Medical Tid Bits

Ever Wondered What Living Cells Look Like Without Stains and in 3D?  

 

Nanolive SA, a start-up company founded in November 2013 at the EPFL Innovation Park in Lausanne, Switzerland, has developed a revolutionary microscope which allows for the very first time the exploration of a living cell in 3D without damaging it.

Since the discovery of the cell as the basic unit of life in the 17th century, scientists all around the world have been trying to investigate it deeper and deeper. This was not an easy task since they had to face two major problems: the cell is very small (106 meters) and it is transparent. The only way to solve these issues was to increase the complexity of the microscopes in order to gain resolution and to stain the cells in order to make them visible by adding chemical reagent or modifying them genetically.

This was still the case until today, even with the latest Nobel Prize technologies: the 2014 Nobel Prize for chemistry was assigned to S. Hell, E. Betzig, and W. Moerner who made revolutionary discoveries in the resolution of fluorescent microscopy.

Nanolive completely opposes this trend and, as a result, Nanolive’s microscope offers unperturbed and earlier unmet insights into the living cell: no need for any special procedures, which require intensive and long preparation. As no chemistry or marker is used at all, the observation is completely non-invasive to the cell, and allows resolving the cell’s parts down to 200nm.

LabStyle Innovations’ Dario Diabetes Management Solution Launches in Canada

CAESAREA, Israel, June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — On the heels of receiving regulatory approval in Canada for the Dario™ Diabetes Management Solution, LabStyle Innovations Corp. (DRIO), today announced the Dario is now available for sale in Canada. The compact all-in-one system that helps people with diabetes monitor blood sugar levels and proactively manage their disease using their smartphone or tablet, is distributed by Auto Control Medical. Now available through www.mydario.ca, Dario’s suggested retail price is $39.95 and it will be available at selected pharmacies including London Drugs.

BioMed Realty And Illumina Announce New Build-To-Suit Laboratory Building In Cambridge’s Growing Life Science Cluster

SAN DIEGO, June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — BioMed Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: BMR) today announced that Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN), a world leader in genomics focused on improving human health by unlocking the power of the genome, has signed a 20-year lease for a 155,000 square foot new and innovative scientific research building in Cambridge, England. The project will provide Illumina a collaborative environment and access to the highly skilled workforce in the dynamic research cluster anchored by Cambridge University.

DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA)

A leading provider of kidney care services, is dedicated to sharing important emergency preparedness information for dialysis patients who might be impacted by weather-related emergencies – notably the annual Atlantic hurricane season that kicked off on June 1. aVita Emergency Response Team Prepares Patients for Hurricane Season

Visit DaVita.com to see the full three-day emergency diet and additional emergency preparedness information, including:

  • Emergency preparedness for people with kidney disease
  • Preparing for the unexpected with home dialysis
  • Diabetes Emergency Plan

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