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New Assay Simplifies Gene Sequencing Analysis

May 13, 2015 9:00 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

Researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and Thermo Fisher Scientific have developed and tested a new tool that searches for the most common genetic anomalies seen in cancer. The assay demonstrates the ability...

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Personal Microbiomes Shown to Contain Unique 'Fingerprints'

May 12, 2015 4:06 pm | by Harvard School of Public Health | Comments

A new study shows that the microbial communities we carry in and on our bodies—known as the human microbiome—have the potential to uniquely identify individuals, much like a fingerprint. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers...

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New Technique Monitors the Assembly of Nanoparticles

May 12, 2015 3:46 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

A new technique invented at MIT can measure the relative positions of tiny particles as they flow through a fluidic channel, potentially offering an easy way to monitor the assembly of nanoparticles, or to study how mass is distributed within...

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Virtual Heart Models and Robot-Cell Hybrids

May 12, 2015 3:41 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two, five-year, center-scale awards totaling $8.75 million to advance the state-of-the-art in medical and cyber-physical systems (CPS). One project will develop "Cyberheart"--a platform...

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Implantable Microscope Allows Deep Brain Exploration

May 12, 2015 11:41 am | by University of Colorado Denver | Comments

A team of neuroscientists and bioengineers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have created a miniature, fiber-optic microscope designed to peer deeply inside a living brain. The researchers, including scientists from the...

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E-Skin and Pocket-Sized Diagnostic Machines Give Patients the Power Back

May 12, 2015 10:40 am | by Elsevier | Comments

Wearable E-skin that can measure heart rate and blood pressure, and paper diagnostic machines the size of a credit card that can give instant readings on blood and saliva samples are two new bio-sensing technologies presented at Elsevier’s 4th...

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Exoskeleton that Helps Paralyzed Walk Faces Barrier in Japan

May 12, 2015 9:49 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Yuichi Imahata's 9-year-old daughter is thrilled her dad stands tall above her head. It's an experience that is new to her. Imahata, 31, has been using a wheelchair to get around for seven years after a serious spinal-cord injury suffered...

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New Blood Test for Fibromyalgia Moves a Step Closer

May 12, 2015 9:40 am | by Arthritis Research UK | Comments

New research by our scientists could lead to a blood test to diagnose fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is common pain syndrome causing widespread muscle and bone pain, as well as fatigue and disturbed sleep. It has no obvious physical cause...

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Reducing Deadly Complication of Bone Marrow Transplants

May 12, 2015 9:37 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

Researchers have designed a way to mitigate graft-versus-host disease, a common and often life-threatening complication of bone marrow transplants that are used to treat leukemia and other blood cancers. The method, developed at Washington...

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3D Microbattery for Large-Scale on-Chip Integration

May 12, 2015 9:32 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

By combining 3D holographic lithography and 2D photolithography, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a high-performance 3D microbattery suitable for large-scale on-chip integration with microelectronic...

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Seniors' Increasing Use of Walking Aids: Friend or Foe?

May 12, 2015 9:26 am | by University of Vermont | Comments

America’s population of senior citizens is growing, and with it, a reliance on canes, wheelchairs and scooters. The use of walking aids has increased by 50 percent in the past decade, according to a new study, and should continue to increase...

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3D Bioprinted Tissue Could Regenerate Nerve Cells

May 12, 2015 9:22 am | by Michigan Technological University | Comments

The printer looks like a toaster oven with the front and sides removed. Its metal frame is built up around a stainless steel circle lit by an ultraviolet light. Stainless steel hydraulics and thin black tubes line the back edge, which lead...

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MRI Could Improve Breast Cancer Risk Prediction

May 12, 2015 9:03 am | by Radiological Society of North America | Comments

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides important information about a woman's future risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new study published in Radiology. Researchers said the findings support an expanded role for MRI in more...

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How Do Neurons and Blood Vessels “Talk” to Each Other?

May 12, 2015 8:58 am | by Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main | Comments

Neurons and blood vessels often traverse the body side by side, a fact observed as early as the 16th century by the Flemish anatomist Andreas Vesalius. Only over the last ten years, however, researchers have discovered that the growth of neuronal...

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New Malaria Test Could Lead to Global Eradication of the Disease

May 11, 2015 3:37 pm | by AACC | Comments

One of the biggest difficulties faced by worldwide programs aimed at eliminating malaria is that the tests they use are not sensitive enough to detect all people who have the disease and need treatment. A study appearing online today in Clinical...

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