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Thermometer App Monitors School-Wide Health

March 6, 2015 | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

It’s important for parents to know their child’s health when they decide whether to send that child to school for the day, but what about the health of other students? What if you could track the cold going around the elementary school and...

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Cochlear Implants Give Boy with Down Syndrome New Lease on Life

March 6, 2015 3:42 pm | by Stacy Finz, Stanford Children's Health | Comments

Born profoundly deaf, Joshua Copen, 5, has learned to talk and hear with the help of cochlear implants, which many doctors would consider an unconventional approach for a child with Down syndrome. There was something wrong with Joshua Copen’s...

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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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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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Obesity is Associated with Brain's Neurotransmitters

March 5, 2015 10:15 am | by Aalto University | Comments

Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain. New research reveals how obesity is associated with altered functioning of the brain's opioid...

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Simulating the Potential Spread of Measles

March 5, 2015 9:54 am | by NIH, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) | Comments

To help the public better understand how measles can spread, a team of infectious disease computer modelers at the University of Pittsburgh has launched a free, mobile-friendly tool that lets users simulate measles outbreaks in cities across...

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