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Breath-test for lung cancer research tips a bypass for biopsy

Breath-test for lung cancer research tips a bypass for biopsy

A simple breath test could one day diagnose early-stage lung cancer, researchers have suggested, avoiding painful, expensive, and complex biopsies in the process. The system, developed by Dr Michael Bousamra and a team at the University of Louisville, uses a custom-designed silicon microprocessor and a mass spectrometer to identify cancer-specific carbonyl compounds, the presence or absence of which in the tested patient's breath were found to be strongly linked to cancerous or benign lung masses.

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Microsoft: We welcome Google contact lenses (& yes, we did them first)

Microsoft: We welcome Google contact lenses (& yes, we did them first)

Microsoft has weighed in on Google's plans to commercialize contact lenses that track blood sugar levels, after comparisons were drawn between them and a previous Microsoft Research project on something notably similar. The two schemes are indeed connected, Microsoft Research's Desney Tan said today, pointing out that the late 2011 project he led on glucose-sensing lenses with integrated displays was done in collaboration with Babak Parviz and Brian Otis who are at running Google's scheme. However, rather than being frustrated, Tan says he welcomes the development.

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Mimo baby monitor onesie hands-on

Mimo baby monitor onesie hands-on

Rest Devices has been showing off the Mimo baby monitor here at CES 2014. While the baby monitor portion of the name may bring thoughts of a camera and screen setup allowing you to remotely look in on your sleeping child -- the Rest Devices product is actually a wearable and as a result, it is able to offer quite a bit in terms of detail.

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The Wearable Medic: GERO and figuring Parkinson’s from Fitbit

The Wearable Medic: GERO and figuring Parkinson’s from Fitbit

There's a suspicion among many that wearable tech is simply today's digital navel-gazing; a self-indulgent and meaningless set of metrics bordering on narcissistic over-obsession. The quantified self could soon become a whole lot more meaningful, however, if startup GERO has its way. Building on groundbreaking research by the Human Locomotome project, the Russian company says it can use the data from wearables like Fitbit's Force and Jawbone's UP to identify chronic conditions such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, depression, and even type 2 diabetes, simply from the way we move. SlashGear caught up with GERO's co-founders at CES as they shift things out of stealth mode.

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Polar’s new V800 sports watch, hands-on

Polar’s new V800 sports watch, hands-on

Wearable technology is on display front and center here at CES 2014, with many offerings showing up at every turn. One of those is Polar’s V800, a new offering from the company who is no stranger to wearables. We got a chance to learn a bit more about the Polar, and went hands-on with the latest sports watch.

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