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Device Enables New Way to Prevent Some Strokes

February 18, 2014 12:33 pm | by Northwestern Memorial Hospital | Comments

Larry Ambrose woke up one night, wandered into his kitchen but couldn't completely read the time on his microwave. A few days later when he noticed his blood pressure was unusually high, he went to the hospital and was diagnosed as having...

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Finding Ways to Detect and Treat Alzheimer's Disease

February 18, 2014 12:25 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Alzheimer's disease has long been marked by progress -- but not the kind of progress the medical community seeks. It is the most common form of dementia among older Americans, and its risk increases with increasing age; for those living with...

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Thinking It Through: Scientists Seek to Unlock Mysteries of the Brain

February 18, 2014 12:13 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing 21st century science. If we can rise to this challenge, we will gain profound insights into what makes us human, develop new treatments for brain diseases, and build...

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How Well do Football Helmets Protect Players from Concussions?

February 18, 2014 11:55 am | by American Academy of Neurology | Comments

A new study finds that football helmets currently used on the field may do little to protect against hits to the side of the head, or rotational force, an often dangerous source of brain injury and encephalopathy. The study released today...

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Test Could Predict Which Teen Boys Get Depression

February 18, 2014 11:52 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | Comments

A saliva test for teenage boys with mild symptoms of depression could help identify those who will later develop major depression, a new study says. Researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in teenage boys and found that ones with...

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Brain Tumor Removal Through a Hole Smaller than a Dime

February 18, 2014 11:17 am | by Houston Methodist Neurological Institute | Comments

More than two decades ago, Ryan Vincent had open brain surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor, resulting in a lengthy hospital stay and weeks of recovery at home. Recently, neurosurgeons at Houston Methodist Hospital, through a...   

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Superbright and Fast X-Rays Image Single Layer of Proteins

February 18, 2014 10:53 am | by Mary Beckman, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

In biology, a protein's shape is key to understanding how it causes disease or toxicity. Researchers who use X-rays to take snapshots of proteins need a billion copies of the same protein stacked and packed into a neat crystal. Now, scientists...

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Study: Insertable Cardiac Monitors Detect Atrial Fibrillation in Stroke Patients Better than Standard Care

February 18, 2014 10:47 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced results from the CRYSTAL AF (CRYptogenic STroke And underLying Atrial Fibrillation) Clinical Trial, which found that continuous cardiac monitoring with the Reveal XT Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) was superior...

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Photos of the Day: Printing Live Cells Like Ancient Chinese

February 18, 2014 10:37 am | by Houston Methodist | Comments

Recent work to print cells in two and three dimensions using electricity-gated inkjet technology have been largely successful, but sometimes only half of the printed cells survive the printing process -- a source of frustration for many...

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New Live-Cell Printing Technology Works Like Ancient Chinese Woodblocking

February 18, 2014 10:37 am | by Houston Methodist | Comments

With a nod to 3rd century Chinese woodblock printing and children's rubber stamp toys, researchers in Houston have developed a way to print living cells onto any surface, in virtually any shape. Unlike recent, similar work using inkjet...

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New Eye Layer Has Possible Link to Glaucoma

February 18, 2014 9:46 am | by University of Nottingham | Comments

A new layer in the human cornea — discovered by researchers at The University of Nottingham last year — plays a vital role in the structure of the tissue that controls the flow of fluid from the eye, research has shown. The findings, published...

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It's Alive! Bacteria-Filled Liquid Crystals Could Improve Biosensing

February 18, 2014 9:43 am | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Plop living, swimming bacteria into a novel water-based, nontoxic liquid crystal and a new physics takes over. The dynamic interaction of the bacteria with the liquid crystal creates a novel form of soft matter: living liquid crystal. The...

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Philips Announces Achievement of Major Milestone in Largest Ever Sleep Apnea Clinical Trial

February 18, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Royal Philips, a major sponsor of the Sleep Apnea cardioVascular Endpoints (SAVE) study, today announced that the study has reached its enrollment goal of 2,500 patients, spread across seven countries and 84 hospitals and  medical institutions...

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BioStructures, LLC Receives 510(k) Clearance for Innovative Bioactive Bone Graft Putty and Bone Graft Extender.

February 18, 2014 8:36 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

BioStructures, LLC, a privately held orthobiologics company, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration has granted 510(k) clearance for Bioactive Bone Graft Putty (Signafuse™).  Signafuse™ is indicated for the... 

New Smart Tool Approved by Health Canada for Enhancing Hip Replacement Surgery

February 18, 2014 7:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Intellijoint Surgical, Inc. an innovator in smart tools to improve joint replacement surgery, announced today it recently received a Health Canada Medical Device License for its flagship product, Intellijoint HIP. The Company also announced...

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