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Programming Cells to Emit Light

July 16, 2015 10:56 am | by Brown University | Comments

The revolution that optogenetics technology has brought to biology — neuroscience in particular — could be transformed all over again if a new project getting underway at Brown University and Central Michigan University (CMU) is successful...

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Blood Test Could Be Best Way to Confirm Schizophrenia

July 16, 2015 10:07 am | by Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University | Comments

High blood levels of a growth factor known to enable new blood vessel development and brain cell protection correlate with a smaller size of brain areas key to complex thought, emotion and behavior in patients with schizophrenia, researchers...

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Vaginal Douches May Expose Women to Harmful Chemicals

July 16, 2015 9:47 am | by Laura Kurtzman, University of California - San Francisco | Comments

Women who use feminine care products called douches may increase their exposure to harmful chemicals called phthalates—and black women may be at particularly high risk due to frequent use, according to a study published July 15 in the journal...

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Non-invasive Brain Stimulation Could Transform Learning

July 16, 2015 9:18 am | by Monash University | Comments

Researchers have discovered a new technique to enhance brain excitability that could improve physical performance in healthy individuals such as athletes and musicians. The technique could also improve treatments for neurological and neuropsychological...

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Gene-editing Technology Becomes More User Friendly

July 16, 2015 9:12 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Researchers at Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new user-friendly resource to accompany the powerful gene editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9, which has been widely adopted to make precise, targeted...

Medtronic Launches Minimally Invasive Lung Biopsy Tool

July 15, 2015 3:29 pm | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic now offers the GenCut core biopsy system, a unique lung tissue biopsy tool for use with the superDimension navigation system. The superDimension system enables a minimally invasive approach to accessing difficult-to-reach areas...

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Nanotech Could Prevent and Treat Acne

July 15, 2015 1:29 pm | by George Washington University Medical Center | Comments

This research, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, identified that the nanoparticles were effective at killing Proprionobacterium acnes, the gram positive bacteria associated with acne, and even more importantly, they inhibited...

Portable ‘Paper Machine’ Diagnoses Disease for Less Than $2

July 15, 2015 12:20 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

In the U.S. and other industrialized nations, testing for infectious diseases and cancer often requires expensive equipment and highly trained specialists. In countries where resources are limited, performing the same diagnostics is far more...

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Your Phone Knows If You're Depressed

July 15, 2015 11:55 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

You can fake a smile, but your phone knows the truth. Depression can be detected from your smartphone sensor data by tracking the number of minutes you use the phone and your daily geographical locations, reports a small Northwestern Medicine...

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Stem Cells Might Provide Lasting Pain Relief

July 15, 2015 10:03 am | by Duke University | Comments

Chronic pain caused by the nerve damage of type 2 diabetes, surgical amputation, chemotherapy and other conditions is especially intractable because it resists painkilling medications. But in a study on mice, a Duke University team has shown...

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World-first Epilepsy Self-monitor App Launched

July 15, 2015 9:55 am | by University of Plymouth | Comments

A new self-monitoring app launched to support adults with epilepsy will help to 'fill the information gap' left by NHS funding cuts for GP epilepsy monitoring, according to specialist epilepsy charity SUDEP Action. The Epilepsy Self Monitor...

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Spray-on Respiratory Cells Help Repair Tissues

July 15, 2015 9:48 am | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News | Comments

A new study showing the ability to apply a thin coating of viable respiratory epithelial cells to tissue engineered constructs using a commercially available spray device is especially promising for therapeutic approaches in development...

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Photos of the Day: Goodbye, Microscope?

July 15, 2015 9:16 am | by Tomas Kellner, GE Reports | Comments

Pathologists have traditionally used microscopes to study tissue samples and help doctors pick the right diagnosis and chart the course of recovery. For the patient, pathology can make a difference between radical surgery and a more benign treatment...

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Could Dissolvable Microneedles Replace Injected Vaccines?

July 14, 2015 1:48 pm | by Elsevier | Comments

Flu vaccines delivered using microneedles that dissolve in the skin can protect people against infection even better than the standard needle-delivered vaccine, according to new research published in Biomaterials. The authors of the study, from...

'Smart Capsule' Is Potential New Drug-delivery Vehicle

July 14, 2015 11:34 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

A new "smart capsule" under development could deliver medications directly to the large intestines to target certain medical conditions. "Usually, when you take medication it is absorbed in the stomach and small intestine before making...

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