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    Smartphones have revolutionized our communications, as tweets, text messages, and even occasional phone calls come flying at us. And these devices, actually handheld computers, are starting to change how healthcare is delivered. Smartphones now can replace blood pressure cuffs, thermometers and stethoscopes. But even...

    Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for the uninitiated. This is what Thermo Fischer Scientific introduced at EuroMedLab in Athens, Greece, with its brand new Cascadion SM Clinical Analyzer. This automated analyzer is designed to bring together “the ease of use of clinical analyzers with the selectivity and...

    The widespread expansion of electronic medical records, mobile technology and big data has led to a sea change in the practice of medicine. Once centralized at hospitals and health systems, diagnostic testing is increasingly done at the point of care, with diagnosis and treatment more rapid than ever thought...

    Today we inhabit an increasingly connected world populated by smart homes, self-driving cars and numerous other devices and systems that enhance productivity and quality of life. According to the McKinsey consulting firm, we will be surrounded by 30 billion connected devices by the year 2020. Yet in laboratories,...

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    Protective equipment manufacturer Noroit won honors in the ergonomics/design/comfort category at this year’s Forum Labo fair in Paris. Its Solis Class II microbiological safety cabinet offers unprecedented ease of cleaning thanks to smooth interior surfaces and its patented Twist & Clean design. The front window pivots...

    Interscience’s ScanStation offers automatic, real-time colony detection and counting, while ensuring simultaneous incubation of 100 Petri dishes. A camera photographs each dish at the beginning of the incubation period and every 30 minutes thereafter. The intuitive touch interface enables examination of the ultra-HD...

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    With 127 millions diabetic adults in China alone—almost a quarter of the global diabetic population—the country’s experience with the diabetes epidemic has become a health disaster. To begin filling the need for tailored solutions, last year Chinese pharmaceutical giant Hunan China Sun paid $2 million for a 20% stake...

    Last October, it was revealed that Johnson & Johnson Animas OneTouch Ping insulin pump had a cybersecurity vulnerability. With the rising number of connected (mostly wireless) glucose meters and insulin pumps, cybersecurity is becoming a key concern in this industry. In 2016, the Diabetes Technology Society published a...

    Three to five times a day, patients with diabetes have to prick their fingers to draw a drop of blood to determine if their blood glucose levels need to be adjusted. The demands of the regimen can wear patients down, threatening their compliance with monitoring and, therefore, their health. “In the diabetes community,...

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    With diabetes now a global health issue of epidemic proportions, the need for better blood glucose monitoring techniques is more urgent than ever. Yet the typically invasive nature of monitoring, which involves finger pricks, tests strips and portable blood glucose meters, has caused problems. Both type 1 and type 2...

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    The quest to non-invasive blood glucose level monitoring is on. Two professors from Western New England University have created a small device that measures acetone on the patient’s breath. As acetone level has been linked to blood glucose level, it should be able to help patient know if they require insulin without...

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    ALCOR Scientific is introducing its new iSED technology. This fully-automated ESR system determines critical red blood cell kinetics in just 20 seconds and requires only a 100-microliter sample, ideal for pediatric and geriatric patients. Traditional ESR test methods—manual and semi-automated—require graduated...

    Researchers at Washington State University have developed a low-cost, portable laboratory on a smartphone that can analyze several samples at once to detect a cancer biomarker. The research team recently published its work in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics. They explain that the smartphone is attached to a...

    The revolutionary genome editing method, CRISPR-Cas9, broadens horizons immeasurably in the health field. Discovered four years ago, it makes it possible to rapidly, efficiently and cheaply modify the DNA of plants, animals and humans to correct genetic anomalies. However, changing the genetic code of human embryos to...

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    Rapid diagnostic tests are high quality, low-cost and easy-to-perform tests for use in resource-poor settings. Mainly used for HIV or malaria, they are frequently in the news with the development of rapid tests for Zika virus. We talked with Bill Rodriguez, chief medical officer at FIND, a non-profit organization that...

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    One of the winners of this year’s James Dyson Award is the ISOBAR, designed by a 22-year-old British student of Loughborough University. This mobile fridge is an innovative system for safe transport of vaccines, particularly into areas where the surrounding infrastructure can limit how well temperature-controlled...

    An innovative Alzheimer’s risk test that uses a biochip to identify Apolipoprotein (APoE), a gene considered one of the most important genetic risk factors for dementia, offers similar accuracy to existing DNA-based molecular tests, but yields results in three hours, offering superior speed in risk assessment. Results...

    When it comes to lab automation, microbiology used to lag behind other laboratory disciplines – at least up to now. U.S. medical company Becton Dickinson has developed the fully automated sample processing system BD Kiestra TLA. This new technology, which is currently being tested at the Heidelberg University Hospital,...

    A new blood test could soon replace liver biopsy in rapid identification of acute liver transplant rejection. It would also speed anti-rejection treatment. If successful, the blood test would be the first of its kind. Researchers presented findings at the 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. Ekkehard Schütz, MD, PhD,...

    Researchers at Vela Diagnostics in Singapore have developed a method for quickly detecting HIV drug resistance mutations, offering a new tool for bringing effective HIV treatments to patients. Many previous sequencing assays are no longer commercially available. Only one remains, and it has low sensitivity for drug...

    It was in the 17th century that Englishman Robert Hooke first used a primitive microscope to sketch magnified insects. Over three centuries later, the evolution of the microscope continues to reveal new wonders and underpin groundbreaking scientific research.   Today there is an immense proliferation of microscopy...

    Behold the humble test tube. If you think it’s the symbol of chemistry, you’d be wrong, argues William Jensen, a chemistry historian and professor emeritus at the University of Cincinnati Department of Chemistry.   “At best, it’s a co-symbol,” said Jensen, who has combed paintings and old chemistry texts in search of...

    A new rapid diagnostic test for the detection of chikungunya is now available from the New Delhi-based J. Mitra and Co. Showcased at FIME, the Advantage Chikungunya IgM Card is a one-step immunochromatography assay that detects chikungunya virus antigen in serum or plasma.   Serology detects IgM and neutralizing...

    In the context of the Analytica 2016 Conference in April in Munich, Germany, MedicalExpo e-magazine came back on one of the biggest trends in the laboratory sector: the increasing use of rapid diagnostic tests at the point of care. Norman Moore, director of scientific affairs, infectious diseases at Alere answered our...

    In light of the constantly increasing complexities and regulatory requirements in laboratory processes, laboratories need to become “smarter.” Automating and integrating equipment may be the first step of the transformation, according to the recent 25th International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis,...

    The Danish firm Esco Medical announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance for its Miri Time-Lapse embryo incubator. The unit makes it possible to watch embryos grow and develop throughout the entire culture process. Esco Medical explained that in a standard in-vitro fertilization...

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    The Phoenix Children’s Heart Center created a couple of years ago its own in-house Cardiac 3D Print Lab. Dr. Justin Ryan, lead research scientist at the lab, and Dr. Stephen Pophal, interventional cardiologist, explained to MedicalExpo how 3D printed models of babies’ hearts represent a tremendous aid in surgical...

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    Researchers from McGill University in Canada have managed to take a series of 3D images of a megaenzyme in action, as reported in a study recently published in Nature. Those important proteins play an active role in producing many common antibiotics, including penicillin and cyclosporin. Since these molecules are very...

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    The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine reported in mid-February in Nature Biology successfully printing tissue with a custom-designed 3D printer, called ITOP (Integrated Tissue and Organ Printing System). The structures proved to be functional when implanted in animals. MedicalExpo talked to Dr. Anthony...

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    The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine reported in mid-February in Nature Biology successfully printing tissue with a custom-designed 3D printer, called ITOP (Integrated Tissue and Organ Printing System). The structures proved to be functional when implanted in animals. MedicalExpo talked to Dr. Anthony...

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    Never a dull moment in the 3D printing and bioprinting field, scientists are moving forward on cell-friendly bioinks. On board for discussion during the 3D Medical Expo at MECC in Maastricht, The Netherlands in late January: cartilage regeneration and biomimetic scaffolds.   “It’s still in its early stages,” Dr....

    “The bigger the better” does not always apply. The miniscule lab-on-a-chip recently developed by Rutgers University researchers measures only several square centimeters. Nevertheless, it is capable of performing the same assays as a normal laboratory by using microfluidics technology. The huge advantage, apart from...

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    A new, non-invasive technology that uses blood pressure cuffs to help screen people for signs of hardened arteries aims to find heart disease in young people, long before symptoms develop and early enough to do something about it. That is important because atherosclerosis kills nearly 14 million people globally each...

    Imagine navigating through the cells of a human body as you would through the streets of a big city. A biomedical engineer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia, Melissa Knothe Tate, has developed a new project to create a “Google Maps” for the body. The system uses an approach similar to satellite...

    Biochips are miniaturized devices used for analyzing multiple biological samples simultaneously with increased efficiency and higher speed. Just as computer chips perform many operations in a second, biochips carry out gene expression, gene decoding and other biological operations in a very short time. Advances in...

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