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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.
Credit Value Partners closes $12.0 million DIP credit facility with Health Diagnostic Laboratory

Credit Value Partners closes $12.0 million DIP credit facility with Health Diagnostic Laboratory

Credit Value Partners, LP, as agent for funds and accounts under its management ("CVP"), a registered investment advisor specializing in corporate debt investments, announced that it closed a $12.0 million revolving DIP credit facility with Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. [More]

New Qlucore Omics Explorer software aids researchers to perform deeper data analysis, biomarker discovery

Qlucore, a world leader in the development of bioinformatics software, has today unveiled Qlucore Omics Explorer 3.2, the latest version of its advanced data analysis software. [More]
EORTC study examines DW-MRI in patients with resectable liver metastases from colorectal cancer

EORTC study examines DW-MRI in patients with resectable liver metastases from colorectal cancer

Diffusion weighted (DW) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a widely used technique to detect and characterize cancers as well as to monitor response to therapy. DW-MRI offers numerous advantages for patients with cancer and their treating physicians. It is a non-invasive imaging tool which does not require the administration of contrast agents nor ionizing radiation. [More]
Study directly links common variants of Alzheimer's risk genes to atrophy

Study directly links common variants of Alzheimer's risk genes to atrophy

Two genetic variants previously linked to Alzheimer's disease have been more specifically tied to brain atrophy that is characteristic of the disease. [More]
Scientists unravel longstanding mystery of fundamental property of the brain

Scientists unravel longstanding mystery of fundamental property of the brain

In new research published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a team of scientists from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, in the Faculty of Medicine, unraveled a longstanding mystery of a fundamental property of the brain. [More]
Dynamic light scattering technique may help detect people at risk of cataracts and presbyopia

Dynamic light scattering technique may help detect people at risk of cataracts and presbyopia

As we age, proteins in the lenses of our eyes start misbehaving: They unfold and congregate in clusters that block, scatter and distort light as it passes through the lens. A cloudy area, or cataract, forms. In a new study, scientists found that throughout our lifetime, levels of a key protein decline, and may be an early warning sign of a developing cataract. [More]
Researchers, patients trade new insights at International Dementia with Lewy Bodies Conference

Researchers, patients trade new insights at International Dementia with Lewy Bodies Conference

You thought Alzheimer's was complicated? Or Parkinson's? Try dementia with Lewy bodies, the disease occupying the awkward territory between those two poles. [More]
Study shows more patients with advanced NSCLC may benefit from pembrolizumab

Study shows more patients with advanced NSCLC may benefit from pembrolizumab

More patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) could benefit from pembrolizumab, says Professor Roy Herbst, Chief of Medical Oncology, Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, presenting promising results from the pivotal phase 2/3 KEYNOTE-010 trial at the first ESMO Asia Congress in Singapore), in conjunction with a publication in The Lancet. [More]
Small airway-on-a-chip enables analysis of human COPD and asthma

Small airway-on-a-chip enables analysis of human COPD and asthma

A research team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University leveraged its organ-on-a-chip technology to develop a model of the human small airway in which lung inflammatory diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the third leading cause of mortality worldwide, and asthma can be studied outside the human body. [More]
Adaptimmune begins Phase I/II study of affinity enhanced T-cell therapy targeting MAGE-A10 in NSCLC patients

Adaptimmune begins Phase I/II study of affinity enhanced T-cell therapy targeting MAGE-A10 in NSCLC patients

Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc, a leader in the use of TCR engineered T-cell therapy to treat cancer, today announced that it has initiated a Phase I/II study of its affinity enhanced T-cell therapy targeting the MAGE-A10 cancer antigen in patients with locally advanced or metastatic (Stage IIIb or IV) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the most prevalent type of lung cancer representing approximately 85 percent of lung cancers. [More]
Novel strategies on the way for difficult-to-treat head and neck cancer

Novel strategies on the way for difficult-to-treat head and neck cancer

Novel strategies are on the way for difficult-to-treat and advanced head and neck cancer, the most heterogeneous group of malignancies which are generally associated with poor survival, and encouraging results have been presented at the first ESMO Asia 2015 Congress in Singapore. [More]
Mitochondrial variation and viable pregnancy: an interview with Dr Elpida Fragouli

Mitochondrial variation and viable pregnancy: an interview with Dr Elpida Fragouli

Embryos require adequate amounts of energy so that they can successfully progress through each of their cell divisions. [More]
Molecular signatures can predict flu vaccine responses in young and old

Molecular signatures can predict flu vaccine responses in young and old

What factors inhibit strong responses to seasonal flu vaccines in the elderly? Why do anti-flu antibodies last longer after vaccination in some people? Answers are emerging from an Emory University-based systems biology analysis of blood samples from more than 400 volunteers who received seasonal flu vaccines. Bali Pulendran, PhD, led a team of researchers who tracked patterns of gene expression, known as molecular signatures, of strong immune responses in volunteers' blood across five consecutive seasons from 2007 to 2011. [More]
Can nanostructured microelectrodes be used to analyze biomarkers? An interview with Dr Shana Kelley

Can nanostructured microelectrodes be used to analyze biomarkers? An interview with Dr Shana Kelley

Electrochemical methods are appealing because simple and inexpensive instrumentation can be used to make highly sensitive measurements. However, it has been quite difficult to realize clinically-relevant levels of sensitivity using electrochemistry in highly complex, real-world samples. [More]
Adjuvant chemotherapy not beneficial for patients with luminal A subtype of breast cancer

Adjuvant chemotherapy not beneficial for patients with luminal A subtype of breast cancer

Premenopausal women whose invasive breast cancers were of the luminal A subtype had comparable 10-year disease-free survival rates regardless of whether or not they received adjuvant chemotherapy, according to data from the phase III DBCG77B clinical trial presented at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec. 8-12. [More]
NeuroQuest to start U.S. clinical validation trials of blood test for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease

NeuroQuest to start U.S. clinical validation trials of blood test for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease

NeuroQuest Development Center, Inc., today announced they have entered into a service agreement with the University of California, San Diego for collection and processing of blood samples for their U.S. clinical validation trials. [More]
Biotypes can identify distinct subgroups of psychosis

Biotypes can identify distinct subgroups of psychosis

Three biomarker-based categories, called biotypes, outperformed traditional diagnoses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with psychosis, in sorting psychosis cases into distinct subgroups on the basis of brain biology, report researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health. [More]
Groundbreaking study establishes empirical biomarkers to aid in diagnosis, treatment of psychosis

Groundbreaking study establishes empirical biomarkers to aid in diagnosis, treatment of psychosis

In a groundbreaking study led by UT Southwestern Medical Center, a comprehensive set of empirical biomarkers has been established to aid in diagnosis and treatment of psychosis. [More]
UC San Diego researchers awarded MJFF grant to identify biomarkers for Parkinson's disease

UC San Diego researchers awarded MJFF grant to identify biomarkers for Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease is difficult to diagnose, particularly in its early stages. Now, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine - aided by a $375,000 grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research - hope to improve the prospects of early diagnosis by identifying a biological signpost in the blood. [More]
Researchers reveal potential for exploring new treatment options for triple-negative breast cancer

Researchers reveal potential for exploring new treatment options for triple-negative breast cancer

Researchers from Caris Life Sciences and Fox Chase Cancer Center – Temple Health announced the presentation of two studies revealing the potential for exploring new therapeutic options for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. [More]
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