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Electronic nose sniffs out C. diff
Using a mass spectrometer, researchers detect the highly infectious bacteria C. diff and also identify particular strains from the unique chemical fingerprint. (Medical News Today)

World Health Organization recommends use of p16 IHC to help diagnose high-grade cervical disease
Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, has announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new guidance recommending the use of p16 immunohistochemistry (IHC)... (Medical News Today)

Diagnostic technique allows avoidance of surgery in one fifth of heart attacks - FAMOUS-NSTEMI trial results
A method for measuring coronary artery blockage in heart attack patients can help more than one fifth of them avoid stents or surgery, according to a British study presented at the ESC Congress... (Medical News Today)

Quadripolar lead trumps bipolar option in cardiac resynchronisation
Use of a quadripolar left ventricular (LV) lead instead of a bipolar option during cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) can decrease complications at six months according to preliminary Hot Line... (Medical News Today)

Mechanical heart valves increase pregnancy risk
The fact that mechanical heart valves increase risks during and after pregnancy, has been confirmed by data from the ROPAC registry presented for the first time today in an ESC Congress Hot Line... (Medical News Today)

Virologists reveal transmission rate of the MERS virus
The MERS coronavirus has caused disease outbreaks across the Arabian Peninsula and spread to Europe several times. (Medical News Today)

Scientists develop 'electronic nose' for rapid detection of C-diff infection
A fast-sensitive "electronic-nose" for sniffing the highly infectious bacteria C-diff, that causes diarrhoea, temperature and stomach cramps, has been developed by a team at the University of... (Medical News Today)

Transvenous lead extraction clinically successful in 98% of cases
Transvenous lead extraction (TLE) is clinically successful in more than 98% of cases according to data from the European Lead Extraction ConTRolled (ELECTRa) registry presented for the first time... (Medical News Today)

Technology can identify atrial fibrillation
To the careful observer, a person's face has long provided insight into what is going on beneath the surface. (Medical News Today)

Early malaria diagnosis can be carried out by a portable detector in the field
An easy and quick technique for malaria diagnosis, based on detecting a by-product of malarial metabolism in infected red blood cells, is reported in Nature Medicine this week. (Medical News Today)

Sudden death predictor identifies ICD candidates in new ESC Guidelines
A new sudden death predictor for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) identifies candidates for implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in ESC Guidelines published today. (Medical News Today)

Retrievable transcatheter aortic valve effective and safe in real world setting
A retrievable and repositionable transcatheter aortic valve is effective and safe in a real world setting, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2014 today by Dr Stylianos Pyxaras from... (Medical News Today)

Batteryless cardiac pacemaker is based on automatic wristwatch
A new batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on an automatic wristwatch and powered by heart motion was presented at ESC Congress 2014 today by Adrian Zurbuchen from Switzerland. (Medical News Today)

Smartphone app to screen for jaundice in newborns
A team of doctors and engineers is developing a smartphone app that parents can use at home to test if their newborn should have a blood test to check for jaundice. (Medical News Today)

App distinguishes real from fake tremors in alcohol withdrawal patients
Chronic alcohol abusers often claim to be in withdrawal to receive sedatives. But now, a new app can determine whose alcohol withdrawal tremors are real and whose are fake. (Medical News Today)

Tiny strains in body tissues identified before injuries occur
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed algorithms to identify weak spots in tendons, muscles and bones prone to tearing or breaking. (Medical News Today)

Versatile multi-tasking nanoparticles offer a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic applications
Kit Lam and colleagues from UC Davis and other institutions have created dynamic nanoparticles (NPs) that could provide an arsenal of applications to diagnose and treat cancer. (Medical News Today)

Acoustic device that separates tumor cells from blood cells could help assess cancer's spread
Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. (Medical News Today)

Continuous glucose-monitoring system changes color when glucose levels rise
University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring. (Medical News Today)

Sound waves separate tumor and blood cells
Tilted sound waves effectively separate different cell types without labeling or altering them, offering a new way to sort cells for research, disease diagnosis and drug testing. (Medical News Today)

A tiny eye implant could pair with a smartphone to improve the way doctors measure and lower a patient's eye pressure
For the 2.2 million Americans battling glaucoma, the main course of action for staving off blindness involves weekly visits to eye specialists who monitor - and control - increasing pressure within... (Medical News Today)

TOBI: Mind over matter for people with disabilities
People with serious physical disabilities are unable to do the everyday things that most of us take for granted despite having the will - and the brainpower - to do so. (Medical News Today)

Gentle separation of cells using tilted acoustic tweezers
Precise, gentle and efficient cell separation from a device the size of a cell phone may be possible thanks to tilt-angle standing surface acoustic waves, according to a team of engineers. (Medical News Today)

Chinese researchers unmask toxic 'gutter oil' used in cooking
Using a spectroscopy technique employed by NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars to analyze rock samples, Chinese scientists find a way to identify toxic waste oil used in cooking. (Medical News Today)

Closed-loop insulin delivery systems and blood glucose control in type 1 diabetes
In a closed-loop control approach to managing type 1 diabetes, glucose sensors placed under the skin continuously monitor blood sugar levels, triggering the release of insulin from an implantable... (Medical News Today)

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