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NIH Awards Sedia Biosciences $195,490 SBIR Grant for Rapid HIV-1 Incidence Assay

August 18, 2014 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Sedia Biosciences Corporation announced today that it has received a Notice of Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant to develop a Rapid HIV-1 Incidence (or Recency) Assay...

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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Baxano Surgical as a Leader in MIS Spine Innovation

August 18, 2014 8:56 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Based on its recent analysis of the minimally invasive spinal surgical solutions market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Baxano Surgical, Inc. with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Line Strategy Leadership...

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ResMed Offers AirSense 10 CPAP and APAP Devices

August 18, 2014 8:55 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

ResMed, the industry leader in patient-comfort innovation, today introduced its new AirSense 10 positive-airway pressure (PAP) device platform, with breakthrough features that benefit both the patient and the healthcare provider. "Our home...

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Dopamine replacement associated with impulse control increase in early Parkinson's

August 15, 2014 4:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New Penn Medicine research shows that neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression, anxiety and fatigue are more common in newly diagnosed Parkinson's disease (PD) patients compared to the general population. The study also found that initiation of dopamine replacement therapy, the most common treatment for PD, was associated with increasing frequency of impulse control disorders and excessive daytime sleepiness. The new findings ...

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New X-ray imaging developed by scientists

August 15, 2014 4:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists have developed an x-ray imaging system that enables researchers to see 'live' how effective treatments are for cystic fibrosis. Published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the imaging method allows ...

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Do gut bacteria rule our minds?

August 15, 2014 4:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us — which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold — may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity. In an article published this week in the journal BioEssays, researchers from UC San Francisco, Arizona State University and University of New Mexico concluded ...

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased risks after noncardiac surgery

August 15, 2014 4:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Patients with low blood levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of death and serious complications after noncardiac surgery, suggests a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. The researchers analyzed the relationship between vitamin D level and surgical outcomes in approximately 3,500 patients who ...

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UTMB named a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Vaccine Research

August 15, 2014 3:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The world experts on vaccine development at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have received an international designation acknowledging their unique niche in a sphere where research, government regulation and big pharma often collide. UTMB's Sealy Center for Vaccine Development has been named a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Vaccine Research, Evaluation and Training on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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3D Printing Cartilage

August 15, 2014 3:44 pm | by EnvisionTEC | Comments

Rocky Tuan, PhD, is a professor and executive vice chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery as well as the director of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine developing 3D printed cartilage with the EnvisionTEC Perfactory. This research is the first success of living human cartilage tissue composed atop a chip using 3D printing.

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New ways to treat solid tumors

August 15, 2014 3:24 pm | by Monash University | Comments

An international team of scientists has shown that an antibody against the protein EphA3, found in the micro-environment of solid cancers, has anti-tumor effects. As EphA3 is present in normal organs only during embryonic development but is expressed in blood cancers and in solid tumors, this antibody-based approach may be a suitable candidate treatment for solid tumors.

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New nanotech invention improves effectiveness of the 'penicillin of cancer'

August 15, 2014 3:12 pm | by Jared Sagoff, Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have added a new weapon to oncologists' arsenal of anti-cancer therapies. By combining magnetic nanoparticles with one of the most common and effective chemotherapy drugs, Argonne researchers have created a way to deliver anti-cancer drugs directly into the nucleus of cancer cells.

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Bats bolster brain hypothesis, maybe technology, too

August 15, 2014 2:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Amid a neuroscience debate about how people and animals focus on distinct objects within cluttered scenes, some of the newest and best evidence comes from the way bats "see" with their ears, according to a new paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology. In fact, the perception process in question could improve sonar and radar technology.

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Scientists racing to test Ebola vaccines in humans

August 15, 2014 10:59 am | by Matthew Perrone - Associated Press | Comments

Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines, but it won't be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work. There are no proven drugs or vaccines for Ebola, a disease so rare that it's been hard to attract investments in countermeasures. But the current outbreak in West Africa—the largest in history—is fueling new efforts to ...

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New gene editing method may help correct muscular dystrophy

August 15, 2014 10:52 am | by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center | Comments

Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers successfully used a new gene editing method to correct a mutation that leads to Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in a mouse model of the condition. Researchers used a technique called CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing, which can precisely remove a mutation in DNA, allowing the body's DNA repair mechanisms to ...

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Laser makes microscopes way cooler

August 15, 2014 10:31 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic-force microscope probes 20 times more sensitive and capable of detecting forces as small as the weight of an individual virus. The technique, developed by researchers at The Australian National University (ANU), hinges on ...

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