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Protein proves to be vital in immune response
to bacteria

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A team of researchers led by scientists at Rockefeller University have discovered that a protein once thought to be mainly involved in antiviral immunity is in fact more important in fighting bacterial infections and could provide new mechanisms for treating diseases like tuberculosis, which is increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotic medication. A mutation in the gene that codes for the protein ISG15 was found to increase susceptibility to infection by mycobacteria, a group of bacteria that cause a range of disorders, the most common of which are tuberculosis and leprosy. More

Team creates new view of body's infection response
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A new 3-D view of the body's response to infection – and the ability to identify proteins involved in the response – could point to novel biomarkers and therapeutic agents for infectious diseases. Vanderbilt University scientists in multiple disciplines combined magnetic resonance imaging and imaging mass spectrometry to visualize the inflammatory response to a bacterial infection in mice. The techniques, described in Cell Host & Microbe and featured on the journal cover, offer opportunities for discovering proteins not previously implicated in the inflammatory response. More

Clinical laboratory scientists help crack newborn marijuana mystery
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Some innovative sleuthing by clinical laboratory professionals at University of North Carolina School of Medicine hospitals has helped solve a marijuana mystery involving neonatal screenings. An unexpected spike in "false positive" cannabis exposure screening results in newborns at the facilities triggered a study by UNCSM scientists. More

TNF inhibitors linked to first-year infection risk in RA
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The first epidemiologic study of infections associated with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors in patients with rheumatoid arthritis has shown that treatment was associated with a doubled risk for serious infections during the first year of treatment. The prospective cohort analysis of a Japanese registry was published in the August issue of Arthritis Care & Research. More

West Nile virus declared a public health emergency in Texas county
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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declared a public health emergency, saying the spread of the West Nile virus has become epidemic. Dallas County health officials have reported 162 West Nile virus cases and nine deaths this year. Mosquitoes pick up the virus from birds they bite and spread it to people. More

CellaVision Automates and Standardizes the Manual Differential

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Clinical trial is favorable for a prenatal gene test
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A new method of prenatal testing that can detect more genetic problems in a fetus than ever before could be headed toward wider use after encouraging results from a clinical trial, researchers said.The study, which is expected to be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal soon, found that the new technique, microarray, surpassed standard testing in detecting chromosomal abnormalities that can cause problems like autism or mental retardation. More

GAO: Tracking of injection-related infections poor
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From 2001 to 2011, there were at least 18 outbreaks of viral hepatitis linked to unsafe injection practices at ambulatory healthcare settings, according to a Government Accountability Office report. But that number is likely much higher as outbreaks can be hard to detect and link to a source, the GAO authors wrote. More

Genomic study of rare children's cancer yields possible prognostic tool
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A new study of the genetic makeup, or genome, of Ewing sarcoma, a rare cancer that strikes children, teenagers, and young adults, has produced multiple discoveries: a previously unknown sarcoma subtype, genetic factors related to long-term survival, and identification of a genetic change between the primary and metastatic stages of the disease that could lead to better, more targeted treatment. Researchers used a new, advanced technology called molecular inversion probes to analyze DNA changes in the genome of Ewing sarcoma tumors. More

Texas man making progress after losing leg to flesh-eating bacteria
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VideoBriefA Brenham, Texas man being treated for flesh-eating bacteria continues to make progress in his recovery. Surgeons were forced to amputate part of Keith Korth's leg to save his life from the often deadly bacteria. More

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Twitter helps to predict flu trends in New York
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If you've been walking around a public place lately, you've come in contact with a lot of people. Some of those people may have been sick. And, if you've been hanging around enough of them as they cough and sneeze, then you might be about to get sick too. That may sound obvious, but Adam Sadilek at the University of Rochester in New York and colleagues have applied the idea to a pile of Twitter data from people in New York City, and found that they can predict when an individual person will come down with the flu up to eight days before they show symptoms. More

London anti-doping lab to become research center
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The London 2012 Olympic anti-doping laboratory will be developed after the games into what officials say will be a world-class research facility that could help revolutionize healthcare. The lab, which was provided and outfitted by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline to carry out more than 6,000 drug tests during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, is to become the so-called Phenome Centre for scientists seeking to develop better and more targeted medical treatments. More

California county's high breast cancer rate may be tied to genetics
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Marin County, Calif., has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the world, a fact that scientists know has nothing to do with the land itself but with some other, unknown factor. A new study that analyzed mouth buccal cell samples stored frozen at the University of California San Francisco suggests what this factor may be: a genetic trait present among women within the county's predominantly white population. More

Clinical pathology laboratories using back-office technologies to improve productivity, increase cash collections
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Relentless pressure to cut costs is pushing the nation's clinical laboratories to finally look at back-office functions as a source of important cost reductions. That is a new trend in the medical laboratory testing industry. More

FDA's claims over stem cells upheld
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A recent court decision could help to tame the largely unregulated field of adult stem-cell treatments. The U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. affirmed the right of the Food and Drug Administration to regulate therapies made from a patient's own processed stem cells. The case hinged on whether the court agreed with the FDA that such stem cells are drugs. More

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CDC: 158 cases of new swine flu strain from pigs
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Don't pet the pigs. That's the message Indiana state and county fair visitors got from health officials who reported a five-fold increase of cases of a new strain of swine flu that spreads from pigs to people. Most of the cases are linked to the fairs, where visitors are in close contact with infected pigs. The recent cases include at least 113 in Indiana, 30 in Ohio, one in Hawaii and one in Illinois, Dr. Joseph Bresee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a conference call with reporters. More

Results of clinical trial support strategy for reversing Type 1 diabetes
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A phase I clinical trial has confirmed that use of a generic vaccine to raise levels of an immune system modulator can cause the death of autoimmune cells targeting the insulin-secreting cells of the pancreas and temporarily restore insulin secretion in human patients with type 1 diabetes. Results of the study – led by Denise Faustman, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Immunobiology Laboratory – are being published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, and a larger Phase II trial is currently under way. More

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