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Watching neurons fire from a front-row seat

July 30, 2014 | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

They are with us every moment of every day, controlling every action we make, from the breath we breathe to the words we speak, and yet there is still a lot we don't know about the cells that make up our nervous systems. When things go awry and nerve cells don't communicate as they should, the consequences can be devastating. Speech can be slurred, muscles stop working on command and memories can be lost forever.

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Acquisitions Driving Global Medical Device Market

July 31, 2014 4:14 pm | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

With global device demand limited, companies are acquiring each other to boost revenues and take advantage of distribution synergies, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher says the $300-billion plus global market for medical devices will grow only in the 3 to 4% range for the next five years, and this ...

A blood test for suicide?

July 31, 2014 4:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that, if confirmed in larger studies, could give doctors a simple blood test to reliably predict a person's risk of attempting suicide. The discovery, described online in The American Journal of Psychiatry, suggests that ...

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Scientists shine bright new light on how living things capture energy from the sun

July 31, 2014 4:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists may have uncovered a new method of exploiting the power of sunlight by focusing on a naturally occurring combination of lipids that have been strikingly conserved throughout evolution. This conservation—or persistence over time and across species—suggests

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Vision-correcting electronic displays could let users dispense with glasses

July 31, 2014 4:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have developed a new display technology that automatically corrects for vision defects — no glasses (or contact lenses) required. The technique could lead to

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Free pores for molecule transport

July 31, 2014 3:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Loading of many MOFs is inhibited by barriers. Scien-tists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) now report in Nature Communications that the barriers are caused by cor-rosion of the MOF surface. This can be prevented by water-free synthesis and storing strategies.

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Global Leader, Innovator in Genomic Medicine to Lead Providence Cancer Services and Bioinformatics

July 31, 2014 3:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Today, Providence Health & Services announced that Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a physician, surgeon and scientist known globally for applying collaborative science and technology to improve the health of patients battling life-threatening disease, will serve as the health care system's new ...

Carnegie Mellon chemists create nanofibers using unprecedented new method

July 31, 2014 3:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a novel method for creating self-assembled protein/polymer nanostructures that are reminiscent of fibers found in living cells. The work offers a promising new way to fabricate materials for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. The findings were published in the July 28 issue of Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

UK psychologist creates patient tool to assist with lung cancer screening decision

July 31, 2014 2:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The phrase "we caught it early" is possibly the best news a patient can hear in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. Combating cancer in its earliest stages, when the disease is localized to a certain part of the body, gives patients the best chances of survival. Screenings for breast, skin, colon, prostate and other forms of cancer are touted for saving lives through early detection. Many health care providers recommend ...

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SMT thin film chip resistors deliver power ratings up to 6 W

July 31, 2014 1:53 pm | Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of high-power, surface-mount precision thin film chip resistors. Built on aluminum nitride substrates, PCAN Series devices offer power ratings of 2 W and 6 W in compact 1206 and 2512 case sizes, respectively. The aluminum nitride substrates ...

High-Accuracy Pressure Transducers for Critical Medical Gas Delivery Systems

July 31, 2014 1:50 pm | by MDT Staff | Gems Sensors Inc. & Controls | Product Releases | Comments

The ISO 13485 certified Gems Sensors & Controls have announced the successful application of their high-accuracy pressure transducers within medical gas delivery systems. Gems recognizes that the provisioning of medical gases within hospitals and other critical care environments requires...

New PCI Express Mini Card Enables Wireless Voice Communications

July 31, 2014 1:45 pm | by MDT Staff | Men Micro, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro now offers the PX4, a mobile phone voice interface PCI Express Mini Card. The new card provides cost-effective wireless audio transmissions in rugged, mobile applications such as railway and on-road vehicle networks...

Birthweight and breastfeeding have implications for children's health decades later

July 31, 2014 1:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Young adults who were breastfed for three months or more as babies have a significantly lower risk of chronic inflammation associated with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, according to research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Key to aging immune system is discovered

July 31, 2014 12:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

There's a good reason people over 60 are not donor candidates for bone marrow transplantation. The immune system ages and weakens with time, making the elderly prone to life-threatening infection and other maladies, and a UC San Francisco research team now has discovered a reason why.

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First Clinical Data of Therapeutic Parkinson's Disease Vaccine Encourages Continued Development

July 31, 2014 11:39 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

NEW YORK and VIENNA, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AFFiRiS AG announced today at a press conference in New York results of AFF008, a Phase I clinical trial of PD01A, a vaccine against Parkinson's disease. PD01A is the first therapy against the protein alpha-synuclein, a promising...

Wireless Connectivity Semiconductors Maintain Strong Double-Digit Growth in Health and Fitness

July 31, 2014 10:47 am | by IHS, Inc. | News | Comments

Semiconductors providing wireless connectivity in health and fitness devices are set for solid double-digit growth in 2014 and beyond, especially as a clutch of wireless technologies make their way into a growing number of wearable devices, according to a new report from IHS Technology. Shipments this year for wireless semiconductors in health and fitness will reach ...

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