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The First Epilepsy Risk App

May 15, 2015 8:52 am | by University of Plymouth | Comments

UK national charity SUDEP Action has launched its Stay Smart campaign for National Epilepsy Week - 17 May to 23 May, which aims to encourage people with epilepsy to register for a new safety app. The technology, EpSMon, is designed to...

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'Hydrogels' Help Stem Cells Restore Eyesight and Heal Brains

May 14, 2015 4:11 pm | by University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | Comments

Toronto scientists and engineers have made a breakthrough in cell transplantation using a gel-like biomaterial that keeps cells alive and helps them integrate better into tissue. In two early lab trials, this has already shown to partially...

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Sound Waves Could Be Viable Alternative in Diagnosing Minor Fractures

May 14, 2015 4:02 pm | by RCNi | Comments

The authors conducted a study of the usefulness and efficiency of portable ultrasound in detecting the presence of minor fractures in patients presenting to a minor injuries unit. Analysis showed that 85% of patients with a fracture confirmed...

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Bionic Turtle Receives 3D Printed Jaw Implant

May 14, 2015 3:44 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

BTech certainly took “patient-specific” to the extreme in this case – they have combined their resources with a love for the animal world by printing a jaw implant for a sea turtle requiring repair of its upper and lower jaws...

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Smoking Induces Early Signs of Cancer in Cheek Swabs

May 14, 2015 11:57 am | by University College London | Comments

DNA damage caused by smoking can be detected in cheek swabs, finds research published today in JAMA Oncology. The study provides evidence that smoking induces a general cancer program that is also present in cancers which aren't usually associated...

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First Ever Blood Test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

May 14, 2015 11:52 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Comments

Millions of people afflicted by irritable bowel syndrome can now be diagnosed quickly and accurately with two simple blood tests developed by a Cedars-Sinai gastroenterologist. The tests, created by Mark Pimentel, MD, director of the GI Motility...

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Interface Brings Us Closer to Luke Skywalker's Bionic Arm

May 14, 2015 10:49 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

To the nearly 2 million people in the U.S. living with the loss of a limb, including U.S. military veterans, prosthetic devices provide restored mobility yet lack sensory feedback. A team of engineers and researchers at Washington University in...

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How Does Neuromodulation Transform Medical Treatment?

May 14, 2015 9:54 am | by International Neuromodulation Society | Comments

The 12th World Congress of the International Neuromodulation Society will present landmark studies about neurostimulation therapy and investigations of potential breakthroughs during its main scientific program June 8 – 11 in Montreal...

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Digitizing Neurons

May 14, 2015 9:47 am | by Morgan McCorkle, Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

Supercomputing resources at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will support a new initiative designed to advance how scientists digitally reconstruct and analyze individual neurons in the human brain. Led by the...

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Octopus Arm Inspires Future Surgical Tool

May 14, 2015 9:42 am | by Institute of Physics | Comments

A robotic arm that can bend, stretch and squeeze through cluttered environments has been created by a group of researchers from Italy. Inspired by the eight arms of the octopus, the device has been specifically designed for surgical operations...

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Bandages Are Entering the Electronic Age

May 14, 2015 9:34 am | by Manchester University | Comments

The most detailed study to date showing how electrical stimulation accelerates wound healing has been carried out in 40 volunteers by University of Manchester scientists. Skin wounds that are slow to heal are a clinical challenge to physicians...

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Computer Intelligence System Detects Acute Strokes

May 14, 2015 9:29 am | by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University | Comments

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed a novel computer-aided detection system for acute stroke using computer intelligence technology. Reading 80-100 computer images, the system is able to detect if the patient was struck...

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New Blood Test Quickly Reveals Severity of Radiation Injury

May 14, 2015 9:21 am | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Comments

A novel blood test could greatly improve triage of victims of radiation accidents by rapidly predicting who will survive, who will die, and who should receive immediate medical countermeasures, according to scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer...

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MRI - Prostate Cancer Screening for the Future?

May 14, 2015 9:18 am | by The Sahlgrenska Academy | Comments

A screening method that combines a traditional PSA test with an MRI detects a significantly greater number of prostate cancer cases and improves diagnostic accuracy. The study was conducted as part of the largest international research project...

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App Helps Control Asthma

May 13, 2015 3:28 pm | by American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) | Comments

The adage, “There’s an app for that” is even more true in light of an app that sends an alert to your allergist’s office when your asthma may be out of control. An article in the May issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific...

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