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Cancer Spread’s ‘Family Tree’

April 23, 2014 12:34 pm | News | Comments

The process of metastasis is still poorly understood. Now, a research team has developed a simple test that can reveal the evolutionary relationships among various tumor sites within a patient, information that may someday help with treatment planning.

Brain Size Matters in Animal Self-control

April 22, 2014 2:47 pm | Videos | Comments

Scientists collaborated on the first large-scale investigation into the evolution of self-...

Groundbreaking MRI Scan Shows Brown Fat in Tissues

April 17, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Researchers used an MRI-based method to identify and confirm the presence of brown adipose...

The Key to Easy Asthma Diagnosis is in the Blood

April 16, 2014 1:07 pm | News | Comments

Using just a single drop of blood, a team of UW-Madison researchers has developed a faster,...

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Blood Test Could Accurately Detect Solid Cancers

April 7, 2014 2:12 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have devised a way to quickly bring to the clinic the technique of using blood samples to diagnose many types of solid cancers, or to monitor the amount of cancer in a patient’s body and responses to treatment.        

3-D MRI Scans Can Predict Survival After Targeted Chemo for Liver Tumors

March 27, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

In a series of studies researchers have used specialized 3-D MRI scans to precisely measure living and dying tumor tissue to quickly show whether highly toxic chemotherapy is working.                   

Blood Test May Help Predict Whether a Child Will Become Obese

March 26, 2014 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have found that a simple blood test, which can read DNA, could be used to predict obesity levels in children. Researchers at the Universities of Southampton, Exeter and Plymouth used the test to assess the levels of epigenetic switches in the PGC1a gene – a gene that regulates fat storage in the body.


Gene Expression Signature Reveals New Way to Classify Gum Disease

March 24, 2014 2:17 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have devised a new system for classifying periodontal disease based on the genetic signature of affected tissue, rather than on clinical signs and symptoms. The new classification system may allow for earlier detection and more individualized treatment of severe periodontitis, before loss of teeth and supportive bone occurs.

Novel Approach Finds New Gene Linked to Heart Attack Risk

March 17, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a previously unrecognized gene variation that makes humans have healthier blood lipid levels and reduced risk of heart attacks- a finding that opens the door to new testing or treatment of high cholesterol and other lipid disorders.

Blood Test Identifies Those at Risk for Cognitive Decline, Alzheimer’s Within Three Years

March 10, 2014 9:44 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers have discovered and validated a blood test that can predict with greater than 90 percent accuracy if a healthy person will develop mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease within three years. It is the first known published report of blood-based biomarkers for preclinical Alzheimer’s disease.

Google Glass Could Help Stop Emerging Public Health Threats Around the World

February 28, 2014 1:32 pm | News | Comments

Google Glass could potentially save lives, especially in isolated or far-flung locations, say scientists. They are reporting development of a Google Glass app that takes a picture of a diagnostic test strip and sends the data to computers, which then rapidly beam back a diagnostic report to the user.

DNA Blood Tests Show Prenatal Screening Promise

February 26, 2014 5:17 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A DNA test of a pregnant woman's blood is more accurate than current methods of screening for Down syndrome and other common disorders, new research finds. If other studies bear this out, it could transform prenatal care.        


A Paper Diagnostic for Cancer

February 25, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

MIT engineers have developed a simple, cheap, paper test that could improve diagnosis rates and help people get treated earlier. The diagnostic, which works much like a pregnancy test, could reveal within minutes, based on a urine sample, whether a person has cancer.

Molecular Markers Used to Assess Early Sciatic Nerve Injury

December 26, 2013 10:51 am | News | Comments

Substance P and calcitonin gene-related peptide are the main neuropeptides in peripheral nerve ganglia, which can anterogradely transmit nociceptive information to the central nervous system. Findings published in Neural Regeneration Research  suggest that these neuropeptides may possibly serve as an index for evaluating early peripheral nerve injury.

Breaking News: MRI Agent Linked to Brain Abnormalities

December 17, 2013 9:25 am | News | Comments

For the first time, researchers have confirmed an association between a common magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent and abnormalities on brain MRI, according to a new study.                    

More Chronic Blood Cancers Detected with Newly Identified Gene

December 11, 2013 11:07 am | News | Comments

A simple blood test will soon be able to catch the vast majority of a group of chronic blood cancers, a new study reveals. The scientists also identified a new gene, CALR, which is altered in 40 percent of blood disorders.        

'Liquid Biopsy' Device Simplifies Cancer Monitoring

December 9, 2013 2:26 pm | by Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

A new microchip-based device may greatly simplify the monitoring of patients’ response to treatment for ovarian cancer— the most lethal form of gynecologic cancer— and certain other malignancies.                


Eye Test Can Detect Severity of MS

December 5, 2013 12:36 pm | News | Comments

As you step outdoors into the bright sunshine, your pupils automatically contract. Scientists are making use of how this "pupil reflex" is connected to the brain as a potential new way of testing the severity of multiple sclerosis (MS).    

Alzheimer’s Gene Linked to Altered Infant Brain Development

November 27, 2013 11:09 am | News | Comments

Using a special MRI technique designed for studies of sleeping infants, researchers have found that infants who carry a gene associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease tend to have differences in brain development compared to infants who do not carry the gene.

Negative BRCA Test May Not Always Imply Lower Cancer Risk

November 27, 2013 10:57 am | News | Comments

Women who are members of families with BRCA2 mutations but who test negative for the family-specific BRCA2 mutations are still at greater risk for developing breast cancer compared with women in the general population, according to a new study. 

FDA OKs Four New Next-Gen Sequencing Devices

November 20, 2013 1:06 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of four diagnostic devices that can be used for high throughput gene sequencing, often referred to as “next generation sequencing” (NGS). These instruments, reagents and test systems allow labs to sequence a patient’s DNA.

Blood Test Diagnoses Concussion, Predicts Cognitive Disability

November 19, 2013 2:15 pm | News | Comments

A new blood biomarker correctly predicted which concussion victims went on to have white matter tract structural damage and persistent cognitive dysfunction following a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).              

Scientists Finally ID Which Prostate Cancers are Life Threatening

November 19, 2013 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered that the presence of a specific protein can distinguish between prostate cancers that are aggressive and need further treatment from those that may never seriously harm the patient.             

Gene Testing for Heart Diseases Now Available

November 15, 2013 12:35 pm | News | Comments

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis now offers genetic testing to help diagnose and treat patients with heart disorders that can lead to sudden death.                        

New Research May Improve Early Dementia Detection

November 13, 2013 1:28 pm | News | Comments

Using scores obtained from cognitive tests, researchers think they have developed a model that could help determine whether memory loss in older adults is benign or a stop on the way to Alzheimer’s disease.                

Tiny Devices Can Shine Light on Brain Disorders

November 13, 2013 1:01 pm | News | Comments

To better understand and one day provide improved treatments for depression, addiction and anxiety, researchers are using tiny, electronic devices to identify and map neural circuits in the brain.                

Cause of Genetic Disorder Found in 'Junk' DNA

November 11, 2013 12:09 pm | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have used new technology which analyses the whole genome to find the cause of a genetic disease in what was previously referred to as “junk DNA.”                     

'Don’t Get Sick in July,' Some Doctors Say

November 7, 2013 1:08 pm | News | Comments

With almost no experience, newly graduated medical students enter teaching hospitals around the country every July, beginning their careers as interns, while last year’s interns and junior residents take a step up and assume new responsibilities. Some experienced physicians share a joke about this changing of the guard: Don’t get sick in July.

Earliest Marker for Autism Found in Young Infants

November 7, 2013 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Eye contact during early infancy may be a key to early identification of autism, according to a new study, which revealed the earliest sign of developing autism ever observed- a steady decline in attention to others’ eyes within the first two to six months of life.

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