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Ion Pump Implant Gives the Body Its Own Pain Alleviation

May 13, 2015 9:30 am | by Linköping University | Comments

A small ion pump in organic electronics is giving new hope to people suffering from severe nerve pain. Researchers at Linköping University (LiU) and Karolinska Institutet (KI) are the first in the world with technology that can stop pain impulses...

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Molecular 'Switch' Promotes Heart Cell Maturation

May 13, 2015 9:14 am | by University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine | Comments

A molecular switch that seems to be essential for embryonic heart cells to grow into more mature, adult-like heart cells has been discovered. The discovery should help scientist better understand how human hearts mature. Of particular interest...

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siRNA-Toting Nanoparticles Inhibit Breast Cancer Metastasis

May 13, 2015 9:07 am | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University combined finely crafted nanoparticles with one of nature’s potent disrupters to prevent the spread of triple-negative breast cancer in mouse models. The highly aggressive cancer subtype is...

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One-Hour Chikungunya Test

May 13, 2015 9:03 am | by Entomological Society of America | Comments

Scientists at a U.S. Army research center have modified an assay that tests whether or not a sample of mosquitoes harbors the virus responsible for the disease known as chikungunya (CHIKV), long a problem in the Old World tropics but recently...

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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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