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Harvard Scientists Visualize New Treatments for Retinal Blindness

March 26, 2014 3:31 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | Comments

A new report published online in The FASEB Journal may lead the way toward new treatments or a cure for a common cause of blindness (proliferative retinopathies). Specifically, scientists have discovered that the body's innate immune system does more than help ward off external pathogens. It also helps remove sight-robbing abnormal blood vessels...

Better Diagnostics for Thrombosis are a Matter of Resources

March 26, 2014 3:18 am | by youris.com | Comments

Cost-effectiveness is paramount for any new medical technology. If pharmaceutical companies do not see a profit, new drugs will never see the light of day. And if insurance companies think a new treatment is more expensive than the old one, they will simply not pay. Take thrombosis...

World’s First Light-Activated Antimicrobial Surface That Also Works in the Dark

March 25, 2014 3:37 pm | by University College London | Comments

Researchers at UCL have developed a new antibacterial material which has potential for cutting hospital acquired infections. The combination of two simple dyes with nanoscopic particles of gold is deadly to bacteria when ...     

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Shock-Absorbing 'Goo' Discovered in Bone

March 25, 2014 3:34 pm | by University of Cambridge | Comments

New findings show that much of the mineral from which bone is made consists of ‘goo’ trapped between tiny crystals, lubricating and allowing movement. It is this flexibility that stops bones from shattering. Latest research shows that the chemical citrate is mixed with water to create ...

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Technique Sheds Light on Human Neural Networks

March 25, 2014 3:30 pm | by Beckman Institute | Comments

Using spatial light interference microscopy (SLIM) techniques developed by Gabriel Popescu, director of the lab, the researchers were able to show for the first time how human embryonic stem cell derived neurons within a network grow, organize spatially, and ...

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Small Wireless Pacemaker Is Safe, Effective in Early Testing

March 25, 2014 3:28 pm | by American Heart Association | Comments

A new small, wireless self-contained pacemaker appears safe and feasible for use in patients, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. Although traditional pacemakers pose minimal risk, patients are ...

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Electronic Medication Alerts to Reduce Prescribing Errors

March 25, 2014 3:23 pm | by Cindy Fox Aisen, Indiana University | Comments

Changing how medication alerts are presented in electronic medical records resulted in safer prescribing, increased efficiency and reduced workload for health care providers who placed drug orders in ...        

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Catheter Innovation Destroys Dangerous Biofilms

March 25, 2014 10:53 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | Comments

For the millions of people forced to rely on a plastic tube to eliminate their urine, developing an infection is nearly a 100 percent guarantee after just four weeks. But with the help of a little bubble-blowing, biomedical engineers hope to ...

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MRI Reveals Genetic Activity

March 25, 2014 10:40 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | Comments

Doctors commonly use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose tumors, damage from stroke, and many other medical conditions. Now, a team of biological engineers at MIT is trying to adapt MRI to a much smaller scale, allowing researchers to ...

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Doctors Practice Speeding Up Trauma Care

March 25, 2014 10:23 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | Comments

At an office building less than a mile from the main Cedars-Sinai campus, doctors are guinea pigs in simulations designed to test skills. There's a "mission control" room filled with video screens where trainers keep track of the action ...

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Photos of the Day: Designers Create the Operating Room of the Future

March 25, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The operating room of the future is being tested in an ongoing experiment aimed at breaking down barriers that bog down care through open communication and better use of technology. Surgical residents train on ...     

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Electric 'Thinking Cap' Controls Learning Speed

March 24, 2014 4:58 pm | by Liz Entman, Vanderbilt University | Comments

Caffeine-fueled cram sessions are routine occurrences on any college campus. But what if there was a better, safer way to learn new or difficult material more quickly? What if “thinking caps” were real?       

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Toilet Tech Fair Tackles Global Sanitation Woes

March 24, 2014 4:25 pm | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | Comments

Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone or create charcoal to combat climate change? These are lofty ambitions beyond what most of the world's 2.5 billion people with no access to ...     

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Nasal Spray Delivers New of Depression Treatment

March 24, 2014 4:04 pm | by Kate Richards, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health | Comments

A nasal spray that delivers a peptide to treat depression holds promise as a potential alternative therapeutic approach, research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows. The nasal delivery system, developed by U.S. company Impel NeuroPharma, was ...

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Shrink Wrap Used to Enhance Detection of Infectious Disease Biomarkers

March 24, 2014 12:35 pm | by The Optical Society | Comments

Detecting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other deadly infectious diseases as early as possible helps to prevent their rapid spread and allows for more effective treatments. But current detection methods are cost-prohibitive in most areas of the world. Now a new nanotechnology method...

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