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Singh T.,Artemis Health | Harding R.,Kings College London
BMC Research Notes | Year: 2015

Background: The increasing incidence of cancer and chronic diseases in South Asia has created a growing public health and clinical need for palliative care in the region. As an emerging discipline with increasing coverage, palliative care must be guided by evidence. In order to appraise the state of the science and inform policy and best practice in South Asia this study aimed to systematically review the evidence for palliative care models, interventions, and outcomes. Results: The search identified only 16 articles, reporting a small range of services. The 16 articles identified India as having greatest number of papers (n = 14) within South Asia, largely focused in the state of Kerala. Nepal and Pakistan reported a single study each, with nothing from Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives or Bangladesh. Despite the large population of South Asia, we found only 4 studies reporting intervention outcomes, with the remaining reporting service descriptions (n = 12). Conclusions: The dearth of evidence in terms of palliative care outcomes, and the lack of data from beyond India, highlight the urgent need for greater research investment and activity to guide the development of feasible, acceptable, appropriate and effective palliative care services. There is some evidence that suggests implementation of successful and well-developed community based models of palliative care may be replicated in other resource limited settings. Greater investigation to determine outcomes and costs are urgently needed, and require well-designed and validated tools to measure outcomes. Studies are also needed to better understand the cultural context of death and dying for patients and their families in South Asia, and to respond to the growing need for palliative and end-of-life care in the region. © 2015 Singh and Harding; licensee BioMed Central.

The present invention provides a method capable of detecting single or multiple fetal chromosomal aneuploidies in a maternal sample comprising fetal and maternal nucleic acids, and verifying that the correct determination has been made. The method is applicable to determining copy number variations (CNV) of any sequence of interest in samples comprising mixtures of genomic nucleic acids derived from two different genomes, and which are known or are suspected to differ in the amount of one or more sequence of interest. The method is applicable at least to the practice of noninvasive prenatal diagnostics, and to the diagnosis and monitoring of conditions associated with a difference in sequence representation in healthy versus diseased individuals.

Artemis Health | Date: 2011-01-19

Methods are disclosed for resolving measurement problems such problems in measuring chromosomal copy number. Some disclosed methods involve first selecting a primary assay element characteristic to partition. Such characteristic may be a source of experimental variability such as the GC content of measured DNA sequences. Additionally, the disclosed methods may employ an abundance or copy number function to transform the assay element frequencies into an abundance, dose, copy number score, or the like. In some cases, the disclosed methods estimate an amount of certain fetal DNA in a sample. The methods can further compare the estimated amount to a measured amount of fetal DNA in the sample. The comparison can be used to determine the fetal sex or aneuploidy.

Artemis Health | Date: 2010-07-30

Fragile cells have value for use in diagnosing many types of conditions. There is a need for compositions that stabilize fragile cells. The stabilization compositions of the provided invention allow for the stabilization, enrichment, and analysis of fragile cells, including fetal cells, circulating tumor cells, and stem cells.

The present invention provides systems, apparatuses, and methods to detect the presence of fetal cells when mixed with a population of maternal cells in a sample and to test fetal abnormalities, i.e. aneuploidy. In addition, the present invention provides methods to determine when there are insufficient fetal cells for a determination and report a non-informative case. The present invention involves quantifying regions of genomic DNA from a mixed sample. More particularly the invention involves quantifying DNA polymorphisms from the mixed sample.

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