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A complete workflow from sample preparation to analysis using SureSelect target enrichment system for Ion Proton semiconductor sequencing
Christian Le Cocq, Kyeong Soo Jeong, Arjun Vadapalli, Joseph Ong, Elin Agne, Filip Karlsson, Ashutosh Ashutosh, Francisco Useche, Jayati Ghosh, Henrik Johansson, Scott Happe, Douglas Roberts, and Holly Hogrefe

Agilent’s SureSelect Target Enrichment for the Ion Proton Platform provides a comprehensive, efficient, robust, and cost-effective means to sequence subsets of the human genome.

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A multianalyte algorithm PCR-based blood test outperforms single analyte ELISA-based blood tests for neuroendocrine tumor detection
Mark Kidd, Irvin M Modlin, Daniele Alaimo, Stephen Callahan, Nancy Teixiera, Lisa Bodei, Ignat Drozdov

In a prospective study, in age-/sex- and ethnicity-matched patients and controls (n=82), a 51 panel multigene blood transcript test (NETest) was identified to be significantly more sensitive and accurate (>93%) than any single analyte assay (Chromogranin A, Pancreastatin or Neurokinin A) for neuroendocrine tumor detection.

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Low-cost “Plug & Play” On-Chip Valve and Pump for Thermoplastic Microfluidics
Mousavi Shaegh Seyed Ali, Wang Zhenfeng, Toh Guek Geok, Soh Yong Chear

Scientists have developed a novel on-chip valving solution for thermoplastic microfluidic devices, which is reliable, easy to implement, and has low-cost fabrication.

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Evaluation of 2012 Bowel Cancer Awareness and Early Diagnosis Campaign at a District General Hospital
M Alkhusheh, H Asalieh, N Smith

Following the regional Be Clear on Cancer campaign, the Department of Health launched a national bowel cancer awareness campaign from 30 January 2012. The campaign ran until the end of March.

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FDG PET/CT Utility in Gynecologic Malignancies: A comprehensive review of anatomy, pathways of metastatic spread and scan findings
Nicholas Plaxton, MD, Aruna Polsani, MD, Raghuveer Halkar, MD, Karen Godette, MD, Barron, Bruce, MD

Our objective was to review the five major gynaecologic cancers (cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar) and demonstrate the role of FDG PET/CT in diagnosis, surveillance, FIGO staging and treatment strategy.

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Saliva’s Diagnostic Potential
Vikender Yadav

Advantages and disadvantages of using saliva as a diagnostic source of information.

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A Systematic Review of Lifestyle Modification in Adults with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
C. Thoma, C. P. Day and M. I. Trenell, Newcastle University

This study reviews the causes of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and the associated risk factor for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Rapid PCR for Integration in Sample-to-answer Analysis Platforms
S. Brunklaus, T.E. Hansen-Hagge, J. Erwes, J. Höth, M. Jung, D. Latta, X. Strobach, C. Winkler, T. Röser, M. Ritzi-Lehnert, K.S. Drese

This poster describes how molecular testing at the point-of-care can increase time to results and yield rather specific information, concentrating on PCR on a chip layout which proves to be fast and robust.

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Identification of novel autoantigensin patients with liver autoimmune diseases by Protein MicroArray
C. Zingaretti1, M. Arigò1, A. Cardaci1, A. Sinisi1, L. Muratori3, P. Colombatto4, F. Bonino2, P. Invernizzi5, , A.L. Zignego6 MC. Crosti1, M. Moro1, J. Geginat1, Pagani M.1, R. De Francesco1, S. Abrignani1. & M. Bombaci1

The characterization of autoimmune disease-specific biomarkers are of primary importance for the development of diagnostic tools and the comprehension of pathogenetic mechanisms leading to autoimmunity. To this aim a protein microarray was employed to analyze serum samples from patients with autoimmune hepatitis (e.g. AIH & PBC) and of healthy as controls. A panel of autoantigens able to discriminate among the groups of patients was identified for potential use as biomarkers.

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Long Telomeres Associated with Increased Lung Cancer Risk
Genetic predisposition for long telomeres predicts increased lung adenocarcinoma risk.
Paving the way to Better Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis
Aïcha BenTaieb will present her invention for automated identification of ovarian cancer’s many subtypes at an international conference this fall.
The Genetic Roots of Adolescent Scoliosis
Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences in collaboration with Keio University in Japan have discovered a gene that is linked to susceptibility of Scoliosis.
Diagnostic Test Developed for Enterovirus D68
researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a diagnostic test to quickly detect enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a respiratory virus that caused unusually severe illness in children last year.
Tracking Breast Cancer Before it Grows
A team of scientists led by University of Saskatchewan researcher Saroj Kumar is using cutting-edge Canadian Light Source techniques to screen and treat breast cancer at its earliest changes.
The Light of Fireflies for Medical Diagnostics
EPFL scientists have exploited the light of fireflies in a new method that detects biological molecules without the need for complex devices and high costs.
Could a simple saliva test detect Alzheimer's?
Researchers have presented findings suggesting that a simple, non-invasive diagnostic for Alzheimer's could be within reach.
Cheap Diagnostics with a Portable "Paper Machine"
Scientists have developed a cheap, portable system for point of care diagnostics for a range of infectious diseases, genetic conditions and cancer.
New Variant of Streptococcal Bacteria
Scientists have discovered a new variant of streptococcal bacteria that has contributed to a rise in disease cases in the UK over the last 17 years.
New Insights into “Antenna” of Human Cells
Scientists from the University of Leeds have uncovered the most comprehensive list yet of genes implicated in a group of common inherited diseases.
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