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Imaging Test May Identify Biomarker of Alzheimer’s Disease

May 27, 2015 3:33 pm | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Degeneration of the white matter of the brain may be an early marker of specific types of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), including early-onset AD, according to results of a new study published in the journal Radiology. “Alzheimer’s is a gray matter...

MRI-Powered Millirobots Offer Hope for Less-Invasive Surgeries

May 27, 2015 3:06 pm | by University of Houston | News | Comments

Seeking to advance minimally invasive medical treatments, researchers have proposed using tiny...

On-Demand X-Rays at Synchrotron Light Sources

May 27, 2015 12:38 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Consumers are now in the era of "on-demand" entertainment, in which they have access to the...

Peeking into Healthy Brains to See if Alzheimer's Is Brewing

May 27, 2015 10:27 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are...

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New Technique Speeds NanoMRI Imaging

May 26, 2015 12:21 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

NanoMRI is a scanning technique that produces nondestructive, high-resolution 3D images of nanoscale objects, and it promises to become a powerful tool for researchers and companies exploring the shape and function of biological materials...

MRI “Virtual Biopsy” Identifies Brain Tumor Types

May 26, 2015 10:31 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Biomedical researchers at Cedars-Sinai have invented a tiny drug-delivery system that can identify cancer cell types in the brain through “virtual biopsies” and then attack the molecular structure of the disease. If laboratory research...

Infographic: 8 Pieces of Medical Technology that Improved Patient Care Outcomes

May 26, 2015 9:47 am | by Modular Devices Inc. | News | Comments

As part of Heart Disease Awareness Month this past February, we made a list of amazing advancements in medical technology since the 1950's. It's hard to believe the impact these advancements have made and where some of them began, for instance...

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Slinky Lookalike Helps Us See Tiny Objects

May 26, 2015 9:19 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

It looks like a Slinky suspended in motion. Yet this photonics advancement -- called a metamaterial hyperlens -- doesn't climb down stairs. Instead, it improves our ability to see tiny objects. Described in a research paper published today by...

A 12-Second, High-Resolution 3D Full Body Scan

May 22, 2015 2:20 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Imagine 3D printers churning away, producing a rhythmically mesmerizing technological cacophony of additive manufacturing. Amidst the din stood an enormous booth, which immediately caught my eye, as it was quickly rotating around someone standing inside...

A Second Life for MRI Magnets

May 22, 2015 10:36 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

When it comes to magnets, a doctor’s trash is a physicist’s treasure. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory recently acquired two decommissioned magnets from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners...

Two-Photon Ophthalmoscope for Super-Magnification of Retina

May 22, 2015 10:15 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Imagine an instrument that peers deep inside the eye and sees how well the retina's cells function. Such advanced technology would provide unprecedented options for early detection of disease -- not only of the eye, but other organs as well...

Building the World’s Smallest Machines

May 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel | News | Comments

German research Foundation provides millions of euros of funding for the development of new medicines and materials at Kiel University. Great excitement at Kiel University: As the DFG (German Research Foundation) announced today (Thursday, May 21)...

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Looking to the Immune System for Cancer Detection

May 21, 2015 10:26 am | by University of St Andrews | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of St Andrews have developed a revolutionary method of identifying cells of the immune system with “molecular fingerprints” which could pave the way for the rapid detection of conditions such as leukemia and lymphoma...

How Does the Brain Respond to Hearing Loss?

May 19, 2015 10:52 am | by Acoustical Society of America (ASA) | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Colorado suggest that the portion of the brain devoted to hearing can become reorganized—reassigned to other functions—even with early-stage hearing loss, and may play a role in cognitive decline. Anu Sharma...

Brain Scanning Reveals Birds of a Feather Really Do Flock Together

May 19, 2015 10:30 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

The hottest hairstyle, the latest extreme sport, the newest viral stunt – trends happen for a reason and now scientists have a better understanding of why. In a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Virginia Tech Carilion...

A New Window into the Brain

May 19, 2015 9:00 am | by Universitaet Tübingen | News | Comments

Tübingen neuroscientists have made an important advance in studying the human brain with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). This imaging technique is used in research endeavors to investigate the interactions between different brain...

New Screening Method for Prostate Cancer Recurrence

May 18, 2015 9:49 am | by Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology | News | Comments

The American Cancer Society estimated that 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2015. Approximately 27,540 men will die of the disease, accounting for 5 percent of all cancer deaths. A common treatment...

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Food Dye and Near Infrared Light Aid in Breast Resection

May 15, 2015 12:01 pm | by The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth | News | Comments

Roughly 1 in 4 women having breast conserving surgery (BCS) return to the surgical suite for further resection because of cancerous tissue left behind due to unclear margins. Investigators at the Optics in Medicine Lab at Dartmouth's Thayer...

Noninvasive, Robust Early Liver Cancer Detection

May 15, 2015 9:31 am | by Georgia State University | News | Comments

Led by Georgia State University, researchers have developed the first robust and noninvasive detection of early stage liver cancer and liver metastases, in addition to other liver diseases, such as cirrhosis and liver fibrosis. Their findings...

Sound Waves Could Be Viable Alternative in Diagnosing Minor Fractures

May 14, 2015 4:02 pm | by RCNi | News | Comments

The authors conducted a study of the usefulness and efficiency of portable ultrasound in detecting the presence of minor fractures in patients presenting to a minor injuries unit. Analysis showed that 85% of patients with a fracture confirmed...

Digitizing Neurons

May 14, 2015 9:47 am | by Morgan McCorkle, Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Supercomputing resources at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will support a new initiative designed to advance how scientists digitally reconstruct and analyze individual neurons in the human brain. Led by the...

Computer Intelligence System Detects Acute Strokes

May 14, 2015 9:29 am | by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University | News | Comments

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed a novel computer-aided detection system for acute stroke using computer intelligence technology. Reading 80-100 computer images, the system is able to detect if the patient was struck...

MRI - Prostate Cancer Screening for the Future?

May 14, 2015 9:18 am | by The Sahlgrenska Academy | News | Comments

A screening method that combines a traditional PSA test with an MRI detects a significantly greater number of prostate cancer cases and improves diagnostic accuracy. The study was conducted as part of the largest international research project...

FDA Pulls 'Outdated' Draft Guidance Documents

May 13, 2015 9:32 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

In what it calls a move to improve the efficiency and transparency of the guidance development process, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is withdrawing 47 draft guidance documents that were published before Dec. 31, 2013 and never...

New Technique Monitors the Assembly of Nanoparticles

May 12, 2015 3:46 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

A new technique invented at MIT can measure the relative positions of tiny particles as they flow through a fluidic channel, potentially offering an easy way to monitor the assembly of nanoparticles, or to study how mass is distributed within...

Virtual Heart Models and Robot-Cell Hybrids

May 12, 2015 3:41 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two, five-year, center-scale awards totaling $8.75 million to advance the state-of-the-art in medical and cyber-physical systems (CPS). One project will develop "Cyberheart"--a platform...

Implantable Microscope Allows Deep Brain Exploration

May 12, 2015 11:41 am | by University of Colorado Denver | News | Comments

A team of neuroscientists and bioengineers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have created a miniature, fiber-optic microscope designed to peer deeply inside a living brain. The researchers, including scientists from the...

Reducing Deadly Complication of Bone Marrow Transplants

May 12, 2015 9:37 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Researchers have designed a way to mitigate graft-versus-host disease, a common and often life-threatening complication of bone marrow transplants that are used to treat leukemia and other blood cancers. The method, developed at Washington...

MRI Could Improve Breast Cancer Risk Prediction

May 12, 2015 9:03 am | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides important information about a woman's future risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new study published in Radiology. Researchers said the findings support an expanded role for MRI in more...

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