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Winners of the Leadership, Education, Advocacy Award announced
The Leadership, Education, Advocacy Awards are given to individuals and laboratories nominated by their peers that best exemplify the qualities of dedication and service to NSH and recognize demonstrated excellence in the field of histotechnology. Click here for a list of this year's recipients.
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New imaging test for multiple sclerosis developed at Case could help speed up new treatments
The Plain Dealer
Multiple sclerosis, an immune-related disease of the brain and spinal cord that causes muscle spasms, numbness and difficulty walking, has no cure. Several treatments can stabilize the disease early in its course or slow it down once it has advanced, but many of them have serious side effects. One of the impediments to advancing research on new treatments for MS is that there is no imaging test that can track or show the exact state of damage to the myelin, which is the fatty protective insulation to the nerves that is broken down during the disease.
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Adult cancer patients younger than 50 with limited brain mets have improved SOS after SRS alone
Science Codex
When treated with stereotactic radiosurgery that is not combined with whole brain radiotherapy, adult brain cancer patients who were 50 years old and younger were found to have improved survival, according to research presented Sept. 23 at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's 55th Annual Meeting. Younger patients (under 50 years old) were also found to be at no greater risk of new brain metastases developing despite omission of WBRT.
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Missing immune response may prove a vital link for new leukemia treatments
Medical News Today
Patients suffering from leukemia could have their immune system engineered to fight the disease, after scientists at the University of Birmingham discovered that they lacked an immune response to a certain class of proteins which, could be restored through stem cell transplants.
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New method for analyzing gene expression in single cells opens a window into tumors
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research via Medical Xpress
A team of researchers affiliated with Ludwig Cancer Research and the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden report in the current issue of Nature Methods a dramatically improved technique for analyzing the genes expressed within a single cell — a capability of relevance to everything from basic research to future cancer diagnostics.
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Japanese prime minister funds stem cells to help cure Japan wasting disease
Economic regeneration is the name of the game for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and cellular regeneration is one way to play it. The government is pushing through bills to fast-track regulatory approval for cell-based products and set new research guidelines. It's also funding a $1.12 billion study of a type of stem cell free from ethical concerns over embryo harvesting that have dogged the science for more than a decade.
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Future of cancer treatment or pricey mistake?
If you build it, will they pay? Plans to build a $235 million facility in New York City to treat cancer with proton-beam therapy are still proceeding — as are projects for new proton-beam centers around the country — even as some insurers balk at covering the pricier therapy for prostate cancers because of cost-versus-benefit concerns.
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Finding the right partner to solve the lyophilization challenge
By Peter Soelkner
About 30 percent of all parenteral drugs approved by the FDA in the past few years involved freeze-dried substances. Experts are predicting a possible rise to even 50 percent in the future. It's definitely a challenge for R&D as well as commercial filling. Therefore, many pharmaceutical and biotech companies rely on outsourcing partners. But how do you find the right partner for the challenge?
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Clot busting simulations test potential stroke treatment
R&D Magazine
Researchers are using computer simulations to investigate how ultrasound and tiny bubbles injected into the bloodstream might break up blood clots, limiting the damage caused by a stroke in its first hours. Strokes are the most common cause of long-term disability in the U.S. and the third most common cause of death. More than 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke every year, which happens when a clot blocks an artery or blood vessel and restricts blood flow to the brain.
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Study: Mucus protects uterine and pancreatic cancer cells
A "vicious cycle" produces mucus that protects uterine and pancreatic cancer cells and promotes their proliferation, U.S. researchers say. Biochemist Daniel Carson, dean of Rice University's Wiess School of Natural Sciences; lead author Neeraja Dharmaraj, a postdoctoral researcher; and graduate student Brian Engel found that protein receptors on the surface of cancer cells go into overdrive to stimulate the production of MUC1, a glycoprotein that forms mucin, or mucus.
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Specific sugar molecule causes growth of cancer cells
Oncology Nurse Advisor
The process of glycosylation, where sugar molecules are attached to proteins, has long been of interest to scientists, particularly because certain sugar molecules are present in very high numbers in cancer cells. It now turns out that these sugar molecules are not only present in malignant cells but actually aid in their growth. In the long term, this discovery is an important step toward a cure that can stop the growth of cancer cells.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Patients share DNA for cures (The Wall Street Journal)
New pancreatic stem cell research could transform treatment (CORDIS)
New method to combat antibiotic resistant bacteria (Science World Report)
FDA panel approves drug to shrink breast-cancer tumors presurgery (CBS News)
Microfluidic systems for screening of aptamers (Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani)

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