Archive for the ‘Diagnostics’ Category

New Molecular Diagnostics Technology Reads Disease Fingerprints

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Almost every disease leaves a characteristic molecular fingerprint in a person's metabolism. Finding an easy and fast way to read these traces would improve the quality of diagnostics greatly. The company Cetics (Esslingen, Germany) claims to have found just such a fast track. “You can trace every molecule with infrared spectroscopy, ...

Big Data Optimises Personalised Cancer Therapy in Italy

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

When choosing optimal treatments for cancer patients, doctors must consider a number of factors: age, general health, weight, the medical history of family members, the current state of the disease and much more. Big data, in the form of a collaboration between IBM and the National Cancer Institute of Milan, ...

Medtech Week Recap: US FDA Releases Official Final Draft Guidance for Artificial Pancreas

Monday, November 19th, 2012

On 14 November, which was the World Diabetes Day, US FDA released official final draft guidance for an artificial pancreas. Several companies, including Medtronic, are in a race to develop the first artificial pancreas and the draft guidance is an important milestone. Changes in government reimbursement policies are causing a rapid ...

Digital Health: What Is It Good for?

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Paul Sonnier, founder and Curator of the 12,000-member strong Digital Health group on LinkedIn has initiated a poll on digital health that is worthy of some attention. Sonnier writes: “Since the overarching health benefits derived from the rapidly increasing utilisation of digital technologies . . . converging with health and healthcare ...

Software Simulates Behaviour of Liquids on Surfaces of Microfluidic Systems

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Multiple parameters affect the ways in which a liquid interacts with a surface. To get a handle on those quasi-infinite possibilities, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg, Germany, have developed simulation software that predicts how liquids will behave on flat, curved or structured surfaces ...

Graphene Nanosensor on Biomaterial Enables In Situ Monitoring of Bacteria

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Researchers from Tuft University and Princeton University have developed a technique that uses silk absorption to place a wireless graphene nanosensor onto biomaterials. The scientists used the technique to print a sensor onto the surface of a tooth in order to monitor bacteria in saliva. The technology is unique in ...

Report Identifies Optics and Photonics Opportunities for Developers, Industrialists and Investors

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Current and future opportunities for the manufacture of optical and photonic components are highlighted in a new industry report published by Harlin Ltd in conjunction with the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC). Some medical applications are described.

Microchip Sorts Cells by Cell Rolling

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_27153" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="The microfluidic device isolates target cells (in pink) from the rest of the flow by getting them to stick weakly to the device's ridges, then roll through trenches, and into a collection chamber. Image: Nicolle Rager Fuller"][/caption] A microfluidic device developed by researchers at Massachusetts ...

Biosensor Technology Detects Presence of Viruses

Friday, February 17th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_26985" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="A technique developed at University of Leeds can detect the presence of Adenovirus."][/caption] A biosensor technology developed by researchers at the University of Leeds can lead to a noninvasive diagnostic for Adenovirus, a virus that causes many illnesses, from the common cold to gastroenteritis. The technology can ...

Biochip Detects Glucose Levels in Saliva

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_26584" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="The schematic shows glucose molecules “dancing” on the sensor surface illuminated by light with different colors. Changes in light intensity transmitted through the slit of each plasmonic interferometer yield information about the concentration of glucose molecules in solution. Credit: Domenico Pacifici"][/caption] For patients with ...

New Chromatography Technique May Detect Biomarkers in Patient’s Breath

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Miniaturised gas chromatography technology based on nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) sensors may have medical diagnostic applications. Marketed by Analytical Pixels (Apix; Paris), the technique reportedly will enable the analysis of biomarkers in a patient's breath. Apix is the first startup to emerge from the Alliance for Nanosystems VLSI, a partnership ...

Twelve Predictions for Medical Electronics in 2012

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

[caption id="attachment_26293" align="alignright" width="82" caption="Simon Harris, Senior VP, InMedica"][/caption] Amid the flurry of year-end lists and predictions that have landed in my inbox in the past few days, 12 Predictions for 2012 in the Medical Electronics Industry from market research firm InMedica caught my eye. It's a mixed bag—what isn't these ...