Archive for November, 2007

Olympus to Buy Gyrus Group

| November 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

TOKYO, Nov. 26, 2007 — Olympus Corp. of Japan announced that it will acquire Gyrus Group PLC, a UK-based manufacturer of devices that enable less invasive surgeries, for $1.9 billion in cash. Gyrus Group is based in Reading, England, and has approximately 1434 employees. Its main business segments include products for ENT (ear, nose and […]

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MRI Is More Sensitive At Detecting Early Signs Of Breast Cancer Than Mammography

| November 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

If used with appropriate diagnostic criteria, MRI is much more sensitive than mammography for detecting breast cancers before they have developed to an invasive stage, and particularly good at identifying those lesions which are more likely to progress to dangerous forms of cancer, according to a study published in The Lancet. This finding is in […]

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Little Facebook is all grown up

| November 29, 2007 | 0 Comments

Facebook Beckons to Businesses, Who Beckon to Users By Clint BoultonFrom eWeek.com November 7, 2007 Nearly four years after launching, Facebook moved into its second stage of life on Nov. 6 with Facebook Ads, an online ad platform that lets businesses reach users in the company’s social network of 52 million users. That new stage […]

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“The Knowledge Hub for Pathology”—the USCAP’s “Pathology Commons”—wide open—fully stocked and free to all who wish to visit the Website!

| November 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

The Knowledge Hub for Pathology may be viewed at www.uscap.org .  Excerpted editorial by Dr. David Hardwick, Professor of Pathology, University of British Columbia below.  Full editorial available in November’s In this [month’s] issue of Human Pathology, Drs Fortna and Wertheim review “The Knowledge Hub for Pathology”, a compendium of the most current academic considerations […]

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Lasers Used in Cytometry

| November 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

A white light source based on an ultrafast high-power fiber laser integrated with photonic crystal fiber was used in the first application of optical supercontinuum lasers in flow cytometry. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the US National Institutes of Health conducted the experiments and reported the results in a recent issue of […]

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Virtual Computer Models: Creating a Precise Digital You

| November 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

Auckland scientists are trying to be the first in the world to develop computer models of individual humans that could achieve hundreds of things from saving lives to allowing people to "try on" clothes online. Some of the aims of the "physiome project" at the US $6 million Auckland Bioengineering Institute at the University of […]

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Exposing diseases in 3-D

| November 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

Scientists at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine are mapping parts of the lethal bacteria in three dimensions, exposing a new and intimate chemical portrait of the biological killer down to its very atoms. This view of the disease will offer scientists who design drugs a fresh opening into the bacteria’s vulnerabilities, and thus enable […]

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News from RSNA Meeting

| November 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

Some news from RSNA meeting in Chicago this week GE Healthcare, the imaging unit of General Electric Co., will be tantalizing the radiologists and their cohorts with promises of HDCT, echoing the high-definition sales pitches of the consumer television industry. The term is really a metaphor to describe what GE believes is a major improvement […]

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In Appalachia, the doctor comes on wheels

| November 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

Mobile clinics are main source of health care for thousands When Diane Dotson is sick, she waits for the wagon. If she’s lucky, it’ll only be a few days. But it could be a several weeks before St. Mary’s Health Wagon, a free mobile clinic that makes rounds in central Appalachia, arrives in this remote […]

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IBM’s World Community Grid Could Speed Up Cancer Research

| November 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

Canadian researchers expect to accelerate the war on cancer by tapping into a global network of hundreds of thousands of people who volunteer their idle computer time to tackle some of the world’s most complex problems. The research team, led by Dr. Igor Jurisica at the Ontario Cancer Institute (OCI), and scientists at Princess Margaret […]

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Ultrasound-Guided Liver Biopsy in Real Life: Comparison of Same-Day Prebiopsy Versus Real-Time Ultrasound Approach

| November 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

J Gastroenterol Hepatol.  2007;22(9):1490-1493. Abstract Background and Aim: Currently, an increasing number of liver biopsies are performed by radiologists under real-time ultrasound control. A routine ultrasound assessment of a puncture site before performing percutaneous biopsy is reported to increase diagnostic yield and decrease complication rates. It is not clear if real-time ultrasound is superior to […]

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Pentagon Research Chief Seeks 11% Boost in 2009

| November 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

Originally published in Science by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee U.S. academic lobbyists have long urged the Department of Defense (DOD) to boost its investment in science and technology (S&T) to enhance the nation’s strategic and economic competitiveness. But although the agency’s overall S&T portfolio has grown modestly since 2002, funding for basic research has stagnated. Now, in […]

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Researchers create embryo-like cells from human skin cells.

| November 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

From ASCP U.S. News Breifings if you haven’t heard…. ABC World News (11/20, story 5, 2:30, Gibson) reported, "Researchers say they found a way to reprogram human skin cells and give them the awesome potential of embryonic stem cells." The CBS Evening News (11/20, lead story, 3:10, Couric) added, "For several years now, embryonic stem […]

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PADB: Published Association Database

| November 20, 2007 | 0 Comments

Although molecular pathway information and the International HapMap Project data can help biomedical researchers to investigate the aetiology of complex diseases more effectively, such information is missing or insufficient in current genetic association databases. In addition, only a few of the environmental risk factors are included as gene-environment interactions, and the risk measures of associations […]

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