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Specimens Drive Discovery in Kidney Disease Testing

December 4, 2019

Using data from the records of more than 400,000 patients in the UK Biobank, researchers from the University of Glasgow say they’ve been able to determine which of three kidney function tests is the most effective at predicting cardiovascular risk, which is associated with chronic kidney disease.

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Stem Cell Transplants Reverse Disabling MS-like Disease

November 14, 2019

Stem cell transplants continue to yield positive results in patients with multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases, with the latest milestone emerging from Northwestern Medicine and Mayo Clinic.

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New research: Calm minds correlate with longevity

November 7, 2019

We all hope our brains keep firing on all cylinders as we grow old, but newly published research suggests a quieter mind may lead to a longer life.

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Researchers Develop Promising Test for Earlier Detection of Ovarian Cancer

October 24, 2019

Unfortunately, an established test for ovarian cancer, the CA125 test, is limited in its power and not recommended for general screening. Researchers in Ireland have come up with a potential improvement, a blood test that may be able to detect ovarian cancer one to two years earlier than current approaches.

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Stem Cells Engineered to Attack Multiple Cancer Types in Mice

October 17, 2019

One dose of one treatment to defeat multiple types of cancers? That’s the intriguing, if far-off, possibility suggested by a new development by UCLA scientists working with mice. The scientists focused on boosting production of “killer” immune cells that, though powerful, aren’t naturally prevalent enough in humans to make much of a difference for cancer patients.

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Eight Questions with Benjamin Bielak

October 10, 2019

Veteran health care informatics expert Benjamin Bielak recently joined iSpecimen as its first Chief Information Officer. He is the subject of our latest Q&A… The iSpecimen Marketplace is often compared to eBay or Amazon for clarity, but it’s certainly more complicated than that. What are the biggest technology challenges of an online marketplace not for […]

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Researchers Report Progress in Liquid Biopsy for Breast Cancer

October 1, 2019

October officially kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women with about 245,000 new cases and 41,000 deaths each year.

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Starting with Stem Cells: Scientists Create ‘Minibrains’ for Research

September 19, 2019

Scientists have studied the human brain for millennia, but only recently have they been cultivating brains – well, “minibrains” – from scratch: Researchers at University of California San Diego have programmed human stem cells to grow the pea-sized organoids of brain tissue in the lab.

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Specimen Insight podcast: Fast-Tracking Liquid Biopsy Development

September 12, 2019

Liquid biopsies are among the most exciting areas of medical diagnostics. Although the technology is in its early stages, the hope is that liquid biopsies – through a simple draw of blood or other human biofluids – will detect cancer earlier and without the invasiveness of surgical or needle biopsies. The procedure could one day be simple and cost-effective enough to conduct in the doctor’s office or in the comfort of one’s own home, even before symptoms arise.

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Five questions with Eric Langlois

September 5, 2019

Eric is iSpecimen’s senior vice president of sales and business development. Learn more about him as he answers 5 questions!

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