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Method lights up beta amyloid for Alzheimer's research
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Rice University researchers have developed a method of illuminating amyloid-b peptides, which are related to the onset of Alzheimer's, by using metallic complexes of dipyridophenazine ruthenium. These complexes naturally stick to beta amyloid proteins called fibrils and the combination becomes highly photoluminescent. The technique should allow for better pathophysiologic studies and tracking of effectiveness of anti-Alzheimer's drugs in laboratory experiments. More

Manufacturers investigate muscular-skeletal conditions associated with microscope use
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Daily microscope users can be easily fatigued by awkward sitting positions and complicated controls. In recent years, researchers have conducted studies to examine microscope ergonomic issues for users with various body heights. This research is critical as data from occupational and medical literature clearly indicate that occupational-based injuries at the workplace are common where microscopes are used extensively. More

High-resolution imaging technology reveals cellular details of coronary arteries
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Researchers have developed a one-micrometer-resolution version of the intravascular imaging technology optical coherence tomography that can reveal cellular and subcellular features of coronary artery disease. In a Nature Medicine paper, the investigators describe how microOCT — which provides 10 times greater resolution than standard OCT — was able to show individual arterial and inflammatory cells, including features that may identify vulnerable plaques, within coronary artery samples. More

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Keynote lecture — One Health: The Intersection of Human, Animal and Environmental Health
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Speaker: Lisa Conti, DVM, MPH, director, Division of Environmental Health at the Florida Department of Health
This presentation — from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the 2011 NSH 37th Symposium/Convention in Cincinnati — is intended to engage participants in a manner that promotes cross-species and environmental factor considerations as a daily habit. The outcomes of our communities' ability to add value to this collaboration — effectively communicating and implementing improvements — are enormous given the complexity of today's "Wicked Problems."

Modular Micro-Slide & Tissue Shelving System

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High quality refurbished histology, pathology, and cytology equipment. Come see where we are going at booths #713 & #715 at the NSH Conference 2011. MORE
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Manufacturer of reagents and kits for the histology laboratory including products for immunohistochemistry, routine & special stains, buffers, fixatives, and mounting media.  MORE

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Some hospitals, health systems get bigger in bid to increase efficiency and profit margins
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When it comes to multi-hospital health systems, the biggest are getting bigger. But many health systems are not covering their costs. These were the findings from a recent annual survey of health systems by Modern Healthcare magazine. It confirms what pathologists and clinical laboratory directors see in many regional markets. More

Positron emission tomography detection of amyloid levels equal to immunohistochemistry
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Detection of amyloid levels by positron emission tomography, measuring fluorine 18-labeled flutemetamol uptake by the brain cortex, is in concordance with immunohistochemical estimation; and, the florbetapir-PET standard uptake value ratios help characterize amyloid levels in patients with Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment, according to two studies published in the Archives of Neurology. More

Glucosamine associated with reduced lung cancer risk
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Long used for support of healthy cartilage and joint structure, research indicates glucosamine supports free-radical scavenging and immunostimulating activities as well. Researchers examine the association including frequency/duration of use, interaction with factors associated with inflammation and lung cancer histology. More

Pathology groups, clinical laboratories should prepare for Medicare RAC auditors
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During the next 12 months, many pathology groups and clinical laboratories will undergo their first audit as part of Medicare's recently-expanded RAC program. This is a big-dollar audit program. When Congress passed the enabling legislation, it was estimated that RAC would generate $10 billion in recoveries from hospitals, physicians, medical laboratories and other providers. More

Method could be used to enhance stem cell therapies
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A method for growing adult stem cells for therapeutic use has been developed by researchers. The work, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, could help speed up developments in stem cell therapies for conditions such as arthritis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The group of engineers and biologists believe they have developed a nanopatterned surface. Created by an injection-molding process similar to that which is used to manufacture Blu-ray discs, the material is covered with microscopic pits that allow stem cells to grow and spread while retaining their stem cell characteristics. More

Vascular pathology in multiple sclerosis: Mind boosting or myth busting?
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Recent reports on changes in venous cerebrospinal outflow, the advent of new magnetic resonance imaging techniques and the investigation of immunomodulatory properties of several vascular mediators on the molecular level have added new excitement to hypotheses centering around vascular pathology as determining factor in the pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis. Researchers critically review the concept of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency in MS patients and describe new imaging techniques. More

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Anatech Ltd develops and manufactures chemical reagents for the histopathology lab. Our complete line of fixing, processing and staining reagents produce high quality, cost effective histology preparations for diagnostic pathology.

Tretinoin, isotretinoin found equally effective for photoaging
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Low-dose oral isotretinoin and alternate-day tretinoin proved similarly effective for treatment of photoaging in a prospective randomized trial. The result of a 12-month study was a draw in terms of efficacy. The two treatment groups showed similar improvements in photoaging based upon blinded dermatologic evaluations, patient self-ratings, quality of life scores and histologic findings. More

Artificial liver tissue predicts drug safety
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To create a better human liver model in which to test potential drugs, Sangeeta Bhatia's laboratory at MIT developed artificial human liver tissue — tissue engineered from preserved human cells in the laboratory that behaves like human liver but can be implanted in mice. The research team tested the artificial liver tissue and determined that it mimics much of the molecular activity of human tissue. Implanted in mice, the artificial tissue produced some of the same interactions and injuries that are usually only seen in humans. More

The EXAKT Cutting/Grinding System
EXAKT Technologies, Inc. began importing the EXAKT Cutting/Grinding System in 1988. Since then the EXAKT System has become the gold standard for the preparation of out-of-the-ordinary samples in many types of industries. And at the NSH in September we’ll be adding something new. Until then visit us at

Molecular testing best for Clostridium difficile
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Results from a comparison study of molecular versus non-molecular testing for Clostridium difficile, or C. difficile, toxin have shown that molecular testing detects 35 percent to 54 percent more positive specimens than other methods. More

Bone protein analysis may augment osteoporosis testing technology
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Health care professionals looking for the signs of osteoporosis typically test bone for its density and calcium content, but new innovations in the field of proteomics may lead to an expansion of such testing to incorporate bone protein exams. In a study published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, researchers from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., announced the creation of a bone analysis technique that examines skeletal tissue at the molecular level. More

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Technology triggers change for microbiology
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Unlike last year, the past 12 months for microbiology were not influenced by influenza, unique strains associated with specific disease entities or emergence of multi-drug resistant isolates from around the world. In fact, 2010 seemed to be more of a stable year regarding laboratory methodologies. More

MicroKit simplifies infectious-disease detection
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A Singapore outfit has developed a device that could dramatically slash the amount of time, costs and human resources needed to diagnose infectious diseases during critical outbreaks. At first glance, the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology's MicroKit looks like a souped-up breadmaker. But its insides reveal the convergence of technologies from a number of different research fields, including electrical, biomedical and chemical engineering. More
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