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Silicon Microparticles May Improve Breast Cancer Vaccines

May 6, 2015 9:05 am | by Houston Methodist | Comments

The effectiveness of cancer vaccines could be dramatically boosted by first loading the cancer antigens into silicon microparticles, report scientists from Houston Methodist and two other institutions in an upcoming Cell Reports (early online)...

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3D Neuronal Network Model Provides Insight into Sensory Cortex

May 6, 2015 9:01 am | by Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience | Comments

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Germany), VU University Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (USA) succeed in reconstructing the neuronal networks that interconnect the...

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Popular Electric Brain Stimulation Method Detrimental to IQ Scores

May 5, 2015 4:21 pm | by University of North Carolina Health Care | Comments

Using a weak electric current in an attempt to boost brainpower or treat conditions has become popular among scientists and do-it-yourselfers, but a new UNC School of Medicine study shows that using the most common form of electric brain stimulation...

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Artificial Muscles Created from Gold-Plated Onion Cells

May 5, 2015 4:17 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | Comments

Just one well-placed slice into a particularly pungent onion can send even the most seasoned chef running for a box of tissues. Now, this humble root vegetable is proving its strength outside the culinary world as well -- in an artificial muscle created from onion cells...

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'Smart' Particles Swim Upstream to Target Specific Organs

May 5, 2015 12:03 pm | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Scientists have created microbe-sized beads that can utilize energy in the environment to self-propel upstream by purely physical means. Life is hard to define, but metabolism, mobility and replication are three commonly agreed elements...

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Proteomics Provides New Leads into Nerve Regeneration

May 5, 2015 11:59 am | by Boston Children's Hospital | Comments

Using proteomics techniques to study injured optic nerves, researchers at Boston Children's Hospital have identified previously unrecognized proteins and pathways involved in nerve regeneration. Adding back one of these proteins--the oncogene...

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High-Tech Sensors Help Kids Keep Eye on Aging Parents

May 5, 2015 11:56 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook. The couple's...

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Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor

May 5, 2015 11:54 am | by Empa | Comments

The demand for ECG monitoring systems is increasing, and not just because hospitals and rehabilitation clinics are interested in such instruments for the long-term monitoring of patients’ hearts and circulatory systems. In addition, the trend towards...

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A Desktop 3D Printer for Living Tissue

May 5, 2015 11:20 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Biotech startup BioBots debuted its desktop 3D printer for biomaterials at TechCrunch’s Disrupt NY – producing a replica of Van Gogh’s ear. 3D bioprinting, the fabrication of biological constructs via a 3D printing technologies, already...

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New Laser Process Custom Shapes Optical Fibers

May 5, 2015 9:37 am | by Fraunhofer | Comments

Modern medicine relies on optical fibers to cauterize unhealthy veins in a minimally invasive way. Now, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a laser processing method that facilitates automated series manufacture of these fibers at a much...

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Bluetooth-Enabled Blood Pressure Monitor and Scale

May 5, 2015 9:32 am | by Omron Healthcare Inc. | Comments

Omron Healthcare Inc., the leader in home blood pressure monitoring, announced today the launch of a new blood pressure monitor and scale with connectivity via smartphone, tablet, or other gateway devices for telemedicine and telehealth...

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Novel X-Ray Technology Finds Hard-to-See Tumors

May 5, 2015 9:26 am | by Technische Universität München | Comments

Soft tissue disorders like tumors are very difficult to recognize using normal X-ray machines. There is hardly any distinction between healthy tissue and tumors. Researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have now developed...

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Pressure-Monitoring Stockings Prevent Wounds in Diabetics

May 5, 2015 9:20 am | by Fraunhofer | Comments

Diabetics often have little feeling in their feet and don’t perceive the body’s pressure or temperature signals there. This can result in unnoticed wounds that then develop into abscesses. Many diabetics have to have toes or feet amputated...

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Screening Method Detects Twice as Many Women with Ovarian Cancer

May 5, 2015 9:16 am | by University College London | Comments

A new screening method can detect twice as many women with ovarian cancer as conventional strategies, according to the latest results from the largest trial of its kind led by UCL. The method uses a statistical calculation to interpret changing...

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How Stem Cells Grow Depends on What They Grow Up In

May 5, 2015 9:11 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) possess the ability to grow into almost any kind of cell, which has made them dynamic tools for studying early human development and disease, but much depends upon what they grow up in. Writing in the...

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