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Potential Anti-TNF Response Biomarker Identified

June 12, 2014 12:34 pm | by European League Against Rheumatism | Comments

DNA methylation has been identified as a potential biomarker of response to etanercept and adalimumab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) according to preliminary results from one of the largest methylome-wide investigations of treatment response to anti-TNF therapies. These data ...

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Synchronized Brain Waves Enable Rapid Learning

June 12, 2014 12:26 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | Comments

The human mind can rapidly absorb and analyze new information as it flits from thought to thought. These quickly changing brain states may be encoded by synchronization of brain waves across different brain regions, according to a new study from MIT neuroscientists. The researchers found that ...

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Poor Cardiovascular Health Linked to Memory, Learning Deficits

June 12, 2014 12:14 pm | by American Heart Association | Comments

The risk of developing cognitive impairment, especially learning and memory problems, is significantly greater for people with poor cardiovascular health than people with intermediate or ideal cardiovascular health, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Cardiovascular health plays ...

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Blood Product Sterilization Taken too Far?

June 12, 2014 11:11 am | by Jean-François Huppé, Université Laval | Comments

Certain processes used to sterilize blood products could potentially cause serious health issues in transfusion recipients, according to an international study published in the journal Platelets and led by Dr. Patrick Provost of Université Laval's Faculty of Medicine and the CHU de Québec Research Center. These processes ...

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Agreement for Commercializing Previstage GCC Colorectal Cancer Staging Test in China

June 11, 2014 4:46 pm | by Shuwen Biotech | Comments

Shuwen Biotech, a diagnostic company focused on licensing, developing and commercializing diagnostic kits and services for unmet clinical needs in China, has announced that it has formed an alliance with the Canada-based DiagnoCure to commercialize the Previstage™ GCC colorectal cancer staging test ...

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Edison Nation Medical Announces Medtech Idea Search with Covidien

June 11, 2014 4:23 pm | by Edison Nation Medical | Comments

Medical device incubator Edison Nation Medical has announced a worldwide search for ideas for medical devices, technologies and/or software to improve at-home monitoring of surgical patient recovery following discharge. Edison Nation Medical will work with Covidien ...

Nanoparticles Form Switchable "Thin Films" on a Liquid Surface

June 11, 2014 4:15 pm | by Brookehaven National Laboratory | Comments

Scientists seeking ways to engineer the assembly of tiny particles measuring just billionths of a meter have achieved a new first—the formation of a single layer of nanoparticles on a liquid surface where the properties of the layer can be ...

The Quest for Long-Lasting Blood

June 11, 2014 4:10 pm | by University of Essex | Comments

Haemoglobin is the key protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen around our bodies. The Haem02 team aim to create an artificial haemoglobin-based oxygen carrier (HBOC) that could be used as a substitute for blood lost in ...    

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Anti-Microbial Coatings with a Long-Term Effect for Surfaces

June 11, 2014 4:08 pm | by INM - Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH | Comments

Researchers at the INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials have now produced antimicrobial abrasion-resistant coatings with both silver and copper colloids with a long-term effect that kill germs reliably and at the same time prevent germs becoming established. Hygienic conditions and sterile procedures are ...

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Improvements in MRIs on the Horizon

June 11, 2014 4:04 pm | by Mike Janes, DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories, along with collaborators from Rice University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, are developing new terahertz detectors based on carbon nanotubes that could lead to significant improvements in ...

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UCL Licences Research to Collagen Solutions for Next Generation Collagen Products

June 11, 2014 12:50 pm | by Henry Rummins, University College London | Comments

UCL Business, the wholly-owned technology transfer company of UCL, has concluded an exclusive licencing agreement with Collagen Solutions – the developer and manufacturer of medical grade collagen components for use in regenerative medicine, medical devices and ...

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Stem Cells Used to Create a Retina in a Dish

June 11, 2014 12:48 pm | by Lauren Nelson, Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Using a type of human stem cell, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have created a three-dimensional complement of human retinal tissue in the laboratory, which notably includes functioning photoreceptor cells capable of ...     

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Researchers to Dissolve Cost of Secondary Surgery

June 11, 2014 12:45 pm | by University of Canterbury | Comments

A University of Canterbury researcher is investigating the potential benefits of using degradable metallic alloy plates and screws for patients with serious head injuries. Mechanical engineering’s Dr Mark Staiger believes that ...   

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Tiny Sensor Tests the Chemical Composition of Liquids

June 11, 2014 12:41 pm | by Florian Aigner, Vienna University of Technology | Comments

They are invisible, but perfectly suited for analysing liquids and gases; infrared laser beams are absorbed differently by different molecules. This effect can for instance be used to measure the oxygen concentration in blood. At the Vienna University of Technology, this technique has ...

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Photos of the Day: Chemical Sensor on a Chip

June 11, 2014 12:40 pm | by Vienna University of Technology | Comments

Using miniaturized laser technology, a tiny sensor has been built at the Vienna University of Technology which can test the chemical composition of liquids, like oxygen in blood ...            

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