New marker found for Sanfilippo disease

New marker found for Sanfilippo disease
SAN DIEGO — Sanfilippo disease is a rare disorder caused by the failure of enzymes to break down specific kinds of complex carbohydrates, resulting in their accumulation in cells and often severe physical and neurological problems — and sometimes early death.
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Health Q&A: Can you prevent stones?
Q: What can you do to prevent kidney stones?
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Handheld nanoLAB detects disease proteins in minutes
In 2009, Stanford University faculty member Shan Wang and doctoral students Richard Gaster and Drew Hall demonstrated that they could use the same ultrasensitive magnetic sensors that form the basis of today's compact, high-capacity disk drives in combination with mass-produced magnetic nanotags to detect small amounts of cancer-associated proteins (click here for earlier story).
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