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New DNA-based Pathogen Testing Technology for the Cannabis Industry Announced

PathogenDx, Inc., the innovative provider of DNA-based pathogen testing technology for the cannabis industry, announced today the release of the first quantitative microarray-based test for cannabis, PDx-Quant™, which can determine whether or not a sample exceeds a state or a federal regulatory agency's specific standards.  This one-stop microbial testing technology delivers a completely different level of capability to the market - taking the industry from merely passing regulations on a
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First Large-Scale Genomic Analysis of Key Acute Leukemia Will Likely Yield New Therapies

A consortium including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Children’s Oncology Group has performed an unprecedented genomic sequencing analysis of hundreds of patients with T-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). The results provide a detailed genomic landscape that will inform treatment strategies and aid efforts to develop drugs to target newly discovered mutations. The data will also enable researchers to engineer better mouse models to probe the leukemia’s aberrant biological
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Clinical Trial Results Marks a Significant Accomplishment for Medicortex Finland

Medicortex Finland Oy, a biotechnology company developing a diagnostic kit for brain injury detection based on a medical breakthrough biomarker, recently completed analyzing the results from the first clinical trial. Medicortex is working towards the validation of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) biomarker and incorporating it into a quick and reliable diagnostic kit that can be easily used by the first responders and healthcare professionals, and by people with no
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Liver Cancer Drug May Treat NASH, a Disease Projected to Reach Epidemic Proportions

There is no U.S. FDA approved therapy on the market today for Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a chronic liver disease found in adults and children. Between 5.6 and 8.4 million Americans are living with NASH today and this number is expected to jump to 25 million by 2025, driven by rising obesity rates. NAFLD, the liver disease which is a precursor to NASH, afflicts an estimated 30 million people today. These
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Technique May Identify Patients With Fast-Progressing Fibrosis In Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Combining multiple non-invasive measures, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe a novel method to quantify the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) to its more dangerous and deadly states — advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis. The findings are published in the Oct 5 online issue of Hepatology. Roughly one-quarter of all Americans — an estimated 100 million adults and children — have NAFLD, which occurs
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Study Links Chemical In Plastics To Genital Abnormalities In Baby Boys

Doctors and researchers know that man-made chemicals commonly found in plastics, foods, personal care products and building materials can interfere with how hormones like estrogen and testosterone work in the body. A new study published in the journal Environmental Research now shows that pregnant women’s exposure to a particular endocrine-disrupting chemical called diethylhexyl pthalate (DEHP) is directly linked to abnormalities in newborn boys’ reproductive organs. Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana, a pediatric
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No symptoms, but could there be cancer? Our chemosensor will detect it!

Many cancers could be successfully treated if the patient consulted the doctor sufficiently early. But how can a developing cancer be detected if it doesn't give rise to any symptoms? In the near future, suitably early diagnosis could be provided by simple and cheap chemical sensors - thanks to special recognizing polymer films developed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. These days,
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New Technology Is Life-Saving Voice for Premature or Critically Ill Infants

A new technology in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UC San Diego Health is able to predict the risk of life-threatening infections up to 24 hours before they appear in severely premature or critically ill infants. Infection is the leading cause of death in this fragile patient population. The Heart Rate Observation system, or HeRO, is an innovative monitoring technology that uses an algorithm to detect slight changes
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New Funding Sought for Development of Diagnostic Test and Therapeutic Drug for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Medicortex Finland Oy, a start-up biotechnology company focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative conditions has recently launched a funding round and is seeking investors to help fund research and development of a therapeutic drug and companion diagnostic test for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The company aims to identify a TBI biomarker and, on this basis, develop a diagnostic test for the evaluation of TBI presence and severity. The