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A Recipe for Long-Lasting Livers

April 23, 2015 10:03 am | by RIKEN | Comments

People waiting for organ transplants may soon have higher hopes of getting the help that they need in time. Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology have developed a new technique that extends the time that donor organs last...

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Quick, Easy-to-Use Ketosis Breath Test Will Benefit Diabetics

April 23, 2015 9:56 am | by Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) | Comments

VTT has developed a quick, easy-to-use ketosis test for consumers that can detect acetone on exhaled breath. The test will benefit diabetics and dieters in particular, but it can easily be adapted to other uses as well, such as the detection...

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Nanoparticle Drug Reverses Parkinson’s-Like Symptoms

April 23, 2015 9:45 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

As baby boomers age, the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease is expected to increase. Patients who develop this disease usually start experiencing symptoms around age 60 or older. Currently, there’s no cure, but scientists are...

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Cancer Scan Could Remove Need for Radiotherapy for Cured Patients

April 23, 2015 9:37 am | by University of Manchester | Comments

A UK National Cancer Research Institute trial led from the University of Manchester and the Christie NHS Foundation Trust has suggested that in patients with early stage Hodgkin lymphoma the late effects of radiotherapy could be reduced by...

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Engineering More Natural and Durable Replacement Heart Valves

April 23, 2015 9:30 am | by Worcester Polytechnic Institute | Comments

With a $450,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will analyze how mechanical forces and cellular growth factors affect the growth and development of human heart valves...

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Drug-Eluting Implant Determines Personalized Cancer Treatment

April 22, 2015 4:04 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

More than 100 drugs have been approved to treat cancer, but predicting which ones will help a particular patient is an inexact science at best. A new device developed at MIT may change that. The implantable device, about the size of the grain...

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Watching Living Taste Cells in Action

April 22, 2015 3:58 pm | by Australian National University | Comments

Scientists have for the first time captured live images of the process of taste sensation on the tongue. The international team imaged single cells on the tongue of a mouse with a specially designed microscope system. "We've watched live...

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The App to Help End Cataract Blindness

April 22, 2015 3:44 pm | by HelpMeSee | Comments

HelpMeSee, a global campaign to eliminate cataract blindness, has successfully tested a pre-release version of its GIS-GPS app for community mobilization. The mobile app, currently for use on Android devices, will allow community health workers...

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World-First: MRI Used to Study Infant Pain

April 22, 2015 11:10 am | by Oxford University | Comments

The brains of babies 'light up' in a very similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, a pioneering Oxford University brain scanning study has discovered. It suggests that babies experience pain much like adults. The study...

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How War Veterans Quietly Manage Tinnitus

April 22, 2015 11:00 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Tinnitus, a debilitating "ringing in the ears", has become the No. 1 service- connected disability among veterans, surpassing post-traumatic stress disorder. Because military personnel are exposed to aircraft, loud equipment, and explosive noises...

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Using Smartphones to Avoid Spatial Disorientation of Elderly

April 22, 2015 10:46 am | by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid | Comments

Researchers from UPM have used technologies of the network operators to locate and send alerts when an old person with mild cognitive impairment suffers from episodes of disorientation. Biomedical Engineering and Telemedicine group of...

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A More Effective Way to Create Motor Neurons

April 22, 2015 10:41 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | Comments

Research on treating neurodegenerative diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and spinal muscular atrophy has long been hindered by the difficulty of producing the different kinds of motor neurons needed to...

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Transportable MRI Speeds Up Stroke Patients' Diagnosis and Treatment

April 22, 2015 10:37 am | by Victoria University of Wellington | Comments

Named the ‘MRI Ambulance’, the design places a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner within a refrigerated shipping container which can be transported on the back of a flatbed truck. “Unlike mobile MRIs, the MRI Ambulance is designed...

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Photos of the Day: Video Game Helps Diagnose Tuberculosis

April 22, 2015 10:03 am | by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid | Comments

Every week, people around the world play over 3 billion hours of videogames. What if, instead of shooting aliens or stealing cars, playing these games helped diagnose diseases? This opportunity is the foundation of TuberSpot, an online game that...

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Home-Based Treatment of Autism

April 22, 2015 9:50 am | by CORDIS | Comments

Much can still be done to improve autism treatment besides finding a cure. The MICHELANGELO project, which ended in March, has developed a set of technologies for personalized, home-based behavior monitoring and treatment of patients. For...

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