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Let's Not Make 'Precision Medicine' an IT Horror

February 4, 2015 3:49 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

About two weeks ago, during his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled the initiative (with a $215 million budget) to fund “Precision Medicine”. He didn’t go into a huge amount of detail explaining it, but put simply...   

Obama Supports Tailored Approach to Medicine

February 4, 2015 12:20 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

When people get blood transfusions, the blood is matched to their precise type. People who need glasses are given a prescription, not a generic pair. President Barack Obama has included in the 2016 federal budget $215 million to focus on Precision...

Super-Fast Cell Mechanical Screening

February 4, 2015 10:55 am | by Technische Universität Dresden | News | Comments

An entirely new approach for the mechanical characterization of cells, developed by scientists of the Technische Universität Dresden, has the potential to revolutionize the diagnosis of a wide range of diseases. Cells, like any other material, have...

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Opening of the FEI Titan Krios Cryo-Electron Microscope

February 3, 2015 10:01 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

A unique $5 million microscope unveiled today at Monash University will strengthen Australia’s arsenal of cutting–edge research instruments. The opening of the FEI Titan Krios cryo-electron microscope at the University’s Clayton campus, is the...

Expanded Indication for SYNAPSE Occipital-Cervical-Thoracic System

January 31, 2015 10:00 am | by DePuy Synthes Spine | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine today announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its SYNAPSE Occipital-Cervical-Thoracic (OCT) System with posterior cervical screws, the first time cervical screws...

Single Blood Drop Diagnostics Enhance Healthcare

January 30, 2015 3:10 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Diagnostics technology is experiencing a bit of an innovation revolution with advances and discoveries impacting the space seemingly more often today than ever before. As research continues, more diseases and medical concerns are being detected...

'Lighting Up' Brain Cancer Cells to Guide Surgery

January 30, 2015 10:43 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

Two new fluorescent dyes attracted to cancer cells may help neurosurgeons more accurately localize and completely resect brain tumors, suggests a study in the February issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of...   

SXSW Names Interactive Innovation Award Finalists

January 30, 2015 9:37 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A shark-detecting buoy, 3D printed prosthetic limbs changing lives in Sudan, and a “thinking” music player were among the finalists for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Innovation Awards, to be presented for innovative developments in the Internet...

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Designing Tailored Tissue 'Glue'

January 29, 2015 10:00 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

After undergoing surgery to remove diseased sections of the colon, up to 30 percent of patients experience leakage from their sutures, which can cause life-threatening complications. Many efforts are under way to create new tissue glues that...

Targeted Fusion-Guided Biopsy Enhances Prostate Cancer Detection

January 28, 2015 10:47 am | by University of Maryland Medical Center | News | Comments

Targeted biopsy using new fusion technology that combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with ultrasound is more effective than standard biopsy in detecting high-risk prostate cancer, according to a large-scale study published today in...

Micromotors Powered by Stomach Acid

January 27, 2015 3:22 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have shown that a micromotor fueled by stomach acid can take a bubble-powered ride inside a mouse. These tiny motors, each about one-fifth the width of a human hair, may someday offer a safer...

Photos of the Day: Will Digital Pathology Retire the Microscope?

January 27, 2015 10:15 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Three years ago, Ian Cree, professor of pathology at Warwick Medical School in Coventry, UK and his team started testing a machine that allows them to digitally scan images of tissue slides and patient histories, attach matching barcodes and upload...

Digital Pathology is Revolutionizing Diagnostics

January 27, 2015 10:13 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Digital technology is changing medicine, but many pathologists still use old-fashioned microscopes to ply their trade. They load them with tissue samples, analyze them through the eyepiece and dictate findings to a voice recognition system...

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Breast Imaging Technique Nearly Quadruples Cancer Detection

January 23, 2015 10:40 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

A new breast imaging technique pioneered at Mayo Clinic nearly quadruples detection rates of invasive breast cancers in women with dense breast tissue, according to the results of a major study published this week in the American Journal of...

Using Sound Waves to Heat-Treat Cancer Pain

January 23, 2015 8:51 am | by Focused Ultrasound Foundation | News | Comments

A pioneering clinical trial is testing whether focusing high-frequency sound waves onto the surface of bone where cancer has spread can burn away the source of pain. The cutting-edge technique focuses ultrasound beams to produce heat – just...

Developing a Blood Test for Ovarian Cancer

January 21, 2015 9:22 am | by Volition Rx | News | Comments

VolitionRx Limited, a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for a broad range of cancer types and other conditions, today announced it has signed an agreement to commence a pilot ovarian cancer study in...

Nanoparticle Can Be Detected By Six Types of Imaging

January 21, 2015 9:14 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

It's technology so advanced that the machine capable of using it doesn't yet exist. Using two biocompatible parts, University at Buffalo researchers and their colleagues have designed a nanoparticle that can be detected by six medical imaging...

'Lighting Up' Tumors with a Laser

January 21, 2015 8:57 am | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | News | Comments

With the goal of making it easier for surgeons to detect malignant tissue during surgery and hopefully reduce the rate of cancer recurrence, scientists have invented a new imaging system that causes tumors to “light up” when a hand-held laser is...

Researchers Open ‘Pandora’s Box’ of Potential Cancer Biomarkers

January 20, 2015 1:42 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

A new analysis opens the door to discovery of thousands of potential new cancer biomarkers. Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center analyzed the global landscape of a portion of the genome that has not been previously...

3D Printing for Surgery Practice

January 16, 2015 3:39 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

3D printing is starting to sound a lot like alchemy - countless objects from cars to guitars to food are being printed, with new printouts occurring all the time. It seems like manufacturing companies are looking at everyday items, turning...

Detecting Heart Attacks Early with Gold

January 15, 2015 2:09 pm | by New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering | News | Comments

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering professors have been collaborating with researchers from Peking University on a new test strip that is demonstrating great potential for the early detection of certain heart attacks. Kurt H. Becker, a professor...

Philips and Indica Labs Team Up for Advanced Image Analysis of Cancer

January 15, 2015 10:52 am | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips today announced that it will further support oncology researchers’ efforts to analyze pathology samples by offering advanced image analysis algorithms from Indica Labs, Inc. as part of its Digital Pathology Solutions offerings...

The Pulse: 3-D Printing a Smartphone Microscope and an Invisible Hearing Aid

January 15, 2015 9:02 am | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're measuring biometric information with an adhesive patch, 3-D printing a microscope for your smartphone, relieving pain without drugs, and using an invisible hearing aid...             

Making an Impact…and Being Awarded for It

January 14, 2015 10:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Joining a number of other new categories for the 2014/2015 competition, the “Medical Device Design Innovation” award will strive to recognize “the exceptional new technologies and cutting-edge designs changing the face of medtech.” While that’s...

'NanoVelcro' Extracts and Analyzes Tumor Cells

January 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | News | Comments

An international group led by scientists at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute has developed a new method for effectively extracting and analyzing cancer cells circulating in patients’ blood. Circulating tumor cells are cancer cells that...

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