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Sequencing Ebola's Secrets

June 18, 2015 3:36 pm | by Harvard University | Comments

Last June, in the early days of the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, a team of researchers sequenced the genome of the deadly virus at unprecedented scale and speed. Their findings revealed a number of critical facts as the outbreak was unfolding...

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New Chip Identifies Chemicals in Ultratrace Amounts

June 18, 2015 3:32 pm | by Geroge Washington University | Comments

A George Washington University professor has designed new technology that can identify traces of chemicals at 10-19 moles, a previously undetectable amount. This minute quantity can be conceptualized as 10 times below a billionth of a billionth...

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Protecting Consumers from Counterfeit Medicines and Devices Sold Online

June 18, 2015 3:29 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, took action this week against more than 1,050 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription medicines and medical devices...

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Nanoparticles Give Cancer a Deadly Fever

June 18, 2015 3:25 pm | by NIST | Comments

Heat may be the key to killing certain types of cancer, and new research from a team including NIST scientists has yielded unexpected results that should help optimize the design of magnetic nanoparticles that can be used to deliver heat directly...

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Republicans Ready to Repeal Taxes on Medical Devices

June 18, 2015 11:12 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | Comments

Despite White House veto threats, the House is ready to vote to repeal taxes on medical devices and kill a Medicare advisory board that foes say would ration health care as the chamber aims its latest whack at President Barack Obama's health care law...

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Medical Lasers Face Many Barriers to Clinical Acceptance

June 18, 2015 9:48 am | by SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics | Comments

The dynamic field of medical laser applications continually offers new systems and techniques enabling less invasive or more targeted treatments. But the path from the lab to the clinic can be slowed by "a multiplicity of barriers" requiring...

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Software Diagnoses Voice Disorders Over the Phone

June 18, 2015 9:40 am | by Oxford University | Comments

The voice can be affected by a range of disorders, ranging from Parkinson's disease and strokes to spasmodic dysphonia, a condition in which the muscles of the vocal cords move abnormally. These different disorders all change the sound of...

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Color-Coded Map Guides Brain Tumor Removal

June 18, 2015 9:30 am | by John Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Brain surgery is famously difficult for good reason: When removing a tumor, for example, neurosurgeons walk a tightrope as they try to take out as much of the cancer as possible while keeping crucial brain tissue intact -- and visually distinguishing...

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Nanofiber Band-Aid for Broken Hearts

June 18, 2015 9:16 am | by Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science | Comments

Stem cell-based therapies have the potential to transform the treatment of almost every major health condition, but possibly none quite as prevalent as heart disease. As the world’s number one cause of death, heart disease kills more than 7.5 million...

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'Placenta-on-a-Chip' Helps to Better Understand Pregnancy

June 18, 2015 9:09 am | by NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development | Comments

National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers and their colleagues have developed a "placenta-on-a-chip" to study the inner workings of the human placenta and its role in pregnancy. The device was designed to imitate, on a micro-level, the structure...

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Modeling Neuronal Connectivity with Stem Cells

June 18, 2015 9:02 am | by IOS Press BV | Comments

Human stem cells can be differentiated to produce other cell types, such as organ cells, skin cells, or brain cells. While organ cells, for example, can function in isolation, brain cells require synapses, or connectors, between cells and between...

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Eye’s Motion Detection Sensors Identified

June 17, 2015 3:59 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

Driving a car at 40 mph, you see a child dart into the street. You hit the brakes. Disaster averted. But how did your eyes detect that movement? It’s a question that has confounded scientists. Now, studying mice, researchers at Washington...

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Hearing Aids That Can 'See'

June 17, 2015 1:04 pm | by University of Stirling | Comments

A next-generation hearing aid which can 'see' is to be developed by a University of Stirling Computer Scientist-led multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians. Designed to help users in noisy environments, the device will use a...

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Biotech Startup Raises Millions to Generate Renewable Chemicals

June 17, 2015 12:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A company hoping to farm single-cell organisms, or microbes, to create chemicals announced that its latest funding push secured $44 million. California-based Zymergen alters the DNA of a large number of microbes, which enables the organisms...

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High-tech Nanofibers Could Help Nutrients in Food Hit the Spot

June 17, 2015 11:20 am | by University of Lincoln | Comments

New research outlines how the creation of ‘nanofibers’ could provide new and improved products and delivery systems for supplementary foodstuffs. Nanofiber materials produced through a process called electrospinning are attracting particular...

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