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Quick Hits

One in 50 patients who take an interferon-β (IFN-β) biologic to treat multiple sclerosis have adverse side effects that cause liver injury; up to 60 percent present with abnormal biochemical liver tests. Although the treatment benefits many, the detriment to these patients cannot be overlooked – so a group of researchers hope to help with new biomarkers for liver injury caused by IFN-β (1). These biomarkers may make it possible to predict whether a patient is susceptible to liver injury.

Just a Breath Away

A new diagnostic for pancreatic cancer may come from an unlikely source: your breath! A study of volatile organic compounds in breath has found that they act as novel biomarkers to detect the disease (2). GC/MS analysis of exhaled air can allow diagnosticians to identify patients with pancreatic cancer with 81 percent sensitivity.

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