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This two-day collaboration brings the best of the three organizations offering a fantastic educational program and an Exhibit Fair for one low price. The program features local speakers from Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and more! Check out the full agenda by clicking here. Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 10.5-12 continuing education credits with multiple workshop options, general sessions and an HT Readiness Course. Register now!
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Histotechnology Professionals Day Scavenger Hunt — March 10-17
Happy Histotechnology Professionals Week! We hope you enjoyed your celebration on Monday, and we loved seeing the photos being posted to our Facebook Page. As a reminder, be sure to join in the NSH scavenger hunt this week and submit 10 out of the 15 questions by March 17 to be entered into a drawing for a $250 Visa Gift Card! Good luck and have fun!
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Latest prostate cancer study adds to debate
The Boston Globe
New findings from a two decadelong clinical trial of Swedish prostate cancer patients will probably fuel the debate over the best way to treat men diagnosed with early, slow-growing tumors. The study, conducted by researchers from Sweden and the Harvard School of Public Health, found that men under age 65 who had their prostate gland surgically removed were less likely to die from their cancer than those who were not treated unless their cancer progressed — a strategy called watchful waiting.
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Foundation Medicine striving to use next-generation gene sequencing to enrich diagnostic value offered to physicians by clinical laboratories
Dark Daily
Next-generation gene sequencing is already changing how cancer is diagnosed and treated for a growing number of patients. Because it moves healthcare closer toward personalized medicine, this development has major implications for anatomic pathology groups and clinical laboratories.
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Diagnosing diseases with smartphones
R&D Magazine
Smartphones are capable of giving us directions when we're lost, sending photos and videos to our friends in mere seconds, and even helping us find the best burger joint in a three-mile radius. But thanks to UH Cullen College of Engineering researchers, smart phones may soon be boasting another very important function: diagnosing diseases in real time.
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A link between blood and plasma trace metals in Alzheimer's disease?
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Alzheimer's disease, or AD, is the most common type of dementia in the elderly, with a rapidly increasing prevalence. In the past three decades, we have witnessed remarkable advances in our understanding of AD, both in terms of the disease course and its symptoms. About 20 genes have been identified to be associated with an altered risk for late onset AD, which could potentially serve as new therapeutic candidates. However, the risk variability and limited power of allelic risk candidates have led to the conclusion that there must be other factors, such as toxic exposure and environmental factors.
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US gene mapping study shows promise, challenges
Bioscience Technology
These days, it's faster and cheaper than ever to decipher a person's entire DNA. But a small U.S. study suggests that looking for disease risks that way may not be ready for the masses. For one thing, the research found that gene variants most likely linked with significant disease were the least likely to be accurately identified. And analyzing the mass of data from the DNA scan is a daunting task, researchers said.
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Fluorescence microscopy aids in melanoma development discovery
BioOptics World
Using fluorescence microscopy, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University Hospital and the LIMES Institute of the University of Bonn in Germany has discovered that sunburns contribute to the development of malignant melanoma — not only through direct alteration of pigment cell genomes, but also indirectly through inflammatory processes in the surrounding tissue.
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Unexpected cell-hijack method revealed in pancreatic cancer
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Pancreatic stellate cells, which normally aid tissue repair, unwittingly help pancreatic cancer grow and spread in a method of cell hijack only seen before in brain and breast cancer, according to new research. The research also revealed that the process can be blocked, thereby preventing the growth and spread of the tumor. The study set out to investigate the messaging mechanisms between cancer cells and the thick, fibrous stroma tissue that coats pancreatic tumors. It is this tissue that is believed to provide a nutrient-rich 'soil' in which cancer cells can grow.
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Cell regeneration may ease Alzheimer's symptoms
Laboratory Equipment
Alzheimer's disease is the most widespread degenerative neurological disorder in the world. More than 5 million Americans live with it, and one in three senior citizens will die with the disease or a similar form of dementia. While memory loss is a common symptom of Alzheimer's, other behavioral manifestations — depression, loss of inhibition, delusions, agitation, anxiety and aggression — can be even more challenging for victims and their families to live with.
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Grape seed promising against colon cancer
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Grape seed can aid the effectiveness of chemotherapy in killing colon cancer cells as well as reducing chemotherapy side effects, according to new research. Combining grape seed extracts with chemotherapy has potential as a new approach for colon cancer treatment — both to reduce intestinal damage commonly caused by cancer chemotherapy and to enhance its effect. Lead author Amy Cheah, Ph.D., of the University of Adelaide in South Australia, explained that there is a growing body of evidence about the antioxidant health benefits of grape seed tannins or polyphenols as anti-inflammatory agents and, more recently, for their anti-cancer properties.
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