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Electroacupuncture Implant Treats Erectile Dysfunction

July 20, 2015 9:03 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

Valencia Technologies Corporation, a medical technology corporation, currently holds a patent for subcutaneous neuromodulation system (SNS), which emits a low-powered electrical stimulus that communicates with the brain to help regulate blood...


Magnetic Nanoparticles Could Be Key to Effective Immunotherapy

July 17, 2015 2:38 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

In recent years, researchers have hotly pursued immunotherapy, a promising form of treatment that relies on harnessing and training the body’s own immune system to better fight cancer and infection. Now, results of a study led by Johns Hopkins...


Limb-lengthening Technique Less Cumbersome for Patients

July 17, 2015 2:33 pm | by Loyola University Health System | Comments

A highly specialized procedure that lengthens bones can prevent the need for amputations in selected patients who have suffered severe fractures. And now a new study has found that an alternative limb-lengthening technique makes the long recovery...


Another Step Towards 3D Printing Skin Cells

July 17, 2015 2:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

German chemical giant BASF signed an agreement with French biotech firm Poietis in hopes of improving skin treatment with the use of 3D printing. Poietis pioneered a method of laser-assisted bioprinting that enables scientists to reproduce organic...


Scientists Gather to Discuss How to Grow Missing Organs and Tissues

July 17, 2015 9:24 am | by University of Southampton | Comments

Leading scientists from the UK and around the world will meet at the University of Southampton next week (20 and 21 July) to discuss new technologies to create new, living tissues in the lab and to help our bodies regenerate themselves...


Caught on Camera: The First Glimpse of Powerful Nanoparticles

July 17, 2015 9:18 am | by Monash University | Comments

Researchers have developed a new method to capture the 3D structures of nanocrystals. Scientists believe these tiny particles could be used to fight cancer, collect renewable energy and mitigate pollution. Metallic nanoparticles are some...


FDA Approves First Bone-anchored Artificial Leg

July 17, 2015 9:14 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today (16 July) authorized use of the first prosthesis marketed in the U.S. for adults who have amputations above the knee and who have rehabilitation problems with, or cannot use, a conventional socket prosthesis...


Brain Probe Allows for Wireless Control of Neurons

July 17, 2015 9:03 am | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | Comments

A study showed that scientists can wirelessly determine the path a mouse walks with a press of a button. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, created a remote...


Many Mobile Health Apps Neglect Needs of Blind Users

July 16, 2015 4:00 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

More Americans are using mobile devices and other technologies to track some aspect of their health at home, from diet and exercise to sleep patterns to bloodwork. Because people who are blind or have low vision are more likely to have health problems...

Magnetic Pulses to the Brain Could Silence Tinnitus

July 16, 2015 2:12 pm | by Oregon Health & Science University | Comments

In the largest U.S. clinical trial of its kind funded by the Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, researchers at the VA Portland Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University found that transcranial magnetic...


Making ‘Miniature Brains’ from Skin Cells to Better Understand Autism

July 16, 2015 12:27 pm | by Yale University | Comments

A larger head size — or macrocephaly — is seen in many children with severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A new stem cell study of these children by Yale School of Medicine researchers could help predict ASD and may lead to new drug targets...


Programming Cells to Emit Light

July 16, 2015 10:56 am | by Brown University | Comments

The revolution that optogenetics technology has brought to biology — neuroscience in particular — could be transformed all over again if a new project getting underway at Brown University and Central Michigan University (CMU) is successful...


Blood Test Could Be Best Way to Confirm Schizophrenia

July 16, 2015 10:07 am | by Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University | Comments

High blood levels of a growth factor known to enable new blood vessel development and brain cell protection correlate with a smaller size of brain areas key to complex thought, emotion and behavior in patients with schizophrenia, researchers...


Vaginal Douches May Expose Women to Harmful Chemicals

July 16, 2015 9:47 am | by Laura Kurtzman, University of California - San Francisco | Comments

Women who use feminine care products called douches may increase their exposure to harmful chemicals called phthalates—and black women may be at particularly high risk due to frequent use, according to a study published July 15 in the journal...

Non-invasive Brain Stimulation Could Transform Learning

July 16, 2015 9:18 am | by Monash University | Comments

Researchers have discovered a new technique to enhance brain excitability that could improve physical performance in healthy individuals such as athletes and musicians. The technique could also improve treatments for neurological and neuropsychological...



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