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Alzheimer’s Spares Long-Term Musical Memory

June 19, 2015 10:26 am | by Max Planck Gesellschaft | Comments

In comparison to other memory functions, long-term musical memory in Alzheimer patients often remains intact and functional for a surprisingly long time. However, until now, the underlying causes of this phenomenon have remained in the dark...

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Carbon Nanoparticles You Can Make at Home

June 19, 2015 9:38 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Comments

Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body's immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues...

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'Smart Chair' to Improve Health of Workers

June 19, 2015 9:29 am | by Monash University | Comments

Researchers have designed a smart chair that will make the office and workers safer and healthier. In Australia, a 2007 study by Access Economics estimated back pain was costing the economy $34.3 billion in lost workplace productivity and treatments...

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Pulsed Electrical Fields May Improve Skin Rejuvenation

June 19, 2015 9:20 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | Comments

A new approach to skin rejuvenation developed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may be less likely to have unintended side effects such as scarring and altered pigmentation. In the online journal Scientific Reports, an MGH research team...

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X-Ray Imaging Reveals Secrets in Battery Materials

June 19, 2015 9:07 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

In a new study, researchers explain why one particular cathode material works well at high voltages, while most other cathodes do not. The insights, published in the 19 June issue of the journal Science, could help battery developers design...

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Probe Detects Cancerous Tissue Mid-Surgery

June 19, 2015 9:04 am | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

Surgeons could know while their patients are still on the operating table if a tissue is cancerous, according to researchers from the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)'s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard...

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Sequencing Ebola's Secrets

June 18, 2015 3:36 pm | by Harvard University | Comments

Last June, in the early days of the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, a team of researchers sequenced the genome of the deadly virus at unprecedented scale and speed. Their findings revealed a number of critical facts as the outbreak was unfolding...

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New Chip Identifies Chemicals in Ultratrace Amounts

June 18, 2015 3:32 pm | by Geroge Washington University | Comments

A George Washington University professor has designed new technology that can identify traces of chemicals at 10-19 moles, a previously undetectable amount. This minute quantity can be conceptualized as 10 times below a billionth of a billionth...

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Protecting Consumers from Counterfeit Medicines and Devices Sold Online

June 18, 2015 3:29 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, took action this week against more than 1,050 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription medicines and medical devices...

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Nanoparticles Give Cancer a Deadly Fever

June 18, 2015 3:25 pm | by NIST | Comments

Heat may be the key to killing certain types of cancer, and new research from a team including NIST scientists has yielded unexpected results that should help optimize the design of magnetic nanoparticles that can be used to deliver heat directly...

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Republicans Ready to Repeal Taxes on Medical Devices

June 18, 2015 11:12 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | Comments

Despite White House veto threats, the House is ready to vote to repeal taxes on medical devices and kill a Medicare advisory board that foes say would ration health care as the chamber aims its latest whack at President Barack Obama's health care law...

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Medical Lasers Face Many Barriers to Clinical Acceptance

June 18, 2015 9:48 am | by SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics | Comments

The dynamic field of medical laser applications continually offers new systems and techniques enabling less invasive or more targeted treatments. But the path from the lab to the clinic can be slowed by "a multiplicity of barriers" requiring...

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Software Diagnoses Voice Disorders Over the Phone

June 18, 2015 9:40 am | by Oxford University | Comments

The voice can be affected by a range of disorders, ranging from Parkinson's disease and strokes to spasmodic dysphonia, a condition in which the muscles of the vocal cords move abnormally. These different disorders all change the sound of...

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Color-Coded Map Guides Brain Tumor Removal

June 18, 2015 9:30 am | by John Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Brain surgery is famously difficult for good reason: When removing a tumor, for example, neurosurgeons walk a tightrope as they try to take out as much of the cancer as possible while keeping crucial brain tissue intact -- and visually distinguishing...

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Nanofiber Band-Aid for Broken Hearts

June 18, 2015 9:16 am | by Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science | Comments

Stem cell-based therapies have the potential to transform the treatment of almost every major health condition, but possibly none quite as prevalent as heart disease. As the world’s number one cause of death, heart disease kills more than 7.5 million...

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