Researchers Develop First Blood Test for Depression

Primary care doctors may be able to run a blood panel to diagnose depression. Researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine have identified 9 RNA blood markers that can be used as part of a panel to diagnose the mental disorder. They said it is the first blood test to diagnose adult depression. They…


The Growth and Future of EVisits

A new Deloitte report predicts that this year there will be 100 million e-Visits globally. Potentially saving the healthcare system $5billion, when compared to the cost of a regular doctor visit. This is a 200% increase from 2012. E-Visits, or telemedicine, is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications…


FDA moves toward standardized medical device labeling

Tucked away in the Federal Register are the FDA’s intentions to test its own labeling format to “inform FDA’s planned regulatory approach to standardizing medical device labeling across the United States.” The test will consist of 38 respondents (including 8 at participating hospitals and 30 at FDA headquarters) that will compare the possible standardized labeling format of…


Takeda moves oncology unit to Cambridge

The parent of Millennium Pharmaceuticals said Tuesday that its top executive in Cambridge is stepping down as part of a companywide reorganization. The new structure at Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. will include a strong focus on the cancer drug business at Cambridge-based Millennium, executives said. Millennium, located near Central Square, will become the home of the…

Dr. Christopher Kaeding, a surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, performs surgery while wearing Google Glass.

Can wearables in the OR improve clinical outcomes?

One of the ripest markets for Google Glass and Glass-based apps may be healthcare. While patient care has become increasingly data-driven, doctors need a way to receive the data while remaining hands-on with patients. Can wearables in the OR improve clinical outcomes? Although it makes sense, there’s little empirical evidence for or against wearables.

ISTC Roadmap

Illinois Science & Technology Coalition Releases First S&T Roadmap for Illinois

A new report from the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition highlights the growth and importance of the biopharma industry in Illinois. The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) released its first Illinois Science & Technology Roadmap (S&T Roadmap), an innovative data-driven report that identifies research and innovation strengths positioned to drive competitiveness and business growth…

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