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Helping pathologists use new technology to identify, classify cancer-related cells
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Surgical pathologists may have an exciting new tool for identifying and classifying cancer-related cells. Medical researchers are demonstrating that "active learning" software developed for finding and recognizing undersea mines can help pathologists identify and classify cancer-related cells. The team embedded the active learning software into an existing software toolkit, called FARSIGHT, which is a collection of software modules. FARSIGHT was designed to rapidly analyze images of human tissue collected from laser-scanning microscopes. It can be scripted to accomplish a variety of automated image analysis tasks, from analyzing brain tissue to studying the effectiveness of medications. More

Discovery of new gene could improve efficiency of molecular factories
Michigan State University via HealthCanal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A team of researchers announced the discovery of clumped chloroplasts — a new class of proteins. CLMP1 plays a key role in helping chloroplasts, which carry out the life-sustaining process of photosynthesis, separate when the chloroplasts divide. The newly identified proteins are also critical in the perpetuation of chloroplasts during cell division. More

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Microwave Use in the Histology Lab guideline
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The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute's Consensus Committee on Quality Systems and Laboratory Practices management team is working to propose a document development committee roster for revision of CLSI document GP-28A, Microwave Device Use in the Histology Lab. The DDC will be appointed by the end of November. If you have interest in working on the revision of this document, you may submit your CV and a completed disclosure form. More

Call for abstracts for 2012
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The NSH Convention Committee is now accepting abstracts for the 38th Annual Symposium/Convention on Sept. 28-Oct. 3 in Vancouver, Canada! The finished program will include 90-minute, 3-hour and 6-hour workshops covering both clinical, veterinary and research histology topics. For complete details and to submit an abstract for consideration, please visit our online Abstract Service Center. The deadline for online abstract submissions is Jan. 6.

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Caffeine could be answer to skin cancer treatment
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A new study has revealed that women who drink more than three cups of coffee per day had a 20 percent lower risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, than women who drank less than one cup a month. The study found that men who drank more than three cups of coffee benefited from a 9 percent decrease in risk of this cancer. Also, they found that drinking decaffeinated coffee did not have any effect on skin cancer risk. More

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Research suggests social media could track flu outbreaks
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A research team built a predictive model that was able to identify key words in messages posted to the website Twitter associated with elevated levels of flu and estimate the severity of the disease in a specific area. Although Twitter does not represent the general population, the researchers said the study suggests the website could be used to track such an event. More

Study: Common breast cancer gene test may be flawed
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A widely used breast cancer test may not be accurate in identifying a gene that is critical in determining which life-saving treatment a woman should get. The Oncotype DX results in a number of false-negatives for the HER2 gene, according to a study. Women who test positive for the gene typically receive the targeted therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) along with other medications to reduce their chances of recurrence and death. More

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Quality control: How can risk management help labs?
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The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute has published a long-awaited guideline that will enable labs to customize quality control to match both changing technology and the uniqueness of each lab. However, in what form Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other accrediting organizations will adopt or endorse it remains to be seen. More

Research shows bacteria respond to stress by pulsating
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Researchers have found that cells can respond using a new kind of pulsating mechanism, instead of just shifting from one steady state to another and staying there. The principles behind this process are surprisingly simple, the researchers say, and could drive other cellular processes, revealing more about how the cells — and ultimately life — work. More

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New Microtome Blades from Sturkey!
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Biomarkers to predict rheumatoid arthritis treatment response still elusive
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Robust predictive biomarkers of response to rheumatoid arthritis treatment remain elusive, researchers said in a review of the recent literature on this topic. The ability to identify those rheumatoid arthritis therapies to which a patient is likely to respond is crucial in order to prevent unnecessary exposure to toxic adverse effects and allow physicians to "abandon the trial-and-error approach to treatment in favor of evidence-based guidance." More

Fruit fly intestine may help put breaks on aging
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Scientists have found that modifying a gene known as PGC-1, which is also found in human DNA, in the intestinal stem cells of fruit flies delayed the aging of their intestines and extended their lifespan by as much as 50 percent. More

Research: Skin 'sees' UV light, starts producing pigment
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Scientists believe that melanin protects the DNA in skin cells against damage from UVB rays by absorbing the incoming radiation. However, a new study shows that the body mounts its defense much sooner, well before it becomes apparent in the form of a tan. More


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Researchers identify brain cells that keep us awake
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Researchers have identified the group of neurons that mediates whether light arouses us — or not. They report that the cells necessary for a light-induced arousal response are located in the hypothalamus, an area at the base of the brain responsible for, among other things, control of the autonomic nervous system, body temperature, hunger, thirst, fatigue and sleep. More

Flexible learning in a virtual microscope lab
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For every medical student, examining specimens under the microscope is part of the syllabus. However, the opening hours of the labs and the number of enlargers are limited. Thanks to a new online platform, students are now able to learn with greater flexibility and independence. More


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Study: Clearing tissues of senescent cells delays age-related disorders
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Clearing tissues of senescent cells could represent a new therapeutic approach to delaying the onset or progression of age-related disorders and prolonging healthy human lifespan, researchers claim. Investigators claim their findings indicate that acquisition of the senescence-associated secretory phenotype contributes to age-related tissue dysfunction. More

Technique views gold nanoparticle-tagged proteins in intact cells
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Scientists have developed a potential new technique using electron microscopy to view gold nanoparticle-tagged proteins on the move in undamaged, whole cells. The novel technique also can be used in materials and energy sciences. Establishing the location of proteins within intact cells can help researchers understand cancer processes and the process of how viruses force themselves into healthy cells and then hijack them. researchers employed a scanning transmission electron microscope for watching proteins in action. They utilized the annular dark-field imaging STEM analysis technique for detecting the proteins. Gold nanoparticles were tagged onto the proteins. More

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