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MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH ASCLS, CLMA, ASCP & AMT! Legislative Symposium 2011
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ASCLS is proud to work with CLMA, ASCP, and AMT on the 2011 Legislative Symposium. Joining an ASCLS tradition since 1989, CLMA, ASCP and AMT members will meet with their Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill as a unified front on behalf of our profession. We need you — committed laboratory professionals and leaders — to come to Washington to provide a visible and informed voice and make our concerns known inside Congress! More

Prototype blood test for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob
disease developed

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A prototype blood-based assay detects abnormal prion protein (PrP) associated with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in human blood with 71 percent sensitivity and 100 percent specificity in initial studies, the U.K.-based developers of the test report in The Lancet. More

Scientists fear chronic wasting disease protein could spawn new human illness
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New laboratory research suggests that prions from chronic wasting disease in deer could infect people and create an entirely new kind of brain disorder. The research is not proof that chronic wasting disease can infect people, but advances what science knows about that fear. The researchers cautioned that the ability of chronic wasting disease prions to infect human brain tissue and cause disease could take years or decades of the disease first passing between deer in the wild, and might not occur at all. More

New nanoparticles make blood clots visible to CT scanner
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Researchers have designed nanoparticles that detect clots and make them visible to a new kind of X-ray technology. Gregory Lanza, a Washington University cardiologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital said these nanoparticles would take the guesswork out of deciding whether a person coming to the hospital with chest pain is actually having a heart attack. More

Bioengineering better blood vessels
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Using human cells as tiny factories, researchers can grow new blood vessels that might someday provide a valuable option for patients undergoing surgery for kidney dialysis or a heart bypass. The new study testing the bioengineered vessels in baboons and dogs raises the prospect of mass-producing such natural-tissue vessels, researchers report in Science Translational Medicine. More

For first time, scientists observe how leukemia evolves
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Scientists in Madison, Wis., have sent blood cells from a leukemia patient back to the embryonic state for the first time, opening a window into the early development of the disease and raising the possibility that doctors may come to understand why existing drugs do not appear to work on a powerful subset of cancer cells. More

FDA clears mobile app for radiographic images
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A new mobile radiology application was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; the device will enable clinicians to view medical images on the iPhone and iPad, manufactured by Apple Inc. According to the FDA, the application will enable viewing of images for "computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear medicine technology, such as positron emission tomography." More

Diabetes and virus link confirmed
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Children with Type 1 diabetes are nearly 10 times as likely to also have a viral infection than healthy children, Australian research suggests. Childhood diabetes has been linked to enteroviruses, which can lead to cold, flu and even meningitis. More

Scientists find 5 new Parkinson's genes
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Scientists have identified five new genes linked to Parkinson's disease in a large genetic analysis of the illness, according to a new study. After reviewing nearly 8 million possible genetic mutations, researchers pinpointed five genes connected to Parkinson's disease. Previously, six other genes were identified, and experts say there is now increasing proof the degenerative disease is sparked by peoples' genes. More

New mosquito type seen making malaria fight harder
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Scientists have discovered a new type of mosquito in Africa unlike any documented before and say it could further complicate the fight to control malaria. Scientists from France who collected mosquitoes from ponds near villages in Burkina Faso say they identified a subtype of the Anopheles gambiae mosquito that is highly susceptible to infection with the malaria parasite, likes to rest outside, not indoors, and can therefore evade most current control measures. More
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