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Blood sample could diagnose many types of solid cancers

Blood sample could diagnose many types of solid cancers

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 DNA circulating in the blood, have required cumbersome and time-consuming steps to customize it to each patient or have not been sufficiently sensitive. [More]

ER physicians discount early signs of strokes among women, minorities, younger people

Analyzing federal health care data, a team of researchers led by a Johns Hopkins specialist concluded that doctors overlook or discount the early signs of potentially disabling strokes in tens of thousands of American each year, a large number of them visitors to emergency rooms complaining of dizziness or headaches. [More]

ZirMed acquires TransEngen's payment processing and patient engagement solutions

ZirMed, a leading health information connectivity and management solutions company, today announced that it has acquired the payment processing, patient eligibility and patient estimation business solutions owned by TransEngen Inc., a company located in Shelton, CT. [More]
Roundup: Battles fought over Lyme disease, autism and abortion

Roundup: Battles fought over Lyme disease, autism and abortion

In Texas, abortion providers file suit to block a state rule that could shut down many of the state's remaining clinics, while lawmakers in Vermont and N.Y. seek to immunize doctors who prescribe long-term antibiotics for patients with lasting symptoms attributed to Lyme disease. [More]
Dartmouth aims to remove barriers for pancreatic cancer photodynamic therapy

Dartmouth aims to remove barriers for pancreatic cancer photodynamic therapy

Using CT scans with contrast enhancement, Dartmouth researchers measured treatment response to pancreatic cancer photodynamic therapy (PDT) according to a paper published in Physics in Medicine and Biology. [More]
Patients who stay longer in ICU have substantial physical impairments 2 years later

Patients who stay longer in ICU have substantial physical impairments 2 years later

Patients have substantial physical impairments even two years after being discharged from the hospital after a stay in an intensive care unit (ICU), new Johns Hopkins research suggests. [More]

Maryland scraps exchange software, will buy Connecticut's system

Now that the enrollment period has ended, the board that runs Maryland's troubled online insurance marketplace has opted to start over with a system that worked well in Connecticut. [More]

New clinic that focuses on diagnosis and treatment for vertigo launched in Mumbai

In a first, a city hospital has launched a clinic dedicated to vertigo. Dr Rajeev Boudhankar, vice-president, Kohinoor Hospital, said, "We observed that vertigo is a highly under-diagnosed ailment and patients run from post to pillar looking for effective treatment. [More]
New neuromonitoring method prevents malpositioning of pedicle screws during thoracic spine surgery

New neuromonitoring method prevents malpositioning of pedicle screws during thoracic spine surgery

Researchers from Syracuse, New York, report a new, highly accurate, neuromonitoring method that can be used during thoracic spine surgery to prevent malpositioning of pedicle screws such that they enter the spinal canal and possibly cause postoperative neurological impairment. [More]
RPCI receives FDA approval to enroll patients in phase II clinical trial using I-PDT approach

RPCI receives FDA approval to enroll patients in phase II clinical trial using I-PDT approach

Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to enroll patients in a phase II clinical trial that will use a unique and highly precise method of delivering interstitial photodynamic therapy (I-PDT) to recurrent tumors of the head and neck. [More]

FORMA Therapeutics signs second strategic collaboration and option agreement with Celgene

FORMA Therapeutics, an innovative R&D organization in pursuit of ground-breaking medicines in oncology and other therapeutic areas, today announced a second strategic collaboration and option agreement with Celgene Corporation, a leader in addressing high unmet medical needs. [More]
Brainlab, Mobius Imaging announce CE Mark approval for Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT

Brainlab, Mobius Imaging announce CE Mark approval for Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT

Brainlab, a global leader in medical technology and Mobius Imaging, developer of advanced imaging technologies, announced today CE Mark approval for Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT. The CE Mark allows Brainlab to begin installation of the systems sold in the European Union. [More]

Bruker introduces multiscale high-resolution X-ray nanotomograph, Skyscan 2211

At Analytica 2014, Bruker today introduced the SkyScan TM 2211, a new high-resolution X-ray nano-CT (computed tomography) system with the widest available range of object sizes and spatial resolutions. [More]

State roundup: W.Va. Governor Tomblin vetoes abortion ban; New York curbs medical bills with surprises; California bill aims to raise malpractice cap

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill late Friday that would have banned abortions of fetuses after 20 weeks gestation. The governor called the bill unconstitutional and a "detriment" to women's health. [More]

NCCN ORP awarded grant to study effectiveness of enzalutamide in solid tumors

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network Oncology Research Program has been awarded a $2.2-million grant from Astellas Pharma, Inc. and Medivation, Inc. to develop a program to scientifically evaluate and define the clinical effectiveness of enzalutamide in solid tumors, including bladder, breast, endometrial, hepatocellular, ovarian, and prostate cancers. [More]
UT Southwestern launches telemedicine program to extend stroke care to patients in rural areas

UT Southwestern launches telemedicine program to extend stroke care to patients in rural areas

UT Southwestern Medical Center has launched a state-of-the-art telemedicine program that will extend immediate access to UT Southwestern's nationally recognized stroke care during the crucial time period when treatment is needed for a patient of an ischemic stroke, or clot in one of the brain's blood vessels. [More]
Men with long-term HIV infections at higher risk of developing plaque in their coronary arteries

Men with long-term HIV infections at higher risk of developing plaque in their coronary arteries

Men with long-term HIV infections are at higher risk than uninfected men of developing plaque in their coronary arteries, regardless of their other risk factors for coronary artery disease, according to results of a study led by Johns Hopkins researchers. A report on the research appears in the April 1 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. [More]

Americans' experience with health law depends on where they live

Some states that embraced the law, like Oregon, have had difficulty enrolling residents because of glitch-ridden online marketplaces, while others like New Hampshire have seen unexpectedly strong enrollments despite prevailing critical views. [More]

Venaxis files 510(k) premarket submission with FDA for APPY1 Test

Venaxis, Inc., an in vitro diagnostic company focused on obtaining FDA clearance for and commercializing its CE Marked APPY1™ Test, a rapid, multiple biomarker-based index assay for identifying patients that are at low risk for appendicitis, today announced that it has filed a 510(k) premarket submission for the APPY1 Test. Venaxis has requested concurrent de novo determination and 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. [More]
Toshiba launches sleek, lightweight ultrasound system, Xario 200

Toshiba launches sleek, lightweight ultrasound system, Xario 200

Hospitals and imaging centers of any size can now access premium image quality with Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.'s Xario™ 200. The all-new ultrasound system is sleek and lightweight and takes the worry out of providing high-quality patient care with a compact ultrasound system. [More]