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Urine odor analyzer might better diagnose bladder cancer

July 10, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Inspired by studies demonstrating canine abilities to sniff out cancerous biomarkers, a team of U.K. researchers developed a scent-analysis device that they say can diagnose early signs of bladder cancer. In a test of nearly 100 urine samples, the device, called OdorReader, was 100% accurate in distinguishing which samples came from cancer patients.

PTS, Inc. Announces Two New Patents

July 10, 2013 6:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Polymer Technology Systems, Inc. (PTS, Inc.), the U.S.-based manufacturer of the CardioChek® family of point-of-care diagnostic products, has announced the issuance of two new U.S. patents.  U.S. Patent No. 8,257,654 relates to the management of health data collected by point-of-care testing devices using a health report server.  U.S. Patent No. 8,307,531 covers a method and apparatus for manufacturing disposable dry test strips.

ColoMarker™: convenient, low-cost, early stage colon cancer blood test reports validation

July 9, 2013 10:02 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

EDP Biotech, the US-based developer of a blood test to detect the early stages of colon cancer called ColoMarker™, today announced its plans to commercialize the product and bring the new technology to market. Unlike other diagnostic tests currently in development, the ColoMarker test detects a level of CA11-19 antigen.

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New Data From Partners Center For Connected Health Demonstrates Wireless Mobile Technology Improves Patient Engagement, Outcomes

July 9, 2013 10:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

A recent study conducted by the Center for Connected Health demonstrated that wireless mobile technologies can positively impact patient engagement, clinical outcomes and operational workflow in remote monitoring programs. Patients using wireless mobile devices to collect and transmit their data to the Center's secure database more frequently measured their blood pressure and uploaded their data.

University Experts Spot Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

July 8, 2013 12:02 pm | by Birmingham City University | News | Comments

Early signs of Alzheimer’s disease can be detected years before diagnosis, according to researchers at Birmingham City University. The study found that sufferers of a specific type of cognitive impairment have an increased loss of cells in certain parts of the brain, which can be vital in detecting which patients will progress to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

Roche dishes out $220M for Constitution Medical Investors

July 8, 2013 11:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Biotech titan Roche acquired Boston, Mass.-based medical device company Constitutional Medical Investors for a reported $220 million plus possible milestones. The Swiss company intends to beef up its diagnostics arm, Roche Diagnostics, with CMI's technology and announced plans to open a Center for Excellence in Hematology at CMI's Boston location.

Sugar Makes Cancer Light-Up in MRI Scanners

July 8, 2013 10:23 am | by University College London | News | Comments

A new technique for detecting cancer by imaging the consumption of sugar with magnetic resonance imaging has been unveiled by UCL scientists. The breakthrough could provide a safer and simpler alternative to standard radioactive techniques and enable radiologists to image tumors in greater detail.

Itamar-Medical Announced Today That the AMA Has Awarded a CPT Category III Code to a Test Performed by Its EndoPATTM Proprietary Device

July 8, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Itamar-Medical Ltd (TASE: ITAMAR), developer and marketer of the EndoPAT TM non-invasive device for the assessment of endothelial function, today announced that The AMA (American Medical Association) has awarded a CPT category III reimbursement code to a test performed by its EndoPAT proprietary device.

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Development Tools Are Critical for Portable Device Success

July 3, 2013 2:58 pm | by Marten L. Smith, Staff Engineer, Medical Products Group, Microchip Technology | Microchip Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Designers should look for a company that not only provides the right silicon, but also development tools, software, and support that are tailored for two main phases of a typical smartphone/tablet-based medical design. The first phase consists of the smartphone interface, and the second phase is the design of the medical device itself.

Bringing Healthcare Home: Telemonitoring Gains Enthusiastic Demand

July 3, 2013 2:35 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Articles | Comments

The exciting growth the medical telemonitoring sector has seen recently is impressive. According to Frost & Sullivan, the industry is expected to exceed double the revenues of previous years. The reason for this growth is twofold: necessity and innovation.

CEA-Leti Announces €1 Million from bpifrance to Speed Preclinical Development of Cancer-Detecting Nanoparticles

July 3, 2013 12:15 pm | by CEA-Leti | News | Comments

CEA-Leti has announced €1 million in funding from bpifrance to accelerate preclinical development of a liver-cancer detection system called LipImage 815. The grant will accelerate the development of LipImage 815, including production and regulatory toxicity evaluation.

Test Detects Most Leading Causes of Bacterial Blood Stream Infection

July 3, 2013 10:29 am | by Public Library of Science | News | Comments

A new automated diagnostic test can quickly and accurately identify most leading causes of Gram-positive bacterial blood stream infections and the presence of three antibiotic resistance genes, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine.

New Test Spots More Lung Clots but Seems to Result in Overdiagnosis

July 3, 2013 10:24 am | by BMJ-British Medical Journal | News | Comments

The introduction of CT pulmonary angiography has been associated with an 80% rise in the detection of pulmonary emboli in the US, but with little change in death rates. Professor Renda Soylemez Wiener and colleagues argue this is evidence of overdiagnosis.

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Dissecting the Distinctive Walk of Disease

July 3, 2013 10:11 am | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Older adults diagnosed with brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease often feel a loss of independence because of their lack of mobility and difficulty walking. To better understand and improve these mobility issues, a research team is working toward building a more advanced motion test.

Tiny Tweezers Allow Precision Control of Enzymes

July 3, 2013 10:03 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

In new research, Hao Yan and his colleagues at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute describe a pair of tweezers shrunk down to an astonishingly tiny scale. When the jaws of these tools are in the open position, the distance between the two arms is about 16 nanometers.

Guided Therapeutics Continues to Await Update from FDA on Its PMA Application for LuViva® Advanced Cervical Scan

July 3, 2013 8:06 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Guided Therapeutics commented on the status of its Pre-market Approval application for the LuViva Advanced Cervical Scan. While the Company requested a phone meeting with the FDA after the passing of their 180 day internal guidance and did speak with the agency, the company was informed that LuViva remains under FDA review.

Home Healthcare Presents Design Challenges

July 2, 2013 11:54 am | by Ryan Striker, P.E., Electrical Engineer, Logic PD | Logic PD, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

To unlock the potential of more frequent therapy, medical devices must move out of the doctor’s office and travel with patients to their homes and offices. But, this great opportunity is not without its challenges. The same patient who stands to reap great benefit from a home medical device may instead endanger themselves by applying the device incorrectly.

Guided Therapeutics and I.T.E.M. Medical Technologies Group Announce Turkish Ministry of Health Sponsored Cervical Cancer Prevention Program Involving the LuViva® Advanced Cervical Scan

July 2, 2013 8:29 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

NORCROSS, Ga. & ANKARA, Turkey--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 2, 2013--First graph, second sentence should read: The program for 2013 and 2014, to be funded by Turkey’s Ministry of Health (sted The program for 2013 and 2104). The corrected release reads: GUIDED THERAPEUTICS AND...

University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University Announce Licensing Agreement for the Development of Diagnostic Tests for HIV Drug Resistance

July 2, 2013 6:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Case Western Reserve University has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement granting University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center rights to a series of diagnostic tests to determine drug resistance and co-receptor tropism in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The phenotypic and...

The Obstacles to Design Success for Home Care Products

July 1, 2013 4:38 pm | by Garren Walters, Applications Team Leader, Precision Fluidics Division, Parker Hannifin | Parker Hannifin Corporation | Blogs | Comments

As Parker sees it, the three biggest obstacles to [design] success for patient care products, such as oxygen concentrators and ventilators, are portability, battery life, and reliability. To make home care products more portable, Parker has reduced the size of some valves up to 75%.

DNA in Blood May Help Detection of Artery Disease

July 1, 2013 9:41 am | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

DNA fragments in your blood may someday help doctors quickly learn if chest pain means you have narrowed heart arteries, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

Veracyte Completes $28 Million Series C Financing Round With GE Ventures as a New Investor

June 28, 2013 2:45 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Veracyte, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company in the field of molecular cytology, today announced the completion of the final tranche of its $28 million Series C financing. The financing included GE Ventures as a new investor, as well as existing investors Domain Associates, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, TPG Biotech, and Versant Ventures.

Pneumonia Revealed in a Cough

June 27, 2013 4:12 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

A new method, which analyzes the sounds in a child's cough, could soon be used in poor, remote regions to diagnose childhood pneumonia reliably. According to Udantha Abeyratne from the University of Queensland in Australia and colleagues, this simple technique of recording coughs with a microphone on the patient's bedside table, has the potential to revolutionize the management of childhood pneumonia in remote regions around the world.

New Red Blood Cell Simulator Invented At Queen Mary

June 27, 2013 3:58 pm | by Queen Mary, University of London | News | Comments

Engineers from Queen Mary, University of London have developed the most precise computer simulation of how red blood cells might travel around the body to help doctors treat people with serious circulatory problems. Understanding how damaged red blood cells might interact with each other or their neighboring cells could be useful in realizing blood flow in patients who are diabetic or have had surgery to address circulation complications.

High-Resolution Mapping Technique Uncovers Underlying Circuit Architecture of the Brain

June 27, 2013 3:53 pm | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

In the latest issue of Neuron, a team led by Gladstone Investigator Anatol Kreitzer, PhD, and Salk Investigator Edward Callaway, PhD, combined mouse models with a sophisticated tracing technique—known as the monosynaptic rabies virus system—to assemble brain-wide maps of neurons that connect with the basal ganglia, a region of the brain that is involved in movement and decision-making.

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