The first Canadian public cord blood bank, Héma-Québec which is located in Quebec, is celebrating banking its 10,000th unit. The blood bank opened in 2004 and has been collecting and storing umbilical cord blood in specialized tanks at -150 degrees Celsius since that time. The cord blood units collected have been used in patients across Canada, United States, Netherlands, England and France. By reaching the 10,000 milestone, Héma-Québec contributes significantly to placing Canada amongst the top cord blood banks in the world.
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Quote: "This is the first time that there has been evidence of a reduction in deaths from ovarian cancer through early detection by screening," said lead researcher Dr. Ian Jacobs, from the University College London. "It opens up the prospect that, in due course, a national screening program for ovarian cancer could become available alongside breast cancer and cervical cancer screening."
The large trial published in The Lancet, found that an annual blood test to screen postmenopausal women for ovarian cancer could reduce deaths by 20 percent. The study proposes analyzing blood for CA125 pattern over time to detect any significant increase. Over 200,000 women were randomly selected to have either no screening, an annual screening of the blood marker plus ultrasound, or ultrasound alone.
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The National Institute of Health (NIH) has released a list of the most noteworthy advances in basic research that can improve the health of any nation. See the details on laboratory based research for:
- Charting genetic variation across the globe
- Epigenetics emerging
- The interactome: mapping protein interactions
- Lymphatic vessels discovered in central nervous system
- Insights into energy-burning fat cells
- Skin microbes and the immune response
- Muscle mitochondria may form energy power grid
- Autoimmune disease super-regulators uncovered
For a full list of highlighted basic and non-basic research, see this report.