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A biomarker is a biological molecule found in blood, other body fluids, or tissues that is a sign of a normal or abnormal process, or of a condition or disease. A biomarker may be used to see how well the body responds to a treatment for a disease or condition. Also called molecular marker and signature molecule.

New research reveals effects of age on sleep quality

The elderly are doing something right. New research into the effects of age on sleep suggests our older community sleep less, but report better quality sleep, and feel more awake during the day. [More]
FAU neuroscientist develops Quick Dementia Rating System comparable to gold standard clinical tests

FAU neuroscientist develops Quick Dementia Rating System comparable to gold standard clinical tests

Determining whether or not an individual has dementia and to what degree is a long and laborious process that can take an experienced professional such as a clinician about four to five hours to administer, interpret and score the test results. A leading neuroscientist at Florida Atlantic University has developed a way for a layperson to do this in three to five minutes with results that are comparable to the "gold standard" dementia tests used by clinicians today. [More]
New research could help develop precision medicine for primary aldosteronism

New research could help develop precision medicine for primary aldosteronism

Each of your kidneys wears a little yellow cap that helps keep your blood pressure in check, and much more. But in some people, it starts running amok, pumping out a hormone that sends blood pressure sky-high. [More]
New approach may offer improved way to detect early breast cancer

New approach may offer improved way to detect early breast cancer

Researchers have shown that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can detect the earliest signs of breast cancer recurrence and fast-growing tumors. Their approach detects micromestastases, breakaway tumor cells with the potential to develop into dangerous secondary breast cancer tumors elsewhere in the body. [More]
Researcher study potential biomarker to determine patients at risk for aggressive breast cancer

Researcher study potential biomarker to determine patients at risk for aggressive breast cancer

Biomarkers are an important part in detecting certain cancers such as the BRCA gene in breast cancer and the PSA antigen in prostate cancer. They are easy to identify in a blood test and can help in diagnosing and giving a prognosis. [More]
Breath analysis shows potential biomarkers for early-stage diagnosis of liver disease

Breath analysis shows potential biomarkers for early-stage diagnosis of liver disease

A natural compound called limonene, which is found in oranges and lemons, could be indicative in early-stage diagnosis of liver disease, according to research published in the journal EBioMedicine by researchers in the Molecular Physics Group at the University of Birmingham. [More]
Aerobic exercise can help reduce excessive daytime sleepiness among depressed people

Aerobic exercise can help reduce excessive daytime sleepiness among depressed people

Aerobic exercise can help alleviate excessive daytime sleepiness among depressed individuals, researchers with UT Southwestern Medical Center's Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care have found. [More]
VolitionRx reports net loss of $1.9 million for second quarter 2015

VolitionRx reports net loss of $1.9 million for second quarter 2015

VolitionRx Limited, a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for a broad range of cancer types and other conditions, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015. [More]
CSN6 protein linked to poor survival among patients with colorectal cancer

CSN6 protein linked to poor survival among patients with colorectal cancer

A protein called CSN6 has been found to be correlated with poor survival among patients with colorectal cancer, according to a study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]
New technology that tracks patients' eye movements may accurately measure brain injury

New technology that tracks patients' eye movements may accurately measure brain injury

New technology that tracks the eye movements of patients may be a more accurate measure of brain injury than any other diagnostic measurements currently in use, according to a study recently published in the journal Concussion. [More]
Early cognitive changes linked to white matter damage in Parkinson’s

Early cognitive changes linked to white matter damage in Parkinson’s

Subtle changes in white matter integrity are detectable in patients with Parkinson’s disease and are associated with early impairments in cognition, say researchers. [More]
Genetic test may help identify better treatment option for HER2-positive breast cancer patients

Genetic test may help identify better treatment option for HER2-positive breast cancer patients

A genetic test for PIK3CA mutations may help to identify patients with HER2-positive breast cancer who are less likely to benefit from combination anti-HER2 therapy, according to a study published in The Oncologist on August 5, 2015. [More]
Findings by Joslin scientists may lead to early detection, treatment of complications in type 1 diabetes

Findings by Joslin scientists may lead to early detection, treatment of complications in type 1 diabetes

Joslin scientists have advanced understanding of how the cellular repair process is impaired in type 1 diabetes, which can cause cell death and lead to complications. The findings appear in the August issue of Cell Metabolism. [More]
CRI commits $29.3 million in new funds to accelerate development of cancer immunotherapies

CRI commits $29.3 million in new funds to accelerate development of cancer immunotherapies

The Cancer Research Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fueling the discovery and development of immunotherapies for all forms of cancer, announced that it has committed more than $29.3 million in new funds to accelerate cancer immunology research and cancer immunotherapy clinical development in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Sweden, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. [More]
NYSCF scientists design new robotic platform to automate generation of patient-specific stem cells

NYSCF scientists design new robotic platform to automate generation of patient-specific stem cells

Scientists at The New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute successfully designed a revolutionary, high-throughput, robotic platform that automates and standardizes the process of transforming patient samples into stem cells. [More]
Combining chemotherapy and birinapant effective against high-grade serous ovarian cancer

Combining chemotherapy and birinapant effective against high-grade serous ovarian cancer

High-grade serous ovarian cancer often responds well to the chemotherapy drug carboplatin, but why it so frequently comes back after treatment has been a medical mystery. [More]
BUSM researchers find new way to detect and treat basal-like breast cancer

BUSM researchers find new way to detect and treat basal-like breast cancer

A new way to detect - and perhaps treat - one of the deadliest types of breast cancer has been found. Led by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), the study appears online in Breast Cancer Research. [More]
High levels of specific proteins in urine can accurately detect early-stage pancreatic cancer

High levels of specific proteins in urine can accurately detect early-stage pancreatic cancer

A combination of three proteins found at high levels in urine can accurately detect early-stage pancreatic cancer, UK researchers have found. [More]
Moffitt researchers analyze participation rate of patients in pharmacogenomic trials

Moffitt researchers analyze participation rate of patients in pharmacogenomic trials

Cancer therapy has evolved from a "one-size-fits-all" type of treatment plan to a personalized approach based on a patient's type of cancer, the protein and genetic markers found in their tumors and their response to therapy. Important aspects of the personalized approach are pharmacogenomic studies that analyze associations between genetic variations and patient drug responses. [More]
VolitionRx selects Global Specimen Solutions to support U.S. market entry of NuQ colorectal cancer tests

VolitionRx selects Global Specimen Solutions to support U.S. market entry of NuQ colorectal cancer tests

VolitionRx Limited, a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for a broad range of cancer types and other conditions, today announced that it has engaged the services of a specialty specimen management clinical research organization, Global Specimen Solutions, Inc., to support initial U.S. market entry of its NuQ colorectal cancer tests. [More]
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