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May 2013 - Posts

ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

Medicine Goes Mobile
May 31, 2013 12:20 PM by Michael Jones
Smartphones are amazing pieces of technology. Not only can we organize our calendars, surf the internet, listen to music, play scrabble and communicate with our friends and family using any number of social networking platforms -- let alone the actual Read More...
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Strides in Stem Cell Survival
May 29, 2013 11:12 AM by Michael Jones
Recent research conducted in the treatment of blood diseases and cancers showed a marked improvement in survival rates for patients after receiving stem cell transplants. A Newswise article chronicled the study from the Center for international Blood Read More...
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The TERT Gene
May 24, 2013 12:59 PM by Michael Jones
We’ve discussed dark matter before . Understanding the unobserved and unknown areas of the human genome could ultimately lead to a better understanding of cancer and, subsequently, better treatment options. A Dark Daily news briefing reported recent studies Read More...
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Internal War Zone
May 22, 2013 3:59 PM by Michael Jones
The more we learn about our own bodies, the more it seems like there’s just an endless war going on in there. Scientists have long since known about helpful bacteria inside of our bodies that help prevent infections, but an article from Medical News Today Read More...
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AACC Urges Action
May 21, 2013 11:47 AM by Kerri Penno
The AACC is urging laboratory professionals to contact their members of Congress and request that they support H.R.1248, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act, which would preserve recent advances in state newborn screening programs. Earlier Read More...
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A Medicinal Redbox
May 17, 2013 2:14 PM by Michael Jones
QuiqMeds, a Pennsylvania-based company located outside of Philadelphia, deals in a very different type of vending machine. With 6 machines located in local physician’s offices in the area and plans to increase that number in the region before expanding Read More...
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Dark Matter
May 15, 2013 5:07 PM by Michael Jones
“Dark matter” sounds like something George Lucas would tell us is at the heart of the empire. In reality, it’s the parts of the human genome that science has yet to identify -- which still sounds like it belongs in a sci-fi movie, but the discovery could Read More...
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A Trip Down Memory Lane
May 10, 2013 12:15 PM by Michael Jones
There’s a scene in the 60s-era AMC series “Mad Men” that involves a pregnant woman smoking and drinking while her friend’s child runs around with a dry cleaning bag over her head. All of this happens in the space of about a minute, and there are so many Read More...
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Knowing
May 8, 2013 11:49 AM by Michael Jones
Let’s forget about money for a second. I know that can be difficult – what, with all of those pesky adult responsibilities and everything, but bare with me. If money wasn’t an object, and your physician wanted to order a test that you knew wouldn’t be Read More...
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Full Circle
May 3, 2013 11:05 AM by Michael Jones
The rise of personalized treatment has healthcare professionals completely rethinking the way they treat cancer. At the molecular level, each is different and should be treated accordingly, but similarities shouldn’t be ignored either. A study from the Read More...
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Lab-on-a-Chip, Round 2
May 2, 2013 12:12 PM by Michael Jones
Imagine a healthcare facility where a small sample of blood is taken as you walk in the door, just .25 attomoles -- you’d barely notice. They drop your sample into a small, handheld device and, by the time your physician has come to see you, they are Read More...
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