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Attacking Alzheimer’s with Ultrasound

February 11, 2015 3:37 pm | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | Comments

For the first time, researchers have reversed some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in mice using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging-guided focused ultrasound. MR imaging-guided focused ultrasound has been shown to temporarily open the...

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SFU Lab Creates Potentially Life Saving Heart Cells

February 11, 2015 3:23 pm | by Simon Fraser University | Comments

A group of Simon Fraser University researchers’ cultivation of dozens of beating heart cells in Petrie dishes could one day save or improve the lives of patients with inherited heart arrhythmias. They are genetic mutations that...

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Photos of the Day: Wedding Gown Designer’s Ebola Suit

February 11, 2015 2:01 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

The Baltimore fashion designer Jill Andrews has spent her career making bespoke wedding dresses, bodices and skirts for hundreds of happy clients. This Friday, she will make her debut at New York’s Fashion Week. Not with a fancy gown, but with...

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New Technology Could Help Patients Make Better Decisions on Care

February 11, 2015 1:50 pm | by McMaster University | Comments

Traditional decision aids to help patient-doctor discussions have drawbacks, but a new electronic model developed by McMaster University researchers holds promise of revolutionizing shared decision-making in the doctor’s office with the...

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Neurotechnology Allows Reduction in Menopause-Related Symptoms

February 11, 2015 1:44 pm | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | Comments

Nearly nine out of 10 premenopausal and postmenopausal women in the United States experience hot flashes, night sweats or other disturbances in mood and sleep. Unfortunately, there aren’t many safe and effective therapies available...

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Monitoring Epilepsy in the Brain with a Wireless System

February 11, 2015 1:39 pm | by Laure-Anne Pessina, EPFL | Comments

The large majority of the 50 million people around the world who suffer from epilepsy can be treated by anticonvulsant drugs. Yet a handful of patients do not respond to the standard treatment. More and more of them are turning to surgery...

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Making a Better Wound Dressing with Fish Skin

February 11, 2015 1:34 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

With a low price tag and mild flavor, tilapia has become a staple dinnertime fish for many Americans. Now it could have another use: helping to heal our wounds. In the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, scientists have...

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Photos of the Day: Wheelchair Facts, Numbers, and Figures

February 11, 2015 11:08 am | by KD Smart Chair | Comments

KD Smart Chair recently released an infographic that visualizes the facts, numbers and figures about the wheelchair industry. The infographic provides current information and future statistics about historical facts, top wheelchair accessible...

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Miniaturized Cardiac Monitors Detect Atrial Fibrillation in Stroke Patients

February 11, 2015 11:01 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic plc today announced the results of a new “real-world” study of patients who have had a cryptogenic stroke (stroke of unknown cause), in which the Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) detected atrial...

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Country’s Smallest Pediatric Mechanical Heart Valve

February 11, 2015 10:46 am | by St. Jude Medical | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc.,  a global medical device company, today announced the launch of the HALO U.S. IDE Trial. The trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the St. Jude Medical Masters HPTM Series 15mm heart...

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Building Mini-Brains to Study Disorders Caused by HIV and Meth Use

February 11, 2015 10:33 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | Comments

A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine project involving the creation of miniature models of the human brain – developed with stem cells – to study neurological disorders caused by HIV and methamphetamine use has been named...

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Using Big Data to Detect Disease Outbreaks: Is It Ethical?

February 11, 2015 10:26 am | by PLOS | Comments

Personal information taken from social media, blogs, page views and so on are used to detect disease outbreaks, however, does this violate our privacy, consent and trust? Dr. Effy Vayena from the University of Zurich and...

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Virtual Reality and Neurorobotics Can Speed Up Rehabilitation

February 11, 2015 10:17 am | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | Comments

To speed up the recovery process of people who suffer motor disability. This is the ambitious aim of the HYPER research project which is using neurorobotics, neuroprosthetics and virtual reality to improve the life quality of patients...

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Improving Research on Health Information Technology

February 11, 2015 10:11 am | by Rand Corporation | Comments

Studies about the value of health information technology can be improved by broadening the reviews to include both costs and benefits, and lengthening study periods to capture long-term implications, according to a new RAND Corporation analysis...

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Non-Stick Material Repels Deadly Bacterial Build-Up

February 11, 2015 9:35 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University | Comments

More than 80 percent of microbial infections in the human body are caused by a build–up of bacteria, according to the National Institutes of Health. Bacteria cells gain a foothold in the body by accumulating and forming into adhesive colonies...

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