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Month: July 2017

ACTH Structure

August Specimen Spotlight: Procuring Blood Samples to Validate an Endocrine Diagnostic Test

July 31, 2017

Irregular levels of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which is released by the pituitary gland, are indicative of a wide array of endocrine conditions, including Addison’s disease, adrenal hyperplasia, or Cushing’s disease when ACTH is too high or adrenal tumor, exogenous Cushing’s syndrome, or hypopituitarism when ACTH is too low. A blood test to determine a patient’s […]

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Pancreatic Cancer

More Biospecimens Might Help Address Deadly Cancer

July 24, 2017

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease, spreading fast and often resisting chemotherapy. Approximately 3 in 4 patients die within a year of diagnosis, and 9 in 10 die within five years. Pancreatic cancer is on track to becoming the second most fatal cancer, but that trajectory might change if an […]

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Mouse Infographic

Gender Matters in Research Subjects

July 17, 2017

New research from the United Kingdom points to flaws in the thinking that men and women are generally interchangeable as research subjects. Scientists working at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute analyzed up to 234 physical characteristics of more than 50,000 mice. In a standard group of mice – control mice – their sex had an […]

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Blood draw

July Specimen Spotlight: Quest for a Liquid Biopsy

July 10, 2017

What if you could skip having a colonoscopy and take a simple blood test instead? When you’re old enough to need the former, you’ll appreciate a simpler way. While an effective colon cancer screening tool, a colonoscopy is pretty involved. Preparation takes a full day of dieting and burdensome colon-cleansing measures. The procedure itself, which […]

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