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How Does the Brain Respond to Hearing Loss?

May 19, 2015 10:52 am | by Acoustical Society of America (ASA) | Comments

Researchers at the University of Colorado suggest that the portion of the brain devoted to hearing can become reorganized—reassigned to other functions—even with early-stage hearing loss, and may play a role in cognitive decline. Anu Sharma...

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Brain Scanning Reveals Birds of a Feather Really Do Flock Together

May 19, 2015 10:30 am | by Virginia Tech | Comments

The hottest hairstyle, the latest extreme sport, the newest viral stunt – trends happen for a reason and now scientists have a better understanding of why. In a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Virginia Tech Carilion...

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Optical Tweezers Manipulate Key HIV Infection Protein

May 19, 2015 10:01 am | by Bill Hathaway, Yale University | Comments

Using an instrument so sensitive it can fold and unfold a single protein, Yale School of Medicine researchers have manipulated a protein essential for HIV to invade cells. The “optical tweezers” allowed researchers to apply tiny forces to a...

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Blood Biomarkers Aid in Alzheimer’s Battle

May 19, 2015 9:55 am | by Anke van Eekelen, Science Network WA | Comments

Researchers are developing an effective low-cost screening tool to facilitate Alzheimer’s disease (AD) diagnosis for the first time by analyzing different combinations of proteins in blood. ECU research fellow Dr. Veer Gupta presented her ongoing...

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Improving Access to Music for People Using Hearing Aids

May 19, 2015 9:48 am | by University of Leeds | Comments

Beethoven composed some of his most famous works after he became profoundly deaf. More recently, musicians such as Ozzy Osbourne, Brian Wilson and Phil Collins have encountered problems with their hearing. Tinnitus affects many more, from...

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Monitoring Blood Oxygen Levels in Prematurely Born Babies

May 19, 2015 9:44 am | by KTH The Royal Institute of Technology | Comments

A new monitoring tool for preemies could help reduce complications from dangerous blood-oxygen levels by 30 to 50 percent, say its Swedish developers. Prematurely born infants need to maintain precise blood oxygen levels in order to avoid permanent...

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Engineering Replacement Intestine Tissue

May 19, 2015 9:09 am | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | Comments

New proof-of-concept research at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine suggests the potential for engineering replacement intestine tissue in the lab, a treatment that could be applied to infants born with a short bowel and adults...

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A New Window into the Brain

May 19, 2015 9:00 am | by Universitaet Tübingen | Comments

Tübingen neuroscientists have made an important advance in studying the human brain with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). This imaging technique is used in research endeavors to investigate the interactions between different brain...

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Tiny Device Could Save Lives on Battlefield

May 19, 2015 8:57 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Getting rapid treatment for wounds or injuries suffered on the battlefield can mean the difference between life and death. Army medical researchers recently developed "a device that will revolutionize triage," said Lt. Col. Robert Carter...

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Reducing Immune System Rejection of Medical Implants

May 18, 2015 4:28 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

Biomedical devices that can be implanted in the body for drug delivery, tissue engineering, or sensing can help improve treatment for many diseases. However, such devices are often susceptible to attack by the immune system, which can render...

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Microchip Captures Clusters of Circulating Tumor Cells

May 18, 2015 4:25 pm | by National Institutes of Health | Comments

Researchers have developed a microfluidic chip that can capture rare clusters of circulating tumor cells, which could yield important new insights into how cancer spreads. The work was funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and...

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Beware FDA 'Approved' Robotic Prostatectomy Care

May 18, 2015 1:24 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

A South Florida-based urologist today has issued a stinging report critical of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision to approve robotic surgery for treating prostate cancer on the basis of only some low-level and irrelevant...

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Infographic: Making Your Home Wheelchair Accessible

May 18, 2015 10:38 am | by Roland Reznik, KD Smart Chair | Comments

By following these guidelines, wheelchair users can make everyday activities at home much simpler and more convenient. The infographic provides a blueprint for people with mobility issues and visualizes each room in the house to make their home...

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Effectiveness of Genomic Test for Lung Cancer Detection

May 18, 2015 10:33 am | by Boston University Medical Center | Comments

A new test co-developed by a Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) researcher will allow patients suspected of having lung cancer to be subjected to fewer and less-invasive tests to determine if they have the disease. "We are seeing an...

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In the NFL, Helmet Sensors Are a Sensitive Issue

May 18, 2015 10:30 am | by Brett Martel, AP Sports Writer | Comments

When big-money NFL careers are at stake, the use of impact-measuring sensors in football helmets isn't as routine as one might expect. The NFL Players Association's Mackey-White Committee, which spearheads player safety initiatives, spent...

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