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Raising awareness of sickle cell disease risks

Raising awareness of sickle cell disease risks

Members of the public in sub-Saharan Africa who are carriers of the hereditary disease sickle cell disease must be educated aggressively through public health campaigns to raise awareness of the risks of parenting offspring with the disease if their partner is also a carrier, according to research published in the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics. [More]
Endo announces acquisition of rights to Natesto (testosterone nasal gel)

Endo announces acquisition of rights to Natesto (testosterone nasal gel)

Endo International plc, announced today the acquisition of rights to Natesto (testosterone nasal gel), the first and only testosterone nasal gel for replacement therapy in adult males diagnosed with hypogonadism, from Trimel BioPharma SRL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trimel Pharmaceuticals Corporation. [More]
Hydroxyurea therapy offers safe, effective disease management of SCA

Hydroxyurea therapy offers safe, effective disease management of SCA

Conclusive data show that hydroxyurea therapy offers safe and effective disease management of sickle cell anemia (SCA) and reduces the risk of stroke, prompting early termination by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of a key clinical trial studying the drug's efficacy. [More]

Point of care hemoglobin analyzer launched by EKF Diagnostics at Medica 2014

EKF Diagnostics, the global diagnostics company, has introduced the DiaSpect TM point of care (POC) hemoglobin analyzer at Medica 2014, 12-15th November, Düsseldorf, Germany. Alongside this new product, EKF exhibited a new version of its Hemo Control hemoglobin analyzer, the industry-leading Biosen glucose and lactate analyzer, as well as previewing SensPoint, a new lactate analyzer designed for use in professional medical settings. [More]
New handheld probe can produce detailed images of blood vessels, other internal body parts

New handheld probe can produce detailed images of blood vessels, other internal body parts

A new handheld probe developed by a team of university and industry researchers in the Netherlands and France could give doctors powerful new imaging capabilities right in the palms of their hands. The imaging system, which is described in a paper published in The Optical Society's open-access journal Optics Express, shrinks a technology that once filled a whole lab bench down to a computer screen and a small probe about the size of a stapler. [More]
HemoCue WBC Analyzers now used in US hospitals for handling suspected Ebola patients

HemoCue WBC Analyzers now used in US hospitals for handling suspected Ebola patients

HemoCue America, a leader in advanced point-of-care testing (POCT) systems, today announced delivery of HemoCue White Blood Cell (WBC) Analyzers to a number of US hospitals. The WBC Analyzers are a part of emergency preparedness plans for handling of suspected Ebola patients. [More]
DOST imaging may help predict tumor response before starting treatment

DOST imaging may help predict tumor response before starting treatment

A Dartmouth study suggests that it may be possible to use Diffuse Optical Spectroscopic Tomographic imaging (DOST) to predict which patients will best respond to chemotherapy used to shrink breast cancer tumors before surgery. These findings could eliminate delays in effective early treatment for tumors unlikely to respond to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC). [More]
Janssen announces submission of IMBRUVICA sNDA to FDA for WM treatment

Janssen announces submission of IMBRUVICA sNDA to FDA for WM treatment

Janssen Research & Development, LLC today announced the submission of a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by its strategic partner Pharmacyclics, Inc. [More]
Viewpoints: Health law opposition not propelling GOP; keep politics out of the fight against Ebola

Viewpoints: Health law opposition not propelling GOP; keep politics out of the fight against Ebola

As recently as April, Obamacare was going to be the silver bullet for Republicans in this year's midterm elections. The leader of conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity said his plan was to make Obamacare "the No. 1 issue in the country." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declared that the law would be "a huge disaster in 2014" and the deciding factor in November. Well, that was then. Now, three weeks from Election Day, some GOP challengers trying to knock off Democratic incumbent senators have scaled back their anti-Obamacare ads in favor of new targets such as the economy and national security (10/13). [More]

CSL Plasma chooses OrSense's NBM200 Hb testing device for screening Hb levels in plasma donors

OrSense Ltd., developer of solutions for non-invasive measurements of hemoglobin, today announced that CSL Plasma, Germany, has completed the transition to OrSense's NBM200 Hb testing device for screening of Hb levels in plasma donors. [More]
CytoSorbents named Health sector winner at 2014 GREAT Tech Awards Gala

CytoSorbents named Health sector winner at 2014 GREAT Tech Awards Gala

CytoSorbents Corporation is proud to announce that it was named the Health sector winner at the 2014 GREAT Tech Awards Gala last evening. Sponsored by United Kingdom Trade & Investment and the British Consulate General New York, the GREAT Tech Awards selected one winner in each of six categories from a pool of 120 high growth companies from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. [More]
CytoSorbents announces launch of International CytoSorb Treatment Registry

CytoSorbents announces launch of International CytoSorb Treatment Registry

CytoSorbents Corporation, a critical care immunotherapy company using blood purification to treat life-threatening conditions, announced the launch of its International CytoSorb Treatment Registry, established and managed by the Center of Clinical Trials at the University of Jena, Germany. [More]
Avalon Ventures, GSK jointly launch two new early-stage life science companies

Avalon Ventures, GSK jointly launch two new early-stage life science companies

Avalon Ventures today announced the launch of two new companies formed through its collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline to fund and launch up to 10 early-stage life science companies. [More]
Photoacoustics could become alternative to mammography or sonogram for breast cancer detection

Photoacoustics could become alternative to mammography or sonogram for breast cancer detection

One of the lines of research of OILTEBIA, a European science project coordinated by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, is a method to detect breast cancer based on photoacoustics and which could become an alternative to mammography or sonogram. [More]
Simple point-of-care testing device provides more rapid diagnosis of anemia

Simple point-of-care testing device provides more rapid diagnosis of anemia

A simple point-of-care testing device for anemia could provide more rapid diagnosis of the common blood disorder and allow inexpensive at-home self-monitoring of persons with chronic forms of the disease. [More]
Regular consumption of mango by obese adults may lower blood sugar levels

Regular consumption of mango by obese adults may lower blood sugar levels

Research published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolic Insights found that regular consumption of mango by obese adults may lower blood sugar levels and does not negatively impact body weight. [More]
Researchers measure stiffness of membrane surrounding red blood cells over time

Researchers measure stiffness of membrane surrounding red blood cells over time

It may look like fresh blood and flow like fresh blood, but the longer blood is stored, the less it can carry oxygen into the tiny microcapillaries of the body, says a new study from University of Illinois researchers. [More]
Positive clinical data for first procedural therapy to treat type 2 diabetes from Fractyl

Positive clinical data for first procedural therapy to treat type 2 diabetes from Fractyl

Fractyl Laboratories Inc. today announced positive clinical data for the first procedural therapy to directly treat the underlying digestive causes of insulin resistance in patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. [More]
Football players are found to be carriers of sickle cell trait later in life

Football players are found to be carriers of sickle cell trait later in life

From 2000 to 2014, nine collegiate football players unexpectedly collapsed and died during training. The cause? Muscle breakdown leading to organ failure. [More]
Kids, adolescents are at increased risk of developing diabetes if exposed to antipsychotics

Kids, adolescents are at increased risk of developing diabetes if exposed to antipsychotics

A study published in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that children and adolescents diagnosed with a psychiatric diagnosis had an increased risk of developing diabetes if they were exposed to antipsychotics. [More]