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Computer Model Calculates Public Response to Disease Outbreaks

January 14, 2015 9:19 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Sometimes the response to the outbreak of a disease can make things worse — such as when people panic and flee, potentially spreading the disease to new areas. The ability to anticipate when such overreactions might occur could help public...

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First Contracting Human Muscle Grown in a Lab

January 14, 2015 9:08 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | Comments

In a laboratory first, Duke researchers have grown human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds just like native tissue to external stimuli such as electrical pulses, biochemical signals and pharmaceuticals. The lab-grown tissue should soon...

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Device Manipulates Differentiating Stem Cells

January 14, 2015 8:51 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

Electroporation is a powerful technique in molecular biology. By using an electrical pulse to create a temporary nanopore in a cell membrane, researchers can deliver chemicals, drugs, and DNA directly into a single cell. But existing electroporation...

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Video Game Technology Measures Movement in Muscular Dystrophy Patients

January 13, 2015 2:00 pm | by Nationwide Children's Hospital | Comments

Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital have developed a way to measure upper extremity movement in patients with muscular dystrophy using interactive video game technology. Their hope is to expand inclusion criteria for clinical trials...

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'NanoVelcro' Extracts and Analyzes Tumor Cells

January 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | Comments

An international group led by scientists at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute has developed a new method for effectively extracting and analyzing cancer cells circulating in patients’ blood. Circulating tumor cells are cancer cells that...

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Nanolaser Biosensor Could Detect Biomarkers of Cancer or Alzheimer's

January 13, 2015 11:53 am | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

A simple method to sense DNA, as well as potential biomarker proteins of cancer or other diseases such as Alzheimer’s, may soon be within reach – thanks to the work of a team of Yokohama National University researchers in Japan. As the team...

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Wearable Sensors Gather Lots of Data…Now to Make It Useful

January 13, 2015 11:27 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

It's not just about how many steps you've taken or how many calories you've burned in a day. Wearable fitness trackers and health monitors are becoming more commonplace and diverse, but just what do you do with all of that data? "We have a lot...

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Environmentally Friendly Cold Plasma Removes Resistant Norovirus

January 13, 2015 11:21 am | by American Society for Microbiology | Comments

Treating surfaces with cold atmospheric pressure plasma (CAPP) may reduce the risk of transmitting norovirus, a contagious virus leading to stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea, according to a new study. The work, published this week in mBio...

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Glass Microbubbles Provide Low-Cost CD4+ T Cell Testing

January 13, 2015 11:07 am | by World Scientific | Comments

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease represents a global health problem concern in the world especially in many areas of Africa. According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), there were 24.7 million people...

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App Conducts Research on Breast Cancer and Alzheimer's While Your Phone Charges

January 13, 2015 10:45 am | by Bjorn Carey, Stanford University | Comments

Your smartphone is already great for sending email, checking sports scores and sharing photos of your lunch. Now it can help battle cancer, Alzheimer's and other diseases, thanks to a new app developed by Stanford scientists and Sony. The...

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Microfluidic Device Observes T Cell Interaction

January 13, 2015 10:02 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

The immune system is a complex network of many different cells working together to defend against invaders. Successfully fighting off an infection depends on the interactions between these cells. A new device developed by MIT engineers offers...

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Sepsis Pathogen Detection Without a Blood Culture

January 13, 2015 9:28 am | by Pure Communications Inc. | Comments

T2 Biosystems, a company developing innovative diagnostic products to improve patient health, today announced that results from its pivotal trial evaluating its lead products, the T2Candida Panel and the T2Dx Instrument were published online...

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Can Your Smartphone Help You Exercise?

January 13, 2015 9:20 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | Comments

Fitness applications (apps) use behavior change techniques (BCTs) to help users modify their physical activities, but which apps and which techniques are most effective? In a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers...

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Cognitive Training Game Provides Potential Alzheimer's Diagnostics

January 12, 2015 2:12 pm | by IOS Press BV | Comments

Greek researchers demonstrated the potential of a virtual supermarket cognitive training game as a screening tool for patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) among a sample of older adults. MCI is a condition that often predates Alzheimer's...

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New Tool Could Lead to Innovative Nanotechnology

January 12, 2015 12:09 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

A new tool capable of carrying out simultaneous nano-sized measurements could soon lead to more innovative nanotech-based products and help boost the EU economy. Indeed the tool, developed by scientists cooperating through the EU-funded UNIVSEM...

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