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Eye Testing App Shown to Work as Well as Charts for Visual Acuity

May 28, 2015 12:40 pm | by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine | Comments

An app to test eyesight easily and affordably using a smartphone is as accurate as traditional charts, according to a study published today. Peek (the Portable Eye Examination Kit) is a unique smartphone-based system for comprehensive...

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Treating Cancer Patients with 'Musical Gene Therapy'

May 28, 2015 10:55 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Nolan Gasser, Pandora’s chief musicologist, has focused on creating customized streams of music to fit users’ preferences. Now, he’s using what he learned from Pandora’s Music Genome project to help treat the suffering of cancer patients. Talk about DNA composition!

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3D Imaging Measures Injectable Wrinkle Reducers

May 28, 2015 9:59 am | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | Comments

A three-dimensional imaging technique often used in the automotive and aerospace industries for accurate measurement may be useful to measure the efficacy of injectable wrinkle reducers such as Botox and Dysport, according to new research from...

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Quick, Accurate Measurement of a Single Biofluid Sample

May 28, 2015 9:53 am | by University of Alberta | Comments

A breakthrough in machine learning has also brought about a "game changer" for the science of metabolomics - and will hasten the development of diagnostic and predictive tests for Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes and numerous other conditions...

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Weak Electric Current to the Brain May Improve Thinking in Schizophrenics

May 28, 2015 9:43 am | by Johns Hopkins | Comments

Lightly stimulating the brain with electricity may improve short-term memory in people with schizophrenia, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The procedure, known as transcranial direct...

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3D Printed Implant Helps Treat Type 1 Diabetes

May 28, 2015 9:39 am | by Institute of Physics | Comments

Researchers from the Netherlands have explored how 3D printing can be used to help treat type 1 diabetes in results presented today, Thursday 28 May, in IOP Publishing's journal Biofabrication. The 3D printing technique, known as bioplotting...

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Physical Therapy Apparatus for Disadvantaged Communities

May 28, 2015 9:07 am | by Rice University | Comments

When Jennifer Muturi, a 2015 Rice graduate and one of the recipients of this year’s Alan Grob Prize, returned to campus in fall 2014 after a Susan McAshan Summer Service Internship in Buduburam, Ghana, she had her sights set on a solution...

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Congressional Action Needed to Optimize Genomic Test Regulation

May 28, 2015 9:03 am | by University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine | Comments

The latest generation of genomic testing offers a chance for significant improvements in patient care, disease prevention, and possibly even the cost-effectiveness of healthcare. A new report recommends that Congress act to incentivize the...

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Imaging Minute Forces and Actions in the Cell Membrane

May 28, 2015 8:59 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | Comments

Cells are biological wonders. Throughout billions of years of existence on Earth, these tiny units of life have evolved to collaborate at the smallest levels in promoting, preserving and protecting the organism they comprise. Among these...

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Imaging Test May Identify Biomarker of Alzheimer’s Disease

May 27, 2015 3:33 pm | by Radiological Society of North America | Comments

Degeneration of the white matter of the brain may be an early marker of specific types of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), including early-onset AD, according to results of a new study published in the journal Radiology. “Alzheimer’s is a gray matter...

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MRI-Powered Millirobots Offer Hope for Less-Invasive Surgeries

May 27, 2015 3:06 pm | by University of Houston | Comments

Seeking to advance minimally invasive medical treatments, researchers have proposed using tiny robots, driven by magnetic potential energy from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. The researchers described the work in a paper presented...

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On-Demand X-Rays at Synchrotron Light Sources

May 27, 2015 12:38 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

Consumers are now in the era of "on-demand" entertainment, in which they have access to the books, music and movies they want thanks to the internet. Likewise, scientists who use synchrotron light sources are welcoming an era of "on-demand" X-rays...

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Peeking into Healthy Brains to See if Alzheimer's Is Brewing

May 27, 2015 10:27 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer's, but the suspects are its...

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Electronic Stent Provides Feedback and Therapy, Then Dissolves

May 27, 2015 10:24 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Every year, an estimated half-million Americans undergo surgery to have a stent prop open a coronary artery narrowed by plaque. But sometimes the mesh tubes get clogged. Scientists report in the journal ACS Nano a new kind of multi-tasking stent...

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Bold Steps Toward Engineering New Lungs

May 27, 2015 10:18 am | by Arizona State University | Comments

In work appearing in the advanced online edition of the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers describe an elegant method to improve aspects of lung engineering that may in the future contribute to providing a nearly limitless supply of donor organs...

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