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Using Healthy Skin to Identify Cancer's Origins

May 22, 2015 9:53 am | by Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute | Comments

Normal skin contains an unexpectedly high number of cancer-associated mutations, according to a study published in Science. The findings illuminate the first steps cells take towards becoming a cancer and demonstrate the value of analyzing normal...

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Genetically Barcoding Tens of Thousands of Cells at a Time

May 22, 2015 9:50 am | by Harvard Medical School | Comments

Imagine someone hands you a smoothie and asks you to identify everything that went into it. You might be able to discern a hint of strawberry or the tang of yogurt. But overall it tastes like a blend of indiscernible ingredients. Now imagine that the...

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Robot Walker for Elderly People in Public Spaces

May 22, 2015 9:42 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

Elderly people with walking difficulties are often intimidated by busy public places. This led an EU research project to develop a robot walker to guide them around shopping centers, museums and other public buildings, thus enhancing their autonomy...

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Building the World’s Smallest Machines

May 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel | Comments

German research Foundation provides millions of euros of funding for the development of new medicines and materials at Kiel University. Great excitement at Kiel University: As the DFG (German Research Foundation) announced today (Thursday, May 21)...

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Controlling a Robotic Arm with a Patient's Intentions

May 21, 2015 3:03 pm | by California Institute of Technology | Comments

Neural prosthetic devices implanted in the brain's movement center, the motor cortex, can allow patients with amputations or paralysis to control the movement of a robotic limb - one that can be either connected to or separate from the...

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Mapping Surgical Approaches for Auditory Brainstem Implantation

May 21, 2015 1:14 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins | Comments

A technique called auditory brainstem implantation can restore hearing for patients who can't benefit from cochlear implants. A team of US and Japanese experts has mapped out the surgical anatomy and approaches for auditory brainstem implantation...

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Turning Blood Into Neural Cells

May 21, 2015 12:33 pm | by McMaster University | Comments

Scientists at McMaster University have discovered how to make adult sensory neurons from human patients simply by having them roll up their sleeve and providing a blood sample. Specifically, stem cell scientists at McMaster can now directly...

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Magnetic Stimulation Helps Map Motor Skills

May 21, 2015 10:40 am | by Technische Universität München | Comments

A method known as navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) has been gaining importance in neurosurgery for some time now. Among other applications, it is used to map brain tumors before an operation and to test whether important regions...

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Looking to the Immune System for Cancer Detection

May 21, 2015 10:26 am | by University of St Andrews | Comments

Scientists at the University of St Andrews have developed a revolutionary method of identifying cells of the immune system with “molecular fingerprints” which could pave the way for the rapid detection of conditions such as leukemia and lymphoma...

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring with Real-Time Measurement Devices

May 21, 2015 10:21 am | by Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care | Comments

Patients with insulin-dependent diabetes can better control their HbA1c value with a combination of blood glucose self-monitoring (BGSM) and continuous interstitial glucose monitoring (CGM) using a real-time measurement device (real-time CGM)...

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Music Strategy Shows 70 Percent Increase in Exercise Adherence

May 21, 2015 10:15 am | by University Health Network | Comments

The use of personalized music playlists with tempo-pace synchronization increases adherence to cardiac rehab by almost 70 per cent--according to a study published in Sports Medicine -Open. "Cardiac rehab has been proven to improve long-term...

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Nanotherapy May Be Effective in Treating Multiple Myeloma

May 21, 2015 10:11 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

Researchers have designed a nanoparticle-based therapy that is effective in treating mice with multiple myeloma, a cancer of immune cells in the bone marrow. Targeted specifically to the malignant cells, these nanoparticles protect their therapeutic...

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Making Robots More Human

May 21, 2015 9:37 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Most people are naturally adept at reading facial expressions — from smiling and frowning to brow-furrowing and eye-rolling — to tell what others are feeling. Now scientists have developed ultra-sensitive, wearable sensors that can do the same...

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The 'Cyberheart' and Medical Microrobots

May 21, 2015 9:32 am | by University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Two teams from the School of Engineering and Applied Science are participating in a pair of National Science Foundation (NSF) projects designed to advance cyber-physical systems with medical applications. One project will combine teams of microrobots...

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Photos of the Day: Car Seat Protects Infants Left in Hot Cars

May 21, 2015 9:17 am | by Rice University | Comments

It’s a tragedy that happens multiple times every year: An average of 38 children die each year after being left in hot cars. Five recent Rice University graduates have designed a new car seat accessory that can not only protect infants accidentally...

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