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Helping to Shape the Future of Medical Device Design

January 23, 2014 2:39 pm | by Renjith Ponnappon, Product Manager, eInfochips | Blogs | Comments

I think mobile device technology is changing the world of medical device design, the components used, and the skills needed to succeed. If you want to help me shape the future of medical device design, or you want to know what other designers...

Biomarkers in Blood Show Potential as Early Detection Method of Pancreatic Cancer

January 23, 2014 11:06 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Researchers have identified diagnostic microRNA panels in whole blood that had the ability to distinguish, to some degree, patients with and without pancreatic cancer, according to a study in the January 22/29 issue of JAMA. The authors...

3D Imaging Provides Window into Living Cells, No Dye Required

January 22, 2014 11:25 am | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Living cells are ready for their close-ups, thanks to a new imaging technique that needs no dyes or other chemicals, yet renders high-resolution, three-dimensional, quantitative imagery of cells and their internal structures—all with conventional...

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Philips Healthcare teams with P-Cure on proton therapy

January 20, 2014 4:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Philips aligned itself with Israel-based medical device company P-Cure, in order to advance the smaller firm's proton therapy technology. P-Cure develops low-cost proton therapy systems, which are smaller, cheaper radiation therapy system...

Photos of the Day: Swimming Bio-Bots for Drug Delivery, Surgery

January 20, 2014 10:51 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

A team of engineers has developed a class of tiny bio-hybrid machines that swim like sperm, the first synthetic structures that can traverse the viscous fluids of biological environments on their own. The bio-bots are modeled after single...

Tiny Swimming Bio-Bots Boldly Go Where No Bot Has Swum Before

January 20, 2014 10:47 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

The alien world of aquatic micro-organisms just got new residents: synthetic self-propelled swimming bio-bots. A team of engineers has developed a class of tiny bio-hybrid machines that swim like sperm, the first synthetic structures that...

Tissue Sample Marking Technology Takes the First Stage of Cancer Detection Beyond the Microscope-Assisted Eye

January 20, 2014 9:55 am | by PathXL | News | Comments

New software developed by biotechnology specialists PathXL in Belfast, Northern Ireland, provides pathologists with the potential to measure hundreds of cancer characteristics in tissue, improving what can be achieved with the naked eye...

Global Telehealth Market Set to Expand Tenfold by 2018

January 17, 2014 12:15 pm | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

The global telehealth market is expected to grow by more than a factor of 10 from 2013 to 2018, as medical providers increasingly employ remote communications and monitoring technology to reduce costs and improve the quality of care, according...

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Wireless Electronic Home Healthcare for All

January 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Texas Instruments Inc., Analog Devices, Inc., Ximedica | Articles | Comments

These days, it’s as though the medical device industry is more synonymous with the electronics industry than it is with healthcare. Obviously an exaggeration, but there seems to be very few device sectors where electronics are not an integral...

Unwanted Side Effect Becomes Advantage in Photoacoustic Imaging

January 16, 2014 2:54 pm | by Beth Miller, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Biomedical engineer Lihong Wang, PhD, and researchers in his lab work with lasers used in photoacoustic imaging for early-cancer detection and a close look at biological tissue. But sometimes there are limitations to what they can do, and...

Data Presented at ASCO-GI Symposium Provides New Insights into Predicting SIR-Spheres® microspheres Treatment Outcomes

January 16, 2014 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators from the landmark MORE (Metastatic colorectal cancer liver metastases Outcomes after Radio Embolization) study today released new findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s 2014 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium...

New Breast Cancer Stem Cell Findings Explain How Cancer Spreads

January 15, 2014 10:35 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Breast cancer stem cells exist in two different states and each state plays a role in how cancer spreads, according to an international collaboration of researchers. Their finding sheds new light on the process that makes cancer a deadly...

Kidney Cancer Patients Preserve Kidney Function with Robot-Assisted Partial Nephrectomy

January 14, 2014 12:39 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

Patients with chronic kidney disease who received robot-assisted partial nephrectomy to treat kidney cancer have minimal loss of kidney function -- a smaller amount even than patients with normal kidney function, according to researchers at...

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More Targeted Form of Radiation Improves Survival in Patients with Head, Neck Cancers

January 13, 2014 10:38 am | by University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center | News | Comments

Patients with cancers of the head and neck who received intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) - a technology designed to more precisely target cancer cells and spare nearby tissue - experienced improved outcomes, as well as reduced...

High Costs of Research Made Worse by Funding Gap

January 10, 2014 10:35 am | by Florida Science Communications | News | Comments

Although more opportunity exists for university-based researchers to be innovative, and there is more financial support for innovation than ever before, the cost of university research is rising to new levels and presents a serious funding...

Researchers Develop Tool To Determine Individual Risk Of Prostate Cancer Overdiagnosis

January 10, 2014 8:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Studies have found that prostate cancer is overdiagnosed in up to 42 percent of cases, prompting men to receive unnecessary treatment that can cause devastating side effects, including impotence and incontinence. Now, researchers at Fred...

Simple Test Can Indicate Cervical Cancer

January 9, 2014 2:49 pm | by Gary Mans, University of Louisville | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Louisville have confirmed that using the heat profile from a person’s blood, called a plasma thermogram, can serve as an indicator for the presence or absence of cervical cancer, including the stage of cancer...

Avelas Biosciences Closes $6.85 Million in Series B Financing to Advance Real-Time Cancer Visualization Technology to Clinical Proof-of-Concept

January 9, 2014 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Avelas Biosciences announced today the closing of a $6.85 million tranche of a Series B financing round - bringing the total funds raised since inception to ~$14 million.  The funds will be used to support ongoing development of the Avelas...

The Future of Wearable Computing in Healthcare

January 8, 2014 4:05 pm | by Jeremy Schroetter, Director - Program/Account Management, GlobalLogic | Blogs | Comments

Wearable computing devices have the potential to provide a significant impact on workflow, quality of care, access and driving positive outcomes, which are key success factors for a growing patient population. This technologies will enable...

Preclinical Study Suggests E-Cigarettes May Promote Lung Cancer in High-Risk Individuals

January 8, 2014 3:30 pm | by AACR | News | Comments

Exposing human lung cells with genetic mutations associated with high risk for lung cancer to the chemicals in electronic-cigarette (e-cigarette) vapor enhanced the cells’ cancerous behaviors, according to preliminary results presented here...

Chemical Imaging Brings Cancer Tissue Analysis into the Digital Age

January 8, 2014 3:07 pm | by Sam Wong, Imperial College London | News | Comments

A new method for analyzing biological samples based on their chemical makeup is set to transform the way medical scientists examine diseased tissue. When tests are carried out on a patient’s tissue today, such as to look for cancer, the test...

Scientists Make Your Stomach Turn Bright Green if You Have an Ulcer

January 8, 2014 2:49 pm | by University of Southern Denmark | News | Comments

Doctors may soon be able to diagnose stomach ulcers without taking tissue samples from the stomach. Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark now report to have developed a new, safer and noninvasive diagnostic technique for ulcers...

Lumicell closes $1M funding round

January 7, 2014 3:57 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Lumicell Diagnostics Inc. hit the $1 million goal for its funding round. Wellesley, Mass.-based Lumicell is developing a hand-held imaging system designed to give physicians a better picture of the amount of cancer remaining at tumor sites...

Sintered Porous Materials for Medical Applications

January 6, 2014 1:18 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Porvair Filtration Group offers the regulatory approved BioVyon sintered porous plastic materials and its flagship product, Chromatrap, based upon proprietary BioVyon technology and used by researchers to identify cancer biomarkers.

Costs for Complications from Cancer Surgical Care Extremely High

January 6, 2014 12:01 pm | by Jeff Falk, Rice University | News | Comments

Although complications from surgical care for cancer patients may seem infrequent, the costs associated with such outcomes are extremely high, according to researchers from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the University...

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