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Researcher develops novel IBT to help opioid-dependent Vermonters

Opioid dependence - addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers - has reached epidemic levels across the country, with treatment waitlists also at an all-time high. [More]
Siemens, NKF form new alliance to improve screening for kidney disease in high-risk individuals

Siemens, NKF form new alliance to improve screening for kidney disease in high-risk individuals

Siemens Healthcare and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announced today a new strategic alliance focusing on education, awareness and screening for kidney disease in high-risk individuals. This important collaboration will leverage the latest testing recommendations from the NKF to improve detection among the 73 million Americans at risk for kidney disease. [More]

Sysmex America, Henry Schein sign three-year distribution agreement

Sysmex America, Inc., a global leader in medical diagnostic testing equipment and information systems technology, and Henry Schein, Inc., the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, today announced the signing of a three-year distribution agreement between the companies effective immediately. [More]

New Access Total βhCG (5th IS) assay from Beckman Coulter receives FDA clearance and is granted CE Mark for Europe

Aligned with its commitment to help move reproductive health management forward, Beckman Coulter Diagnostics has received clearance for its new Access Total βhCG (5th IS) assay from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k), as well as being granted the CE Mark specifically for Europe. [More]
Emergent BioSolutions enters into definitive agreement to acquire Cangene

Emergent BioSolutions enters into definitive agreement to acquire Cangene

Emergent BioSolutions Inc.announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Cangene Corporation (TSX: CNJ) under which Emergent will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Cangene in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.24 per share on a fully diluted basis for an aggregate purchase price of $222 million. [More]
Diagnosing colonic polyps: an interview with Dr. Haili Wang, Metabolomic Technologies Inc. (MTI)

Diagnosing colonic polyps: an interview with Dr. Haili Wang, Metabolomic Technologies Inc. (MTI)

Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of death in North America, but it is preventable if found at the colonic polyp stage. Currently, only 39% of colorectal cancer cases in the US are diagnosed at an early and treatable stage. [More]
Diagnosing influenza with rapid tests leads to more efficient care

Diagnosing influenza with rapid tests leads to more efficient care

When patients in the emergency department (ED) are diagnosed with influenza by means of a rapid test, they get fewer unnecessary antibiotics, are prescribed antiviral medications more frequently, and have fewer additional lab tests compared to patients diagnosed with influenza without testing, according to a new study. Published online in the Journal of the Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Society, the findings suggest that diagnosing influenza with a rapid diagnostic test leads to more appropriate, specific, and efficient care. [More]

Vitamin D Total assay for use on Access 2 and UniCel DxI immunoassay systems receives CE Mark

Beckman Coulter, Inc. announces the CE Mark approval of Access 25 (OH) Vitamin D Total assay for use on the Access 2 and UniCel DxI series of immunoassay systems. Offering enhanced performance, the new assay is an important addition to the company’s bone metabolism assay menu. [More]
Research deals with important issues in the field of urolithiasi

Research deals with important issues in the field of urolithiasi

A balance between the activation of the inflammatory macrophages and suppression of the anti-inflammatory macrophages in the kidney may play a pivotal role in kidney stone formation. These macrophage-derived mediators may have potential as biomarkers to reflect the urinary stone risk, according to a new study from Japan, which was recently presented at the recent 2nd Meeting of the EAU Section of Urolithiasis and received Clinical Research Award. [More]
More than 3,000 chemicals or "metabolites" can be detected in urine, say researchers

More than 3,000 chemicals or "metabolites" can be detected in urine, say researchers

Researchers at the University of Alberta announced today that they have determined the chemical composition of human urine. The study, which took more than seven years and involved a team of nearly 20 researchers, has revealed that more than 3,000 chemicals or "metabolites" can be detected in urine. [More]
65 metabolites in urine simultaneously measured by clinical IEM-by-NMR screening study in Turkey

65 metabolites in urine simultaneously measured by clinical IEM-by-NMR screening study in Turkey

At the 12th International Congress of Inborn Errors of Metabolism (www.iciem2013.com), Bruker announces another milestone in the cost-effective use of NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectroscopy screening as a clinical research tool for metabolic screening and small molecule in vitro diagnostics (IVD) research and validation. [More]
Alzheimer’s drug trial: an interview with Geoffrey Kempler, Chairman & CEO Prana Biotechnology

Alzheimer’s drug trial: an interview with Geoffrey Kempler, Chairman & CEO Prana Biotechnology

Approval for the IMAGINE trial was granted by the Austin Health Research Ethics Committee in November 2011, with the first patients dosed in March the following year. However, well before the trial was approved, PBT2 had already shown promise in significantly changing Abeta levels in spinal fluid while improving cognition in a previous 12-week trial conducted in 2006. [More]

RXi Pharmaceuticals reports positive results from 2 placebo-controlled double blind studies of RXI-109

RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing innovative therapies addressing major unmet medical needs using RNA-targeted technologies, today announced the unblinded results of the first of their 2 placebo-controlled double blind studies in volunteers with their anti-scarring agent RXI-109, a proprietary sd-rxRNA compound that has been shown in vitro and in animals to reduce mRNA for connective tissue growth factor. [More]
New screening method to diagnose breast cancer

New screening method to diagnose breast cancer

A Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher has developed a new screening method that uses urinalysis to diagnose breast cancer - and determine its severity - before it could be detected with a mammogram. [More]
Mid-stream urine collection system: an interview with Giovanna Forte, Managing Director, Forte Medical

Mid-stream urine collection system: an interview with Giovanna Forte, Managing Director, Forte Medical

The mid-stream (MSU) is urine from the bladder, which carries the information clinicians need to accurately identify and diagnose a UTI, or in the case of antenatal patients, make sure all is well. [More]
Unnecessary use of antibiotics in elderly women in EDs increases risk of unintended consequences

Unnecessary use of antibiotics in elderly women in EDs increases risk of unintended consequences

Older adults represent an important and growing demographic in emergency departments across the country, with urinary tract infections being one of the leading causes for ED visits. [More]
Schizophrenia patients experiencing relapse are more likely to develop UTIs

Schizophrenia patients experiencing relapse are more likely to develop UTIs

Schizophrenia patients experiencing relapse are 29 times more likely than healthy individuals to have a urinary tract infection, researchers report. [More]
Study reports on development and testing of Hematuria Risk Index to predict cancer risk

Study reports on development and testing of Hematuria Risk Index to predict cancer risk

Microscopic amounts of blood in urine have been considered a risk factor for urinary tract malignant tumors. However, only a small proportion of patients referred for investigation are subsequently found to have cancer. A new Kaiser Permanente Southern California study published in the February Mayo Clinic Proceedings reports on the development and testing of a Hematuria Risk Index to predict cancer risk. [More]
Leading urologic oncologist explains bladder cancer basics

Leading urologic oncologist explains bladder cancer basics

An unhappy bladder won't be ignored. Frequent urination, pain while urinating, burning while urinating, blood in the urine, and even back pain or pelvic pain can all be symptoms of bladder cancer or other urinary tract problems. The trick, however, is that the absence of urinary symptoms doesn't guarantee a healthy bladder. [More]
Canine lymphoma treatment adds up to cystitis

Canine lymphoma treatment adds up to cystitis

High cumulative doses of the alkylator cyclophosphamide could be to blame for the development of sterile hemorrhagic cystitis in dogs being treated for lymphoma, indicate the results of a US study. [More]