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New Clinical Trial of a Smoking-Cessation Smartphone App

June 22, 2015 9:55 am | by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center | Comments

Jonathan Bricker, Ph.D.  has received a $3.1 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to conduct a randomized, controlled clinical trial of SmartQuit, a smoking-cessation smartphone app. The new trial follows on the heels...

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A Real-Time Listeria Biosensor

June 22, 2015 9:33 am | by Texas A&M AgriLife Communications | Comments

A Texas A&M AgriLife Research engineer and a Florida colleague have developed a biosensor that can detect listeria bacterial contamination within two or three minutes. "We hope to soon be able to detect levels as low as one bacteria in a...

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Drug-Eluting Contacts Could Help Treat Glaucoma

June 22, 2015 9:13 am | by McMaster University | Comments

A McMaster PhD candidate has harnessed a component naturally found in tears to develop a contact lens-based drug delivery system for glaucoma patients. Chemical engineer Myrto Korogiannaki has used hyaluronic acid to help get drugs to the eye...

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Users to Fine-Tune Hearing Aids Themselves

June 22, 2015 9:02 am | by SINTEF | Comments

More than 20 percent of people with hearing aids use their devices for less than one hour a day because of problems they encounter with tuning the settings. But now users can participate in fine-tuning their devices themselves. As many as 700,000 people...

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Cardiac Device Wearers Should Keep Distance from Smartphones

June 22, 2015 8:56 am | by European Society of Cardiology | Comments

Cardiac device wearers should keep a safe distance from smartphones to avoid unwanted painful shocks or pauses in function, reveals research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE -- CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Dr. Carsten Lennerz, first author and cardiology...

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Live Imaging of a Specific Gene's Transcription and Dynamics

June 19, 2015 3:34 pm | by Hiroshima University | Comments

This system enables simultaneous measurements of the transcriptional activity and nuclear position of endogenous genes using MS2 transcription imaging and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) gene-imaging techniques...

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Telemedicine Proves Value in Managing Migraine

June 19, 2015 12:30 pm | by American Headache Society | Comments

Two new studies of the usefulness of telemedicine in treating migraine patients shows it to be as effective as in-office visits, especially in patient follow-up evaluations and in improving a patient’s likelihood of getting the right medications...

FDA Allows Marketing of Device That Helps Blind Process Visual Signals Via Their Tongues

June 19, 2015 12:25 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of a new device that when used along with other assistive devices, like a cane or guide dog, can help orient people who are blind by helping them process visual images with their tongues...

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iManageCancer Control of Cancer, from Your Mobile Phone

June 19, 2015 12:22 pm | by ecancer | Comments

As cancer patients and their loved ones know, cancer is not a game. But games played on mobile phones could soon empower those affected by cancer, in a revolutionary new project developed by ecancer and collaborators. Eight partners from five...

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Fitness Trackers Are Hot, But Do They Really Help?

June 19, 2015 11:10 am | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | Comments

Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market Thursday. But will the devices really help you get healthier? Experts agree that getting people to set goals...

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Alzheimer’s Spares Long-Term Musical Memory

June 19, 2015 10:26 am | by Max Planck Gesellschaft | Comments

In comparison to other memory functions, long-term musical memory in Alzheimer patients often remains intact and functional for a surprisingly long time. However, until now, the underlying causes of this phenomenon have remained in the dark...

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Carbon Nanoparticles You Can Make at Home

June 19, 2015 9:38 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Comments

Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body's immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues...

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'Smart Chair' to Improve Health of Workers

June 19, 2015 9:29 am | by Monash University | Comments

Researchers have designed a smart chair that will make the office and workers safer and healthier. In Australia, a 2007 study by Access Economics estimated back pain was costing the economy $34.3 billion in lost workplace productivity and treatments...

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Pulsed Electrical Fields May Improve Skin Rejuvenation

June 19, 2015 9:20 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | Comments

A new approach to skin rejuvenation developed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may be less likely to have unintended side effects such as scarring and altered pigmentation. In the online journal Scientific Reports, an MGH research team...

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X-Ray Imaging Reveals Secrets in Battery Materials

June 19, 2015 9:07 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

In a new study, researchers explain why one particular cathode material works well at high voltages, while most other cathodes do not. The insights, published in the 19 June issue of the journal Science, could help battery developers design...

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