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Micro-Organs to Shape the Future of Personalized Medicine

April 17, 2014 5:05 pm | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Vanderbilt University are developing an artificial liver as part of a larger system of synthetic organs being built to test drugs. If successful, the technology will not only change the way drugs are developed and tested, but...

FDA Warns of Cancer Risk with Fibroid Procedure

April 17, 2014 4:41 pm | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure to remove...

Biomedical Applications of Shape-Memory Polymers: How Practically Useful Are They?

April 17, 2014 10:52 am | by Science China Press | News | Comments

Polymers that exhibit shape-memory effect (SME) are an important class of materials in medicine...

Targeting Cancer with a Triple Threat

April 15, 2014 11:49 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Delivering chemotherapy drugs in nanoparticle form could help reduce side effects by targeting...

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April 2014 Digital Edition

April 15, 2014 10:03 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Scanadu emerges with the largest step in home healthcare innovation since the thermometer, championing an elite field of medical device companies utilizing crowdfunding and early 3D printing. Crowdfunding and 3D Printing for Vital Signs...

New Blood-based Biomarker May Predict Recurrence of Breast Cancer and Treatment Response

April 15, 2014 12:32 am | by AACR | News | Comments

A newly developed, noninvasive blood-based assay, cMethDNA, is highly sensitive and specific in detecting breast cancer recurrence early, and shows promise as a viable tool in predicting treatment outcome, according to data published in...

Imaging’s Role in Cancer Research

April 14, 2014 2:08 pm | by Gregory Sorensen, MD, President and CEO, Siemens Healthcare North America | Blogs | Comments

Anyone who hears the words, “You have cancer,” wants to hear next that they will survive.  Thankfully today, more patients are indeed beating the disease.  Medical imaging is an integral part of many survivors’ personal victories over the disease...

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3D Printing Cancer Cells to Mimic Tumors

April 11, 2014 12:12 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A group of researchers in China and the US have successfully created a 3D model of a cancerous tumor using a 3D printer. The model, which consists of a scaffold of fibrous proteins coated in cervical cancer cells, has provided a realistic...

Varian Medical Systems Settles Patent Dispute with University of Pittsburgh

April 10, 2014 5:36 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Varian Medical Systems today is reporting that it has settled patent litigation with the University of Pittsburgh.  Varian will pay a lump sum of approximately $35 million to fully settle this matter.  The settlement will be largely...

3D Implantable Marker Reported to Clearly Identify Surgical Area in Breast Cancer Patients

April 10, 2014 3:20 pm | by Focal Therapeutics | News | Comments

The BioZorb three-dimensional surgical marker improved the ability of radiation oncologists to target radiation treatment for breast cancer, according to a scientific presentation at the 2014 American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) Annual...

Top-Paid Medicare Doctors Say They Have Reasons

April 10, 2014 10:51 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press | News | Comments

How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare? Explanations for Wednesday's eye-popping numbers from Medicare's massive claims database ranged from straightforward to what the government considers suspicious, as...

Florida Lawmakers Look To Expand, Regulate Telehealth

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The calls may come in the middle of the night and from hospitals more than an hour away. Someone is having a stroke and is en route an emergency room in the Florida Keys, but there aren't any neurologists on call. Within 15 minutes, a...  

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Brainlab: Fastest Growing Radiosurgery Platform over the Last Decade Continues to Perform

April 9, 2014 11:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brainlab announced today that well over 1,000,000 patient treatments have been performed with Novalis to date and the growth in non-invasive specialized radiation therapy techniques is expected to grow at a faster pace than other treatment...

Medicare Database Reveals Top-Paid Doctors

April 9, 2014 10:34 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press | News | Comments

Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million. Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a...

Researchers Develop New Tool to Check Cells’ ‘Batteries’

April 8, 2014 3:50 pm | by University of Virginia | News | Comments

Under the microscope, they glow like streetlights, forming tidy rows that follow the striations of muscle tissue. They are mitochondria – the powerhouses of cells – and researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have created...

Boston Scientific's Endoscopic Ultrasound Needle Is for Use During Fine Needle Aspiration Procedures

April 7, 2014 6:31 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CE Mark approval in Europe for the Expect™ Slimline (SL) Needle, which is now globally available for Endoscopic Ultrasound-Fine Needle...

Blood Test Could Provide Rapid, Accurate Method of Detecting Solid Cancers

April 7, 2014 11:21 am | by Stanford University Medical Center | News | Comments

A blood sample could one day be enough to diagnose many types of solid cancers, or to monitor the amount of cancer in a patient's body and responses to treatment. Previous versions of the approach, which relies on monitoring levels of tumor...

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Bio-Rad's Droplet Digital PCR Technology Highlighted at the 2014 AACR Annual Meeting

April 7, 2014 11:08 am | by Bio-Rad | News | Comments

Helping doctors monitor their melanoma patients' progress in response to treatment is just one of the many exciting applications of Bio-Rad's Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) technology being showcased at the 2014 American Association for Cancer Research...

New Method for Prostate Cancer Detection can Save Millions of Men Painful Examination

April 7, 2014 10:58 am | by Eindhoven University of Technology | News | Comments

Each year prostate tissue samples are taken from over a million men around the world – in most cases using 12 large biopsy needles – to check whether they have prostate cancer. This medical procedure, which was recently described by an American urology...

Innovative Luneray Catheters and Organ-Preserving Approach Result in Radically Less Invasive Bladder Cancer Treatment

April 7, 2014 10:43 am | by Elekta | News | Comments

Physicians at Arnhem Radiotherapy Institute (ARTI) and Rijnstate Hospital have dramatically transformed brachytherapy to treat bladder cancer. By employing new sophisticated Luneray™ brachytherapy catheters by Nucletron, an Elekta company...

Installation of World's First High-Field MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy System

April 7, 2014 10:27 am | by Elekta | News | Comments

Elekta, Royal Philips and University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht (the Netherlands) announced today that the initial components of the world's first high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guided radiation therapy system are being installed...

Light-Guiding Gels Provide New Avenues for Drug Detection and Delivery

April 4, 2014 12:19 pm | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

In medicine, light therapy is currently used to treat seasonal affective disorder, psoriasis, and other medical conditions, while highly targeted lasers may be used for specific skin disorders, eye diseases, or cancers. Advances in imaging...

Brain Tumor Treated Using Sound Waves

April 4, 2014 12:09 pm | by Focused Ultrasound Foundation | News | Comments

Researchers in Zurich, Switzerland have successfully used focused ultrasound for the first time to non-invasively ablate part of a recurrent glioma tumor through a patient’s intact skull. The procedure was performed to assess the feasibility...

Fighting Cancer with Lasers and Nanoballoons that Pop

April 3, 2014 12:24 pm | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Chemotherapeutic drugs excel at fighting cancer, but they're not so efficient at getting where they need to go. They often interact with blood, bone marrow and other healthy bodily systems. This dilutes the drugs and causes unwanted side...

Team Identifies Novel Biomarker for Head and Neck Cancer, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

April 3, 2014 12:14 pm | by Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

A team led by a scientist from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has identified a new biomarker linked to better outcomes of patients with head and neck cancers and non-small cell lung cancer. The work could help...

Nanoparticles Cause Cancer Cells to Self-Destruct

April 3, 2014 11:32 am | by Lund University | News | Comments

Using magnetically controlled nanoparticles to force tumour cells to 'self-destruct' sounds like science fiction, but could be a future part of cancer treatment, according to research from Lund University in Sweden. "The clever thing about the...

PeriRx LLC's Breakthrough Salivary Test to Aid in the Fight Against Oral Cancer

April 3, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PeriRx LLC, a premier developer of breakthrough, non-invasive, oral diagnostic technology recently announced that it will be introducing the world's most clinically advanced and scientifically validated molecular DNA biomarker test for oral...

Cepheid Announces European Release of a 60-Minute Test for Cervical Cancer-Related Human Papillomaviruses

April 2, 2014 7:35 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cepheid today announced the release of Xpert HPV, a 60-minute test for cervical cancer-related human papillomaviruses to be marketed as a CE IVD product under the European Directive on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. The test runs on...

Digital Mammography Reduces Recall and Biopsy Rates

April 1, 2014 11:44 am | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Population-based screening with full-field digital mammography (FFDM) is associated with lower recall and biopsy rates than screen film mammography (SFM), suggesting that FFDM may reduce the number of diagnostic workups and biopsies that...

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