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Researchers invent nanotech microchip to diagnose type-1 diabetes

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Graphic: Woman who syringes insulin [15/07/2014] An inexpensive, portable, microchip-based test for diagnosing type-1 diabetes could improve patient care worldwide and help researchers better understand the disease, according to the device's inventors at the Stanford University School of Medicine.Researchers invent nanotech microchip to diagnose type-1 diabetes - Read more

Wisconsin scientists find genetic recipe to turn stem cells to blood

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Graphic: Blood under microscope [15/07/2014] The ability to reliably and safely make in the laboratory all of the different types of cells in human blood is one key step further. A group led by University of Wisconsin-Madison stem cell researcher Igor Slukvin reports the discovery of two genetic programs responsible for taking blank-slate stem cells and turning them into both red and the array of white cells that make up human blood.Wisconsin scientists find genetic recipe to turn stem cells to blood - Read more

Malaria: New details about an old pathogen

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Graphic: Mosquito stings and transfers malaria [10/07/2014] A previously unknown type of gene regulation involving the malaria pathogen has been discovered by an international team of researchers. Scientists from the University of Würzburg were among the party. It remains to be seen whether the discovery will lead to the development of new drugs. Malaria: New details about an old pathogen - Read more

Efforts to cut unnecessary blood testing bring major decreases in health care spending

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Photo:  Glass tube filled with blood [02/07/2014] Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests to assess symptoms of heart attack and chest pain and to achieve a large decrease in patient charges.Efforts to cut unnecessary blood testing bring major decreases in health care spending - Read more

Bionic pancreas controls blood sugar levels

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Photo: Components of the bionic pancreas [01/07/2014] The latest version of a bionic pancreas device has been successfully tested in two five-day clinical trials – one in adults, the other in adolescents – that imposed minimal restrictions on patient activities.Bionic pancreas controls blood sugar levels - Read more

Chemical strategy hints at better drugs

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Photo: Man taking drops from a drug bottle [27/06/2014] By swapping replacement parts into the backbone of a synthetic hormone, UW–Madison graduate student Ross Cheloha and his mentor, Sam Gellman, have built a version of a parathyroid hormone that resists degradation in laboratory mice.Chemical strategy hints at better drugs - Read more

Blood product sterilization taken too far?

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Photo: Vials of blood [17/06/2014] Certain processes used to sterilize blood products could potentially cause serious health issues in transfusion recipients, according to an international study led by Dr. Patrick Provost of Université Laval's Faculty of Medicine and the CHU de Québec Research Center.Blood product sterilization taken too far? - Read more

Disinfection caps successful in CLABSI prevention

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Photo: Hand of a hospital patient with a central line [11/06/2014] Thanks to the simple use of an alcohol-impregnated cap, Loyola University Medical Center achieved a 68 percent decrease in the overall number of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) over a 12-month period.Disinfection caps successful in CLABSI prevention - Read more

Prototype electrolyte sensor to provide immediate read-outs

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Photo: Ronen Polsky holds a prototype of a microneedle fluidic chip device [04/06/2014] Patients trying to navigate today's complex medical system with its costly laboratory analyses might prefer a pain-free home diagnostic device, worn on the wrist, that can analyze, continuously record and immediately remedy low electrolyte levels. Prototype electrolyte sensor to provide immediate read-outs - Read more

Researchers discover hormone that controls supply of iron in red blood cell production

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Photo: Microscopic image of erythroblasts [03/06/2014] A UCLA research team has discovered a new hormone called erythroferrone, which regulates the iron supply needed for red blood-cell production.Researchers discover hormone that controls supply of iron in red blood cell production - Read more

 
 

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