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First Validated Breath Test for Illicit Drugs

March 6, 2015 10:17 am | by Elsevier | Comments

Drug testing is most commonly performed using urine samples. The methodology and regulations for reliable urine testing are well developed and can be considered the current gold standard for drug testing. However, one problem with urine testing...

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Quick and Early Diagnosis of Cancer with Two or Three Drops of Blood

March 6, 2015 10:12 am | by Asociación RUVID | Comments

To develop a device based on nanophotonic technology that enables a quick and early diagnosis of different types of cancer –specifically breast, prostate, lung and colorectal– analyzing only two or three drops of blood. This is the objective of...

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First Hospital Use of FDA-Approved Drug-Coated Balloon for PAD Treatment

March 6, 2015 10:03 am | by Valley Health System | Comments

The Valley Hospital today announced it was the first hospital in New Jersey to use a recently approved device to offer a minimally-invasive approach to the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the upper leg, a serious and common...

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Autism Detection Improved by Multimodal Neuroimaging

March 6, 2015 9:44 am | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | Comments

In an ancient Indian parable, a group of blind men touches different parts of a large animal to find what it is. Only when they share the descriptions of an ear, tail, trunk and leg do they know it is an elephant. Rajesh Kana, Ph.D., of the...

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Unregulated Internet Marketing of Cancer-Related Gene Tests

March 6, 2015 9:40 am | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Comments

Websites that market personalized cancer care services often overemphasize their purported benefits and downplay their limitations, and many sites offer genetic tests whose value for guiding cancer treatment has not been shown to be clinically...

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Genetic Breast Cancer Test Predicts Metastatic Risk and Chemotherapy Benefits

March 6, 2015 9:33 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

A genetic test for patients with breast cancer that helps to predict the risk of developing metastatic disease and the expected benefits of chemotherapy has been adopted quickly into clinical practice in a study of older patients and it appears...

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Nanoparticles Provide Local Treatment of Lung Cancer

March 6, 2015 9:27 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health | Comments

Nanoparticles are extremely small particles that can be modified for a variety of uses in the medical field. For example, nanoparticles can be engineered to be able to transport medicines specifically to the disease site while not interfering...

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Genomic Editing Technology Reveals and 'Turns Off' Cancer-Related Genes

March 6, 2015 9:23 am | by Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard | Comments

For the first time, CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology has been employed in a whole organism model to systematically target every gene in the genome. A team of scientists at the Broad Institute and MIT's David H. Koch Institute for Integrative...

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Testing the Claims of Digital Healthcare Devices

March 5, 2015 1:26 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

A century ago, Sigmund Freud developed the radical idea that there is a lot more going on inside our heads that we know. Today, many doctors (and patients) still stick by his groundbreaking theory. But it comes with a problem. As neuroscientist...

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Identifying New Ways the Brain Communicates

March 5, 2015 12:04 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists have identified a new pathway by which several brain areas communicate within the brain’s striatum. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the findings illustrate structural and functional connections...

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Activating Genes on Command

March 5, 2015 11:47 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | Comments

When it comes to gene expression - the process by which our DNA provides the recipe used to direct the synthesis of proteins and other molecules that we need for development and survival - scientists have so far studied one single gene...

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Global Running Event Sponsors Research on Paralysis Treatment

March 5, 2015 11:29 am | by Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation | Comments

It all started with a single toe. Even today, Dr. Susan Harkema recalls the words spoken by one of the research participants: "Look Susie, I can move my toe. "The patient's name was Rob Summers and he was completely paralyzed from the neck...

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Coating Takes the Pain Out of Catheter Insertion

March 5, 2015 10:37 am | by Queen's University Belfast | Comments

A new pharmaceutical product that could significantly improve quality of life for catheter users all over the world is to be developed by Queen's University Belfast after it won a national award. 'Uroglide' is a new coating for catheters...

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Magnetic Material Attracts Attention for Cancer Therapy

March 5, 2015 10:31 am | by Monash University | Comments

An extraordinary self-regulating heating effect that can be achieved in a particular type of magnetic material may open the doors to a new strategy for hyperthermia cancer treatment. Temperatures that can be tolerated by healthy body cells...

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Mapping the Fruit Fly Brain to Understand How We Sense Hot and Cold

March 5, 2015 10:19 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

Innately, we pull our hand away when we touch a hot pan on the stove, but little is known about how our brain processes temperature information. Northwestern University scientists now have discovered how a fruit fly’s brain represents...

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