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Identifying infections rapidly: an interview with Dr. David J. Ecker

Identifying infections rapidly: an interview with Dr. David J. Ecker

Current methods for diagnosing infectious diseases are based on the 150-year-old culture method, where physicians collect a sample of a patient’s tissue, such as blood, mucus or urine, and transfer it onto media bottle to allow the pathogens to grow. [More]
BIDMC scientists uncover new class of molecules that protects against diabetes

BIDMC scientists uncover new class of molecules that protects against diabetes

Scientists at the Salk Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have discovered a new class of molecules—produced in human and mouse fat—that protects against diabetes. [More]
Slug flow microextraction method for drug testing yields results in one minute

Slug flow microextraction method for drug testing yields results in one minute

A new technique makes it possible to quickly detect the presence of drugs or to monitor certain medical conditions using only a single drop of blood or urine, representing a potential tool for clinicians and law enforcement. [More]
Discovery offers promising new avenue for prevention, treatment of type 2 diabetes

Discovery offers promising new avenue for prevention, treatment of type 2 diabetes

The surprising discovery of a previously unidentified class of lipid molecules that enhance insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control offers a promising new avenue for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. [More]
Pitt researchers awarded new $5.8 million NIH grant to develop microfluidic 3D liver model system

Pitt researchers awarded new $5.8 million NIH grant to develop microfluidic 3D liver model system

With a new $5.8 million, three-year award from the National Institutes of Health, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will further develop a state-of-the-art, microfluidic 3D model system that mimics structure and function of the liver to better predict organ physiology, assess drug toxicity and build disease models. [More]
Research findings provide avenue for targeted therapy to treat AML

Research findings provide avenue for targeted therapy to treat AML

A novel study by the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore at the National University of Singapore found that an increase in a gene known as Leo1 affects other genes that are directly implicated in acute myelogenous leukaemia (AML), increasing the incidence of cancer. [More]

UMass Amherst doctoral student in chemistry receives USP's 2014-15 Global Fellowship Award

University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral student in chemistry Khaja Muneeruddin is one of three promising young scientists to recently receive the 2014-15 Global Fellowship Award from the United States Pharmacopeial Convention, dual publishers of the official pharmacopeia and National Formulary (NF), the book of directions for identifying compound medicines. [More]
Eating food just before taking TB drug could reduce effectiveness of medicine

Eating food just before taking TB drug could reduce effectiveness of medicine

The timing of food intake in the early phase of TB treatment could have a negative impact on the effectiveness of TB treatment. [More]
BIOCRATES launches first-ever bile acids kit based on targeted metabolite quantitation

BIOCRATES launches first-ever bile acids kit based on targeted metabolite quantitation

Austrian BIOCRATES Life Sciences AG, internationally renowned developer and marketer of innovative targeted metabolomics solutions, further expands its range of metabolomics-based kits with the addition of its assay for the determination of endogenous bile acids, allowing a panel of up to 19 analytes to be simultaneously quantitated from a single 10 µL sample of human or mouse plasma. [More]
Scientists pave way for improved tools to diagnose, predict and monitor cancer

Scientists pave way for improved tools to diagnose, predict and monitor cancer

Scientists have shown how to better identify and measure vital molecules that control cell behaviour - paving the way for improved tools for diagnosis, prediction and monitoring of cancer. [More]
Scientists pave way for improved tools to predict and monitor cancer

Scientists pave way for improved tools to predict and monitor cancer

Scientists have shown how to better identify and measure vital molecules that control cell behaviour - paving the way for improved tools for diagnosis, prediction and monitoring of cancer. [More]
Research to determine breath test's effectivness in patient with COPD

Research to determine breath test's effectivness in patient with COPD

NYU Langone Medical Center will lead a new clinical initiative -- funded by a $225,000 grant from The National Institutes of Health -- to determine a breath test's effectivness to identify volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in human breath that are biomarkers of chronic obstrutive pulmonary disease (COPD). [More]
Research offers hope to patient suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Research offers hope to patient suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Research at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology offers hope to those who suffer from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, an incurable, debilitating disease that cuts young lives short. [More]
Imaging system rapidly detects molecular marker in brain gliomas, enables removal of tumor

Imaging system rapidly detects molecular marker in brain gliomas, enables removal of tumor

During tumor surgery, surgeons work to remove tumor tissue without damaging surrounding healthy tissue. [More]
New approach to predict myeloma patients using calcium isotope analysis

New approach to predict myeloma patients using calcium isotope analysis

A team of researchers from Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic is showing how a staple of Earth science research can be used in biomedical settings to predict the course of disease. [More]
Exposure of pregnant women and fetuses to antibacterial compounds leads to health risk

Exposure of pregnant women and fetuses to antibacterial compounds leads to health risk

As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mulls over whether to rein in the use of common antibacterial compounds that are causing growing concern among environmental health experts, scientists are reporting today that many pregnant women and their fetuses are being exposed to these substances. [More]
Researchers describe how PAI-1 protein behaves in its short life

Researchers describe how PAI-1 protein behaves in its short life

The human body contains a unique protein that has the unusual property of destroying itself after a few hours of existence - it must therefore be continually recreated and is no stable protein. [More]
Botanical dietary supplement screening with NMR and MS – an interview with Kim Colson

Botanical dietary supplement screening with NMR and MS – an interview with Kim Colson

My name is Kim Colson. I’m the Business Development Manager for Bruker Biospin, and right now my group is focusing on the botanical and herbal products and dietary supplements industry, and bringing new tools to that industry that will help to meet their needs for quality control assurance. [More]
Researchers find molecule that irreversibly interferes with activity of mutated cancer gene

Researchers find molecule that irreversibly interferes with activity of mutated cancer gene

UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer researchers have found a molecule that selectively and irreversibly interferes with the activity of a mutated cancer gene common in 30 percent of tumors. [More]
Cancer researchers find molecule that irreversibly interferes with KRAS gene

Cancer researchers find molecule that irreversibly interferes with KRAS gene

UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer researchers have found a molecule that selectively and irreversibly interferes with the activity of a mutated cancer gene common in 30 percent of tumors. [More]