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Making Cancer Treatment More Accessible

June 5, 2015 11:13 am | by Plasma Science and Fusion Center, MIT | Comments

MIT will be the lead research institution in a project to develop ironless superconducting cyclotrons, an effort that will make highly sought-after proton radiotherapy cancer treatment more available. The Institute's Plasma Science and Fusion...

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Effort to Incorporate Patient Perspective in Device Reviews Gains Steam

June 5, 2015 10:35 am | by AAMI | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unveiled draft guidance that it says provides an outline of how agency staff might use patient preference information (PPI) for device reviews and labeling. "FDA believes that patients can and...

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Blood Test for Lung Cancer

June 5, 2015 10:07 am | by University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center | Comments

Exact Sciences Corp. and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center today announced an agreement to jointly develop and commercialize blood-based screening and diagnostics tests for the early detection of lung cancer. This unique...

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Diagnosing with Fusion Plasma

June 5, 2015 9:00 am | by National Institutes of Natural Sciences | Comments

The National Institutes of Natural Sciences, National Institute for Fusion Science and The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Sciences Department of Advanced Materials Science research group have developed an electron density diagnostic...

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Diagnostic Robot for Remote Prenatal Ultrasound Exams

June 5, 2015 8:45 am | by Waseda University | Comments

A Japanese researcher is developing a robot that can conduct prenatal ultrasound exams on pregnant women in remote locations. Although previously considered, the medical examination of pregnant women from a remote location had never been...

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Weighing an Intact Virus Mixture with Mass Spectrometer

June 5, 2015 8:30 am | by Jocelyn Duffy, Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University chemists, led by Mark Bier, have separated and weighed virus particles using mass spectrometry (MS). This is the first time that researchers successfully used matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization MS to analyze a...

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Using Preventive Neuroradiology to Lower Alzheimer's Risk

June 4, 2015 3:32 pm | by American Society of Neuroradiology | Comments

Armed with new knowledge about how neurodegenerative diseases alter brain structures, increasing numbers of neurologists, psychiatrists and other clinicians are adopting quantitative brain imaging as a tool to measure and help manage cognitive declines...

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Your Viral Infection History in a Single Drop of Blood

June 4, 2015 3:28 pm | by Howard Hughes Medical Institute | Comments

New technology developed by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers makes it possible to test for current and past infections with any known human virus by analyzing a single drop of a person's blood. The method, called VirScan, is...

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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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