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Point-of-Need Analysis: Diagnosis on the Home Couch

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Photo: Man making a blood sugar test at home [25/03/2014] Sakari Kulmala, Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Aalto University (Finland), is developing analytical equipment with applications ranging from health care to the identification of counterfeit products.Point-of-Need Analysis: Diagnosis on the Home Couch - Read more

Alzheimer's: Blood Test Identifies Those At-risk for Cognitive Decline

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Photo: Blood test [10/03/2014] Researchers have discovered and validated a blood test that can predict with greater than 90 percent accuracy if a healthy person will develop mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease within three years.Alzheimer's: Blood Test Identifies Those At-risk for Cognitive Decline - Read more

Infections: Immune Cells Regulate Blood Stem Cells

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Photo: Blood stem cells [24/02/2014] Researchers in Bern have discovered that, during a viral infection, immune cells control the blood stem cells in the bone marrow and therefore also the body's own defenses. The findings could allow for new forms of therapy, such as for bone marrow diseases like leukemia.Infections: Immune Cells Regulate Blood Stem Cells - Read more

Hygiene: Infection Control Strategies in Outpatient Cancer Clinics

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Photo: Catheter [18/02/2014] Improper handling of intravenous saline at a West Virginia outpatient oncology clinic was linked with the first reported outbreak of Tsukamurella spp., gram-positive bacteria that rarely cause disease in humans, in a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Hygiene: Infection Control Strategies in Outpatient Cancer Clinics - Read more

High Cholesterol: Deciding about Options to Statins Together

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Photo: Doctor and patient [17/02/2014] Clinicians and patients should use shared decision-making to select individualized treatments based on the new guidelines to prevent cardiovascular disease, according to a Mayo Clinic physician.High Cholesterol: Deciding about Options to Statins Together - Read more

Blood Flow: New Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Common Heart Condition

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Photo: Graphic of blood [14/02/2014] A new imaging technique for measuring blood flow in the heart and vessels can diagnose a common congenital heart abnormality, bicuspid aortic valve, and may lead to better prediction of complications. Blood Flow: New Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Common Heart Condition - Read more

Immune System: Body Kills 'Spontaneous' Blood Cancers on a Daily Basis

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Photo: Blood cells [04/02/2014] Immune cells undergo 'spontaneous' changes on a daily basis that could lead to cancers if not for the diligent surveillance of our immune system, Melbourne scientists have found.Immune System: Body Kills 'Spontaneous' Blood Cancers on a Daily Basis - Read more

Sun: Exposure to UVA Lowers Blood Pressure

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Photo: Sun bath [22/01/2014] Exposing skin to sunlight may help to reduce blood pressure and thus cut the risk of heart attack and stroke.Sun: Exposure to UVA Lowers Blood Pressure - Read more

USA: Exposures to Some Phthalates Fall After Federal Ban

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Photo: Baby and baby bottle [15/01/2014] Americans are being exposed to significantly lower levels of some phthalates that were banned from children's articles in 2008, but exposures to other forms of these chemicals are rising steeply, according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco.USA: Exposures to Some Phthalates Fall After Federal Ban - Read more

New Method: Stabilizing Hemoglobin Could Lead to Stable Vaccines, Artificial Blood

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Photo: Hemoglobin molecule surrounded by polymer chain [04/12/2013] A research team has found a way to stabilize hemoglobin, the oxygen carrier protein in the blood, a discovery that could lead to the development of stable vaccines and affordable artificial blood substitutes.New Method: Stabilizing Hemoglobin Could Lead to Stable Vaccines, Artificial Blood - Read more

South Africa: Study Highlights Massive Benefits of HIV Treatment

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Photo: Map of africa and pills [04/12/2013] Antiretroviral therapy (ART) for the treatment of HIV infection has saved 2.8 million years of life in South Africa since 2004 and is projected to save an additional 15.1 million years of life by 2030, according to a new study. South Africa: Study Highlights Massive Benefits of HIV Treatment - Read more

Laboratory: Coumarins Show Potency against Inflammations

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Photo: Cinnamon [26/11/2013] New methods for the laboratory-scale synthesis of coumarin-based drugs were developed in a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland.Laboratory: Coumarins Show Potency against Inflammations - Read more

Early Data: Potential of Investigational Bioengineered Vessel as Dialysis Graft

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Photo: Vessel [22/11/2013] An investigational, man-made blood vessel used in vascular grafts for kidney dialysis patients may potentially show encouraging early results among study patients in Poland, according to preliminary data reported Wednesday by a researcher at Duke Medicine.Early Data: Potential of Investigational Bioengineered Vessel as Dialysis Graft - Read more

Sepsis: Cheaper and faster Diagnosis

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Photo: Laboratory [19/11/2013] A new method could cut hours off the time it takes to diagnose blood infections while also eliminating the need for complicated manual processing and expensive equipment. Sepsis: Cheaper and faster Diagnosis - Read more

Diabetes: Add Bone Deterioration to Complications

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Photo: Bonedensity [14/11/2013] Physicians have long thought of osteoporosis as an additional negative outcome of long-time diabetes, next to nerve damages or eye problems for example. Based on a Mayo Clinic study that is confirmed: You can definitely add skeletal problems to the list.Diabetes: Add Bone Deterioration to Complications - Read more

African Sleeping Sickness: New Treatment Comes Closer

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Photo: Graphic [06/11/2013] Researchers at Umeå University have identified drugs targeting infections of the parasite Trypanosoma brucei and are thereby well on the way to find a cure against African sleeping sickness.African Sleeping Sickness: New Treatment Comes Closer - Read more

Diagnostics: Finding Blood Clots Before They Wreak Havoc

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Photo: Blood clot [18/10/2013] A simple urine test developed by MIT engineers uses nanotechnology to detect dangerous blood clotting. Blood clots can form in anyone who sits on a plane for a long time, is confined to bed while recovering from surgery, or takes certain medications.Diagnostics: Finding Blood Clots Before They Wreak Havoc - Read more

Fungal Lung Infections: New Drug Candidate

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Photo: Two people in a garden [07/10/2013] Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have discovered a new compound that could be developed as an antifungal drug to treat histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis, two types of fungal infections that are naturally drug-resistant. Fungal Lung Infections: New Drug Candidate - Read more

Prostate Cancer Screenings: Little Benefit for Older Men

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Photo: Doctor an patient shaking hands [04/10/2013] Prostate cancer screening has little benefit for men aged 75 and older, yet over three years, the Medicare fee-for-service program spent 447 million Dollars annually on PSA-based screenings—one-third of which was for men in the over 75 age group, according to study by researchers at the Yale Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center.Prostate Cancer Screenings: Little Benefit for Older Men - Read more

Chip: Liquid Biopsy Could Improve Cancer Diagnosis

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Photo: Liquid Biopsy [02/10/2013] A microfluidic chip developed at the University of Michigan is among the best at capturing elusive circulating tumor cells from blood - and it can support the cells' growth for further analysis.Chip: Liquid Biopsy Could Improve Cancer Diagnosis - Read more

Blood: Risk Calculator for Venous Thromboses

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Photo: Blood [19/08/2013] A venous thrombosis, the occlusion of a vein, can result in a pulmonary embolism. Researchers at the Medical University Vienna have now developed a “risk calculator” that enables doctors to estimate this risk more accurately.Blood: Risk Calculator for Venous Thromboses - Read more

Antibiotics: Risk of Severe Blood Sugar Swings

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Photo: Blood sugar [15/08/2013] Diabetic patients taking oral fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics, were found to have a higher risk of severe blood sugar-related problems than diabetic patients taking other kinds of antibiotics.Antibiotics: Risk of Severe Blood Sugar Swings - Read more

Public Health: Elevated Blood Pressure in Black Patients

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Photo: Measuring blood pressure [14/08/2013] Black patients preoccupied with racial concerns have higher blood pressure than those who are not, according to results of new Johns Hopkins-led research.Public Health: Elevated Blood Pressure in Black Patients - Read more

Atherosclerosis: Macrophage Proliferation Furthers Progression

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Photo: Cholesterol [13/08/2013] New insights into the development of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques could lead to better treatment or prevention of heart attacks and strokes.Atherosclerosis: Macrophage Proliferation Furthers Progression - Read more

Vein Treatment: “With the new method we can restore veins, instead of removing them”

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[08/08/2013] Defective venous valves have long been surgically removed. For the patient this has not only been a major intervention, but it has also been associated with significant side effects. An Argentine medical team has now tested a new laser therapy: The internal valvuloplasty enables the restoration of veins’ function instead of removing them.Vein Treatment: “With the new method we can restore veins, instead of removing them” - Read more

Tachycardia: Genetic Cause Discovered

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Photo: Heart rate [01/08/2013] Ventricular fibrillation, loss of consciousness and death in seemingly healthy people: These are the characteristics of the so-called Brugada syndrome. In the search for the causes of this disease, an international team of scientists has now discovered a surprising fact.Tachycardia: Genetic Cause Discovered - Read more

Transplantation Medicine: Rapid Test Checks the Immune System

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[01/08/2013] Patients often wait years for an organ transplant. Even when they finally receive an organ, it is still not certain whether it is going to be rejected by the patient’s own immune system or becomes threatened by infection.Transplantation Medicine: Rapid Test Checks the Immune System - Read more

HIV: Platelets Protect Cells

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Photo: Cell and virus [25/07/2013] Scientists of the German Primate Center (DPZ) have shown that platelet activation inhibits the host cell entry of HIV.HIV: Platelets Protect Cells - Read more

Transplantation: A Step towards Custom-built Blood Vessels

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Photo: Blood vessels [18/07/2013] Researchers at John Hopkins have coaxed stem cells into forming networks of new blood vessels in the laboratory, then successfully transplanted them into mice.Transplantation: A Step towards Custom-built Blood Vessels - Read more

Children: Vaccination Protects Older Adults

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Photo: Vaccinating [12/07/2013] Children who receive a vaccine to prevent blood and ear infections, appear to be reducing the spread of pneumonia to the rest of the population, especially their grandparents and other older adults.Children: Vaccination Protects Older Adults - Read more

Infectious Disease: New Class of Antimalarial Compunds

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Photo: Mosquito [11/07/2013] In a current work researchers at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular (IMM), in Lisbon, Portugal, report about the discovery of a new class of highly potent antimalarial compounds.Infectious Disease: New Class of Antimalarial Compunds - Read more

Older Patients: Tailoring Diabetes Treatment Yields Dramatic Results

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Photo: Blood sugar investigation [09/07/2013] More than a quarter of over 70s with type 2 diabetes could benefit simply from improving communication and education in the clinic, new research has revealed. A study led by the University of Exeter Medical School found that 27 percent achieved better glycaemic control through individualised care alone.Older Patients: Tailoring Diabetes Treatment Yields Dramatic Results - Read more

DNA Helps: Speed Detection of Coronary Artery Disease

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Photo: Heart [02/07/2013] DNA fragments in your blood may someday help doctors quickly learn if chest pain means you have narrowed heart arteries, according to a new study.DNA Helps: Speed Detection of Coronary Artery Disease - Read more

Malaria: New Approach Does Not Work Everywhere

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Photo: Blood test [01/07/2013] Researchers at the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) conclude that a new approach to test for Malaria is unreliable and that the costs outweigh the benefits in areas where the disease is highly endemic.Malaria: New Approach Does Not Work Everywhere - Read more

Vitamin D: Highest in August, Lowest in February

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Photo: Sun bath [26/06/2013] Researchers from the University of California in Irvine and Mayo Clinic have found that vitamin D levels in the U.S. population peak in August and bottom out in February.Vitamin D: Highest in August, Lowest in February - Read more

Diagnostics: Cell Separation in Microchannels

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[24/06/2013] Cancer is a malicious disease: Even after a tumor has been removed, cancer cells may still be circulating through the blood and cause metastases in other organs. These cells have to be detected early, since metastases drastically reduce the chances of recovery. A newly developed cell separation system may be able make diagnoses more reliable.Diagnostics: Cell Separation in Microchannels - Read more

World Blood Donor Day - 06/14/2013

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Photo: Blood types [11/06/2013] „Blood is a quite peculiar juice” is what Mephisto from Goethe’s “Faust” already knew and the vernacular says “Blood is thicker than water” to back him up. Both statements have a point from a medical perspective: The blood stream transports oxygen and nutrients through the body and sustains us this way. And nearly half of the blood is made of solid components, especially red blood cells.World Blood Donor Day - 06/14/2013 - Read more

Cerebral Cortex: 3-D Map of Blood Vessels

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Photo: Blood vessel [10/06/2013] Blood vessels within a sensory area of the mammalian brain loop and connect in unexpected ways, a new map has revealed. The study describes vascular architecture within a well-known region of the cerebral cortex and explores what that structure means for functional imaging of the brain and the onset of a kind of dementia.Cerebral Cortex: 3-D Map of Blood Vessels - Read more

Diabetes: Protein Block Stops Vascular Damage

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Photo: Blood vessel [06/06/2013] Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered how to stop the destructive process that leads to cardiovascular disease in diabetic laboratory animals.Diabetes: Protein Block Stops Vascular Damage - Read more

Multiple Sclerosis: Enhanced White Blood Cells Heal Mice

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Photo: Damaged cells [03/06/2013] Genetically engineered immune cells seem to promote healing in mice infected with a neurological disease similar to multiple sclerosis (MS), cleaning up lesions and allowing the mice to regain use of their legs and tails.Multiple Sclerosis: Enhanced White Blood Cells Heal Mice - Read more

Nanoparticles: Changing From Sphere to Net

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Photo: Nanonet [29/05/2013] Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have designed tiny spherical particles to float easily through the bloodstream after injection, then assemble into a durable scaffold within diseased tissue. An enzyme produced by a specific type of tumor can trigger the transformation.Nanoparticles: Changing From Sphere to Net - Read more

Bloodstream: Hospitals Profit from Infections

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Photo: Central line [23/05/2013] Johns Hopkins researchers report that hospitals may be reaping enormous income for patients whose hospital stays are complicated by preventable bloodstream infections contracted in their intensive care units.Bloodstream: Hospitals Profit from Infections - Read more

Leukemia: High Treatment Costs Harming Patients

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Photo: Blood clots [29/04/2013] The increasing cost of treatments for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in the United States has reached unsustainably high levels and may be leaving many patients under- or untreated because they cannot afford care, according to a study.Leukemia: High Treatment Costs Harming Patients - Read more

Environment: Air Pollution Linked to Hardening of the Arteries

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Photo: Air pollution [26/04/2013] Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to heart attacks and strokes by speeding up atherosclerosis, or "hardening of the arteries," according to a University of Michigan public health researcher and colleagues from across the United States.Environment: Air Pollution Linked to Hardening of the Arteries - Read more

ALS Trial: Novel Therapy is Safe

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Photo: Protein [25/04/2013] An investigational treatment for an inherited form of Lou Gehrig’s disease has passed an early phase clinical trial for safety, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Massachusetts General Hospital report.ALS Trial: Novel Therapy is Safe - Read more

Leukemia: New Drug Combination Therapy Developed

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Photo: Blood clots [19/04/2013] A new, pre-clinical study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center suggests that a novel drug combination could lead to profound leukemia cell death by disrupting the function of two major pro-survival proteins.Leukemia: New Drug Combination Therapy Developed - Read more

World Malaria Day - 04/25/2013

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Photo: World Malaria Day logo 2013 [19/04/2013] About 219 million people around the world suffer from malaria; nearly one million of them die from it annually. Almost 90 percent of the victims are children under 5 years of age. For this reason, each year at April 25th the progress in the fight against malaria is highlighted.World Malaria Day - 04/25/2013 - Read more

Blood: Nanosponges Remove Toxins and Venoms

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Photo: Nanosponge cross section [18/04/2013] Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have invented a "nanosponge" capable of safely removing a broad class of dangerous toxins from the bloodstream – including toxins produced by MRSA, E. coli, poisonous snakes and bees.Blood: Nanosponges Remove Toxins and Venoms - Read more

Nutrition: Link Between Heart Disease and Red Meat

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Photo: Red meat [08/04/2013] A compound abundant in red meat and added as a supplement to popular energy drinks has been found to promote atherosclerosis – or the hardening or clogging of the arteries – according to Cleveland Clinic research.Nutrition: Link Between Heart Disease and Red Meat - Read more

Research Advances: Preventing Dangerous Blood Clots

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Photo: Blood clots [22/03/2013] New research from the University of California Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center may help clinicians determine which patients are at highest risk for post-surgical blood clots in the legs or lungs.Research Advances: Preventing Dangerous Blood Clots - Read more

Blood: Macrophages Control Red Blood Cells

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Photo: Macrophage and red blood cell [19/03/2013] Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have found that macrophages – white blood cells that play a key role in the immune response – also help to both produce and eliminate red blood cells.Blood: Macrophages Control Red Blood Cells - Read more

Kidney Injury: Potential Early Indicator Identified

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Photo: Researcher [15/03/2013] A guidance cue that helps kidneys form may also be a red flag that they are in danger, researchers of Georgia Regents University report.Kidney Injury: Potential Early Indicator Identified - Read more

Acute Aortic Dissection: Mortality Near 1 Percent per Hour

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Photo: Heart [13/03/2013] The belief among medical professionals in the 1950s that the mortality rate for type A acute aortic dissection during the initial 24 hours was one to two percent per hour appears to hold true in the contemporary era of treatment, based on a review of the large-scale IRAD registry of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Scientific Sessions.Acute Aortic Dissection: Mortality Near 1 Percent per Hour - Read more

Hypertension: Black Patients Not Prescribed Diuretics Enough

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Photo: Measuring blood pressure [23/01/2013] A research study of more than 600 black patients with uncontrolled hypertension found that less than half were prescribed a diuretic drug with proven benefit that costs just pennies a day, report researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College.Hypertension: Black Patients Not Prescribed Diuretics Enough - Read more

Blood Test: Identifying Trauma Patients at Risk of Death

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Photo: Blood test [18/01/2013] A simple, inexpensive blood test performed on trauma patients upon admission can help doctors easily identify patients at greatest risk of death, according to a new study by researchers at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City.Blood Test: Identifying Trauma Patients at Risk of Death - Read more

Muscles: Cholesterol Medicine Affects Energy Production

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Photo: Medicine [04/01/2013] Up to 75 per cent of patients who take statins to treat elevated cholesterol levels may suffer from muscle pain. Scientists at the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen have now identified a possible mechanism underlying this unfortunate side effect.Muscles: Cholesterol Medicine Affects Energy Production - Read more

Stroke: When Helper Cells Become Harmful

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Photo: MRI-Images [19/11/2012] In case of strokes, the immune system contributes to the brain injury. Scientists of the Universities of Würzburg and Münster, Germany, now show for the first time in which way certain T helper cells are involved in the process.Stroke: When Helper Cells Become Harmful - Read more

Tissue-Distructive Diseases: Test Predicts Levels of Responsible Enzymes

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Photo: Blood samples [06/11/2012] Predicting how atherosclerosis, osteoporosis or cancer will progress or respond to drugs in individual patients is difficult. Researchers just took another step toward that goal by developing a technique able to predict from a blood sample the amount of cathepsins that a person would produce.Tissue-Distructive Diseases: Test Predicts Levels of Responsible Enzymes - Read more

Cardiology: Softening Arteries, Protecting The Heart

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Photo: Collagen in cells [02/11/2012] Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Wistar Institute, and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have discovered that the protein apolipoprotein E (apoE) plays a major role in maintaining arterial softness by suppressing production of the extracellular matrix, a network of connective tissue in the body.Cardiology: Softening Arteries, Protecting The Heart - Read more

Tiny Needle: Chance for Diabetics to Scuba Dive

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Photo: Diver [31/10/2012] A tiny needle in subcutaneous fat keeps track of glucose levels. The data are transmitted wirelessly to a monitor or directly to an insulin pump. An alarm then goes off if glucose levels are too high or low. Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy have evaluated a method that can make it less risky for diabetics to scuba dive.Tiny Needle: Chance for Diabetics to Scuba Dive - Read more

EKF Diagnostics: Lab-accurate POC HbA1c measurement

Glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) has gathered momentum as the preferred method for monitoring diabetes within the medical community over the last decade. The primary advantages of HbA1c are that diabetic patients are not required to fast before taking a test, unlike an oral glucose tolerance, and the procedure need only be carried out four times a year.EKF Diagnostics: Lab-accurate POC HbA1c measurement - Read more

No Advantage: Blood Stem Cells Versus Bone Marrow

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[22/10/2012] Doctor Claudio Anasetti of the Department of Blood & Marrow Transplant at Moffitt Cancer Center, and colleagues from 47 research sites conducted a two-year clinical trial comparing two-year survival probabilities for patients transplanted with peripheral blood stem cells or bone marrow stem cells from unrelated donors.No Advantage: Blood Stem Cells Versus Bone Marrow - Read more

Type 2 Diabetes: 14 New Biomarkers Identified

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[09/10/2012] A German research team has identified 14 novel biomarkers for type 2 diabetes. They can become the basis for new methods of treatment and prevention. Furthermore, they can also be used to determine diabetes risk very early and to shed more light on the mechanisms of the disease.Type 2 Diabetes: 14 New Biomarkers Identified - Read more

Medicines: Making Headway on Beta-blockers and Sleep

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[28/09/2012] Over 20 million people in the United States take beta-blockers. Many of these same people also have trouble sleeping. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have found that melatonin supplementation significantly improved sleep in hypertensive patients taking beta-blockers.Medicines: Making Headway on Beta-blockers and Sleep - Read more

Nanochains: Exposing Cancer's Lethal Couriers

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[26/09/2012] Malignant cells that leave a primary tumor, travel the bloodstream and grow out of control in new locations cause the vast majority of cancer deaths. New nanotechnology developed at Case Western Reserve University detects these metastases in mouse models of breast cancer far earlier than current methods, a step toward earlier, life-saving diagnosis and treatment.Nanochains: Exposing Cancer's Lethal Couriers - Read more

Blood Cancer: Double Assault on Tough Types of Leukemias

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[24/09/2012] Investigators at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have identified two promising therapies to treat patients with acute megakaryocytic leukemia (AMKL), a rare form of leukemia where the number of cases is expected to increase with the aging population.Blood Cancer: Double Assault on Tough Types of Leukemias - Read more

Blood Protein: Dramatically Effective Against Strokes

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[21/09/2012] Every two minutes someone in Germany suffers a stroke, yet there are hardly any effective treatments. Scientists from the University of Würzburg are now pursuing a new approach: inhibiting a blood protein seems to mitigate the negative consequences of strokes quite dramatically.Blood Protein: Dramatically Effective Against Strokes - Read more

T Cells in The Lung: License for Self-destruction

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[07/09/2012] A research team of the University Medical Center Göttingen could now show that the Multiple Sclerosis-causing immune cells are programmed in the lung to be more motile and to efficiently break through blood vessel barriers.T Cells in The Lung: License for Self-destruction - Read more

Brain: Nanoparticles Reboot Blood Flow

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[27/08/2012] A nanoparticle developed at Rice University and tested in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) may bring great benefits to the emergency treatment of brain-injury victims, even those with mild injuries.Brain: Nanoparticles Reboot Blood Flow - Read more

Diabetes: White Blood Cells Mediate Insulin Resistance

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[07/08/2012] Researchers at the University of California, San Diego say neutrophils, an abundant type of white blood cell typically tasked with attacking bacteria and other foreign invaders, also plays an unexpected role in mediating insulin resistance – the central characteristic of type 2 diabetes, which afflicts an estimated 26 million Americans.Diabetes: White Blood Cells Mediate Insulin Resistance - Read more

Dementia: Autoantibodies Damage Blood Vessels in The Brain

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[01/08/2012] The presence of specific autoantibodies of the immune system is associated with blood vessel damage in the brain. These findings were made by researchers of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin, Germany, in studies on a rat model.Dementia: Autoantibodies Damage Blood Vessels in The Brain - Read more

Stroke: Experimental Drug May Extend Therapeutic Window

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[19/07/2012] A team led by a physician-scientist at the University of Southern California (USC) has created an experimental drug that reduces brain damage and improves motor skills among stroke-afflicted rodents when given with federally approved clot-busting therapy.Stroke: Experimental Drug May Extend Therapeutic Window - Read more

Kawasaki Disease: Increased Risk of Adult Heart Disease

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[19/07/2012] Cedars-Sinai researchers have linked Kawasaki Disease, a serious childhood illness that causes inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body, with early-onset and accelerated atherosclerosis, a leading cause of heart disease in adults.Kawasaki Disease: Increased Risk of Adult Heart Disease - Read more

New Development: Biodegradable Artery Graft to Enhance Bypass Surgeries

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[28/06/2012] University of Pittsburgh’s cell-free, biodegradable artery graft results in a regenerated artery in 90 days, leaving behind no trace of synthetic graft materials in the body.New Development: Biodegradable Artery Graft to Enhance Bypass Surgeries - Read more

Oxygen Transport: Blue Blood of the Emperor Scorpion X-rayed

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[26/06/2012] Biologists from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany, are the first to successfully crystallise the hemocyanin of the emperor scorpion to shed new light on the structure and active site of the giant oxygen transport protein.Oxygen Transport: Blue Blood of the Emperor Scorpion X-rayed - Read more

Cardiovascular Disease: Low Steroid Levels Linked to Increased Risk

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[26/06/2012] Low levels of a naturally occurring steroid are associated with an increased risk of heart and blood-vessel disease in elderly men, a new study finds.Cardiovascular Disease: Low Steroid Levels Linked to Increased Risk - Read more

Bacteria: Following Oxygen

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[25/06/2012] How single cell organisms like bacteria manage to react to their environment is not yet completely understood. Together with colleagues from Japan, Doctor Samir El-Mashtoly from the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, has gained new insights into the molecular interactions.Bacteria: Following Oxygen - Read more

Antioxidant: Protection Against Cardiovascular Disease

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[19/06/2012] University of Minnesota Medical School researchers discovered an enzyme that, when found at high levels and alongside low levels of HDL (good cholesterol), can dramatically reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.Antioxidant: Protection Against Cardiovascular Disease - Read more

Bioinformatics: How Many Cells Can Our Blood Tolerate?

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[15/06/2012] Bioinformaticians of Jena University calculated the optimal value of hematocrit with the help of Einstein‘s equation.Bioinformatics: How Many Cells Can Our Blood Tolerate? - Read more

Leukaemia: Marker Distinguishes More-Aggressive Form

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[15/06/2012] People newly diagnosed with chronic leukaemia must often wait to learn if they have a faster- or slower-progressing form of the disease. This study identified a molecular marker that quickly helps to distinguish which form a patient has. The findings could enable patients with aggressive disease to start treatment sooner.Leukaemia: Marker Distinguishes More-Aggressive Form - Read more

World Blood Donor Day

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[14/06/2012] On 14 June, countries worldwide celebrated World Blood Donor Day with events to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. The theme of the 2012 World Blood Donor Day campaign, “Every blood donor is a hero” focuses on the idea that every one of us can become a hero by giving blood.World Blood Donor Day - Read more

Kidney Cancer: Immune Therapy Shows Promise

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[06/06/2012] An antibody that helps a person's own immune system battle cancer cells shows increasing promise in reducing tumours in patients with advanced kidney cancer, according to researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre.Kidney Cancer: Immune Therapy Shows Promise - Read more

Sepsis: Protein in Saliva for New Diagnostic Methods

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[01/06/2012] Blood poisoning is a serious problem in medical care. Research from Malmö University in Sweden now shows that the protein suPAR, which can be used for early detection of critical cases of sepsis, is found in saliva, which opens new potential for tracking diseases.Sepsis: Protein in Saliva for New Diagnostic Methods - Read more

Women: High Levels of Activity Aid Arterial Functioning

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[31/05/2012] Indiana University researchers found that the highly active middle-aged subjects in their study appear to avoid the arterial stiffening – when arteries become less compliant as blood pumps through the body – that typically comes with aging.Women: High Levels of Activity Aid Arterial Functioning - Read more

Partial Laryngectomy: Donor Aortic Graft Improves Reconstruction

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[23/05/2012] Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) surgeons have developed a new technique for reconstructing the larynx after surgery for advanced cancer.Partial Laryngectomy: Donor Aortic Graft Improves Reconstruction - Read more

Microscope: Rainbow of Light to Image Blood Cells

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[22/05/2012] Blood tests convey vital medical information, but the sight of a needle often causes anxiety and results take time. A new device developed by a team of researchers in Israel, however, can reveal much the same information as a traditional blood test in real-time, simply by shining a light through the skin.Microscope: Rainbow of Light to Image Blood Cells - Read more

Inflammation: Novel Drugs Offer New Route to Controlling

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[16/05/2012] Pursuing a relatively untapped route for regulating the immune system, an international team of researchers has designed and conducted initial tests on molecules that have the potential to treat diseases involving inflammation, such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke and sepsis.Inflammation: Novel Drugs Offer New Route to Controlling - Read more

Postnatal Depression: Blood Test Could Show Womens' Risks

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[10/05/2012] Researchers at Warwick Medical School have discovered a way of identifying which women are most at risk of postnatal depression (PND) by checking for specific genetic variants. The findings could lead to the development of a simple, accurate blood test which checks for the likelihood of developing the condition.Postnatal Depression: Blood Test Could Show Womens' Risks - Read more

Drug Effects: Large-scale Simulation of Human Blood

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[07/05/2012] A team of biomedical engineers and haematologists at the University of Pennsylvania has made large-scale, patient-specific simulations of blood function under the flow conditions found in blood vessels, using robots to run hundreds of tests on human platelets responding to combinations of activating agents that cause clotting.Drug Effects: Large-scale Simulation of Human Blood - Read more

Haemodialysis: Fish Oil Capsule May Provide Kidney-related Benefits

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[03/05/2012] Over the past decade, there has been a steady stream of information promoting the health benefits of fish oil capsules. According to Doctor Louise Moist, a Scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute, fish oil may also improve outcomes for kidney patients undergoing haemodialysis.Haemodialysis: Fish Oil Capsule May Provide Kidney-related Benefits - Read more

The Agony of Choice: Prenatal Screening

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[02/05/2012] Nuchal translucency screening, amniocentesis, placenta biopsy – there are many choices in diagnostic procedures during pregnancy. Oftentimes however, women feel overwhelmed by the many different options. The question at hand is: what do I need to know and what do I want to know?The Agony of Choice: Prenatal Screening - Read more

Blood Clots: Outpatient Surgery Patients also at Risk

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[26/04/2012] A University of Michigan Health System study examined who is having outpatient surgery in the United States today, and showed 1 in 84 highest-risk patients suffers a dangerous blood clot after surgery.Blood Clots: Outpatient Surgery Patients also at Risk - Read more

Blood: Wide Variation in Transfusion Use in Operating Rooms

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[25/04/2012] Citing the lack of clear guidelines for ordering blood transfusions during surgery, Johns Hopkins researchers say a new study confirms there is still wide variation in the use of transfusions and frequent use of transfused blood in patients who do not need it.Blood: Wide Variation in Transfusion Use in Operating Rooms - Read more

HIV-related Cancer Virus: New Trigger for Alternate Reproduction Pathway

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[19/04/2012] A research team led by Children’s National Medical Centre has identified a trigger that causes latent Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpes virus (KSHV) to rapidly replicate itself. KSHV causes Kaposi’s sarcoma, primary effusion lymphoma, and other cancers that commonly affect immunocompromised patients, including those with AIDS.HIV-related Cancer Virus: New Trigger for Alternate Reproduction Pathway - Read more

Major Depression: Blood Test Measuring Genetic Marker

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[18/04/2012] A Northwestern University scientist has developed the first blood test to diagnose major depression in teens, a breakthrough approach that allows an objective diagnosis by measuring a specific set of genetic markers found in a patient's blood. The current method of diagnosing depression is subjective.Major Depression: Blood Test Measuring Genetic Marker - Read more

Diabetes Patients: Cause of Fatty Deposits in the Hearts Settled

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[17/04/2012] The impaired substrate metabolism of diabetes patients is often expressed in an increase in fatty deposits in the cells of the heart muscle. Until now, the exact cause of this was unknown. Now, researchers at the Medical University Vienna have shown that high blood sugar in combination with high levels of insulin – not an influx of fats – results in such deposits within a few hours.Diabetes Patients: Cause of Fatty Deposits in the Hearts Settled - Read more

Viruses: Unexpected Partnership Drives Immunity

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[16/04/2012] New research of Harvard Medical School (HMS) challenges a well-established theory about antiviral immunity and may lead to a new understanding of the best way to help protect those exposed to potentially lethal viruses, such as rabies.Viruses: Unexpected Partnership Drives Immunity - Read more

Chromosome: Sequencing Technology Decodes DNA Folding Pattern

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[12/04/2012] Using a powerful DNA sequencing methodology, researchers at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research have now investigated the three-dimensional structure of DNA folds in the nucleus of a chromosome. The findings provide scientists with a greater understanding about the basic principles of DNA folding and its role in gene regulation.Chromosome: Sequencing Technology Decodes DNA Folding Pattern - Read more

Heart Failure: Patients with Diabetes Benefit from Higher Glucose Levels

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[11/04/2012] Lowering glucose levels for people with diabetes is normally critical to improving health outcomes. But for diabetes patients with heart failure, that might not always be the case, say University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers. A new study found that for advanced heart failure patients with diabetes, having higher blood glucose levels may actually help improve survival rates.Heart Failure: Patients with Diabetes Benefit from Higher Glucose Levels - Read more

Veins and Lungs: Infection Linked to Dangerous Blood Clots

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[05/04/2012] Older adults who get infections of any kind – such as urinary, skin, or respiratory tract infections – are nearly three times more likely to be hospitalised for a dangerous blood clot in their deep veins or lungs, University of Michigan Health System research shows.Veins and Lungs: Infection Linked to Dangerous Blood Clots - Read more

Heart Patients: Traumatic Stress Linked with Inflammation

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[03/04/2012] Greater lifetime exposure to the stress of traumatic events was linked to higher levels of inflammation in a study of almost 1,000 patients with cardiovascular disease led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Centre (SFVAMC) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).Heart Patients: Traumatic Stress Linked with Inflammation - Read more

Biomedicine: Culprit Behind Unchecked Angiogenesis Identified

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[30/03/2012] Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine were able to demonstrate that defective Notch signalling enables strong and deregulated vessel growth even when VEGF or VEGFR2 are inhibited. In this case, a different VEGF family receptor, VEGFR3, is strongly up regulated, promoting angiogenesis.Biomedicine: Culprit Behind Unchecked Angiogenesis Identified - Read more

Excess Insulin Levels: Unlikely Cause of Atherosclerosis

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[29/03/2012] A number of studies have shown that excess insulin circulating in the bloodstream is a major independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, a new study from Joslin Diabetes Centre finds that this condition, called hyperinsulinemia, is itself not a cause of atherosclerosis.Excess Insulin Levels: Unlikely Cause of Atherosclerosis - Read more

Infections: Novel Pathway for T-cell Activation in Leprosy

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[27/03/2012] University of California – Los Angeles researchers pinpointed a new mechanism that potently activates T-cells, the group of white blood cells that play a major role in fighting infections. The team specifically studied how dendritic cells, immune cells located at the site of infection, become more specialised to fight the leprosy pathogen known as Mycobacterium leprae.Infections: Novel Pathway for T-cell Activation in Leprosy - Read more

Microbiota: Body´s Bacteria Affect Intestinal Blood Vessel Formation

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[26/03/2012] Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have discovered a previously unknown mechanism which helps intestinal bacteria to affect the formation of blood vessels. The results may provide future treatments of intestinal diseases and obesity.Microbiota: Body´s Bacteria Affect Intestinal Blood Vessel Formation - Read more

USA: One in Four HIV Patients Do Not Stay in Care

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[07/03/2012] Only about 75 per cent of HIV/AIDS patients in the United States remain in care consistently, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study of patients across the USA is the first to provide a comprehensive national estimate of HIV care retention and information about patients who are most likely to continue their treatment over time.USA: One in Four HIV Patients Do Not Stay in Care - Read more

“Labor der Zukunft”: Tomorrow’s Laboratory Technology

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[01/03/2012] Biomedical laboratories have to be safe, ergonomic and flexible. At the same time, labs need to be able to deal with a high throughput of samples while reliably documenting each step in the testing process. Fraunhofer researchers are working to fully automate the processing of samples in tomorrow’s laboratories.“Labor der Zukunft”: Tomorrow’s Laboratory Technology - Read more

Diabetic Patients: Pancreatic Hormone Linked with Severe Heart Disease in Obese

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[17/02/2012] Severe heart damage in people who are obese and diabetic is linked with a pancreatic hormone called amylin, University of California Davis researchers have found. In the failing hearts of patients who were obese and diabetic, the scientists discovered strings of proteins, small fibres and plaques made of amylin, the hormone that produces the feeling of being full after eating.Diabetic Patients: Pancreatic Hormone Linked with Severe Heart Disease in Obese - Read more

Diagnosis Sepsis: “The risk of patients dying from sepsis increases the longer the diagnosis takes”

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[01/02/2012] On the website of the German Sepsis Society (Deutsche Sepsis-Gesellschaft) you can find the following definition for the disease called sepsis: A modern definition of sepsis was published in 1989 by Bone. He wrote: Sepsis is defined as an invasion of microorganisms and / or their toxins into the blood stream along with the reaction of the organism to the invasion.Diagnosis Sepsis: “The risk of patients dying from sepsis increases the longer the diagnosis takes” - Read more

Blood Cancer: Leukaemia Cells Are “Bad to the Bone”

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[30/01/2012] University of Rochester Medical Centre researchers have discovered new links between leukaemia cells and cells involved in bone formation, offering a fresh perspective on how the blood cancer progresses and raising the possibility that therapies for bone disorders could help in the treatment of leukaemia.Blood Cancer: Leukaemia Cells Are “Bad to the Bone” - Read more

Leukaemia: Drug Kills Cancerous T-Cells While Sparing Normal Immunity

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[26/01/2012] Leukemic cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (L-CTCL) is a leukaemia arising from T-cells, a type of white blood cell. This cancer can involve the skin and other organs, and patients often die within three years. Researchers of Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) report a new study that low-dose Campath not only treats patients with L-CTCL but does so without increasing their risk of infections.Leukaemia: Drug Kills Cancerous T-Cells While Sparing Normal Immunity - Read more

Diabetics: Biochip Measures Glucose in Saliva, Not Blood

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[25/01/2012] Engineers at Brown University have designed a biological device that can measure glucose concentrations in human saliva. The technique could eliminate the need for diabetics to draw blood to check their glucose levels.Diabetics: Biochip Measures Glucose in Saliva, Not Blood - Read more

Genetic Analysis: Rare Disease and Mechanism of Hypertension

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[24/01/2012] Analysing all the genes of dozens of people suffering from a rare form of hypertension, Yale University researchers have discovered a new mechanism that regulates the blood pressure of all humans.Genetic Analysis: Rare Disease and Mechanism of Hypertension - Read more

Intensive-Care Medicine: ECMO as a Bridge to Lung Transplantation

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[23/01/2012] Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support in awake, non-intubated patients may be an effective strategy for bridging patients to lung transplantation, according to a new study of the Hannover Medical School in Hannover, Germany.Intensive-Care Medicine: ECMO as a Bridge to Lung Transplantation - Read more

Dimethylsphingosine: New Understanding of Chronic Pain

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[23/01/2012] Millions of people worldwide suffer from a type of chronic pain called neuropathic pain, which is triggered by nerve damage. Precisely how this pain persists has been a mystery, and current treatments are largely ineffective. But a team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute, using a new approach known as metabolomics, has now discovered a major clue: dimethylsphingosine (DMS).Dimethylsphingosine: New Understanding of Chronic Pain - Read more

Overweight Adults: Diet Rich in Slowly Digested Carbs Reduces Markers of Inflammation

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[13/01/2012] Among overweight and obese adults, a diet rich in slowly digested carbohydrates, such as whole grains, legumes and other high-fibre foods, significantly reduces markers of inflammation associated with chronic disease, according to a new study by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre.Overweight Adults: Diet Rich in Slowly Digested Carbs Reduces Markers of Inflammation - Read more

High-Risk Patients: Stenting for Stroke Prevention Becoming Safer

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[12/01/2012] Placing a stent in a key artery in the neck is safer than ever in patients ineligible for the standard surgical treatment of carotid artery disease, according to a new study of University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.High-Risk Patients: Stenting for Stroke Prevention Becoming Safer - Read more

Cardiovascular Disease: Unique Protein Organisation in Arteries

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[10/01/2012] Human arteries stiffen as a person ages. This stiffening is a factor in cardiovascular disease because it contributes to the circulatory complications in disorders such as high blood pressure and diabetes. University of Missouri researchers have now used advanced 3-D microscopic imaging technology to identify and monitor the proteins involved in this stiffening process.Cardiovascular Disease: Unique Protein Organisation in Arteries - Read more

Diabetes: Controlling Blood Pressure is Crucial, but Not Urgent

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[09/01/2012] A new study of University of Chicago suggests that middle-aged adults recently diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension have time to try to learn how to control their high blood pressure without medications, but not too much time.Diabetes: Controlling Blood Pressure is Crucial, but Not Urgent - Read more

Mucopolysaccharidoses: New Test Spots Early Signs of Inherited Metabolic Disorders

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[09/01/2012] A team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have developed a simple, reliable test for identifying biomarkers for mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS), a group of inherited metabolic disorders that are currently diagnosed in patients only after symptoms have become serious and the damage possibly irreversible.Mucopolysaccharidoses: New Test Spots Early Signs of Inherited Metabolic Disorders - Read more

Smokers: Statins May Increase Risk of Interstitial Lung Abnormalities

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[06/01/2012] Use of statins may influence susceptibility to or the progression of interstitial lung disease (ILD) in smokers, according to a new study of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.Smokers: Statins May Increase Risk of Interstitial Lung Abnormalities - Read more

Cholesterol: Benefits of Statin Therapy May Extend Beyond Lowering Lipids

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[05/01/2012] A study led by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, has identified a molecular pathway that leads to this abnormal blood clotting and turned it off using a popular class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins.Cholesterol: Benefits of Statin Therapy May Extend Beyond Lowering Lipids - Read more

Statins: Cholesterol-Lowering Medication Accelerates Depletion of Plaque in Arteries

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[15/12/2011] In a new study, NYU Langone Medical Centre researchers have discovered how cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins promote the breakdown of plaque in the arteries. The findings support a large clinical study that recently showed patients taking high-doses of the cholesterol-lowering medications not only reduced their cholesterol levels but also reduced the amount of plaque in their arteries.Statins: Cholesterol-Lowering Medication Accelerates Depletion of Plaque in Arteries - Read more

Cells: Protection Against Early Stages of Atherosclerosis

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[14/12/2011] Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have identified for the first time the A2b adenosine receptor (A2bAR) as a possible new therapeutic target against atherosclerosis resulting from a diet high in fat and cholesterol. The findings may have significant public health implications.Cells: Protection Against Early Stages of Atherosclerosis - Read more

Gene Therapy: Early Success Against Hereditary Bleeding Disorder

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[13/12/2011] Symptoms improved significantly in adults with the bleeding disorder haemophilia B following a single treatment with gene therapy developed by researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis and demonstrated to be safe in a clinical trial conducted at the University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom.Gene Therapy: Early Success Against Hereditary Bleeding Disorder - Read more

Heart Attacks: Stopping Dangerous Cell Regrowth Reduces Risk

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[08/12/2011] Like Yin and Yang, the two proteins have opposite effects in the walls of blood vessels. AIF-1 stimulates undesirable formation of new cells after a vascular injury, and IRT-1 has the opposite effect. It is the latter, IRT-1, that researcher of Lund University in Sweden and Temple University in the USA want to use to stop a dangerous development in the artery.Heart Attacks: Stopping Dangerous Cell Regrowth Reduces Risk - Read more

Biochip: Recognising Blood Poisoning Quickly

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[02/12/2011] Is the patient suffering from blood poisoning? To answer this question, the doctor draws a blood sample and sends it to a central laboratory for testing. In future, physicians will be able to analyse blood there and then and have the results within twenty minutes. This is made possible by a biochip, developed by scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM.Biochip: Recognising Blood Poisoning Quickly - Read more

Blood Vessels: Substance in Cancer Medicine Could Prevent Heart Attacks

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[24/11/2011] A substance in medicines for cancer and epilepsy could also prevent heart attacks, according to researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, who have been using it to stimulate the body’s own defence system against blood clots.Blood Vessels: Substance in Cancer Medicine Could Prevent Heart Attacks - Read more

Haemoglobin: Protection from Severe Malaria Explained

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[22/11/2011] Why do people with a hereditary mutation of the red blood pigment haemoglobin (as is the case with sickle-cell anaemia prevalent in Africa) not contract severe malaria? Scientists in the group headed by Professor Michael Lanzer of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Heidelberg University Hospital (Germany) have now solved this mystery.Haemoglobin: Protection from Severe Malaria Explained - Read more

Diabetes: Brain Plays Role in Regulating Blood Sugar

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[10/11/2011] Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have demonstrated for the first time that the brain is a key player in regulating glucose metabolism in humans. The findings suggest that drugs targeting the brain and central nervous system could be a novel approach to treating diabetes.Diabetes: Brain Plays Role in Regulating Blood Sugar - Read more

HCV: Experimental Drug Suppresses Rebound in Liver Transplant Patients

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[10/11/2011] A human monoclonal antibody developed of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) given to patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection undergoing liver transplantation significantly suppressed the virus for at least a week after transplant and delayed the time to viral rebound.HCV: Experimental Drug Suppresses Rebound in Liver Transplant Patients - Read more

Gene Therapy: Hemophilia Treatment in Animal Studies

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[03/11/2011] For the first time, researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine have combined gene therapy and stem cell transplantation to successfully reverse the severe, crippling bleeding disorder hemophilia A in large animals, opening the door to the development of new therapies for human patients.Gene Therapy: Hemophilia Treatment in Animal Studies - Read more

Cardiology: New Pathway Critical to Heart Arrhythmia

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[28/10/2011] University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers have uncovered a previously unknown molecular pathway that is critical to understanding cardiac arrhythmia and other heart muscle problems. Understanding the basic science of heart and muscle function could open the door to new treatments.Cardiology: New Pathway Critical to Heart Arrhythmia - Read more

Diabetes: World’s Largest Study Targeting Foot Ulcers

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[27/10/2011] What’s crucial for a diabetic’s foot sore to heal is that the ulcer is superficial, blood circulation is normal, and the person has had diabetes for short time. This is shown in the world’s largest diabetes study regarding foot ulcers, which have been carried out by the researcher Magdalena Annersten Gershater at Malmö University in Sweden.Diabetes: World’s Largest Study Targeting Foot Ulcers - Read more

Arteries: Young, Apparently Healthy - and at Risk of Heart Disease

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[26/10/2011] Atherosclerosis – or build-up of fat in the walls of arteries − is thought of as a disorder of older people but it affects a large number of young men and women, according to a new Heart and Stroke Foundation study.Arteries: Young, Apparently Healthy - and at Risk of Heart Disease - Read more

Preeclampsia: Early Detection and Immediate Treatment

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[21/10/2011] A blood test can help to assess whether a pregnant woman who suffers from pregnancy-induced hypertension, so-called preeclampsia, is at risk for an imminent delivery. This knowledge can be used to determine the due date as well as avoid complications for mother and child. This report scientists at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.Preeclampsia: Early Detection and Immediate Treatment - Read more

Cambodia: Early HIV Treatment Increases Survival in Patients with Tuberculosis

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[21/10/2011] Timing is everything when treating patients with both human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and tuberculosis (TB). Starting HIV therapy in such patients within two weeks of TB treatment, rather than two months as is the current practice, increases survival by 33 per cent, according to a large-scale clinical trial in Cambodia led by researchers at Children's Hospital Boston.Cambodia: Early HIV Treatment Increases Survival in Patients with Tuberculosis - Read more

Stroke: Innovative Technology Improves Care and Reduces Costs

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[06/10/2011] The use of long-distance video and data hook-ups to link remote community hospitals with stroke neurologists in large centres provides the same level of care as having everyone in the same room, according to a new study of Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.Stroke: Innovative Technology Improves Care and Reduces Costs - Read more

Blood Vessel: Circadian Clock May Impact Organ Transplant Success

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[05/10/2011] Health care providers assess blood and tissue type as well as organ size and health to enhance transplant success. New research indicates that checklist might also need to include the circadian clock.Blood Vessel: Circadian Clock May Impact Organ Transplant Success - Read more

Epidemiology: Tracing an Elusive Killer Parasite in Peru

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[29/09/2011] Doctor Michael Levy of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania, along with other collaborators from Penn and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru, are in the trenches combining tried-and-true epidemiological approaches with new statistical methods to learn more about the course of a dangerous, contagious disease epidemic. Epidemiology: Tracing an Elusive Killer Parasite in Peru - Read more

Blood-forming Stem Cells: Scientists Expand Bone Marrow-derived Stem Cells in Culture

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[20/09/2011] All stem cells share the capability to replenish themselves by undergoing self-renewal. So far, efforts to grow and expand scarce blood-forming stem cells in culture for therapeutic applications have been met with limited success. Researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research now successfully expanded cultured hematopoietic stem cells to a hundredfold. Blood-forming Stem Cells: Scientists Expand Bone Marrow-derived Stem Cells in Culture - Read more

New Study: Uterine Stem Cells to Treat Diabetes

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[16/09/2011] Controlling diabetes may someday involve mining stem cells from the lining of the uterus, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in a new study. The team treated diabetes in mice by converting cells from the uterine lining into insulin-producing cells.New Study: Uterine Stem Cells to Treat Diabetes - Read more

Kidney Patients: Hormone That Predicts Premature Death

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[12/09/2011] Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have found that high levels of a specific hormone can predict which kidney patients will develop heart problems, require dialysis or die prematurely.Kidney Patients: Hormone That Predicts Premature Death - Read more

EHEC: Researchers Investigate the Attachment of the Bacteria in Detail

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[08/09/2011] Scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung, HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany, have now in cooperation with German and American colleagues uncovered new details of how canonical "entero-hemorrhagic Escherichia coli" bacteria (EHEC), serotype O157:H7, attach to intestinal cells. They deciphered at the atomic level how this binding works.EHEC: Researchers Investigate the Attachment of the Bacteria in Detail - Read more

Leukaemia: Researchers Found Mechanism That Can Help Design Future Therapies

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[06/09/2011] An international team of researchers has found a group of mutations involved in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL), and showed that certain drugs, already in clinical use to treat other diseases, can eliminate the cells carrying these mutations.Leukaemia: Researchers Found Mechanism That Can Help Design Future Therapies - Read more

Finger Prick Test: Blood Test at Opticians Could Help to Diagnose Diabetes

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[02/09/2011] A simple finger prick test during routine eye examinations at high street opticians could help to identify millions of people with previously undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes, according to new research.Finger Prick Test: Blood Test at Opticians Could Help to Diagnose Diabetes - Read more

Poloxamer Gel: Sutureless Method for Joining Blood Vessels

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[29/08/2011] Reconnecting severed blood vessels is mostly done the same way today — with sutures — as it was 100 years ago, when the French surgeon Alexis Carrel won a Nobel Prize for advancing the technique. Now, a team of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has developed a sutureless method that appears to be a faster, safer and easier alternative.Poloxamer Gel: Sutureless Method for Joining Blood Vessels - Read more

Study: New Target for Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes

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[25/08/2011] Researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center have shown that an enzyme found in the mitochondria of cells is decreased in the skeletal muscle of those with diabetes, a finding that could lead to the development of drugs to boost the activity of this enzyme in an effort to fight the disease.Study: New Target for Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes - Read more

Pandemics: Children's Hospitals Are Not Equipped

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[24/08/2011] A new study of children's hospitals nationwide has found them underequipped to handle a major surge of patients in the event of a pandemic, and urges health care institutions and government agencies to immediately review emergency preparedness plans as flu season approaches.Pandemics: Children's Hospitals Are Not Equipped - Read more

Study: New Risk Score Spots Patients at High Risk of Serious Blood Clots

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[18/08/2011] A new risk prediction tool can identify patients at high risk of serious blood clots who might need preventative treatment. The tool is based on simple variables which the patient is likely to know and could be easily integrated into GP computer systems to risk assess patients prior to hospital admission, long haul flights, or starting medications that carry an increased clotting risk.Study: New Risk Score Spots Patients at High Risk of Serious Blood Clots - Read more

Proteins: Improved Method Holds Promise for Biomedical Research

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[17/08/2011] Antibodies are the backbone of the immune system—capable of targeting proteins associated with infection and disease. They are also vital tools for biomedical research, the development of diagnostic tests and for new therapeutic remedies.Proteins: Improved Method Holds Promise for Biomedical Research - Read more

'Swamp Gas': Protecting Blood Vessels from Complications of Diabetes

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[05/08/2011] Hydrogen sulfide is a foul-smelling gas with an odor resembling that of rotten eggs. Sometimes called "swamp gas," this toxic substance is generally associated with decaying vegetation, sewers and noxious industrial emissions. And — as odd as it may seem — it also plays a critical role in protecting blood vessels from the complications of diabetes, according to a new study. 'Swamp Gas': Protecting Blood Vessels from Complications of Diabetes - Read more

Dialysis: Low Blood Pressure Increases Risk of Clots

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[01/08/2011] A sudden drop in blood pressure while undergoing dialysis has long vexed many kidney patients. Side effects associated with this situation over the long term range from stroke to seizure to heart damage to death. Patients also suffer in the short term with gastrointestinal, muscular and neurologic symptoms.Dialysis: Low Blood Pressure Increases Risk of Clots - Read more

Mosquitoes: Making Blood-Sucking Deadly

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[19/07/2011] Mosquitoes die soon after a blood meal if certain protein components are experimentally disrupted, a team of biochemists at the University of Arizona has discovered.Mosquitoes: Making Blood-Sucking Deadly - Read more

Study: New Potential to Treat Myelofibrosis

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[24/06/2011] A new study conducted by a team of researchers under the direction of Professor Katya Ravid, professor of medicine and biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), sheds light on a possible new approach to treat the bone marrow disease known as myelofibrosis by inhibiting an enzyme that connects extracellular fibers. Study: New Potential to Treat Myelofibrosis - Read more

Novel Pathway: Regulating Angiogenesis May Fight Retinal Disease

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[31/05/2011] Scientists identify a new molecular pathway used to suppress blood vessel branching in the developing retina – a finding with potential therapeutic value for fighting diseases of the retina and a variety of cancers.Novel Pathway: Regulating Angiogenesis May Fight Retinal Disease - Read more

"Bad" Cholestero: LDL Not as Bad as People Think

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[10/05/2011] The so-called “bad cholesterol”– low-density lipoprotein commonly called LDL – may not be so bad after all, shows a Texas A&M University study that casts new light on the cholesterol debate, particularly among adults who exercise."Bad" Cholestero: LDL Not as Bad as People Think - Read more

Hypertension: When the Lungs Come Under Pressure

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[06/05/2011] Max Planck scientists find a way of treating pulmonary arterial hypertension. Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension struggle with severe symptoms, which include shortness of breath, exhaustion and a lack of vitality. Hypertension: When the Lungs Come Under Pressure - Read more

Bacterial „Ecosystems": What’s Your Gut Type?

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[21/04/2011] In the future, when you walk into a doctor’s surgery or hospital, you could be asked not just about your allergies and blood group, but also about your gut type.Bacterial „Ecosystems": What’s Your Gut Type? - Read more

Genetic Conspirators: Development of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

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[28/03/2011] Researchers have described how the most common gene mutation found in acute myeloid leukaemia starts the process of cancer development and how it can cooperate with a well-defined group of other mutations to cause full-blown leukaemia.Genetic Conspirators: Development of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia - Read more

Stents: Processed Tubes Prevent Risk of Thrombosis

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[25/03/2011] Small artificial tubes in the veins dilate the veins and allow the blood to circulate again without hindrance. But after a while, the deposit of cells and blood components starts at these tubes, as well, and the blood vessel narrows again. In a project, scientists from are now investigating the feasibility, how to change the surface so that no unwanted components may no longer be deposited there.Stents: Processed Tubes Prevent Risk of Thrombosis - Read more

Protective Effects: 'Good Cholesterol' Structure Identified

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[15/03/2011] University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers have determined the structure of human HDL cholesterol and say the finding could help explain how this "fat packet" protects against cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack and stroke. Protective Effects: 'Good Cholesterol' Structure Identified - Read more

Blood Test: Detecting Early Emphysema in Smokers

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[11/03/2011] During a regular annual physical exam, blood is usually drawn to check the health of a person's heart, kidneys and liver. Now, say a blood test that detects the early development of emphysema -- well before symptoms occur -- may someday also be offered.Blood Test: Detecting Early Emphysema in Smokers - Read more

Discovery: Genetic Switch Increases Muscle Blood Supply

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[04/03/2011] Many people suffer from a devastating condition known as critical limb ischemia (CLI) that can lead to muscle wasting and even amputation. The disease is linked to the blockage of blood flow to the skeletal muscle and current treatment options include rehabilitative exercise and surgical bypass of blood vessels. Discovery: Genetic Switch Increases Muscle Blood Supply - Read more

Genomics of Autism: Gene Variants Linked to Brain Development

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[02/03/2011] New research on the genomics of autism confirms that the genetic roots of the disorder are highly complicated, but that common biological themes underlie this complexity. Genomics of Autism: Gene Variants Linked to Brain Development - Read more

Blood Test at Discharge: Reduced Hospital Readmission for Heart Failure Patients

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[01/03/2011] An inexpensive, routine blood test could hold the key to why some patients with congestive heart failure do well after being discharged from the hospital and why others risk relapse, costly readmission or death within a year, new Johns Hopkins research suggests.Blood Test at Discharge: Reduced Hospital Readmission for Heart Failure Patients - Read more

Blood-Clotting Protein: Linked to Cancer and Septicaemia

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[07/02/2011] In our not-so-distant evolutionary past, stress often meant imminent danger, and the risk of blood loss, so part of our body’s stress response is to stock-pile blood-clotting factors. Scientists in Heidelberg have now discovered how stressed cells boost the production of the key blood-clotting factor, thrombin. Blood-Clotting Protein: Linked to Cancer and Septicaemia - Read more

New Study: High Levels of Circulating DNA May Signal Faster Progression of Lung Cancer

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[01/02/2011] High levels of circulating DNA may indicate faster progression of lung cancer and lower overall survival, according to a new study.New Study: High Levels of Circulating DNA May Signal Faster Progression of Lung Cancer - Read more

Injection Drug Users: Little Decline in Hepatitis C Infections

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[31/01/2011] A recent 20-year study of injection drug users (IDUs) in Baltimore found a significant decline in new cases of HIV infection but only a slight decline in new cases of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Injection Drug Users: Little Decline in Hepatitis C Infections - Read more

Blood Pressure and Metabolism: Mediator of Blood Pressure Regulation in the Liver Identified

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[27/01/2011] Scientist have now discovered a new group of sensory neurons in the mouse liver which mediates the regulation of blood pressure and metabolism. This control center outside of the brain is triggered simply by drinking water and leads to an elevation of blood pressure in sick and elderly people. Blood Pressure and Metabolism: Mediator of Blood Pressure Regulation in the Liver Identified - Read more

Safety Concerns: Experimental Cancer Approach

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[26/01/2011] The strategy takes aim at a key signaling pathway, called Notch, involved in forming new blood vessels that feed tumor growth. When researchers targeted the Notch1 signaling pathway in mice, the animals developed vascular tumors, primarily in the liver, which led to massive hemorrhages that caused their death.Safety Concerns: Experimental Cancer Approach - Read more

Culprit Found: Increased Stroke Injury with Diabetes

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[24/01/2011] Strokes are a leading cause of mortality and adult disability. Those that involve intracerebral hemorrhage are especially deadly, and there are no effective treatments to control such bleeding. Culprit Found: Increased Stroke Injury with Diabetes - Read more

Blood Samples: Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease

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[12/01/2011] Scientists have developed a novel technology that is able to detect the presence of immune molecules specific to Alzheimer’s disease in patients’ blood samples. While still preliminary, the findings offer clear proof that this breakthrough technology could be used in the development of biomarkers for a range of human diseases. Blood Samples: Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease - Read more

Analysis of Medical Database: New Markers for Allergic Disorders

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[12/01/2011] Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed new methods for analysing medical databases that can be used to identify diagnostic markers more quickly and to personalise medication for allergic disorders. They could also reduce the need for animal trials in clinical studies.Analysis of Medical Database: New Markers for Allergic Disorders - Read more

Young Leukemia Patients: Chemotherapy Can Boost Survival

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[22/12/2010] Research will likely impact how acute lymphoblastic leukemia is treated in young adults and shows older adolescent age does not dictate worse outcomes against the most common childhood cancer.Young Leukemia Patients: Chemotherapy Can Boost Survival - Read more

Block of Blood Vessels: Starving Cancerous Tumors

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[10/12/2010] According to researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland, a novel strategy of blocking the growth of blood vessels with antibodies should result in improved treatment of cancerous tumors.Block of Blood Vessels: Starving Cancerous Tumors - Read more

Cardiovascular Diseases: Lower Blood Lipid Levels Beneficial for Kidney Patients

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[30/11/2010] Good news for kidney patients: Blood lipid lowering drug treatment reduces the risk of life threatening in these patients as well. This is the result of a clinical trial, involving almost 10,000 patients.Cardiovascular Diseases: Lower Blood Lipid Levels Beneficial for Kidney Patients - Read more

COPD: A Problem With Autoimmunity?

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[24/11/2010] Moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be an auto-immunity problem, according to researchers in Spain, who studied the presence of auto-antibodies in patients with COPD and compared them to levels of control subjects. COPD: A Problem With Autoimmunity? - Read more

Specialised Blood Vessels: Jumpstart and Sustain Liver Regeneration

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[16/11/2010] The liver's unique ability among organs to regenerate itself has been little understood. Now scientists have shed light on how the liver restores itself by demonstrating that endothelial cells - the cells that form the lining of blood vessels - play a key role.Specialised Blood Vessels: Jumpstart and Sustain Liver Regeneration - Read more

Children: Effective Gene Therapy for Wiskott-Aldrich-Syndrome

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[15/11/2010] A Severe Inborn Immunodeficiency Disease: In a first application of gene therapy for the treatment of Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome, blood forming bone marrow cells have been corrected by gene transfer. Children: Effective Gene Therapy for Wiskott-Aldrich-Syndrome - Read more

Malaria: Research Begins to Bite

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[22/10/2010] Scientists have pin-pointed the 72 molecular switches that control the three key stages in the life cycle of the malaria parasite and have discovered that over a third of these switches can be disrupted in some way.Malaria: Research Begins to Bite - Read more

Key to Blood-Brain Barrier: Open Way for Treating Alzheimer’s and Stroke

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[15/10/2010] While the blood-brain barrier (BBB) protects the brain from harmful chemicals occurring naturally in the blood, it also obstructs the transport of drugs to the brain. Scientists at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet now present a potential solution to the problem. Key to Blood-Brain Barrier: Open Way for Treating Alzheimer’s and Stroke - Read more

Stroke: Study Publicizes New Measure to Prevent Blood Clots

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[22/09/2010] Treating hospital patients with thigh-length surgical stockings can reduce life threatening blood clots, a new study suggests. The CLOTS study from the University of Edinburgh highlights that the clot rate in stroke patients was higher among those fitted with the shorter stockings than for those with longer stockings.Stroke: Study Publicizes New Measure to Prevent Blood Clots - Read more

Infants: Iron Supplements Contribute To An Effective Effort

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[08/09/2010] Giving iron supplements to children with marginally low birth weights (2000-2500 grams) dramatically reduces the risk of developing iron deficiency and anemia.Infants: Iron Supplements Contribute To An Effective Effort - Read more

Omnipotence delusion: Who sets ethical boundaries?

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[01/09/2010] Prenatal medicine is booming. Unfortunately, ethical control mechanisms do not always seem to work. Omnipotence delusion: Who sets ethical boundaries? - Read more

Fetal surgery: “We treat the Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome most frequently“

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[01/09/2010] If a baby is found to have an illness during a prenatal check-up, it is usually a big shock for the parents. Especially if a potentially fatal disease of the fetus is diagnosed, many affected people think there is nothing that can be done. Yet some children can already be helped with surgery while they are still in the womb. Fetal surgery: “We treat the Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome most frequently“ - Read more

Diabetics: Antibiotic May Reduce Stroke Risk And Injury

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[30/08/2010] A daily dose of an old antibiotic may help diabetics avoid a stroke or at least minimise its damage, Medical College of Georgia researchers report.Diabetics: Antibiotic May Reduce Stroke Risk And Injury - Read more

Airway Research: “The Conditions Are Different from Study to Study“

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[08/08/2010] Take a deep breath – for some people that is easier said than done. Why we are “out of breath“ can have many different reasons: If you are allergic to house dust, even dispersed dust from the carpet can do you in. But industry pollutants can also take your breath away – and be harmful to your health. That is why there are studies that closely examine the air for these pollutants. Airway Research: “The Conditions Are Different from Study to Study“ - Read more

MS Theory: Study Questions How MS Arises

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[05/08/2010] Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have performed a study that indicates that neither blood flow nor the flow of spinal fluid in the brain contribute to the development of multiple sclerosis, MS. The findings run directly counter to a much-discussed and widely spread Italian theory.MS Theory: Study Questions How MS Arises - Read more

Modern Foods: “Our Body is Not Prepared for the Diet of Today“

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[01/08/2010] The vast number of additives in foods is unsettling for many consumers. For the “headquarters“ of food processing, our gastrointestinal tract, increasingly artificial foods could pose a big challenge. So far we do not really know how these substances are processed in the body. Modern Foods: “Our Body is Not Prepared for the Diet of Today“ - Read more

Bowel care: “You should eat healthy”

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[01/08/2010] Hardly anybody likes to talk about it, yet its daily accomplishments are undisputable. We are talking about the bowels, an essential part of the digestive tract. It makes sure that all nutrients in our diet are absorbed by our body, so we stay fit and healthy. Two good reasons therefore to take good care of it. But can you really care for your bowels?Bowel care: “You should eat healthy” - Read more

Blood Pressure: Identification of Key Players

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[08/07/2010] Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have identified key players in a little-known biochemical pathway that appears to regulate blood pressure. Blood Pressure: Identification of Key Players - Read more

Congenital heart disease: First common gene found

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[01/06/2010] Researchers have discovered a genetic variant on chromosome 5 that strongly raises the risk of congenital heart disease. Congenital heart disease: First common gene found - Read more

Schizophrenia: Blood flows differently

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[31/05/2010] Researchers of the University Bonn in Germany have used a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique called continuous arterial spin labelling (CASL) to map cerebral blood flow patterns in schizophrenic patients quickly and without using radiation or contrast agents. Schizophrenia: Blood flows differently - Read more

Personalized Medicine: “A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“

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[01/05/2010] Individual, goal oriented and without any side effects – this is how more and more patients should be treated in the future. Treatments according to the key-lock principle already partially exist today. MEDICA.de talked to Ivar Roots from the Charité Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology about cancer, genes and an unusual present. Personalized Medicine: “A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“ - Read more

Nanoparticles: Providing Proof of RNA Interference in Humans

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[07/04/2010] A study found proof that a targeted nanoparticle can traffic into tumors, deliver double-stranded small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), and turn off an important cancer gene using RNA interference (RNAi).Nanoparticles: Providing Proof of RNA Interference in Humans - Read more

T Cells: Surprise for Stroke Researchers

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[16/03/2010] Strokes are less damaging if certain immune cells are absent in the blood. This previously unknown mechanism will be presented by researchers from the University of Würzburg.T Cells: Surprise for Stroke Researchers - Read more

Treatment: Two Ways to Deal with Sepsis

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[02/03/2010] A new study finds that two treatment strategies for severe sepsis show similar survival rates.Treatment: Two Ways to Deal with Sepsis - Read more

Simulation Training: Communication Was Successful, Patient Is Alive

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[01/03/2010] Medical study is full of dull theory. After completing their final University semester, most graduates have become walking medical encyclopedias. Still, mistakes in the operating room happen time and again. Usually the reason is not a physician‘s lack of medical knowledge. Communication is the key word here- and simulation dummies can help.Simulation Training: Communication Was Successful, Patient Is Alive - Read more

Genes: Personalised Blood Tests for Cancer

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[19/02/2010] Scientists have used data from the whole genome sequencing of cancer patients to develop individualised blood tests they believe can help physicians tailor patients’ treatments.Genes: Personalised Blood Tests for Cancer - Read more

Diabetes Type 2: Self-Monitoring Not For All Beneficiary

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[08/01/2010] Contrary to the widely-held belief, there is no proof that non-insulin-dependent patients with type 2 diabetes benefit from glucose self-monitoring, according to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG). Diabetes Type 2: Self-Monitoring Not For All Beneficiary - Read more

Nanoparticles: Big Improvement to Medical Imaging

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[06/01/2010] A joint research team has discovered a method of using nanoparticles to illuminate the cellular interior to reveal the slow processes inside of cells. Nanoparticles: Big Improvement to Medical Imaging - Read more

Blood Pressure Monitors: Are Patients Losing Sleep?

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[18/12/2009] A widely used test for measuring nighttime blood pressure may interfere with patients' sleep, thus affecting the results of the test, reports a new study.Blood Pressure Monitors: Are Patients Losing Sleep? - Read more

Security: Intelligent Blood Bags

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[07/12/2009] Have the blood supplies got too warm? Do they match the patient’s blood group? In the future, these kinds of questions will be answered by intelligent radio nodes attached to blood bags. Security: Intelligent Blood Bags - Read more

MEDICA Congress: Job Ladder for Nurses

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[01/11/2009] New occupational fields in care - this is one topic at MEDICA Congress. There exist many possibilities how everyone can adapt competences and climb up the greasy pole by doing further trainings or studies. Professional carers tell how they made it. MEDICA Congress: Job Ladder for Nurses - Read more

Blood Diagnosis: Chip-based and Mobile

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[13/10/2009] The blood analysis takes just a few minutes: An improved marker-free technique might provide the basis for faster analysis, whether in a hospital or for mobile blood donations.Blood Diagnosis: Chip-based and Mobile - Read more

Organ Care System: „A Cost-Benefit Analysis Has Not Been Prepared Yet”

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[22/09/2009] If one needs a goldfish for its aquarium, one needs a plastic bag full of water for transport. This is similar to the medical procedure involved when heart, kidney or liver from organ donors need to get to the intensive care patient. However, there is one serious problem limiting transport: the time. Organ Care System: „A Cost-Benefit Analysis Has Not Been Prepared Yet” - Read more

MRSA: Seek and You Will Find

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[01/09/2009] German experts estimate that about 50,000 people each year contract MRSA that are immune against conventional antibiotics. They estimate since nobody really knows the real number. A new obligation to inform is supposed to provide more transparency which in turn should help to systematically fight the dangerous germs. MRSA: Seek and You Will Find - Read more

Blood-Cancer: Adolescents with Leukemias Live Longer Today

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[28/08/2009] Adolescents and young adults who were recently diagnosed with blood-related cancers have better long-term survival rates than those who were diagnosed in the 1980s. Blood-Cancer: Adolescents with Leukemias Live Longer Today - Read more

Circulating Cells: Forming Bone from Blood

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[01/08/2009] New research shows that specialized cells in the blood share a common origin with white blood cells derived from the bone marrow and that these bloodstream cells are capable of forming bone at sites distant from the original skeleton. Circulating Cells: Forming Bone from Blood - Read more

Topic of the Month March: Blood

In this respect, humans resemble vampires: they need blood to live. The thing is though: blood cells are just as precious as sensitive. In March, MEDICA.de is concerned with topics such as how to monitor blood electronically or why blood poisoning is often not recognised quickly enough. Topic of the Month March: Blood - Read more

Preventing Allergy: Cow Dung Makes the Difference

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Cow Dung Makes the Difference [01/07/2009] In spring and summer, many people suffer from allergies. They often take drugs to alleviate the symptoms. There may be better help for it, yet, as researchers have found special bacteria in cowsheds which are able to immunize children against hay fever and asthma. Preventing Allergy: Cow Dung Makes the Difference - Read more

Lab-on-a-Chip: „Pocket-Sized Labs are Already Daily Routine for Diabetics”

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[22/05/2009] Minimal area, maximal capacity. That is the aim of lab-on-a-chips-systems, which are also called labs in pocket size. Simple systems of this type are in the marketplace yet. The development for further lab-on-a-chip-systems runs at full speed. Lab-on-a-Chip: „Pocket-Sized Labs are Already Daily Routine for Diabetics” - Read more

Vaccination: The Controversial Prick (Part 1)

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[15/05/2009] by Wiebke Heiss/MEDICA.de The opinions regarding vaccinations are very different: They cover a wide spectrum reaching from people totally opposing vaccines to those advocating it in any situation. However, who is right? A guideline could be true to the motto: As much as necessary, as little as possible.Vaccination: The Controversial Prick (Part 1) - Read more

Regenerative Medicine: Of Potency and New Organs (Part 1)

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[15/04/2009] by Wiebke Heiss / MEDICA.de From acute over chronic up to deadly diseases - there are a many problems to solve in medicine. Researchers have high hopes concerning stem cells and tissue engineering: Regenerative medicine will hopefully enable doctors one day to replace sick cells and organs with healthy ones.Regenerative Medicine: Of Potency and New Organs (Part 1) - Read more

Surgical Checklists: „It Is Too Early to Pass a Law“

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[08/04/2009] Surgeons at Helios Kliniken in Germany use a checklist during surgery since 1 April. The WHO developed the surgical safety checklist which is to lead doctors and nurses through the surgery process systematically. By using the checklist surgery should get more safety. Surgical Checklists: „It Is Too Early to Pass a Law“ - Read more

Sepsis: On The Killer’s Trail

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[01/03/2009] Sepsis, better known as blood poisoning, kills almost as many people as heart attacks do each year. This is due to the fact that it is often diagnosed too late and, moreover, wrongly treated. New tests are to change that. Sepsis: On The Killer’s Trail - Read more

Sepsis: On The Killer’s Trail

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On The Killer’s Trail [01/03/2009] Sepsis, better known as blood poisoning, kills almost as many people as heart attacks do each year. This is due to the fact that it is often diagnosed too late and, moreover, wrongly treated. New tests are to change that. Sepsis: On The Killer’s Trail - Read more

Stored Blood: Packing The Suitcase For Squeamish Cells

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[01/03/2009] Blood is quite sensitive: if it is needed abroad, everything has to be perfect on the journey, particularly the temperature. This is why the German armed forces search for the best transport conditions and found paraffin. With it, the trip may last three times longer than with ice. Stored Blood: Packing The Suitcase For Squeamish Cells - Read more

Stored Blood: Packing The Suitcase For Squeamish Cells

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Packing The Suitcase For Squeamish Cells [01/03/2009] Blood is quite sensitive: if it is needed abroad, everything has to be perfect on the journey, particularly the temperature. This is why the German armed forces search for the best transport conditions and found paraffin. With it, the trip may last three times longer than with ice. Stored Blood: Packing The Suitcase For Squeamish Cells - Read more

Preventing Thrombosis: Pills Instead of Injection

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[01/03/2009] Heparin injections to prevent thrombosis have proven after surgery. But the syringe gets competition – from pills. Preventing Thrombosis: Pills Instead of Injection - Read more

Blood Monitoring: The Independent Patient

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[01/03/2009] Some people have to observe their blood circulation exactly in order to avoid heart attacks or thromboses. This can be stressful sometimes. But measuring devices can spare them the trouble more and more. Blood Monitoring: The Independent Patient - Read more

Blood Monitoring: The Independent Patient

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The Independent Patient [01/03/2009] Some people have to observe their blood circulation exactly in order to avoid heart attacks or thromboses. This can be stressful sometimes. But measuring devices can spare them the trouble more and more. Blood Monitoring: The Independent Patient - Read more

Diagnostics: Novel Blood Test For Hepatitis C

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[10/02/2009] A novel blood test for hepatitis C offers a cheaper alternative to the normal commercial tests, whilst maintaining equal sensitivity, according to researchers. This might especially help poorer countries. Diagnostics: Novel Blood Test For Hepatitis C - Read more

RFID: „The Patient Must Remain in Charge of Its Data“

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[08/10/2008] A chip - hanging down from the wrist or being inserted in the arm – contains data related to the person or its medical history. This sounds like a futuristic vision but some hospitals in the USA have made it come true. The intention: a better treatment for the patients and more efficient localisation of doctors. In Europe, RFID and health care are connected only in research projects so far. RFID: „The Patient Must Remain in Charge of Its Data“ - Read more

Diagnosis: 3-D MRI Finds High-Risk Carotid Disease

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[16/09/2008] Researchers have used three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging (3-D MRI) to accurately detect bleeding within the walls of diseased carotid arteries, a condition that may lead to a stroke. Diagnosis: 3-D MRI Finds High-Risk Carotid Disease - Read more

Hair Analysis: "The Test Describes a Trend - not Actual Amounts"

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[01/08/2008] Hair is much more than a pretty ornament – it is also a mirror of our blood. The keratin outgrowths contain all trace elements that have flown through our veins. The idea to take a close look at hair composition in order to conclude on past blood levels of certain elements is not new. Hair analysis tests are in use but improvements are constantly made. Hair Analysis: "The Test Describes a Trend - not Actual Amounts" - Read more

Prostate Cancer: About Sense and Nonsense of the PSA Test

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[01/08/2008] The PSA test is the only approved test for the early diagnosis of prostate cancer and, at the same time, it is a controversial topic among experts. Therefore, the need to elucidate the patient on the weaknesses and strengths of this method is even more important – before the test is taken. Prostate Cancer: About Sense and Nonsense of the PSA Test - Read more

Biochemistry: Atherosclerosis May Damage Other Organs

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[16/04/2008] Many scientists view atherosclerosis as a localized disease characterized by the build up of fatty plaques in the arteries. Now researchers report that plaques formed in arteries are associated with certain harmful chemical reactions that can damage other organs. Biochemistry: Atherosclerosis May Damage Other Organs - Read more

New MR applications improve diagnostics

( Exhibitor name: Siemens AG Medical Solutions )

[14/03/2006] Siemens Medical Solutions introduces new IT-based solutions for magnetic resonance tomography at the ECR. These so-called syngo MR applications simplify workflows in clinical routine.New MR applications improve diagnostics - Read more

GHE-member B.Braun's blood sugar metre Omnitest® plus: optimum hygiene

( Exhibitor name: GHE - German Healthcare Export Group e.V. )

[02/03/2006] MELSUNGEN. B.Braun launches its new blood sugar metre Omnitest® plus: With a weight of only 41 gramme and a required quantum of 1µL blood, this tool is easy, quick and safe for diabetics to manage.GHE-member B.Braun's blood sugar metre Omnitest® plus: optimum hygiene - Read more

Fujifilm at the MEDICA Trade Fair

( Exhibitor name: Fuji Photo Film (Europe) GmbH )

[11/11/2005] Represented with two stands: life science, digital radiography, PACS Fujifilm will have two stands at the MEDICA international trade fair taking place in Düsseldorf from November 16th to 19th.Fujifilm at the MEDICA Trade Fair - Read more

New sales and distribution structure of Fujifilm Life Science in Europe

( Exhibitor name: Fuji Photo Film (Europe) GmbH )

[11/11/2005] Direct selling in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Benelux Within the development of diversification into new fields of business the sector of Life Science will be extended as a core business of...New sales and distribution structure of Fujifilm Life Science in Europe - Read more

QuickGene-610 by Fujifilm: DNA-Extraction now even possible from larger volumes

( Exhibitor name: Fuji Photo Film (Europe) GmbH )

[11/11/2005] Successful product range of the Life Science sector is being expanded QuickGene-610 is the name of the new nucleic acid preparation system now presented by Fujifilm on the medica exhibition from...QuickGene-610 by Fujifilm: DNA-Extraction now even possible from larger volumes - Read more

Siemens Develops Integrated Solution for Cardiology

( Exhibitor name: Siemens AG Medical Solutions )

[19/09/2005] At the ESC, Siemens Medical Solutions has shown how to simplify and accelerate the workflow of cardiological emergency diagnostics through cross-modality cooperation.Siemens Develops Integrated Solution for Cardiology - Read more

Anti-Decubitus with SupaSupport Systems

( Exhibitor name: Speed Plastics Ltd )

[15/10/2004] Speed Plastics' new SupaSupport pressure relief system minimises cross infection and hygiene problems which have recently become major issues facing Health Service providers across Europe. The use of...Anti-Decubitus with SupaSupport Systems - Read more

New-Mobile Low Vacuum System

( Exhibitor name: MTG - Medizinisch Technische Gerätebau GmbH )

[31/08/2004] Use: •Suction air, secretion and blood out of the pleura after thorax-surgical operations. •Maintaining vacuum in the pleura after spontaneous pneumothorax •Use as transport suction Advantages: •Small...New-Mobile Low Vacuum System - Read more

Coagulation of blood vessels

( Exhibitor name: LINLINE GmbH )

[27/08/2004] For coagulation of blood vessels YAP:Nd/KTP/Q-switched is used in the apparatus. We use a new mechanism of affecting the vessels, which differs essentially from traditional methods. The method of...Coagulation of blood vessels - Read more

Nephropathia Diabetica

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[01/05/2003] Approximately 30 to 40 % of diabetics develop nephropathia or glomerulosclerosis.Nephropathia Diabetica - Read more

A Bridge to Recovery or Transplantation

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[01/02/2003] Each year approximately 400,000 Americans are diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF). Due to the shortage of donor hearts, heart-assist devices are often used as intermittant life-savers, bridging time until recovery or transplantation.A Bridge to Recovery or Transplantation - Read more

Effective New Malaria Drug

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[17/12/2002] An international consortium, funded by a €1.8 million research grant from the European Commission, reports successful efficacy trials of a new candidate drug against malaria.Effective New Malaria Drug - Read more

O2C OXYGEN TO SEE

( Exhibitor name: LEA Medizintechnik )

[18/10/2001] O2C OXYGEN TO SEE - Read more

 
 

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