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Photos of the Day: Monitoring the Natural Anti-Distraction System

April 18, 2014 10:54 am | by Simon Fraser University | Comments

John McDonald, a Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, and other scientists first discovered the existence of the specific neural index of suppression in his lab in 2009. But, until now, little was known about how it helps us ...

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Scientists Discover Brain’s Anti-Distraction System

April 18, 2014 10:28 am | by Simon Fraser University | Comments

This discovery opens up the possibility that environmental and/or genetic factors may hinder or suppress a specific brain activity that the researchers have identified as helping us prevent distraction. This is the first study to reveal our ...

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Credit-Card-Sized Anthrax Detector

April 18, 2014 9:57 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

A credit-card-sized anthrax detection cartridge developed at Sandia National Laboratories and recently licensed to a small business makes testing safer, easier, faster and cheaper. Bacillus anthracis, the bacteria that causes anthrax, is commonly ...

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FDA Warns of Cancer Risk with Fibroid Procedure

April 17, 2014 4:41 pm | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure to remove noncancerous growths from the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The agency is discouraging doctors from performing the...

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Leading Boston-Based Plastic Surgeon Launches New Line of Facial Implants

April 17, 2014 4:41 pm | by Matrix Surgical | Comments

Boston’s leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Michael Yaremchuk, has announced a partnership with Matrix Surgical USA to manufacture and distribute his new line of patented facial implants. The craniofacial implant system will be marketed under...

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Poop-Powered Diagnostics for Liver Condition in Newborns

April 17, 2014 3:11 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Fecal color and consistency are well-known markers of digestive health in both children and adults, but paying attention to a newborn’s shade of poop can be a decided lifesaver in babies born with the rare, liver-ravaging disorder biliary...

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Adhesive Gel Facilitates Organ Repair

April 17, 2014 2:59 pm | by CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange) | Comments

A significant breakthrough could revolutionize surgical practice and regenerative medicine. A team led by Ludwik Leibler from the Laboratoire Matière Molle et Chimie (CNRS/ESPCI Paris Tech) and Didier Letourneur from the Laboratoire Recherche...

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Beaming on a Balance Beam

April 17, 2014 2:52 pm | by Rice University | Comments

A 10-year-old Special Olympian is able to work her way along a balance beam without a helping human hand; an assistive device from a crew of Rice University freshmen gave her the independence she so desired. Macy Bouchard has been working...

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Neuromorphic Computing "Roadmap" Envisions Analog Path to Simulating Human Brain

April 17, 2014 2:40 pm | by Rick Robinson, Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

In the field of neuromorphic engineering, researchers study computing techniques that could someday mimic human cognition. Electrical engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology recently published a "roadmap" that details innovative...

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ulrich medical USA Releases New Spinal Implant for U.S. Market

April 17, 2014 11:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

ulrich medical USA, Inc. has announced the U.S. market release of the tezo spine implants for multiple surgical approaches to lumbosacral interbody fusion. "We are experiencing a segmental market shift in the degenerative spine sector...

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Bionic Ankle 'Emulates Nature'

April 17, 2014 11:25 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

These days, Hugh Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs. Messages pour in from amputees seeking prostheses and from media outlets...

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70% of People Track Their Health and Fitness Daily With Mobile Apps

April 17, 2014 11:11 am | by Mobiquity | Comments

A new study released today by mobile engagement provider Mobiquity, Inc has found that while 70 percent of people use mobile apps on a daily basis to track calorie intake and monitor physical activities, only 40 percent share data and insights...

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Photos of the Day: The Appification of Health & Fitness (Infographic)

April 17, 2014 11:09 am | by Mobiquity | Comments

A new study released today by mobile engagement provider Mobiquity, Inc has found that while 70 percent of people use mobile apps on a daily basis to track calorie intake and monitor physical activities, only 40 percent share data and insights...

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New Technique Detects Microscopic Diabetes-Related Eye Damage

April 17, 2014 10:55 am | by Indiana University | Comments

Indiana University researchers have detected new early-warning signs of the potential loss of sight associated with diabetes. This discovery could have far-reaching implications for the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, potentially...

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Biomedical Applications of Shape-Memory Polymers: How Practically Useful Are They?

April 17, 2014 10:52 am | by Science China Press | Comments

Polymers that exhibit shape-memory effect (SME) are an important class of materials in medicine, especially for minimally invasive deployment of devices. Professor Subbu Venkatraman and his group from School of Materials Science and...  

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