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MHH leads EU large-scale project for personalized cancer care


CAN.HEAL aims to expand the available innovations in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment in the Member States in order to improve care for all patients in the EU. The project focuses on measures of personalized medicine. Genomics is an important cornerstone for this.
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New blood test differentiates neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease from other dementias


A new blood test that can track and follow the neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease – and exclude other dementias.
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National University of Singapore

Scientists identify blood biomarker for cognitive impairment and dementia


A recent study by a team comprising researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the National University Health System (NUHS) revealed that low levels of ergothioneine (ET) in blood plasma may predict an increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, suggesting possible therapeutic or early screening measures for cognitive impairment and dementia in the elderly.
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University of the Basque Country

Micrometric blood plasma separator using high-resolution 3D fabrication


Researchers at the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country have developed a microfluidic plasma separator to optically detect blood biomarkers.
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Ground-breaking new method for multi-cancer early detection


An international study led by researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, shows that a new, previously untested method can easily find multiple types of newly formed cancers at the same time – including cancer types that are difficult to detect with comparable methods.
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Optimal blood tests for development of new therapies of Alzheimer’s disease


A new study has identified which blood tests are best at detecting Alzheimer’s disease during the earliest stages, and also another blood test that is optimal for detecting relevant treatment effects. These findings will speed up the development of new therapies that can slow down the disease progression.
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NUS Institute for Health Innovation & Technology

New cancer testing method makes regular monitoring affordable


Scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have discovered a novel low-cost method of testing for cancers. Called the Heatrich-BS assay, this new test sequences clinical samples that have been heated in order to isolate cancer-specific signatures found in a patient’s blood.
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Fighting depression with personalised medicine


Under the leadership of Professor Dr Helge Frieling, Vice Head of the Department of Psychiatry, Social Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Hannover Medical School (MHH), a national research network is now being launched that aims to tailor the treatment of depression more closely to the individual patient than before.
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New troponin test improves heart attack diagnostics


A new test has been developed in Turku, Finland, that helps in separating heart attack patients from those whose cardiac troponin values are elevated due to renal insufficiency.
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Newly identified biomarkers could revolutionize heart failure diagnosis


Researchers at the University of Oslo have identified specific groups of biomarkers that could differentiate between types of heart failure. The possible future benefit for patients is the identification of type of heart failure trough a simple blood test.
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Fraunhofer IZM/ Technische Universität Berlin

Sensor bracelet measures environmental forces, improves treatment of lung diseases


Tiny particulates or noxious gases: From the day they are born, all people are exposed to a range of environmental forces. These forces constitute the exposome and affect the health and wellbeing of people around the world. A European research project has been set up to explore how the exposome affects the course of lung diseases.
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Rare cancers: early detection of hereditary cancer risk


Hereditary genetic mutations play an important role in oncogenesis, but they usually remain undetected.
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Cardiac diagnostics – prompt and personalized


If physicians suspect an acute myocardial infarction, they first order an ECG. This test is very established and allows cardiologists to quickly diagnose acute heart attacks – though the test does not detect less common heart attack symptoms. So far, those patients had to wait up to twelve hours before a heart attack could be accurately diagnosed or ruled out. But things are about the change.
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