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MRI Technology Reveals Deep Brain Pathways in Unprecedented Detail

June 3, 2015 4:22 pm | by Duke University Medical Center | Comments

Scientists at Duke Medicine have produced a 3D map of the human brain stem at an unprecedented level of detail using MRI technology. In a study to be published June 3 in Human Brain Mapping, the researchers unveil an ultra high-resolution...

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House Panel Votes to Repeal Health Law's Medical Device Tax

June 3, 2015 4:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Republican-run House committee voted Tuesday to repeal a 2.3 percent tax on many medical devices that helps pay for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The Ways and Means Committee's mostly party-line 25-14 vote came with Republicans...

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Antibody Fragments Expand What PET Imaging Can 'See'

June 3, 2015 12:19 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

To visualize cancer throughout the body, physicians often turn to positron emission tomography (PET), which lights up areas that are metabolically active or growing, like tumors. Today in ACS Central Science, researchers report development of...

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Ultrasound Is Making New Waves Throughout Medicine

June 3, 2015 9:58 am | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | Comments

Mention “ultrasound” and most people likely will think of an image of a fetus in a mother’s womb. But while providing peeks at the not-yet-born is one of ultrasound’s most common applications, that’s only a small part of the picture...

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Re-Inflating Balloon after Carotid Stenting May Double Stroke and Death Risk

June 3, 2015 9:52 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

After reviewing outcomes from thousands of cases, researchers at Johns Hopkins report that patients with blocked neck arteries who undergo carotid stenting to prop open the narrowed blood vessels fare decidedly worse if their surgeons re-inflate...

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Stimulating Larynx Muscles with Light

June 3, 2015 9:37 am | by University of Bonn | Comments

Researchers at the University of Bonn have found a way to stimulate the larynx muscles of mice using light. In the long term, this method could be an option for the treatment of laryngeal paralysis, which causes difficulties in phonation and...

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Detecting Early Signs of Parkinson's in the Blink of an Eye

June 3, 2015 9:28 am | by Virginia Commonwealth University | Comments

Even if you don’t know what Parkinson’s disease is, you can likely recall the image of Muhammad Ali’s trembling hands, halting speech and mask-like expression — common symptoms of a chronic and progressive movement disorder that affects as many...

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Building Replacement Kidneys in the Lab

June 3, 2015 9:17 am | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | Comments

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center report progress in their quest to build replacement kidneys in the lab. The teams’ goal is to make use of the more than 2,600 kidneys that are donated each year, but must be discarded due to...

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Tissue-Engineered Heart Valve that Won’t Degrade Over Time

June 3, 2015 9:13 am | by Society of Thoracic Surgeons | Comments

Researchers have created a new heart valve that combines a patient’s own cells with metal alloy for a more durable replacement with potentially fewer complications, according to an article in the June 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery...

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Kit for Training to Insert and Remove Contraceptive Implants

June 2, 2015 4:11 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

In developing regions where the economy is weak and medical services are limited, global health experts say as many as 200 million women want access to long-term, reversible contraceptives to avoid unintended pregnancies and to help space...

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Developing Transplantable Bioengineered Forelimbs

June 2, 2015 4:06 pm | by Massachusetts General Hospital | Comments

A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has made the first steps towards development of bioartificial replacement limbs suitable for transplantation. In their report, which has been published online in the journal...

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Genetic Test Examines Pain Medication Efficacy and Side Effects

June 2, 2015 2:56 pm | by Harmonyx Diagnostics | Comments

Harmonyx, a company in affordable and accessible genetic testing, has launched a new test that examines the efficacy and side effect risk of medications used to treat acute and chronic pain. Results from this test provide individualized details...

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Improving the Delivery of Chemotherapy with Graphene

June 2, 2015 2:48 pm | by IOP Publishing | Comments

A new study published in IOP Publishing’s journal 2D Materials has proposed using graphene as an alternative coating for catheters to improve the delivery of chemotherapy drugs. The research suggests that placing graphene – an extremely...

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Stem Cell Technology Could Lead to Ailing Heart Mending Itself

June 2, 2015 1:31 pm | by Renee Twombly, Weill Cornell Medical College Office of External Affairs | Comments

For the first time, scientists can efficiently generate large numbers of rare cells in the network that pushes the heart's chambers to consistently contract. The technique, published May 28 in Stem Cell Reports, could be a first step toward using...

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First Wearable to Shift Your State of Mind

June 2, 2015 9:57 am | by Thync | Comments

Thync today launched the first consumer wearable that enables you to shift mental states in minutes; feeling more calm or energized when you need it most. Revealed for the first time, the sleek and simple wearable is placed on the head and...

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