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June. 20, 2011
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Online site helps consumers interpret medical tests
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Creators of Lab Tests Online, the non-commercial website that helps consumers better understand and interpret their medical tests, announced the site will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year by hosting the site's 100 millionth visitor. "With health care's changing landscape, patients increasingly need to be partners with their providers," says Elissa Passiment, executive vice president for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and a member of Lab Tests Online's Editorial Review Board since its founding. "Lab Tests Online is the ideal resource to help patients understand why their doctors ordered certain tests so they can have intelligent conversations with them and be more active participants in their health care." More



A better way to detect infections in donated organs
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With growing concern about infectious diseases in donated organs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is due to release next month draft guidelines for reducing transmission of hepatitis C and HIV through solid organ transplants. More

After taking on Jeopardy contestants, IBM's Watson 'supercomputer' might be a resource for pathologists
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When IBM’s Watson "supercomputer"squared off against human contestants on the Jeopardy game show last February, there certainly were some pathologists and clinical laboratory managers watching this "man vs. machine" battle of knowledge. But those pathologists and medical lab managers did not realize that IBM intends for Watson to play a major role in helping physicians diagnose and treat disease. More



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FGF-23 hormone linked to risk for end-stage renal disease
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Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23), a hormone that regulates phosphorus metabolism, independently predicts the risk for end-stage renal disease in patients with relatively mild chronic kidney disease and the risk for death regardless of CKD severity, according to the results of a prospective study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. More

Scientists develop new approach for cancer vaccine
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Scientists have developed a technique that uses a library of DNA taken from organs in which tumors can form and harnesses the body's immune response to create a vaccine designed to treat cancer. In a study published in the journal Nature Medicine, researchers said that in early tests in mice with prostate cancer, their experimental vaccine was able to shrink tumors, suggesting it could be developed in future into a treatment for cancer patients. More



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West Nile virus found in birds in Illinois
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Health officials said they have found the first birds to be infected with West Nile virus this year in Illinois in LaSalle and Sandwich counties. The birds were collected earlier this month and tested positive for the virus, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health. More

Pathologists may want to rethink their medical laboratory's use of digital pathology
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Like any new technology in clinical laboratory medicine and health care, digital pathology must demonstrate the right combination of cost-to-acquire, speed-in-use, and added-clinical-value, if it is to gain wide acceptance by pathologists. At the same time, "going digital" has transformed radiology, for example, and this example is often cited by boosters of digital pathology systems. More

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The phenotypic and genetic assessment of antithrombin deficiency
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Antithrombin (A deficiency is associated with an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism which are major causes of morbidity and death. The incidence of deficiency in healthy populations has been reported to vary from 1/600 to 1/5 000, with the variation being due to the different populations studied and detection methods used. When reduced activity levels are identified it is important to measure the AT antigen levels to differentiate type I from type II disorders, as type II defects have varying thrombotic risk. More

Diet appears to modulate Alzheimer's biomarker
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Results of a new study provide more evidence that diet may modulate the risk for Alzheimer's disease. In a four-week diet intervention study, healthy cognitively intact older adults who stuck to a low-saturated-fat, low-glycemic-index diet experienced decreases in cerebrospinal fluid levels of β-amyloid 42, a biomarker of Alzheimer's disease risk. More



Chinese cows churn out 'human breast milk'
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Chinese scientists have produced a herd of genetically modified cows that make milk that could substitute for human breast milk — a possible alternative to formula in a nation rocked by tainted milk powder scandals. More

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New tools to aid dengue fight
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Those who suspect they may be down with dengue could soon be diagnosed without undergoing the traditional blood test. An alternative method undergoing trials could soon spare patients the pain of being pricked by needles to draw blood and, instead, does the job with just a swab of the mouth for saliva. More
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