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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.
First participant enrolled in RepliCel's RCT-01 Phase 1/2 clinical trial for treatment of chronic tendinosis

First participant enrolled in RepliCel's RCT-01 Phase 1/2 clinical trial for treatment of chronic tendinosis

RepliCel Life Sciences Inc., a clinical stage regenerative medicine company focused on the development of autologous cell therapies, announced today that the first participant in its Phase 1/2 clinical trial of RCT-01, being tested for the treatment of chronic unilateral Achilles tendinosis, has been enrolled and their tissue biopsy sent for processing prior to intra-tendon ultrasound-guided injections. [More]
New paper evaluates effect of topical benzoyl peroxide on Propionibacterium acnes during shoulder surgery

New paper evaluates effect of topical benzoyl peroxide on Propionibacterium acnes during shoulder surgery

A new paper to be published in The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery evaluates the effect that topical benzoyl peroxide (BPO), with chlorhexidine skin preparation, has on the presence of Propionibacterium acnes cultured at the time of shoulder surgery. The authors hypothesized that adding topical BPO, the active ingredient in Clearasil, to the pre-operative skin preparation would reduce the number of positive P. acnes cultures identified during surgery. [More]
Caltech chemists develop new sensitive technique that can detect colorectal cancer in tissue samples

Caltech chemists develop new sensitive technique that can detect colorectal cancer in tissue samples

Chemists at Caltech have developed a new sensitive technique capable of detecting colorectal cancer in tissue samples -- a method that could one day be used in clinical settings for the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer. [More]
WHO prequalifies new male circumcision device to prevent HIV

WHO prequalifies new male circumcision device to prevent HIV

The ShangRing, a novel medical device for voluntary medical male circumcision, has received prequalification from the World Health Organization (WHO) for use. [More]
Selective use of biomarker testing for breast cancer patients can save millions of dollars in health care spending

Selective use of biomarker testing for breast cancer patients can save millions of dollars in health care spending

A review of medical records for almost 200 patients with breast cancer suggests that more selective use of biomarker testing for such patients has the potential to save millions of dollars in health care spending without compromising care, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. [More]
Targeted molecular-imaging method could help identify early stages of prostate cancer

Targeted molecular-imaging method could help identify early stages of prostate cancer

A targeted molecular-imaging method under development at Rochester Institute of Technology could help detect early stages of prostate cancer and improve image-directed biopsies. [More]
Automated droplet-based surface sampling probe analyzes liver biopsy sample in 10 minutes

Automated droplet-based surface sampling probe analyzes liver biopsy sample in 10 minutes

Surgeons could know while their patients are still on the operating table if a tissue is cancerous, according to researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School. [More]
NIBIB-funded researcher develops new technique for tissue analysis

NIBIB-funded researcher develops new technique for tissue analysis

An NIBIB-funded researcher has developed a new technique that creates digital pictures of a tissue's chemical composition using light and a computer. The technique replaces the need for dyes or stains, which can be costly and require significant time and effort to apply. [More]
Simple test could help identify genetically inherited risk for prostate cancer

Simple test could help identify genetically inherited risk for prostate cancer

Men with an elevated, genetically inherited risk for prostate cancer could be routinely identified with a simple blood or urine test, scientists at UC San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente Northern California have concluded, potentially paving the way to better or earlier diagnosis. [More]
Young thyroid cancer patients with lymph node involvement at increased risk of dying

Young thyroid cancer patients with lymph node involvement at increased risk of dying

Patients older than age 45 with thyroid cancer that has spread to neck lymph nodes have long been considered at higher risk of dying, but the same has not been true for younger patients. [More]
MedUni Vienna uses new MR technique to classify adenomas

MedUni Vienna uses new MR technique to classify adenomas

Adenomas are rare liver tumours, a certain percentage of which can become malignant. Using a new MR (magnetic resonance) technique at MedUni Vienna, it is now possible to classify adenomas without subjecting patients to invasive tissue sampling procedures. [More]
Juniper announces enrollment of first patient in COL-1077 Phase II trial to reduce pain during endometrial biopsy

Juniper announces enrollment of first patient in COL-1077 Phase II trial to reduce pain during endometrial biopsy

Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutics for women's health, announced today the first patient has been enrolled in a Phase II clinical trial of COL-1077, a 10% lidocaine bioadhesive gel that is intended as an acute-use anesthetic during minimally invasive gynecologic procedures. [More]
EORTC prospective registry targets patients with minimal sentinel node tumor burden in melanoma

EORTC prospective registry targets patients with minimal sentinel node tumor burden in melanoma

Sentinel node biopsy is the standard staging procedure for melanoma patients, and sentinel node status is the most important prognostic factor for disease outcome in AJCC stage I/II disease. However, the therapeutic value of the sentinel node procedure followed by early completion lymph node dissection is still controversial. [More]
Weill Cornell scientists reveal how XBP1 gene can trigger immune responses against ovarian tumors

Weill Cornell scientists reveal how XBP1 gene can trigger immune responses against ovarian tumors

Ovarian cancer shuts down immune system cells that would otherwise act as a first line of defense against the deadly tumor, Weill Cornell Medical College scientists report today. But a therapy that restores the cells' disease-fighting abilities could provide a powerful new strategy to attack the cancer, which kills more than 14,000 women each year. [More]
Monteris Medical's NeuroBlate System wins Gold 2015 Medical Design Excellence Award

Monteris Medical's NeuroBlate System wins Gold 2015 Medical Design Excellence Award

Monteris Medical today announced that its NeuroBlate System, a minimally invasive robotic laser thermotherapy tool for treating neurological lesions, has been selected as a gold winning product in the "Surgical Equipment, Instruments, and Supplies" category of the 2015 Medical Design Excellence Awards. [More]
NeoGenomics announces launch of new NeoLAB assays to diagnose hematologic diseases

NeoGenomics announces launch of new NeoLAB assays to diagnose hematologic diseases

NeoGenomics, Inc., a leading provider of cancer-focused genetic testing services, announced today the launch of its first twelve tests in a new line of "liquid biopsy" or NeoLAB assays using next generation sequencing and other advanced molecular technologies. [More]
Diagnosing brain lesions in children can be challenging, report Loyola physicians

Diagnosing brain lesions in children can be challenging, report Loyola physicians

Brain lesions in children can be especially challenging to diagnose, according to a report in the journal Frontiers in Neurology by a multidisciplinary team of Loyola University Medical Center physicians.' [More]
Pathology expert shares vital information about prostate cancer

Pathology expert shares vital information about prostate cancer

Requesting a copy of your pathology report, asking questions of your doctor and playing an active role in decision-making are important ways that men should take control of their health. [More]
QUT cancer and eye researchers named in Queen's Birthday honours

QUT cancer and eye researchers named in Queen's Birthday honours

Professor Clements is honoured for her outstanding contribution to biomedical research, particularly prostate cancer research, and for her success in generating ongoing funding to support the establishment of critically-needed national medical research facilities. [More]
NGS mutational testing can help detect patients with Barrett's esophagus

NGS mutational testing can help detect patients with Barrett's esophagus

Barrett's esophagus (BE) develops in a subset of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and can increase the risk of developing cancer of the esophagus. Although periodic surveillance for cancer is recommended for BE patients, these examinations may fail to identify pre-cancerous dysplasia and early cancers. [More]
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