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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...

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'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...

Wearable ECG Harness Monitors NASA Astronauts

July 14, 2015 10:39 am | by NimbleHeart Inc. | Comments

NASA performs cardiac monitoring of astronauts to ensure their health, performance, and safety during space missions. The ECG monitor required for this has to be wearable by both, men and women (NASA has a sizeable proportion of women astronauts)...

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Simulation Watches Drugs Enter the Lungs

July 14, 2015 10:08 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

The first computer model that predicts the flow of liquid medication in human lungs is providing new insight into the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome. University of Michigan researchers are using the new technology to uncover...

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Photos of the Day: Now Playing in 4D: Your Heart

July 14, 2015 9:45 am | by Tomas Kellner, GE Reports | Comments

Dr. Khandheria and his colleagues at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wis., have recently started using brand new ultrasound software that, for the first time, allows the team to see the heart in “extreme 4D” – the three spatial...

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Liquid Biopsy Detects Cancer Mutations Not Found in Traditional Biopsy

July 14, 2015 9:26 am | by Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology | Comments

An international, randomized, phase III study has analyzed the DNA of 503 patients with metastatic colorectal cancer by liquid biopsy (BEAMing platform) to detect KRAS, PIK3CA and BRAF gene mutations in tumors. These patients, who had previously...

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Chemotherapeutic Coatings Enhance Tumor-frying Nanoparticles

July 14, 2015 9:14 am | by Duke University | Comments

In a move akin to adding chemical weapons to a firebomb, researchers at Duke University have devised a method for making a promising nanoscale cancer treatment even more deadly to tumors. The invention allows an extremely thin layer of hydrogels...

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Environmentally Friendly 'Nanobullet' Battles Bacteria

July 13, 2015 4:07 pm | by North Carolina State University | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed an effective and environmentally benign method to combat bacteria by engineering nanoscale particles that add the antimicrobial potency of silver to a core of lignin, a ubiquitous substance...

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