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Using Blood Samples Instead of Tumor Biopsies for Lung Cancer Patients

February 26, 2015 4:31 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

A study examined the feasibility of using circulating free DNA (cfDNA) from blood samples of patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer as a surrogate for tumor biopsies to determine tumor-causing epidermal growth factor receptor...

3D Bioabsorbable Implant Tracks Breast Cancer Tumor Site

February 26, 2015 10:27 am | by Noble Hospital | News | Comments

A Noble Hospital breast surgeon’s work with a new device that improves treatment of breast...

Using Graphene to Neutralize Cancer

February 25, 2015 2:59 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

University of Manchester scientists have used graphene to target and neutralize cancer stem...

Zinc Test Could Help Diagnose Breast Cancer Early

February 25, 2015 10:29 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

A team, led by Oxford University scientists, took techniques normally used to analyze trace...

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Nanotechnology Enhances Medications for Breast Cancer Treatment

February 25, 2015 9:12 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

In greater than 90 percent of cases in which treatment for metastatic cancer fails, the reason is that the cancer is resistant to the drugs being used. To treat drug-resistant tumors, doctors typically use multiple drugs simultaneously, a...

Nanoparticles and Genetic Interference May Tackle 'Untreatable' Brain Tumors

February 25, 2015 8:42 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

There are no effective available treatments for sufferers of Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive and devastating form of brain tumor. The disease, always fatal, has a survival rate of only 6-18 months. Now a new...

Optical Nanoantennas Set the Stage for a NEMS Lab-on-a-Chip Revolution

February 24, 2015 4:07 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Newly developed tiny antennas, likened to spotlights on the nanoscale, offer the potential to measure food safety, identify pollutants in the air and even quickly diagnose and treat cancer, according to the Australian scientists who created...

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Medical Tools and Technologies from Solutions Found in Nature

February 20, 2015 8:46 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Jeff Karp, bioengineer and Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, illuminates the art and science of developing medical tools, treatments, and technologies from solutions found in nature...    

Mobile Cancer Survivor Clinic in a Fully Equipped 18-Wheeler

February 19, 2015 10:07 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | News | Comments

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Moncrief Cancer Institute and Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center debuted the Mobile Cancer Survivor Clinic – a custom-designed, $1.1 million, fully equipped 18-wheeler that can deliver follow-up...

A Breakthrough in Nanotoxicology by INRS Researchers

February 18, 2015 9:22 am | by Stéphanie Thibault, INRS | News | Comments

Whereas resistance to antibiotics complicates certain treatments, antimicrobial silver nanoparticles (AgNP) are gaining popularity for medical use. These particles are toxic for certain bacteria, but what about for humans? Researchers...

Breathalyzer for Lung Cancer Screening

February 17, 2015 2:02 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Researchers from Chongqing University in China have developed a high sensitive fluorescence-based sensor device that can rapidly identify cancer related volatile organic compounds -- biomarkers found exclusively in the exhaled breath...

Lung Cancer Breath Test

February 13, 2015 3:04 pm | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

A clinical trial led by University of Leicester respiratory experts into a potentially ground-breaking ‘breath test’ to detect lung cancer is set to get underway at the Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. It is hoped that the LuCID...

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'NanoGap' Detects Bladder and Kidney Cancer Early

February 13, 2015 2:35 pm | by University of Twente | News | Comments

A new mobile device that allows bladder and kidney cancer to be detected at an early stage. This is being worked on by Wilfred van der Wiel, professor of nanoelectronics at the University of Twente MESA+ research institute...

Gold Nanotubes Launch a Three-Pronged Attack on Cancer Cells

February 13, 2015 9:45 am | by University of Leeds | News | Comments

Scientists have shown that gold nanotubes have many applications in fighting cancer: internal nanoprobes for high-resolution imaging; drug delivery vehicles; and agents for destroying cancer cells. The study, published...

Silicone Nanomaterials Improve Targeted Chemotherapy Drug Delivery

February 12, 2015 9:54 am | by Kevin Hattori, American Technion Society | News | Comments

A team of Israeli and American researchers have found that silicon nanomaterials used for the localized delivery of chemotherapy drugs behave differently in cancerous tumors than they do in healthy tissues. The findings could help...

New Laser Technology Can Vaporize Cancer

February 12, 2015 9:33 am | by Florida Atlantic University | News | Comments

Surgeons rely on 200-year-old technology when removing cancer--sight and touch--to determine how much to remove and what to leave alone. Laser technology pioneered at Florida Atlantic University has the promise to help a surgeon better determine...

Revolutionary New Probe Zooms in on Cancer Cells

February 12, 2015 8:53 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

Brain cancer patients may live longer thanks to a new cancer-detection method developed by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro, at McGill University and the MUHC, and Polytechnique Montréal...

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HotSpot: New Sensor Magnetizes Users’ Senses

February 10, 2015 10:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Scientists from Germany and Japan have developed a new magnetic sensor, which is thin, robust and pliable enough to be smoothly adapted to human skin. This electronic skin features a magneto-sensory system that equips the recipient with... 

Molecular Breast Imaging Will Boost Breast Cancer Detection

February 8, 2015 8:30 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

As breast cancer detection can be improved by Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) as an adjunct to mammography, in comparison with mammography alone, manufacturers must pursue cost-effectiveness to ensure its widespread adoption, says an analyst...

FDA-Approved 3D Breast CT Doesn't Require Tissue Compression

February 6, 2015 2:32 pm | by Koning Corporation | News | Comments

Koning Corporation, a leading developer of advanced medical imaging systems announced today that the FDA has approved their Koning Breast CT (KBCT) system and KBCT-guided biopsy bracket. This approval signals that KBCT has undergone and... 

Nanovectors Combine Cancer Imaging and Therapy

February 6, 2015 2:18 pm | by CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange) | News | Comments

Researchers at Imperial College London and the Laboratoire de chimie de la matière condensée de Paris (CNRS/Collège de France/UPMC)1 have designed and developed hybrid gold-silica nanoparticles, which are turning out to be genuine...  

Device Delivers Chemotherapy Drugs Directly to Tumors

February 6, 2015 12:09 pm | by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | News | Comments

Pancreatic cancer cells are notorious for being protected by a fortress of tissue, making it difficult to deliver drugs to either shrink the tumor or stop its growth. Now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have...

MIT Bioengineer Wins $1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize

February 6, 2015 8:51 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

MIT bioengineer Dr. Robert Langer has been awarded the $1 million Queen Elizabeth Engineering Prize for his pioneering work on drug-release systems. Although he was announced as the winner on Feb. 3, Langer will not receive the award...

Nano-Hydrogels that Attack Cancer Cells

February 5, 2015 1:41 pm | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

Hydrogels are materials that are commonly used in everyday objects such as contact lenses or diapers, in order to control humidity. However, chemical engineers at the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), in Mexico, developed a new technology...

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...

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...

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