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Microscan Demonstrates New Embedded OEM Solutions for Clinical Lab Automation at AACC Clinical Lab Expo 2014

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From Microscan booth #2652, the dedicated Clinical Solutions team will give live demonstrations of new barcode readers and machine vision cameras for embedded clinical lab automation applications and discuss projects with OEM design engineers. Microscan is giving away free $30 expo passes to all visitors who schedule a meeting with an automation expert at the show.

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New Hope for Powdery Mildew Resistant Barley

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New research at the University of Adelaide has opened the way for the development of new lines of barley with resistance to powdery mildew.

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UIC Library Opens Archives of Chicago's Historic Commodity Exchanges

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The records of the Chicago Board of Trade and the MidAmerica Commodity Exchange are available for research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Report: Vulnerable Populations Disproportionately Affected by Food Security, Despite Public Programs

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Vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, ethnic minorities, and low-income households are disproportionately affected by food security, despite the extensive private and public food safety net in the United States, according to a new report by RTI International.

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Zerenex™ (Ferric Citrate) Long-Term Phase 3 Study Results Published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the publication of results from the long-term, randomized, active control Phase 3 study of Zerenex (ferric citrate), the Company's investigational oral ferric iron-based phosphate binder, for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on dialysis. The PERFECTED study (PhosphatE binding and iRon delivery with FErric CiTrate in EsrD) was published online today in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).

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Ferric Citrate May Reduce Dialysis Patients’ Need for Multiple Medications

• Ferric citrate effectively reduced blood phosphorus levels while increasing iron stores and decreasing the need for intravenous iron and anemia medications in dialysis patients. • The medication may help reduce complications and costs associated with kidney disease care.

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Genetic Test Helps Predict Which Children with Kidney Disease Will Respond to Standard Therapy

• Among children with sporadic nephrotic syndrome, genetic mutations in the kidney’s filtration barrier were frequently linked with a lack of response to immunosuppressive treatments. • The genetic test was even more predictive than a kidney biopsy for identifying children who would not benefit from immunosuppressive therapies.

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Experts: Gun Violence Prevention Requires Public Health Approach

Preventing gun violence will require a scientific public health approach and recognition of the limits of predicting individual cases of violence, according to experts slated to speak at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention.

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Experts: Humans Share Fairness Concerns with Other Species

Humans aren’t the only species to react strongly to actions they consider unfair. A similar drive for fairness in monkeys and some dogs may offer insight into people’s desire for equity, according to experts presenting at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention.

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Female Triathletes at Risk for Pelvic Floor Disorders and Other Complications

Female triathletes are at risk for pelvic floor disorders, decreased energy, menstrual irregularities and abnormal bone density, according to researchers at Loyola University Health System (LUHS). These data were presented today at the American Urogynecologic Society 2014 Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC.

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