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In a first, pig kidney successfully transplanted to human body

November 22, 2021

Twelve Americans reportedly die every day waiting for organ transplants that never come. But what if we could grow transplantable organs in livestock and harvest them to save human lives?

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iSpecimen: perfect with your morning coffee

November 4, 2021

Research and health care organizations know us. And now so do the viewers of the Arizona Daily Mix morning show on AZTV Channel 7 in Phoenix. Here’s our founder Christopher Ianelli, MD, PhD., chatting with host Brad Perry.

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Blood helps tally the cost of delayed cancer screening

October 25, 2021

When hospitals first filled with COVID-19 patients in 2020 and much of the world began locking down, many patients postponed cancer screenings, causing health care leaders to worry. Some of the first evidence on the impact of those delayed screenings is trickling in, notably new colon cancer research out of France.

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AI-assisted liquid biopsy shows results on lung cancer

October 7, 2021

Lung cancer is a leading cause of cancer death, making up nearly 25% of all cancer deaths (not all of which are smoking-related), but only 5% to 6% of at-risk Americans undergo recommended CT screening, with many concerned about radiation exposure and invasive procedures.

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Getting to the bottom of IBS

September 9, 2021

Irritable bowel syndrome (or IBS), characterized by stomach pain, bloating, cramping, constipation and diarrhea, is diagnosed in an estimated 1.3% of U.S. adults. In a country of 330 million, that’s a lot.

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This cancer test is personal

September 2, 2021

We’re seeing encouraging progress in cancer diagnostics with news of positive results from an innovative blood test to detect circulating tumor DNA.

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How much time do you have? Your ‘inflammatory clock’ may have an answer

August 25, 2021

Tick, tick, tick. It’s the sound of your immune system keeping track, or maybe dictating, the time you have left. The inflammatory aging clock, a new concept conceived by Stanford researchers, purportedly predicts issues like heart disease and frailty more accurately than your chronological age.

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Time for a third cup of coffee? Your genes may weigh in

August 2, 2021

That internal voice urging you to curb your coffee consumption may be your genes talking. That’s the upshot of findings from the University of South Australia, whose researchers looked at nearly 400,000 people and found “causal genetic evidence” that cardio health – as reflected in blood pressure and heart rate – influences coffee consumption. People with high blood pressure, angina and arrythmia were found to be more likely to drink less coffee altogether compared to those without such symptoms, and that this was based on genetics.

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Researchers prototype urine test for brain cancer

July 15, 2021

Brain cancer often reveals itself in limb immobility or an inability to speak. Confirmation of the diagnosis comes with an MRI or CT  scan. By the time symptoms appear and the scans are complete, a tumor can be too large to fully remove.

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After the COVID-19 peak, challenges linger

July 1, 2021

As the pandemic winds down, or at least appears to, we take a breath to focus attention on some less emergent but still critical aspects of COVID-19. That’s what Politico did in a recent report on the stagnation of drug development not for vaccines, but for treating already infected patients.

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