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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...

'MaMTH' Advance: New Technology Sheds Light on Protein Interactions

March 24, 2014 12:25 pm | by University of Toronto | Comments

Scientists have a better way to study human proteins — large molecules that are part of every cell in the body — thanks to a new technology developed by University of Toronto researchers. The technology tracks a class of proteins called...

Hot Nanoparticles for Cancer Treatments

March 24, 2014 12:19 pm | by ETH Zurich | Comments

Nanoparticles have a great deal of potential in medicine: for diagnostics, as a vehicle for active substances or a tool to kill off tumours using heat. ETH Zurich researchers have now developed particles that are relatively easy to produce...

Engineers Design ‘Living Materials’

March 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by MIT News Office | Comments

Inspired by natural materials such as bone — a matrix of minerals and other substances, including living cells — MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles...

Microfluidic Device Measures Drugs' Influence on Blood Clotting

March 24, 2014 11:59 am | by Brett Israel, Georgia Tech | Comments

A new microfluidic method for evaluating drugs commonly used for preventing heart attacks has found that while aspirin can prevent dangerous blood clots in some at-risk patients, it may not be effective in all patients with ...    

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