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fMRI Memory Detectors Can Be Easily Fooled

June 4, 2015 1:14 pm | by Stanford University | Comments

For the past several years, Anthony Wagner has been developing a computer program that can read a person's brain scan data and surmise, with a high degree of certainty, whether that person is experiencing a memory. The technology has great promise...

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Ultra-Tough Fiber Imitates Spider Silk Structure

June 4, 2015 12:31 pm | by Polytechnique Montreal | Comments

Professors Frederick Gosselin and Daniel Therriault, along with their master's student Renaud Passieux, are not related to Spiderman. Nevertheless, these Polytechnique Montreal researchers have produced an ultra-tough polymer fiber directly...

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Future Genetic Test for ALS Possible

June 4, 2015 9:28 am | by University of Toronto | Comments

Researchers at the University of Toronto (U of T) have uncovered new insights on the genetic causes of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. These findings could uncover a new way to detect a genetic...

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Portable Device Diagnoses Oral Cancer Faster, More Reliably

June 4, 2015 9:25 am | by Universidade de Vigo | Comments

Malignant tumors of the oral cavity are the sixth leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. As such, a fast and accurate diagnosis is key to maximizing the probability of successful treatment and the hope and quality of life of patients...

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Fiber-Optic Laser System Allows Seamless Closure of Surgical Incisions

June 4, 2015 9:19 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | Comments

Some 30,000 years ago, prehistoric man wielded animal bones as needles to suture otherwise lethal wounds. This tactic has been used, and improved upon, over time and remains the basis of surgical procedures conducted today. Even with radical...

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'Cell-in-a-Box' May Help Treat Malignant Fluid Accumulation

June 4, 2015 9:15 am | by PharmaCyte | Comments

Malignant ascites fluid accumulation is problematic for patients with pancreatic and other abdominal cancers. As this fluid accumulates, the abdomen becomes swollen and painful. In addition, because it contains cancer cells, new tumors can form...

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Revolutionary New Probe to Study the Brain

June 4, 2015 9:14 am | by University of Waterloo | Comments

Researchers are developing a tiny wire that will speed up the discovery of new drugs and could one day unlock the mysteries of illnesses such as Alzheimer's or Lou Gehrig's disease. Professor Janusz Pawliszyn, a chemistry professor from the...

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MRI Technology Reveals Deep Brain Pathways in Unprecedented Detail

June 3, 2015 4:22 pm | by Duke University Medical Center | Comments

Scientists at Duke Medicine have produced a 3D map of the human brain stem at an unprecedented level of detail using MRI technology. In a study to be published June 3 in Human Brain Mapping, the researchers unveil an ultra high-resolution...

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House Panel Votes to Repeal Health Law's Medical Device Tax

June 3, 2015 4:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Republican-run House committee voted Tuesday to repeal a 2.3 percent tax on many medical devices that helps pay for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The Ways and Means Committee's mostly party-line 25-14 vote came with Republicans...

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Antibody Fragments Expand What PET Imaging Can 'See'

June 3, 2015 12:19 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

To visualize cancer throughout the body, physicians often turn to positron emission tomography (PET), which lights up areas that are metabolically active or growing, like tumors. Today in ACS Central Science, researchers report development of...

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Ultrasound Is Making New Waves Throughout Medicine

June 3, 2015 9:58 am | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | Comments

Mention “ultrasound” and most people likely will think of an image of a fetus in a mother’s womb. But while providing peeks at the not-yet-born is one of ultrasound’s most common applications, that’s only a small part of the picture...

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Re-Inflating Balloon after Carotid Stenting May Double Stroke and Death Risk

June 3, 2015 9:52 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

After reviewing outcomes from thousands of cases, researchers at Johns Hopkins report that patients with blocked neck arteries who undergo carotid stenting to prop open the narrowed blood vessels fare decidedly worse if their surgeons re-inflate...

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Stimulating Larynx Muscles with Light

June 3, 2015 9:37 am | by University of Bonn | Comments

Researchers at the University of Bonn have found a way to stimulate the larynx muscles of mice using light. In the long term, this method could be an option for the treatment of laryngeal paralysis, which causes difficulties in phonation and...

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Detecting Early Signs of Parkinson's in the Blink of an Eye

June 3, 2015 9:28 am | by Virginia Commonwealth University | Comments

Even if you don’t know what Parkinson’s disease is, you can likely recall the image of Muhammad Ali’s trembling hands, halting speech and mask-like expression — common symptoms of a chronic and progressive movement disorder that affects as many...

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Building Replacement Kidneys in the Lab

June 3, 2015 9:17 am | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | Comments

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center report progress in their quest to build replacement kidneys in the lab. The teams’ goal is to make use of the more than 2,600 kidneys that are donated each year, but must be discarded due to...

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