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AMA urges restraint for clinicians seeking to volunteer in Haiti
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"The spontaneous volunteer has no place in disaster response," asserted James J. James, MD, director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response, at the American Medical Association, during a webinar held for medical and public health responders to assist them in preparing for the Haitian earthquake disaster relief effort. For physicians and nurses who want to volunteer, Dr. James urged, "Don't go unless you are as part of an organized team or have assurance when you arrive that you will be joining one. More
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Identification of serum biomarkers for colorectal cancer metastasis using a differential secretome approach
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Lymph node metastasis is the major concern that causes death in colorectal cancers. However, biomarkers for cancer metastasis are still lacking. In this study, we applied an LC−MS/MS-based label-free quantitative proteomics approach to compare the differential secretome of a primary cell line SW480 and its lymph node metastatic cell line SW620 from the same colorectal cancer patient. We identified a total of 910 proteins from the conditioned media and 145 differential proteins between SW480 and SW620. More

Laboratory technician: One of the 50 best careers of 2010
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Clinical lab technicians and technologists are very much the unsung heroes of the health care industry. You'll be behind the scenes, generating the critical data that physicians will use to make their diagnoses. You'll perform tests or prepare tissue specimens for examination. More

Nucleic acid tests improve detection of early HIV infection
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Pooled nucleic acid amplification testing improves detection of acute HIV infection, even when primary screening is done with third-generation HIV-antibody tests, U.S. researchers report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. In an observational study, pooled NAAT appeared to be most effective when used with less-sensitive screening immunoassays, and it was also particularly useful in populations with high rates of HIV seropositivity. More


Worms aid understanding of stem cells
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The study of simple roundworms is helping explain the stem cell's ability to develop into any cell type in the body, scientists in Wisconsin said. Using the small roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans, scientists at the University of Wisconsin in Madison are learning about the biological workings that control the maturation process of stem cells. More

CDC: Up to 80 million Americans infected with H1N1
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As many as 80 million Americans have been infected with H1N1 swine flu, up to 16,000 have been killed and more than 360,000 hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. More

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Popular blood therapy may not work
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The treatment has become so popular that patients with orthopedic injuries are demanding it, willing to pay $1,000 or more out of their own pocket. Its appeal only soared higher when professional athletes like Tiger Woods and the football players Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward reported that it cured them. It is a new procedure, based on an idea that once seemed revolutionary: Inject people with their own blood, concentrated so it is mostly platelets, the tiny colorless bodies that release substances that help repair tissues. More

Gene map for malaria crop offers higher yield hope
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The first genetic map of a medicinal herb used in the best malaria treatments is being published to help scientists develop the species into a high-yielding crop and battle the killer mosquito-borne disease. More

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