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CDC updates Hepatitis B recommendations for infected healthcare workers
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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its 1991 recommendations for the management of hepatitis B virus (HBV)-infected healthcare providers and students to prevent HBV transmission. According to the authors, as with the previous guidelines, HBV infection should not disqualify individuals from practicing medicine. More

FDA clears new rapid clinical laboratory test that reduces time-to-answer for bloodstream infections
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One of the more challenging diseases to diagnose and treat is septicemia. Traditional microbiology methods typically require two or three days before an accurate diagnosis can be made. Now there is news of a rapid test for bloodstream infections that can allow a hospital clinical laboratory to deliver an answer to physicians in as little as two hours. More

Combination therapy for breast cancer shows promise
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A study published in the July issue of Anticancer Research reveals that scientists from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found an effective combination therapy for breast cancer cells in vitro that can potentially be used for treating different forms of breast cancer, including cancers resistant to chemotherapy as well as other treatments. About 14 to 20 percent of all breast cancer cases are triple negative breast cancer, meaning the cancer cells lack hormone receptors, including the HER-2 receptor, and are generally unresponsive to hormone and herceptin-based therapies. More

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Home HIV test wins FDA nod
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The FDA has approved the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, making it the first over-the-counter test for HIV infection that gives results directly to the consumer. During a May meeting, an FDA reviewer estimated that about 2.8 million people would use the OraQuick test each year, and that would lead to 45,000 new positive test results and could avert more than 4,000 HIV transmissions in a year. More

HPV vaccine protects even those who skip it
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The vaccine against the human papilloma virus (HPV) is not only effective in decreasing the rate of high risk types of HPV infections in girls and women, but it also shows evidence of bestowing what is known as "herd immunity" – an indirect protection against the virus for those who have not been vaccinated – in a community at large, researchers said. Researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center compared HPV infection rates in women who received the HPV vaccine to infection rates in those who had not. More

CellaVision Automates and Standardizes the Manual Differential

CellaVision introduces CellAtlas®, the perfect way to learn the basics of hematology cell morphology. This App for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch compliments our digital cell morphology portfolio, and is an educational tool to assist in the recognition and classification of blood cells, by utilizing mini-lectures and cell quizzes. More
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Simple way to avoid severe toxicity from 5-FU and related drugs
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A simple screening process can identify people who will react badly to the fluoropyrimidine group of chemotherapy drugs, which includes 5-fluorouracil and the related oral products capecitabine (Xeloda), tegafur, and S-1. In some cases, this prescreen is life-saving, say the French researchers who developed the method. More

Scientists reveal how natural systems limit the spread of 'cheating' bacteria
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In the first field study of its kind researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Oxford have investigated the competitive dynamics of pathogenic and non-pathogenic strains of bacteria. Bacteria are increasingly seen as living and interacting in groups and sharing resources such as virulence factors, biofilms, and proteins used to scavenge iron. However as in human societies, this type of cooperation is threatened by "cheaters" that exploit the hard work of others, but fail to contribute themselves. More

Amniotic fluid offers alternative stem cell source
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Stem cells taken from amniotic fluid can be transformed into a more versatile state similar to embryonic stem cells and may offer an alternative to the medically valuable but controversial cells, scientists said. British researchers said they had succeeded in reprogramming amniotic fluid cells without having to introduce extra genes. More

Micro-Hall detector counts rare CTCs in clinical samples
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Scientists have developed a miniaturized microfluidic chip–based technology that they claim could form the basis of a rapid, POC diagnostics platform for quantitatively measuring rare circulating tumor cells or pathogens in clinical samples. The micro-Hall detector essentially identifies individual target cells labeled with magnetic nanoparticles as they flow through the channels on a microfluidic chip. More

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Officials make break in baffling disease killing Cambodian children
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Health officials say they have made an important discovery in the mystery surrounding the deaths of 64 children in Cambodia. The Institut Pasteur in Cambodia tested samples taken from 24 patients and found 15 had tested positive for Enterovirus Type 71 – a common cause of hand, foot and mouth disease that can also cause severe neurologic complications, mainly in children. More

Fetal genome sequenced without the father's DNA
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Clinicians seeking to pinpoint genetic diseases in developing fetuses may no longer need to know the identity of the father, thanks to a method for sequencing a fetus' genome using just a blood sample drawn from a pregnant woman. More

New cloud-based network aims to advance clinical trials
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Database software company Oracle recently launched the Oracle Health Sciences Network, a set of cloud-based applications designed to advance medical research and help recruit participants for clinical trials. The network aims to help drug companies and health systems cull de-identified patient data from electronic health records and other databases to determine whether a healthcare organization has enough patients to participate in a clinical trial. The network eventually could provide an infrastructure to help researchers develop drugs for patients with specific genetic characterizations and compare the effectiveness of different treatments. More

Gladstone scientists identify critical process in stem cell development
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Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have discovered that environmental factors critically influence the growth of a type of stem cell – called an iPS cell – that is derived from adult skin cells. This discovery offers newfound understanding of how these cells form, while also advancing science closer to stem cell-based therapies to combat disease. More

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Alabama study shows cystic fibrosis drug should also be tested to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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A new University of Alabama-Birmingham study suggests that a drug developed to treat cystic fibrosis should also be tested to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. People who have COPD that is associated with chronic bronchitis show a pathology that shares some similarities to patients who have the inherited disease cystic fibrosis. More

World's fastest camera, created by UCLA engineers, used to detect rogue cancer cells
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The ability to distinguish and isolate rare cells from among a large population of assorted cells has become increasingly important for the early detection of disease and for monitoring disease treatments. Achieving good statistical accuracy requires an automated, high-throughput instrument that can examine millions of cells in a reasonably short time. A new optical microscope developed by UCLA engineers could make the tough task a whole lot easier. More

Patients seek stem cell compensation
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In what could be a landmark case, six patients in California are suing one of the world's largest stem cell companies for allegedly misleading them about the effectiveness of its stem cell treatments. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and FBI have taken action against stem cell traders and clinicians, this seems to be the first case in which patients are bringing a suit against a prominent company. More

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