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Scientists Reveal Complexity in the Brain's Wiring Diagram

September 5, 2014 2:15 pm | by Amy Adams, Stanford | Comments

A Stanford Bio-X team found that the brain's wiring is more complex than expected – one set of neural wires can trigger different reactions, depending on how it fires. The work opens new questions for scientists trying to map the brain's...

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Researchers Developing Noninvasive Method for Diagnosing Common, Painful Back Condition

September 5, 2014 12:17 pm | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Comments

An interdisciplinary research team in the Cedars-Sinai Biomedical Imaging Research Institute, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Regenerative Medicine Institute and Department of Surgery received a grant from the National Institutes of Health...

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Inexpensive Micropumps Could Enable $20 Complete Lab-on-a-Chip System

September 5, 2014 12:07 pm | by Penn State Materials Research Institute | Comments

Researchers at Penn State have demonstrated an acoustofluidic pump powered by a piezoelectric transducer about the size of a quarter. This reliable, inexpensive, programmable pump is a crucial feature for lab-on-a-chip devices that could make...

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FDA Allows Marketing of the First Test to Assess Risk of Developing Acute Kidney Injury

September 5, 2014 11:35 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of the NephroCheck test, a first-of-a-kind laboratory test to help determine if certain critically ill hospitalized patients are at risk of developing moderate to severe acute kidney...

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Artificial Cells Take Their First Steps

September 5, 2014 11:24 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | Comments

Cells are complex objects with a sophisticated metabolic system. Their evolutionary ancestors, the primordial cells, were merely composed of a membrane and a few molecules. These were minimalistic yet perfectly functioning systems. Thus, "back...

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Growing Prostate Cancer Organoids in the Lab

September 5, 2014 10:36 am | by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center | Comments

Research led by investigators at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has shown for the first time that organoids derived from human prostate cancer tumors can be grown in the laboratory, giving researchers an exciting new tool to test...

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A Minimally Invasive, High-Performance Intervention for Staging Lung Cancer

September 5, 2014 10:27 am | by University of Montreal | Comments

Endoscopic biopsy of lymph nodes between the two lungs (mediastinum) is a sensitive and accurate technique that can replace mediastinal surgery for staging lung cancer in patients with potentially resectable tumors. Such were the conclusions...

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Researchers Turn to Plants to Help Treat Hemophilia

September 5, 2014 10:21 am | by University of Florida | Comments

Accidents as minor as a slip of the knife while chopping onions can turn dangerous for patients with hemophilia, who lack the necessary proteins in their blood to stem the flow from a wound. People with severe hemophilia typically receive regular...

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New Therapeutic Target for Diabetic Wound Healing

September 5, 2014 10:11 am | by Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center | Comments

Research led by scientists in Dr. Song Hong's group at LSU Health New Orleans has identified a novel family of chemical mediators that rescue the reparative functions of macrophages (a main type of mature white blood cells) impaired by diabetes...

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New Blood Test Could Offer More Tailored Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

September 5, 2014 10:01 am | by Manchester University | Comments

A new blood test allowing doctors to predict which ovarian cancer patients will respond to particular types of treatment is a step closer following a new study by Manchester scientists. Researchers from The University of Manchester and The...

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Novel Microneedle Patch Offers Faster and Effective Delivery of Painkiller and Collagen

September 5, 2014 9:52 am | by National University of Singapore | Comments

Individuals who are squeamish about injections or are looking for a way to let collagen penetrate deeper into the skin may soon have a solution that is faster, more effective and painless. The key lies in a small adhesive patch topped with...

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Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America Guidelines Include Agion Antimicrobial-Treated Catheters

September 5, 2014 9:43 am | by Sciessent | Comments

Use of catheters containing the Agion antimicrobial is among the recommended strategies to control central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) according to the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). An expert guidance...

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Photos of the Day: Where Are the Women in STEM?

September 5, 2014 8:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Comments

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women...

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Ultrasensitive Biosensor from Molybdenite Semiconductor Outshines Graphene

September 4, 2014 3:25 pm | by UC Santa Barbara | Comments

Move over, graphene. An atomically thin, two-dimensional, ultrasensitive semiconductor material for biosensing developed by researchers at UC Santa Barbara promises to push the boundaries of biosensing technology in many fields, from health...

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Next Gen Sequencing Will Determine Growth in IVD Testing Market

September 4, 2014 3:05 pm | by Kalorama Information | Comments

Not since the commercialization of polymerase chain reaction tests has molecular diagnostics been presented with such a promising technology as next-generation sequencing (NGS), according to healthcare market research firm Kalorama Information...

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