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Month: September 2014

Federal Courthouse

Benefits of big data depend on improved interoperability

September 25, 2014

Members of both the health care community and the federal government assert that electronic health records (EHR) benefit medicine, both improving immediate patient care and also advancing medical research, but a lack of EHR interoperability standards may limit progress.

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DNA Close Up Illustration

Researchers use PCR-based assays to determine cancer and immune cell biomarkers

September 18, 2014

DNA testing may hold the key to early detection of cancer and immune disorders, and recent advances have shown that DNA methylation plays a critical role in the genesis of cancerous cells. 

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Researcher Looking Into Microscope

Genomic technologies are changing approaches to rare diseases

September 11, 2014

While common and prevalent diseases are often the target for blockbuster drugs, research and development into treatments for rarer diseases are making significant progress due to the ongoing evolution of genomic technology as well as government incentives. 

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Head and Neck

Biomarkers signal head and neck cancer patients’ response to radiation treatment

September 4, 2014

An international team of scientists found that certain biomarkers can predict when radiation is appropriate for treating squamous cell cancer of the head and neck.

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