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The BREATHE Research Platform And Biobank For COPD And Asthma

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma are two lung diseases that may be on the same spectrum. COPD has two main disease facets; emphysema and bronchitis. Emphysema is the loss of elasticity of the alveoli, air...

H3Africa Biobanking Partnerships Building Capacity

Apart from notable exceptions, such as 54gene, many would agree that biobanking in Africa is underdeveloped, especially beyond countries such as Nigeria and South Africa. Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) was established by The United...

Deriving Brain Age From Imaging In The UK Biobank

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to obtain a measure of “brain age”, which may be different from chronological age. This is achieved by comparing an individual's brain scan with a population-wide dataset. The “brain age...

Autoscribe Informatics Announces LIMS Distributor in West Africa

Autoscribe Informatics is delighted to announce that it has appointed Promatics Technologies Nigeria as our distributor in Nigeria to sell, configure and support the Matrix family of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) products. Based in Abuja, Nigeria, Promatics Technologies...

The Risks Of Microorganism Contamination In Embryo Biobanks

There exists a theoretical possibility of contamination of samples and embryos during liquid nitrogen storage. This risk is greatest for tubes that are submerged in liquid nitrogen rather than in the vapour phase. If viable microorganisms were...

Higher Vitamin D Status In Newborns Was Associated With Lower Asthma Rate At Ages...

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), asthma is the most common chronic disease among children, globally. An inflammatory respiratory disease that causes breathlessness, coughing and wheezing, asthma has an approximate 10% prevalence in children aged 6-7...

Neutrophil Defensin Expression Correlated With Immune Checkpoint Response In Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related death. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), comprises 80–85% of all lung cancer cases. Programmed cell death ligand 1 (PDL1) is an approved immunotherapeutic target in lung cancer patients....

Glucosamine Supplementation Reduced Risk Of Mortality In The UK Biobank

In people glucosamine (C6H13NO5) is a precursor in the synthesis of glycosylated proteins, such as may be found in cartilage, and lipids. Glucosamine is also part of the structure of the polysaccharides chitosan and chitin, derived from...

Multiple Sclerosis In Western Norway

Multiple sclerosis (MS), the most common cause of neurologic disability in young adults, is an inflammatory disorder of the brain and spinal cord with potentially disabling symptoms that vary between MS patients. The underlying cause is demyelination,...

Autoscribe Publishes New Veterinary LIMS Case Study

Autoscribe Informatics has just released a new case study in conjunction with the Irish Equine Centre (IEC) who have replaced their legacy Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) with Matrix Gemini. This has not only improved laboratory workflows and introduced...

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