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Biopsy is the removal of cells or tissues for examination by a pathologist. The pathologist may study the tissue under a microscope or perform other tests on the cells or tissue. There are many different types of biopsy procedures. The most common types include: (1) incisional biopsy, in which only a sample of tissue is removed; (2) excisional biopsy, in which an entire lump or suspicious area is removed; and (3) needle biopsy, in which a sample of tissue or fluid is removed with a needle. When a wide needle is used, the procedure is called a core biopsy. When a thin needle is used, the procedure is called a fine-needle aspiration biopsy.
Scientists find high proportion of oral bacteria in gut microbiota of liver cirrhosis patients

Scientists find high proportion of oral bacteria in gut microbiota of liver cirrhosis patients

Scientists from INRA in collaboration with a Chinese team found that the gut microbiota[1] of individuals with liver cirrhosis differ notably from healthy individuals', showing a high proportion of oral bacteria. [More]
Molecular testing panel increases likelihood of performing correct surgery for thyroid cancer patients

Molecular testing panel increases likelihood of performing correct surgery for thyroid cancer patients

The routine use of a molecular testing panel developed at UPMC greatly increases the likelihood of performing the correct initial surgery for patients with thyroid nodules and cancer, report researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partner with UPMC CancerCenter. [More]
EKF Diagnostics to highlight expanding product portfolio at AACC Clinical Lab Expo

EKF Diagnostics to highlight expanding product portfolio at AACC Clinical Lab Expo

EKF Diagnostics, the global diagnostics company, will be highlighting its expanding product portfolio on its subsidiary Stanbio Laboratory’s booth #1933 at the AACC Clinical Lab Expo in Chicago, USA, July 29-31. In addition to demonstrating success of current products, including Stanbio’s ß-HB assay technology and EKF Molecular’s PointMan technology, new products will be introduced at AACC. [More]
Scientist develops highly accurate device for diagnosing fatal lung disease

Scientist develops highly accurate device for diagnosing fatal lung disease

A scientist from the University of Exeter has developed a simple, cheap and highly accurate device for diagnosing a frequently fatal lung disease which attacks immune deficient individuals such as cancer patients and bone marrow transplant recipients. [More]
Epigenetic test helps eliminate unnecessary repeat prostate biopsies

Epigenetic test helps eliminate unnecessary repeat prostate biopsies

More than one million prostate biopsies are performed each year in the U.S. alone, including many repeat biopsies for fear of cancer missed. Therefore there is a need to develop diagnostic tests that will help avoid unnecessary repeat biopsies. [More]
Study confirms effectiveness of EKF PointMan technology for isolating low-level DNA mutations in blood

Study confirms effectiveness of EKF PointMan technology for isolating low-level DNA mutations in blood

EKF Diagnostics, the global diagnostics company, announces that the latest results from its collaboration with the Institute of Life Sciences at the University of Swansea, UK, have continued to confirm the effectiveness of its PointMan DNA enrichment technology for isolating and characterizing low-level DNA mutations in blood. [More]
Beckman announces national availability of Prostate Health Index

Beckman announces national availability of Prostate Health Index

Beckman Coulter Diagnostics, a global leader in prostate cancer diagnostics, announces national availability of the Prostate Health Index (phi)*, a simple, non‐invasive blood test that is three times more specific in detecting prostate cancer1 than PSA (prostate‐specific antigen). [More]
Sixteen cores better than 12 for prostate cancer detection

Sixteen cores better than 12 for prostate cancer detection

Sixteen-core prostate biopsy has a slightly higher cancer detection rate than 12-core biopsy, but with a similar safety profile and no increased detection of clinically insignificant tumours, study findings show. [More]
Scientists examine part of sample consisting of non-human DNA

Scientists examine part of sample consisting of non-human DNA

Much of what we know about Oetzi - for example what he looked like or that he suffered from lactose intolerance - stems from a tiny bone sample which allowed the decoding of his genetic make-up. [More]
Medac Pharma's Rasuvo injection gets FDA approval for RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma's Rasuvo injection gets FDA approval for RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma, Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical company focused on the development of new molecules and improving the effectiveness of existing medicines, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Rasuvo, a subcutaneous injectable methotrexate (MTX) therapy delivered in an auto-injector for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), polyarticular-course juvenile idiopathic arthritis (pJIA) and psoriasis. [More]
Veran announces positive, final results for initial study of SPiNPerc procedure

Veran announces positive, final results for initial study of SPiNPerc procedure

Veran Medical Technologies, a U.S. based medical device company, announced today the positive, cost-effective final results for the initial study of its innovative SPiNPerc procedure. [More]
NeoGenomics launches 23 NGS-based NeoTYPE Cancer Profiles

NeoGenomics launches 23 NGS-based NeoTYPE Cancer Profiles

NeoGenomics, Inc., a leading provider of cancer-focused genetic and molecular testing services, announced today it has launched 23 new and innovative NeoTYPE Cancer Profiles based on next-generation sequencing (NGS). [More]
Researchers identify new genes that likely contribute to asthma

Researchers identify new genes that likely contribute to asthma

In a study published yesterday in the scientific journal Nature Immunology, a group at the La Jolla Institute (LJI) led by Pandurangan Vijayanand, Ph.D. identify new genes that likely contribute to asthma, a disease that currently affects over 200 million people world wide. [More]
Mass spectrometry-based tool successfully used in brain cancer surgery

Mass spectrometry-based tool successfully used in brain cancer surgery

A tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue was successfully used during surgery, according to a Purdue University and Brigham and Women's Hospital study. [More]
Study finds deployment-related respiratory symptoms in veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan

Study finds deployment-related respiratory symptoms in veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan

In a new study of the causes underlying respiratory symptoms in military personnel returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, a large percentage of veterans had non-specific symptoms that did not lead to a specific clinical diagnosis. [More]
New meta-analysis highlights significant gaps in hepatitis C care

New meta-analysis highlights significant gaps in hepatitis C care

A new meta-analysis published online in PLOS ONE by infectious disease and epidemiology specialists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania highlights significant gaps in hepatitis C care that will prove useful as the U.S. health care system continues to see an influx of patients with the disease because of improved screening efforts and new, promising drugs. [More]
Lung cancer patients could benefit from new 'QTA' technique

Lung cancer patients could benefit from new 'QTA' technique

Lung cancer patients could receive more precise treatment, and their progress could be better tracked, using a new high-tech method of non-invasive medical imaging analysis, according to a study published today by the journal PLOS ONE. [More]
Use of NMR in diagnostic research: an interview with Elaine Holmes, Imperial College

Use of NMR in diagnostic research: an interview with Elaine Holmes, Imperial College

The Phenome Center developed out of the Olympic drug testing facility, and we've adapted it so that we use NMR spectrometry, which we have three spectrometers, and mass spectrometry, to take blood and urine from hundreds and thousands of people and profile them to get a biochemical fingerprint of every person. [More]
Outpatient hysteroscopy before IVF doesn't seem to improve IVF results

Outpatient hysteroscopy before IVF doesn't seem to improve IVF results

A large multicentre trial seems finally to have resolved one of IVF's long-running controversies - whether the outlook for women with a poor IVF record can be improved by routine hysteroscopy performed before further IVF treatment. [More]
EMA CHMP recommends marketing authorization for GE's VIZAMYL for PET imaging to detect beta amyloids

EMA CHMP recommends marketing authorization for GE's VIZAMYL for PET imaging to detect beta amyloids

GE Healthcare today announced the receipt of a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use. This opinion recommends the granting of a marketing authorisation for VIZAMYL (Flutemetamol F18 injection), a radiopharmaceutical medicinal product indicated for Positron Emission Tomography imaging of beta amyloid neuritic plaque density in the brains of adult patients with cognitive impairment who are being evaluated for Alzheimer's disease and other causes of cognitive impairment. [More]