Archive for September, 2007

Scientific Conference being hailed as ” A milestone in virtual pathology”

| September 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

More than 800 pathologists experienced a unique, large-scale virtual microscopy slide seminar on the internet during the 21st European Congress of Pathology, held in Istanbul between 8-13 September. It was the first time that a microscopy slide set from a major pathology conference was made viewable on the web. The seminar was arranged by the […]

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caTissue: Streamlining Biospecimen Management

| September 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

Researchers who have easy access to relevant tools, biospecimens, and patient information can focus their work on finding cures for cancer and other diseases instead of being bogged down by the logistics of finding appropriate numbers and types of research specimens. Unfortunately, many researchers may be limited by an inadequate availability of biospecimens relevant to […]

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3-D avatar may help doctors improve care

| September 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

ZURICH, Switzerland, Sept. 26 (UPI) — IBM scientists have created software that allows physicians to use an avatar to obtain medical data in the same manner in which they interact with patients. The prototype technology, created at IBM’s Zurich, Switzerland, research center, uses an avatar — a 3-D representation of the human body — to […]

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Audio Chip Listens For Cancer

| September 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

Cancer-sensing devices built as cheaply and efficiently as wristwatches – using many of the same operating principles – could change the way clinicians detect, treat and monitor cancer in patients. Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have created an acoustic sensor that can report the presence of small amounts of mesothelin, a molecule associated […]

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BioImagene Announces Two New Executive Management Appointments

| September 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

BioImagene, a leading provider of total digital pathology solutions, today announced the appointment of Bikash Sabata as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Mike Cusack as Vice President Marketing. Bikash will be responsible for the technological vision and development of innovative imaging products. Mike will be responsible for worldwide marketing strategy and product development. Bikash […]

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Massachusetts will provide online access to information on insurers’ payments to hospitals

| September 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

The Boston Globe (9/22, Kowalcyzk) reported that Massachusetts residents will soon be able to access information on the "prices individual hospitals are paid by insurers for performing specific procedures — data state officials hope will encourage comparison shopping and reduce medical costs." The announcement "by the state’s new Health TheCare Quality and Cost Council makes […]

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Apollo and IBM To Host Upcoming Digital Pathology Seminar

| September 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

  Falls Church, VA,  September 18, 2007   –   Apollo and IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences have joined together to host a complimentary one-day symposium and workshop to demonstrate how digital pathology is transforming the practice of pathology. In just one day, attendees will learn about the latest developments in Pathology digital imaging, Pathology PACS, telepathology, […]

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Animal studies raise microchip suspicions

| September 24, 2007 | 1 Comment

www.chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/health/chi-0916_health2_r_n_dsep16,1,3129849.story chicagotribune.com QUALITIES OF LIFE: HEALTH Animal studies raise microchip suspicions By Todd Lewan Associated Press September 16, 2007 When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients’ medical records almost instantly. The FDA found "reasonable […]

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BCBS to pay out more than $131 million

| September 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

BCBS settling parties agree to pay out more than $131 million; Oct. 19 is key deadline Physicians who provided covered services to any patient enrolled in or covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) plans at any time between May 22, 1999, and May 31, 2007, may be entitled to a payout as part of […]

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Amirsys® Selects Aperio Slide Scanning System

| September 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

STATdx®PathIQ™ ImmunoQuery® for Pathology to Revolutionize Reference Content for Anatomic Pathologist Vista, CA – September 18, 2007 – Aperio Technologies, Inc., (Aperio) the leading provider of digital pathology systems and services to the healthcare and life sciences industry, has announced that its ScanScope slide scanning system has been selected by Amirsys, Inc. to integrate digital […]

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Surgeons conduct successful removal of gallbladder through vagina

| September 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

HealthDay (9/18, Reinberg) reports, "French surgeons report removing a gallbladder through a woman’s vagina, joining a handful of surgeons around the world who are trying the novel technique." So far, two similar operations have occurred at Columbia University and the University of California, San Diego, and the procedure was also used to successfully remove an […]

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Technology Review’s Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT

| September 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

Technology Review’s Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT brings you remarkable technological breakthroughs that will transform the way we live and do business. This unique event brings together business leaders, venture capitalists, senior technologists, and an extraordinary group of the top 35 innovators under the age of 35—the TR35. Technology Review’s Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT […]

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Virtual microscopy for cytology proficiency testing: Are we there yet?

| September 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

From Cancer Cytopathology (Volume 111, Issue 4, Pages 203 – 209): Virtual microscopy for cytology proficiency testing: Are we there yet? Background The objective of this study was to investigate the potential of virtual microscopy (VM) as an avenue for the delivery of mandatory cytology proficiency tests). Methods Three senior cytotechnologists and 2 board-certified cytopathologists […]

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Checkers is solved

| September 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

Originally published in Science Express on 19 July 2007Science 14 September 2007:Vol. 317. no. 5844, pp. 1518 – 1522 Jonathan Schaeffer, Neil Burch, Yngvi Björnsson, Akihiro Kishimoto, Martin Müller, Robert Lake, Paul Lu, Steve Sutphen The game of checkers has roughly 500 billion billion possible positions (5 x 1020). The task of solving the game, […]

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