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Molecular 'hats' allow in vivo activation of disguised signaling peptides
When someone you know is wearing an unfamiliar hat, you might not recognize them. (Medical News Today)

Microwave Imaging of the Breast
Although currently available diagnostic screening systems for breast cancer like X-ray computed tomography (CT) and mammography are effective at detecting early signs of tumors, they are far from... (Medical News Today)

Bacterial biofilms found in colon cancer patients could be used as a clinical diagnostic tool
Since the first "catalog" of the normal bacterial makeup of the human body was published in 2012, numerous connections between illness and disturbances in the human microbiota have been found. (Medical News Today)

Fast, accurate new nanoparticle-based sensor system for rapidly screening cancer drugs
Traditional genomic, proteomic and other screening methods currently used to characterize drug mechanisms are time-consuming and require special equipment, but now researchers led by chemist Vincent... (Medical News Today)

Woman controls robotic arm with the power of her mind
A woman with quadriplegia has demonstrated '10-degree brain control' of a prosthetic robotic arm, after small electrode grids were implanted into relevant areas of her brain. (Medical News Today)

Employing robotic surgery leads to organ preservation for kidney cancer patients
Patients with operable kidney cancers were more likely to have a partial nephrectomy - the recommended treatment for localized tumors - when treated in hospitals that were early adopters of robotic... (Medical News Today)

Different community HIV testing and counselling approaches reach different populations in rural Africa
Home- and community-based HIV testing and counselling services can achieve high participation uptake in rural Africa but reach different populations within a community and should be provided... (Medical News Today)

Personalized scaffold promotes tissue regeneration in sheep model
Columbia University Medical Center researchers have devised a way to replace the knee's protective lining, called the meniscus, using a personalized 3D-printed implant, or scaffold, infused with... (Medical News Today)

Carcinogens tracked as they move through the body
Researchers for the first time have developed a method to track through the human body the movement of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, as extraordinarily tiny amounts of these potential... (Medical News Today)

Research unlocks revolutionary new procedure for epilepsy diagnosis
Pioneering new research by the University of Exeter could revolutionise global diagnostic procedures for one of the most common forms of epilepsy. (Medical News Today)

A world of cheap, wearable medical sensors could result from organic electronics
Future fitness trackers could soon add blood-oxygen levels to the list of vital signs measured with new technology developed by engineers at UC Berkeley. (Medical News Today)

Earlier detection could close the race gap on colon cancer deaths
Racial disparities in colon cancer survival rates may be explained by overall health at the time of diagnosis rather than differences in treatment received, according to a study published in Annals... (Medical News Today)

Emphysema on CT an important independent risk factor for death
Emphysema-like lung found on computed tomography (CT) is associated with an increased risk for mortality among people without airflow obstruction or COPD, according to a study published in Annals... (Medical News Today)

Medtronic receives FDA approval and launches two new cardiac resynchronization therapy quadripolar leads
Medtronic, Inc. has announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and commercial launch of two additional Attain Performa® left ventricular (LV) quadripolar leads, which can be... (Medical News Today)

Can a biomarker in the blood predict head fracture after traumatic brain injury?
In cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI), predicting the likelihood of a cranial lesion and determining the need for head computed tomography (CT) can be aided by measuring markers of bone injury... (Medical News Today)

FDA approves first test to confirm the presence of Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus-I/II antibodies
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved MP Diagnostics HTLV Blot 2.4, the first FDA-licensed supplemental test for Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus-I/II (HTLV-I/II). (Medical News Today)

Scaling up screening for viral hepatitis in Europe: the HEPscreen toolkit shows what works
A new toolkit on screening for chronic viral hepatitis seeks to raise awareness, improve knowledge and motivate public health professionals in Europe to take action. (Medical News Today)

FDA grants CLIA waiver for Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo Test
Alere Inc., a global leader in rapid diagnostic tests, has announced that the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Abbott's pioneering, infectious disease testing platform, IRIDICA, now available in Europe
Abbott has announced its innovative diagnostic platform, known as IRIDICA, is now available in Europe and other CE-Mark recognized countries. (Medical News Today)

Timing of test, surgery, insurance examined in sleep-disordered-breathing cases
Children with public insurance waited longer after initial evaluation for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) to undergo polysomnography (PSG, the gold standard diagnostic test) and also waited longer... (Medical News Today)

Blood lipid metabolites allow early identification of cardiovascular disease
New circulating metabolites might allow early diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. (Medical News Today)

New implant offers people with hearing loss the chance to connect directly with digital technology
MED-EL has launched a new generation of middle-ear hearing implant systems at an international hearing implant symposium in Rome, Italy. (Medical News Today)

Vast majority of ophthalmologists treating uveal melanoma use molecular testing to guide patient care
Castle Biosciences Inc. has announced the publication of study results that assess current clinical practices for uveal melanoma (UM) and demonstrate the impact of molecular prognostic testing on... (Medical News Today)

Study: Near-infrared spectroscopy may assist in predicting the risk of future cardiovascular events, including heart attack and stroke
Infraredx, Inc., a cardiovascular imaging company pioneering the personalized diagnosis of coronary artery disease, today announced results from an independent, prospective outcomes study published... (Medical News Today)

23andMe and the future of home DNA testing
The 23andMe home genomics kit was withdrawn from the US market upon FDA orders but has recently been approved in the UK. We investigate the controversies attached to the test. (Medical News Today)

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