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Image: Fluorescence micrograph of captured plasma cells from a clinical sample. Red fluorescence denotes CD138, while green denotes κ light chain antibody (Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Novel Technique Captures Plasma Cells from Myeloma Patients

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells, which are white blood cells produced in bone marrow that churn out antibodies to help fight infection. When plasma cells become cancerous, they produce abnormal proteins, and the cells can build up in bone marrow, ultimately seeping into the bloodstream. More...
27 Apr 2017
Image: Scientists loading the integrated electrokinetically driven microfluidic device with pH-mediated solid-phase extraction coupled to microchip electrophoresis for preterm birth biomarkers (Photo courtesy of Nate Edwards, Brigham Young University).

Lab-On-A-Chip Designed to Minimize Preterm Births

In the USA, a half million babies are born preterm; worldwide, the number is an estimated 15 million and complications associated with preterm birth are the number one cause of death for children under five, and those who live often face a range of health problems. More...
25 Apr 2017
Image: High-resolution imaging with conventional confocal microscopes: by expanding brain tissue twice, researchers were able to obtain high-resolution images of neurons in the hippocampus (Photo courtesy of MIT).

High-Res Imaging Obtained with Conventional Microscopes

Researchers have developed a technique for obtaining high-resolution images of tissue samples with confocal microscopes, at a fraction of the cost of other techniques that offer similar resolution. This level of resolution allowed them to see, for example, proteins that cluster together in complex patterns at brain synapses. More...
24 Apr 2017
Image: A comparison of analytical PCR procedures (Photo courtesy of Scientific Reports).

New sPCR Technology Runs on Standard Devices

Synergistic PCR (sPCR), a new method of DNA analysis developed for use on a new high-speed assay device, can also be carried out on widely available laboratory real-time PCR (qPCR) instruments and does not require calibration. More...
24 Apr 2017
Image: A wearable sensor that extracts sweat and analyzes its constituents could be a useful device for diagnosing and monitoring diseases (Photo courtesy of Sam Emaminejad / Stanford School of Medicine).

Diagnosis of CF Simplified by Sweat Sensor Device

A wristband-type wearable sweat sensor that measures calcium and glucose levels and transmits the data to a central laboratory is expected to simplify the current diagnostic method for cystic fibrosis (CF). More...
24 Apr 2017
Image: The Affinity monitor takes just a finger prick to carry out a blood test count that helps chemotherapy patients to manage their treatment (Photo courtesy of Entia).

Hand-Held Test Kit Developed for Chemotherapy Patients

Chemotherapy often reduces blood cell counts, exposing patients to infections, anemia and other problems. Low blood counts, when discovered, are also the major cause of delayed treatment or reduced treatment dosage. The normal procedure has been for a patient to turn up at the hospital and take a blood test before undergoing treatment, but in 20% of cases they were being sent home because their blood counts were too low. More...
19 Apr 2017
Image: A quadrocopter drone transporting a biological safety box (Photo courtesy of Swiss Post).

Drones to Optimize Exchange of Samples between Hospitals

Switzerland is slated to become one of the first countries in the world to introduce the use of drones for routine transport of medical samples between hospitals. More...
18 Apr 2017


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