Researchers Develop Blood Test that Can Detect Neurodegeneration

August 31, 2021 Published in Nature Communications and part-funded by the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre, the research determined a set of age-related cut-off levels of NfL which could inform its potential use in primary care settings through a simple blood test. Joint Senior Author on the study, Dr Abdul Hye from the NIHR Maudsley … Read more

Singapore researchers develop blood test for cancer treatment and detection

August 26, 2021 Targeted treatment for cancer, such as immunotherapy, blocks the abnormal growth of cancerous cells by attacking specific molecules which instruct them to grow and spread.  However, to evaluate its effectiveness, clinicians often have to rely on imaging techniques such as MRI and CT scans, which are costly, and can only be determined … Read more

Electronic nose successfully detects elusive cancers: Odor-based test detects pancreatic, ovarian cancers

August 24, 2021 The novel odor-based test relies on a machine-learning algorithm to identify unique combinations of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, in the vapors wafting from blood plasma samples.  In the lab, the technology was able to detect and identify elusive cancer cells with 95 percent accuracy.  Researchers were scheduled to detail the technology’s … Read more

How will PCPs use telehealth after the COVID-19 pandemic?

This percentage was even higher — 50% — among Generation Z and millennials, according to the data. Older adults also expressed interest in telehealth services, with 48% of respondents aged 65 years and older reporting that they will likely continue to use telehealth after the COVID-19 pandemic.  The data are from a series of surveys … Read more

University of Utah engineering professor to work on jetlag-fighting medical implant

August 18, 2021 The device, nicknamed the “living pharmacy,” is aiming to control the body’s circadian clock, reducing the time it takes to recover from disruptions to sleep cycles by half.  The wireless device could have applications in military and hospital usage, helping military personnel and first responders working shifting schedules better recover from sleep … Read more

Guiding Gestational Diabetes Treatment Through Ultrasounds

August 13, 2021 Uncontrolled gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) management has been associated with poor neonatal outcomes such as increased birth weight, macrosomia, and neonatal hypoglycemia.  Fetal size is used to guide the management of gestational diabetes.  However, aggressive glucose control may lead to small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infants, placing them at an increased risk for adverse outcomes; … Read more

A 26-year-old Stanford grad student created a simple test to predict which pregnancies are likely to become premature deliveries

August 10, 2021 The consequences can be dire.  Preterm birth is the leading cause of infant death,  and surviving preemies can develop short and long-term complications  including those affecting the lungs, heart, and brain.  However, Mira Moufarrej says it does not have to be that way. T he 26-year-old Stanford bioengineering graduate student developed simple … Read more

Content Management System (CMS) implementation of breakthrough payment rule may be further delayed

August 03, 2021 The medtech industry is broadly supportive of Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT), which will mean breakthrough medical devices automatically get Medicare reimbursement on the day they receive FDA clearance or approval.  AdvaMed CEO Scott Whitaker said the policy is “good government” and “good common sense,” arguing it is logical to facilitate … Read more