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Month: April 2018

Microbiome biospecimens

Our microbiomes show potential for precision medicine and better cancer treatment

April 19, 2018

A universe of 40 trillion creatures lives in your gut, making it one of the richest, most fascinating and mysterious platforms for precision medicine. Researchers are quickly discovering new medical insights by cross-referencing these worlds – patients’ unique microbiomes of bacteria, fungi and other microbes – with clinical outcomes. For example, new studies show that the […]

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Detecting ctDNA in the blood of cancer patients may help reoccurrence

Genomics and the blood – a powerful duo for cancer patients

April 12, 2018

A person’s blood can tell us a lot about their health. We’ve blogged about blood biomarkers that may soon help clinicians diagnose concussions, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. Yet, it seems like we’re still only scratching the surface of blood’s potential to reveal health insights. For example, Stanford researchers have recently discovered that the blood from certain […]

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April Specimen Spotlight: Biospecimens for Alzheimer’s Research

April 5, 2018

An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2018, according to just-released facts and figures from the Alzheimer’s Association. By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia is estimated to reach 7.1 million – an increase of almost 29 percent from the 5.5 million […]

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