October 26, 2011

Non-Invasive and Inexpensive

1 A Breath Test for MS Diagnosis

Scientists have developed and successfully tested a non-invasive tool for diagnosing multiple sclerosis (MS). To date, costly MRI of the brain and/or an invasive spinal tap are tools used to diagnose the neurological disease. Researchers have identified organic compounds associated with MS and have developed a sensor array that can diagnose multiple sclerosis (MS) from exhaled breath. A clinical study on 34 MS patients and 17 health volunteers found that the sensors are as accurate at diagnosing the disease as a spinal tap - but without the pain or potential side effects. These results “open new frontiers in the development of fast, noninvasive and inexpensive medical diagnosis tools for detection of chronic neurological diseases,” say researchers. Further studies are underway.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: First Oral Drug to Treat MS Approved by FDA

Tags: MRI, MS, Multiple Sclerosis, Breath Sensor to Treat MS, Spinal Tap

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ATM Buttons Also Guilty

2 Sanitize Hands After Pumping Gas

The most germ-ridden thing you touch all day could be the gasoline pump, say researchers who swabbed hundreds of everyday items in Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia and Miami. They found that the gas pump is the most filthy thing Americans come across on their way to work. The study, conducted by Kimberly-Clark Professional, also uncovered several other major offenders: public mailbox handles, escalator rails, ATM buttons, parking meters and kiosks, crosswalk buttons, and vending machine buttons in shopping malls. MSNBC writes that Kelly Arehart, program leader for Kimberly-Clark's Healthy Workplace Project, says that the things you're going to touch on a daily basis aren't usually cleaned by anyone.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Germs Remain in Washing Machine After Cycle Ends

Tags: Where Germs Found, Why Wash Hands, Everyday Objects Dirty, Atm Buttons Germs, Gas Pumps Dirty, Germs Pumping Gas, How Illness Spread, Public Mailbox Handles Dirty

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Targets Protein on Cancer

3 Herpes Kills Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Research conducted at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has found that an engineered herpes virus killed triple-negative breast cancer cells in vitro and in mice. The modified virus, NV1066, was incubated with triple-negative breast cancer cells and killed approximately 90 percent of the cancer cells. Twenty days of using the virus to treat mice with human breast cancer cells dramatically shrunk the tumors. Scientists hypothesize that the virus attacks a protein called p-MAK which is present in high levels in this type of tumor. Triple-negative cancers do not have estrogen, progesterone and Her2Neu receptors which makes hormone therapies such as tamoxifen, Femara and Herceptin useless. Further animal studies will determine whether the virus works effectively and safely in people.

More at Yahoo! LiveScience | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Marker Found in Triple-Negative Breast Cancers

Tags: Estrogen Receptor, Femara, Herceptin, Herpes Virus, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Progesterone Receptor, Tamoxifen, Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, P-MAK, Her2neu Receptor

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