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New study indicates shopping tools alone might not lower medical spending, even though more patie...
New study indicates shopping tools alone might not lower medical spending, even though more patie...
Can shopping tools designed to help patients compare providers (including medical laboratories), quality, and prices, make a contribution to reducing the increase in healthcare costs? A new study suggests that such shopping tools make only modest contr...
Molecular testing labs: At forefront of precision medicine
Molecular testing labs: At forefront of precision medicine
The days of one-size-fits-all medicine are numbered. Instead of assuming everyone with the same condition needs the same medications and the same dosages, care providers are transitioning to "precision medicine," where medications, dosages and even exe...
Expecting data from Theranos, lab experts get new product
Expecting data from Theranos, lab experts get new product
It was expected to be an academic presentation to show if Theranos Inc.'s controversial blood-testing technology worked, and perhaps explain the science behind the claims that the startup could do lab tests with a fraction of the blood and cost of trad...
Aggressive breast cancer identified with new technique
Aggressive breast cancer identified with new technique
Currently, when a woman is diagnosed with the earliest stage of breast cancer - called ductal carcinoma in situ - there is no way of knowing if it is going to be aggressive or not.
How scientists plan to 'grow' drones of the future in a lab
How scientists plan to 'grow' drones of the future in a lab
It takes years to build a drone using conventional manufacturing techniques. From the initial mining of materials to the maiden flight is a long, complicated path with countless industrial processes involved.
Theranos startup chief banned from medical labs
Theranos startup chief banned from medical labs
Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of the blood-testing startup Theranos, has been banned by the government from owning or running a medical laboratory for two years, according to a company statement.
Protein that could prevent tumor growth in cervical cancer identified
Protein that could prevent tumor growth in cervical cancer identified
UCLA scientists have identified a protein that has the potential to prevent the growth of cervical cancer cells. The discovery could lead to the development of new treatments for the deadly disease.
IBM lab-on-a-chip breakthrough aims to help physicians detect cancer
IBM lab-on-a-chip breakthrough aims to help physicians detect cancer
IBM scientists have developed a new lab-on-a-chip technology that can, for the first time, separate biological particles at the nanoscale and could enable physicians to detect diseases such as cancer before symptoms appear.
Medical labs may be killing horseshoe crabs
Medical labs may be killing horseshoe crabs
The biomedical industry harvests hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs each year because their rich blue blood contains a protein that thickens when it comes in contact with impurities. The crabs are bled for this substance, known as limulus amebocy...
Study: Mentoring programs needed to boost interest in research careers
Study: Mentoring programs needed to boost interest in research careers
Clinician-scientists are a rare breed — they wear two very important hats, which help bridge the gap between basic and clinical science.
The case for digital pathology
The case for digital pathology
Pathology plays a critical role in the detection of disease, particularly cancer. At times, patients and their families wait weeks to learn of their ultimate diagnosis, which is contributed to, in part, by the current conventional processes. The road t...
'Liquid' cancer test offers hope for alternative to painful biopsies
'Liquid' cancer test offers hope for alternative to painful biopsies
A blood test to detect cancer mutations produced results that generally agree with those of an invasive tumor biopsy, researchers reported, heralding a time when diagnosing cancer and monitoring its progression may become less painful and risky.
Antibody discovery shows promise for developing HIV vaccine
Antibody discovery shows promise for developing HIV vaccine
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have made what could be a groundbreaking finding in the fight against HIV. While observing the immune response of an HIV-infected patient, researchers discovered a new antibody that targets a weak spot in...
Pathology software startup using data analytics to aid cancer diagnosis has raised $1 million
Pathology software startup using data analytics to aid cancer diagnosis has raised $1 million
Proscia, a health IT startup that developed a platform for digital pathology software aimed at clinicians and researchers to make the process of sharing and storing data easier to support cancer diagnoses and treatment has raised $1 million in a Seed r...
It may make us uncomfortable, but there are ethical reasons to use animals in medical research
It may make us uncomfortable, but there are ethical reasons to use animals in medical research
The media regularly report impressive medical advances. However, in most cases, there is a reluctance by scientists, the universities or research institutions they work for, and the media to mention animals used in that research, let alone non-human pr...
White House finishes review of Medicare pay rule for labs
White House finishes review of Medicare pay rule for labs
Medicare payments for clinical lab tests are poised for an update under a long-delayed final rule that the White House cleared June 15.
The lab and terrorism
The lab and terrorism
San Bernardino. Brussels. Paris. Recent terrorist acts have reminded laboratory managers, as well as entire hospital staffs, that systemwide preparedness is imperative. Mandates from the American College of Pathologists, the Joint Commission and Det No...
Virtual reality lets med students experience what it's like to be 74
Virtual reality lets med students experience what it's like to be 74
Elder care is about to become much more empathetic. Embodied Labs has come up with a new virtual reality program called "We Are Alfred," which allows young medical students to feel what it's like to be an elderly individual experiencing audio and visu...
Mitochondrial dynamics impair nervous system development in Wolfram syndrome
Mitochondrial dynamics impair nervous system development in Wolfram syndrome
Although mitochondria, the tiny capsules that produce energy for the cell, are known to play some role in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders, the contribution of mitochondrial dynamics (mitochondrial trafficking, the regulated fusion and fiss...
Raman spectroscopy: New approaches for clinical diagnostics
Raman spectroscopy: New approaches for clinical diagnostics
When light hits a molecule, it vibrates and the scattered light creates a fingerprint of that molecule. This Raman spectroscopy opens new approaches in clinical diagnostics for many medical conditions. "It's a biochemically specific technique that is s...