzymatics Acquires ArcherDx and Next-Generation Diagnostic Technology

September 6, 2013 7:30 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Enzymatics, Inc., a leading producer of reagents, kits, and assays, today announced it has acquired Boulder-based ArcherDx, Inc., a developer of innovative, NGS-based kits and software solutions for use in investigating cancer treatment. The deal consists of cash, equity and potential milestones worth up to $50 million.

Trovagene collaborates with USC in clinical study evaluating cancer monitoring technology

September 6, 2013 5:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Trovagene, Inc., a developer of molecular diagnostics for cancer monitoring, today announced that the Company has entered into a clinical collaboration agreement with the University of Southern California to study genomic characterizations of metastatic colorectal cancers using Trovagene's proprietary cell-free DNA assays.

Siemens' high-risk recall affects more than 78,000 antimicrobial tests

September 5, 2013 1:59 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

FDA regulators put their highest-risk Class I label on Siemens' (NYSE:SI) recall of more than 78,000 of its MicroScan Synergies plus and MicroScan rapID/S plus antimicrobial tests, warning that false test results could hinder patient care.  

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Abbott's Test May Offer More Accurate Diagnosis of Heart Attacks in Women

September 5, 2013 10:41 am | by Abbott | News | Comments

Abbott announced today promising preliminary results from a study presented at the ESC Congress 2013, suggesting that its high sensitive troponin test may help doctors improve the diagnosis and prognosis of patients presenting with symptoms of a heart attack.

ADVANCE Medical Closes US $20 Million Equity Financing

September 4, 2013 11:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ADVANCE Medica has announced it has raised US$20 million in an equity financing from new investors Aberdare Ventures and Arboretum Ventures, as well as existing investors including Venrock and Jose Bonchristiano. ADVANCE Medical also announced it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Imunotech Sistemas Diagnosticos...

New Method for Early Detection of Colon Cancer

September 4, 2013 12:05 am | by AACR | News | Comments

A new, highly sensitive method to detect genetic variations that initiate colon cancer could be readily used for noninvasive colon cancer screening, according to a study published in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

New Test to Predict Women at Risk of Pregnancy Complications

September 3, 2013 12:04 pm | by Manchester University | News | Comments

Researchers from The University of Manchester and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust have identified proteins in the blood that could be used to predict whether a woman in her first pregnancy is at increased risk of developing pre-eclampsia.

EarlySense Strengthens Position as the Leader of Early Detection of Patient Deterioration

September 3, 2013 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EarlySense, the market leader in Proactive Patient Care Solutions™, announced today that the company has been granted three United States patents. The first, US Patent number , was granted for the ability of the EarlySense technology to monitor and predict congestive heart failure (CHF) and asthma attacks.

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Toward an Early Diagnostic Tool for Alzheimer’s Disease

September 3, 2013 10:23 am | by Stéphanie Thibault, INRS | News | Comments

Despite all the research done on Alzheimer’s, there is still no early diagnostic tool for the disease. By looking at the brain wave components of individuals with the disease, Professor Tiago H. Falk of INRS’s Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications has identified a promising avenue of research that may not only help diagnose the disease, but also assess its severity.

Mobile vision app is looking for a partner after raising $550k

September 3, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Texas mobile health startup Vital Art & Science is looking for a pharmaceutical industry partner now that it's raised $550,000 in support of its MyVisionTrack iPhone hyperacuity test. MyVisionTrack is an FDA-cleared smartphone app for detecting age-related macular degeneration and other age-related visual impairments.

New Imaging Technology Promising for Several Types of Cancer

August 29, 2013 11:47 am | by University Hospitals Case Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers from University Hospitals Case Medical Center have published findings that a new form of imaging -- PET/MRI -- is promising for several types of cancer. In an article titled "PET/MRI: Applications in Clinical Imaging," published in the September issue of Current Radiology Reports, the authors outline their initial clinical experience in diagnosing and staging cancer patients with this novel technology.

Rapid, Early Detection Method for Organ Transplant Injury

August 28, 2013 10:03 am | by Chempetitive Group | News | Comments

A recently reported blood test for the early detection of organ transplant injury could enable more timely therapeutic intervention in transplant patients and thus help to avoid longer term damage. As described by scientists at the University Medical Center Göttingen and Chronix Biomedical, a molecular diagnostics company...

Combating Concussions

August 28, 2013 10:01 am | by San Diego State University | News | Comments

In the United States there are millions of sports related concussions each year, but many go undiagnosed because for some athletes, the fear of being benched trumps the fear of permanent brain damage, and there is no objective test available to accurately diagnose concussions on the sidelines. Researchers at San Diego State University have set out to change that.

July/August 2013 Digital Edition

August 27, 2013 5:07 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Innovative control technology offers medical professionals and technicians the potential to do much more with diagnostic imaging equipment. “A New Dimension in Diagnostics,” this issue's cover story, looks at intuitive controls for radiological applications.

Collaborative Development of Innovative Blood Testing Technology

August 27, 2013 2:33 pm | by Geert Van Steenberge, Ph.D., Research Team Leader, and Jeroen Missinne, Ph.D., Post-Doc Research Engineer, CMST (imec’s associated lab) | Articles | Comments

Leading companies and institutes in protein diagnostics and micro-nano-bio research, including Philips, imec, Hytest, PolyAn, Bremen University, and Eindhoven University of Technology, have joined forces to investigate next-generation technologies with the goal of enabling new, highly sensitive, point-of-care blood tests.

Device Improves Diagnostic Accuracy for Dehydration in Young Children

August 27, 2013 11:57 am | by Bodkin Design and Engineering | News | Comments

Bodkin Design and Engineering, LLC is an electro-optic system and solutions research and design firm serving the bio-medical and healthcare industries. Bodkin developed a beta prototype by using unique biomedical sensors to monitor Capillary Refill Time more objectively.

Microneedle Patch Could Replace Standard Tuberculosis Skin Test

August 27, 2013 10:15 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | 3M Medical Specialties | News | Comments

A team led by University of Washington engineers has created a patch with tiny, biodegradable needles that can penetrate the skin and precisely deliver a tuberculosis test. The researchers published their results online Aug. 26 in the journal Advanced Healthcare Materials.

Volcano Corporation Announces Execution Of Agreement To Purchase Pioneer PlusT Re-Entry Catheter Product Line From Medtronic

August 26, 2013 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volcano Corporation (Nasdaq: VOLC), a leading developer and manufacturer of precision guided therapy tools designed to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of coronary and peripheral vascular disease, said today it has signed an agreement to acquire the Pioneer PlusT diagnostic ultrasound ...

Nanomedicine: The Future of Medicine (Infographic)

August 26, 2013 11:36 am | by Associates Degree in Nursing | News | Comments

Nanomedicine refers to highly specific medical intervention at the molecular level for curing disease or repairing damaged tissues. Though in its infancy, could we be looking at the future of medicine? Early clinical trials certainly look promising.

Combination of Two Imaging Techniques Allows New Insights into Brain Function

August 26, 2013 10:16 am | by Universitaet Tübingen | News | Comments

The ability to measure brain functions non-invasively is important both for clinical diagnoses and research in Neurology and Psychology. Two main imaging techniques are used: positron emission tomography (PET), which reveals metabolic processes in the brain; and activity of different brain regions is measured on the basis of the cells’ oxygen consumption by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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