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Exploring the Unknown Frontier of the Brain

April 7, 2015 9:00 am | by National Science Foundation | Comments

To a large degree, your brain is what makes you... you. It controls your thinking, problem solving and voluntary behaviors. At the same time, your brain helps regulate critical aspects of your physiology, such as your heart rate and breathing...

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Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations

April 7, 2015 8:54 am | by ECRI Institute | Comments

Patient safety is a top priority for every healthcare organization, but knowing where to direct initiatives can be daunting. To help organizations decide where to focus their efforts, ECRI Institute has compiled its second annual list of the...

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Disaster Expo Shows Innovations in Thriving Japan Industry

April 7, 2015 8:44 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | Comments

Mankind is powerless to prevent calamities such as typhoons and earthquakes, but in Japan where the devastating 2011 tsunami still looms large, there's a flourishing industry in devising ways to cope with catastrophe. Some of the products...

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'Quantum Magnet' for Medical Imaging and Contraband Detection

April 7, 2015 8:37 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

MIT researchers have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. It could lead to miniaturized, battery-powered devices for medical and materials imaging, contraband...

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Photos of the Day: Monitoring Vitals with a Video of Your Face

April 6, 2015 2:01 pm | by Mike Williams, Rice University | Comments

Rice University researchers are developing a highly accurate, touch-free system that uses a video camera to monitor patients’ vital signs just by looking at their faces. The technique isn’t new, but engineering researchers in Rice’s Scalable...

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Camera Chip Provides Superfine 3D Resolution

April 6, 2015 1:41 pm | by California Institute of Technology | Comments

Imagine you need to have an almost exact copy of an object. Now imagine that you can just pull your smartphone out of your pocket, take a snapshot with its integrated 3D imager, send it to your 3D printer, and within minutes you have reproduced...

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Putting the Safety of 'Magic Anti-Cancer Bullet' to the Test

April 6, 2015 10:44 am | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | Comments

A group of MIPT researchers together with their colleagues from Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Australia and the Netherlands have carried out the first systematic study analyzing the safety of so-called upconversion nanoparticles that may be used to...

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CRISPR-Cas Genome Editing May Overcome Deadly Fungal Infections

April 6, 2015 10:40 am | by Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research | Comments

By modifying the CRISPR-Cas genome editing system, Whitehead Institute researchers are now able to manipulate Candida albicans' genome systematically--an approach that could help identify novel targets for therapies against this serious pathogen...

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Hormone and Bone Tests May Indicate Dialysis Patients’ Heart Health

April 6, 2015 10:37 am | by American Society of Nephrology (ASN) | Comments

Bone loss may be a sign of poor heart health in patients on dialysis, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology(JASN). Monitoring bone loss in dialysis patients may therefore...

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Latest Advances in Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT

April 6, 2015 10:33 am | by European Society of Cardiology | Comments

The latest advances in nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT imaging are set to be announced at the International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT (ICNC) 12. ICNC 12 will be held 3 to 5 May 2015 in Madrid, Spain, at the Hotel Auditorium...

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Optics, Nanotechnology Combined Creates Low-Cost Gas Sensor

April 6, 2015 10:30 am | by Oregon State University | Comments

Engineers have combined innovative optical technology with nanocomposite thin-films to create a new type of sensor that is inexpensive, fast, highly sensitive and able to detect and analyze a wide range of gases. The technology might find...

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Medical Device Maker Settles Lawsuit for $4.4 Million

April 6, 2015 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medtronic has agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the federal government accusing the company of selling medical devices made in China and Malaysia to the U.S. military. Federal law requires that devices sold to the military...

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New Advancements in 3D Designs for Neural Tissue Engineering

April 6, 2015 10:22 am | by Institute of Neural Regeration & Tissue Engineering | Comments

It is well known that neurological diseases and injuries pose some of the greatest challenges in modern medicine, with few if any options for effectively treating such diagnoses, but recent work suggests a unique approach for reconstructing damaged...

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Heading Off Concussions

April 6, 2015 9:56 am | by University of California - Irvine | Comments

As a result of ongoing probes into the short- and long-term effects of concussions in football, other sports are looking into whether additional steps can be taken to protect their athletes. Among them is water polo, and a novel research venture...

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Can Light Therapy Treat 'Gulf War Illness' in Veterans?

April 6, 2015 9:48 am | by Veterans Affairs Research Communications | Comments

Following up on promising results from pilot work, researchers at the VA Boston Healthcare System are testing the effects of light therapy on brain function in veterans with Gulf War Illness. Veterans in the study wear a helmet lined with...

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