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New Target for Heart Disease Screening in Middle-Aged Black Women
September 30, 2016 3:59 PM by Michael Jones
[ Editor’s Note: This article was contributed by Allison Hydzik at UPMC. ] According to a recent study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and School of Medicine, middle-aged African American women have higher levels Read More...
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Basket Cases
February 27, 2015 4:29 PM by Michael Jones
Thanks to the quick evolution of improved genetic sequencing capabilities, the concept personalized medicine has changed the way clinicians and physicians are thinking about patient treatment. Traditionally, the trial and testing period for clinical drugs Read More...
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New NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy
December 11, 2014 5:23 PM by Michael Jones
In the age of readily available genetic sequencing, the overabundance of data has been noted around the globe. As big data solutions become more common and diverse, the concept of data sharing has been a focal point of discussions regarding the future Read More...
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Unsung Heroes
August 29, 2014 1:53 PM by Michael Jones
I’ve discussed the spread of the Zaire ebolavirus before , but as it continues to overwhelm countries in West Africa, scientists have been able to track the virus in real time. A recent article from NPR followed a team of researchers as they collected Read More...
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A Pivotal First Step
July 10, 2014 3:01 PM by Michael Jones
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Harvard Medical School recently discovered a connection between a form of liver cancer and two mutations in the IDH gene. Intrahepatic cholangiocarinoma (iCCA) is the second most common Read More...
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The Genetic ABC’s
May 16, 2014 2:00 PM by Michael Jones
Imagine adding letters to the alphabet. Suddenly after centuries of working with 26 letters, there are just whole new possibilities for different words and phrases that had never been explored before. How would we use the new letters? As it turns out, Read More...
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"Missing Link"
April 7, 2014 1:36 PM by Michael Jones
Type 2 diabetes has been a growing concern in the United States for several years. While the established research has pointed to two specific hormones, glucagon and insulin, as the primary factors leading to the development of the disorder in patients, Read More...
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Stem Cells and Nerve Damage
March 25, 2014 4:27 PM by Michael Jones
Regenerative medicine is a field that seems like something right out of the pages of science fiction. In a recent study from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), researchers studied the effect -- and subsequent success -- of stem cells Read More...
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Crowdfunding MDx
February 5, 2014 4:38 PM by Michael Jones
We’re all familiar with the popularity of crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter for both the largely successful and also the somewhat misguided attempts to gather funding for movies and music videos, but lately a much more serious group has turned to Read More...
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Sunshine Act on Cloudy Finances
January 29, 2014 3:37 PM by Michael Jones
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, has already seen several new laws and regulatory measures introduced since its implementation, with many more soon to be on the horizon. One of these is the Sunshine Act, a law requiring public Read More...
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Geisinger Partners with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
January 21, 2014 11:49 AM by Michael Jones
The influence of genetic sequencing has left its mark across the healthcare industry. In a recent partnership with Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Health System, Regeneron Pharmiceuticals, who recently came out with Eylea for age-related macular degeneration, Read More...
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Multiple Genomes
January 3, 2014 5:34 PM by Michael Jones
The concept of genetic mosaics and chimeras in terms of our individual genomes has come up before , but continued research seems to be confirming the suspicion that there is no one individual genome lately. As I discussed in the last article, “chimera” Read More...
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Emerging PCR trends
December 27, 2013 2:50 PM by Michael Jones
Digital technology is a factor that affects almost every field across the country. Specifically, the implementation of digital counterparts to traditional tests and assays in the clinical testing industry has already started to leave a mark on the field. Read More...
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Genetics and Litigation
December 11, 2013 1:16 PM by Michael Jones
In recent months, there has been a lot of litigation and government influence regarding companies offering genetic sequencing services. Following the memorable SCOTUS ruling against Myriad Genetics in June and the company’s subsequent law suit involving Read More...
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A Blessing and a Curse
November 20, 2013 2:29 PM by Michael Jones
Every day, there are unprecedented advances in any number of fields in the healthcare industry. As personalized treatments become the norm, genetic sequencing options allow physicians to understand their patients at the genetic level -- and what could Read More...
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