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New Diagnostic Test to Distinguish Psoriasis from Eczema

July 11, 2014 9:45 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health | News | Comments

In some patients, the chronic inflammatory skin diseases psoriasis and eczema are similar in appearance. Up to now, dermatologists have therefore had to base their decision on which treatment should be selected on their own experience and...

Ultrasound Tracks Odor Representation in the Brain

July 11, 2014 9:26 am | by CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange) | News | Comments

A new ultrasound imaging technique has provided the first ever in vivo visualization of activity...

Global Endoscopy Devices Market is Expected to Reach USD 36.9 Billion by 2019

July 11, 2014 9:09 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Endoscopy Devices...

New Simple Setup for X-Ray Phase Contrast

July 11, 2014 8:56 am | by Technische Universität München | News | Comments

X-ray phase-contrast imaging can provide high-quality images of objects with lower radiation...

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Robot Care Giver Offers Company and Security to 94-Year-Old Grandmother

July 10, 2014 3:48 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A robot that monitors the health of elderly people living alone and allows them to have face-to-face conversations with relatives or doctors is being tested in Rome by 94-year-old Grandma Lea. The makers of the GiraffPlus system say their...

Making a Wire-Free Future

July 10, 2014 9:56 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

More than a century ago, engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla proposed a global system of wireless transmission of electricity — or wireless power. But one key obstacle to realizing this ambitious vision has always been the inefficiency of...

Working Toward a Single-Molecule Biosensor: An Interview with Pietro Gucciardi

July 9, 2014 3:38 pm | by Alexander Hellemans, youris.com | News | Comments

Until now, few biosensors have had the required sensitivity to detect single molecules. A novel approach for improved biosensor sensitivity has opened new avenues for developing new kinds of biosensors. It relies on light irradiation of tiny...

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Designing Ultra-Sensitive Biosensors for Early Personalized Diagnostics

July 9, 2014 3:27 pm | by Alexander Hellemans, youris.com | News | Comments

Personalized medicine is one of the new developments that is deemed to revolutionize health care. A key component is the detection of biomarkers, proteins in blood or saliva, for example, whose presence or abnormal concentration is caused...

Projecting a 3-Dimensional Future

July 9, 2014 2:22 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Since the 1960s, theatergoers have shelled out for crude 3D glasses, polarized glasses, and shutter glasses to enhance their viewing experience. These basic devices, used to trick the brain into perceiving an artificial three-dimensional...

Applying the Data Distribution Service in an IoT Healthcare System

July 9, 2014 12:25 pm | by Angelo Corsaro, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, PrismTech | Blogs | Comments

In my last post, I described how the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard is used to provide ubiquitous access to clinical measurements. In this post, I will be introducing the foundations of this enabling technology that can allow healthcare...

Finding Real Value in Big Data for Public Health

July 9, 2014 11:51 am | by San Diego State University | News | Comments

Media reports of public health breakthroughs made possible by big data have been largely oversold, according to a new study, published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "Many studies deserve praise for being the first of...

New Supercomputer Accelerates Pace of Health Research Across North of England

July 9, 2014 11:40 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

The Health eResearch Centre (HeRC), a research partnership led by The University of Manchester, has advanced Northern England’s computing power by financing a new computer system that can analyze bigger and more complex sets of information...

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New App Widens Opportunities for Dementia Assessments

July 9, 2014 9:42 am | by University of Plymouth | News | Comments

A team of clinicians from Plymouth, UK, and Sydney, Australia, have launched ACEmobile – a free-to-use app to support the assessment of dementia, worldwide. ACEmobile is the first of its kind; an iPad-based tool that supports the assessment...

Food Allergies: A New, Simple Method to Track Down Allergens

July 8, 2014 2:58 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

Scientists at EPFL have developed a fast and accurate method for determining exactly which proteins cause allergies to milk. The novel approach can extend to other foods as well. Although food allergies are common, sufferers often don’t know...

Harnessing the Speed of Light

July 8, 2014 2:36 pm | by Steve Calechman, MIT Industrial Liaison Program | News | Comments

The fields of data communication, fabrication, and ultrasound imaging share a common challenge when it comes to improving speed and efficiency: light’s diffraction limit. Nicholas Fang thinks his group at MIT might have found a solution...

Might a Handheld Chemical Scanner Revolutionize Diagnostics? Not Yet, But…

July 8, 2014 11:32 am | by Jon Gerberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Israeli inventor has created a scanner that he says could change the way we shop and take care of ourselves — by reading the chemical makeup of foods, drugs and other items we use. The tiny gadget is still limited to a few key applications...

New Smartphone App Offers Easy and Inexpensive Solution for Hearing Screening

July 8, 2014 9:57 am | by University of Pretoria | News | Comments

An article published in the International Journal of Audiology on 7 July 2014 reports on an innovative smartphone app that will make it easier and cheaper to screen people, including young children and the elderly, for hearing loss. The...

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Significant Step Toward Blood Test for Alzheimer's

July 8, 2014 9:43 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood which can predict the onset of Alzheimer's, marking a significant step towards developing a blood test for the disease. There are currently no effective long-lasting drug treatments...

Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Becomes an Independent, Stand-Alone Company

July 8, 2014 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. (OCD) unveiled its newly expanded executive leadership team following the acquisition of the company by The Carlyle Group from Johnson & Johnson. In his first act as OCD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer...

Time of Day Crucial to Accurately Test for Diseases

July 7, 2014 4:52 pm | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

A new study published today in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), has found that time of day and sleep deprivation have a significant effect on our metabolism. The finding could be crucial when looking at...

Low-Cost TB Test Means Quicker, More Reliable Diagnosis for Patients

July 7, 2014 2:02 pm | by Texas A&M University Health Science Center | News | Comments

A new test for tuberculosis (TB) could dramatically improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis for one of the world's deadliest diseases, enabling health care providers to report results to patients within minutes, according to a study published...

Pseudogenes May Provide Clearer Understanding of Biomarkers

July 7, 2014 1:50 pm | by University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center | News | Comments

Alas, the thankless pseudogene. Dysfunctional, unloved and seemingly of little use, these poor-cousin relatives of genes have lost their protein-coding abilities. They contain material not essential for an organism's survival and are the...

Breaking Down the Regulation of LDTs: Public Health, First Amendment, and Innovation

July 7, 2014 11:52 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to the letter, for the past 38 years, the FDAs of seven Presidential administrations have failed to confront the problem of the existence of dual regulatory systems for IVDs and LDTs. To compensate for this, the agency has attempted...

'Nanojuice' Could Improve How Doctors Examine the Gut

July 7, 2014 10:11 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Located deep in the human gut, the small intestine is not easy to examine. X-rays, MRIs and ultrasound images provide snapshots but each suffers limitations. Help is on the way. University at Buffalo researchers are developing a new imaging...

Photos of the Day: Take a Look at the Future of Brain Imaging

July 7, 2014 9:57 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Three decades ago, engineers at GE research labs in Niskayuna, NY, built one of the first magnetic resonance machines and peered inside a colleague’s head. The result was the world’s first MRI image of the human brain. “This was an exciting...

Size Matters In Capsule Endoscopy

July 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Coto Technology | News | Comments

No longer must men and women choose between the discomfort and humility of the physician's endoscope or risk the dangers of poor colorectal health. Advances in medical diagnostics and electronic miniaturization have led to the development...

Noninvasive Advanced Image Analysis Could Lead to Better Patient Care

July 7, 2014 9:00 am | by The Translational Genomics Research Institute | News | Comments

Lung cancer patients could receive more precise treatment, and their progress could be better tracked, using a new high-tech method of non-invasive medical imaging analysis, according to a study published today by the journal PLOS ONE. Genetic...

Bioelectronics Could Lead to a New Class of Medicine

July 2, 2014 2:44 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Imagine having tiny electronics implanted somewhere in your body that can regulate nerve signals and make symptoms of various disorders go away. That’s the vision of the field of bioelectronic medicine — the emerging discipline that has made...

Empowering Consumers Through Accurate Genomic Tests

July 2, 2014 11:45 am | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., Director – Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA | Blogs | Comments

We’ve come to recognize that almost every disease has a genetic component, and many consumers now are eager to know more about their genetic profiles. They need only send a sample of their DNA collected from their saliva or from a cheek swab...

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