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Watching neurons fire from a front-row seat

July 30, 2014 7:34 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

They are with us every moment of every day, controlling every action we make, from the breath we breathe to the words we speak, and yet there is still a lot we don't know about the cells that make up our nervous systems. When things go awry and nerve cells don't communicate as they should, the consequences can be devastating. Speech can be slurred, muscles stop working on command and memories can be lost forever.

Teen insomnia is linked with depression and anxiety

July 30, 2014 6:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A study of high school students by University of Adelaide psychology researchers has shed new...

Could data sonification deliver while-you-wait cancer diagnosis?

July 30, 2014 6:20 pm | by Birmingham City University | News | Comments

Converting stem cell data into sounds could enable GPs to make instant, non-invasive cancer...

Tazca Connects and Telehealth International Partnership to Deploy Turnkey Telehealth Solutions for Disadvantaged Rural Areas

July 30, 2014 4:10 pm | News | Comments

Tazca Connects and Telehealth International Partnership (TIP) to deploy turnkey Telehealth...

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NSF grant to Wayne State supports new concept for manufacturing nanoscale devices

July 30, 2014 3:58 pm | News | Comments

According to the National Science Foundation, nanotechnology is the creation and utilization of functional materials, devices, and systems with novel properties and functions. A major bottleneck in scaling up nanotechnology is the lack of manufacturing methods that connect different functional materials into one device.

Dissolvable fabric loaded with medicine might offer faster protection against HIV

July 30, 2014 3:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Washington bioengineers have discovered a potentially faster way to deliver a topical drug that protects women from contracting HIV. Their method spins the drug into silk-like fibers that quickly dissolve when in contact with moisture, releasing higher doses of the drug than possible with other topical materials such as gels or creams.

Brainwaves can predict audience reaction

July 30, 2014 11:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Media and marketing experts have long sought a reliable method of forecasting responses from the general population to future products and messages. According to a study conducted at The City College of New York, it appears that the brain responses of just a few individuals are a remarkably strong predictor. By analyzing the brainwaves of ...

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App for headache sufferers shows success

July 30, 2014 10:21 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A unique app that helps headache sufferers to record the severity and regularity of their pain is being used as part of a Griffith research study. A new approach to the treatment of headaches, the ENHANCE project looks at coping with their triggers and is

Wearable device for the early detection of common diabetes-related neurological condition

July 30, 2014 9:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A group of researchers in Taiwan has developed a new optical technology that may be able to detect an early complication of diabetes sooner, when it is more easily treated. If the device proves safe and effective in clinical trials, it may pave the way for the early detection and more effective treatment of this complication, called diabetic autonomic neuropathy, which is common among people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Potential 'universal' blood test for cancer discovered

July 29, 2014 3:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Bradford, UK, have devised a simple blood test that can be used to diagnose whether people have cancer or not. The test will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms, saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures such as ...

Glucose 'control switch' in the brain key to both types of diabetes

July 29, 2014 2:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have pinpointed a mechanism in part of the brain that is key to sensing glucose levels in the blood, linking it to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The findings are published in the July 28 issue of Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.

Study helps compare risks of treatments for early esophageal cancer

July 29, 2014 2:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new study, published in the July, 2014, issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute by Northwestern Medicine® researchers, sheds new light on the risks associated with the growing popularity of endoscopic resection in the treatment of localized, early-stage esophageal cancer. Researchers found that ...

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Medtronic Receives FDA Approval for PRESTIGE LP Cervical Disc System

July 29, 2014 2:02 pm | by Medtronic, Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the PRESTIGE® LP Cervical Disc System for the treatment of single-level cervical disc disease (radiculopathy and/or myelopathy). The PRESTIGE® LP Cervical Disc is the third clinically proven artificial cervical disc in the Medtronic portfolio and ...

New technique uses 'simulated' human heart to screen drugs

July 28, 2014 3:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A Coventry University scientist has developed a pioneering new way – using samples of beating heart tissue – to test the effect of drugs on the heart without using human or animal trials. The breakthrough is the work of Dr Helen Maddock – an expert in cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology from

Smartphone app and specialized clinic for chronic fatigue patients

July 28, 2014 10:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are set to benefit with the dual launch of a specialist Griffith University clinic and smartphone app, both aimed to manage their illness and improve health outcomes. Otherwise known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), CFS is a highly debilitating disorder characterised by ...

The LDT Letter Battle

July 28, 2014 9:30 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this month, five democratic U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding the regulation of laboratory-developed tests (LDT). In this letter, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal...

New York Tech Startup Leading Fight Against Obesity and Chronic Disease

July 28, 2014 9:26 am | News | Comments

3Pound Health announced the full commercial release of Euco, a patient-engagement platform designed to expand the reach and impact of clinician-managed health and wellness programs. Euco is a disruptive innovation that recognizes the reality of today's behavior-driven healthcare challenges manifested most recognizably in obesity and chronic disease. 3Pound Health also ...

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New Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Assays on the BD Viper LT System Receive FDA 510k Clearance

July 28, 2014 9:17 am | News | Comments

BD Diagnostics, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the BD ProbeTec Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) Qx Amplified DNA Assay and the BD ProbeTec Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC) Qx Amplified DNA Assay on the BD Viper LT System.

Novel Technologies Advance Brain Surgery to Benefit Patients

July 25, 2014 4:40 pm | by UC San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

Neurosurgeons at UC San Diego Health System have integrated advanced 3D imaging, computer simulation and next-generation surgical tools to perform a highly complex brain surgery through a small incision to remove deep-seated tumors. This is the first time this complex choreography of technologies has been brought together in an operating room in California.

Chemist develops x-ray vision for quality assurance

July 25, 2014 4:28 pm | by Iben Julie Schmidt, Technical Univ. of Denmark | News | Comments

A Technical Univ. of Denmark researcher has developed a method that uses x-rays for the rapid identification of substances present in an indeterminate powder. The new technique has the capacity to recognize advanced biological molecules such as proteins. The method therefore has enormous potential in both food production and the pharmaceutical industry, where it ...

Antioxidant biomaterial promotes healing

July 25, 2014 3:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When a foreign material like a medical device or surgical implant is put inside the human body, the body always responds. According to Northwestern University's Guillermo Ameer, most of the time, that response can be negative and affect the device's function.

Molecule could lead to new way to repair tendons

July 25, 2014 3:17 pm | by Dan Krotz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

It's an all-too familiar scenario for many people. You sprain your ankle or twist your knee. If you're an adult, the initial pain is followed by a long road of recovery, with no promise that the torn ligament or tendon will ever regain its full strength.

Radiation Exposure Concerns, Increased Precision Driving Growth of Corindus Vascular Robotics

July 25, 2014 2:43 pm | News | Comments

Corindus Vascular Robotics announced the recent installations of its CorPath® System at five facilities: UH Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA; Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Miami, FL; the second system in Michigan and first system in North Carolina.

Atomic structure of key muscle component revealed in Penn study

July 25, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Actin is the most abundant protein in the body, and when you look more closely at its fundamental role in life, it's easy to see why. It is the basis of most movement in the body, and all cells and components within them have the capacity to move: muscle contracting, heart beating, blood clotting, and nerve cells communicating....

Beckman Coulter Diagnostics to Demonstrate Solutions at 2014 AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo

July 25, 2014 11:24 am | News | Comments

Beckman Coulter Diagnostics will be featuring its latest solutions at the 2014 American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo in Chicago, Ill., July 27-31, 2014. The Beckman Coulter Diagnostics booth themed, "New laboratory challenges require new thinking," will showcase

Heart attack patients could be treated more quickly after Manchester research

July 25, 2014 10:47 am | by Manchester University | Product Releases | Comments

Clinical judgement, combined with an electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood test on arrival, is effective in reducing unnecessary hospital admissions for chest pain, a new study shows. The findings of a research group in Manchester, published in the Emergency Medicine Journal, could potentially make a huge difference to a large number of patients.

System anticipates driver fatigue in the vehicle to prevent accidents

July 25, 2014 10:37 am | by Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (Biomechanics Institute - IBV) | News | Comments

Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (Biomechanics Institute - IBV) has worked on the development of a system with seamlessly integrated smart textiles, able to measure heartbeat and respiratory rate, to prevent driver fatigue and sleepiness at the wheel in the framework of the European project HARKEN.

UPMC-Developed Test Increases Odds of Correct Surgery for Thyroid Cancer Patients

July 25, 2014 10:00 am | by UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

Researchers have identified certain gene mutations that are indicative of an increased likelihood of thyroid cancer, and the molecular testing panel developed at UPMC can be run using the sample collected through the initial, minimally invasive biopsy, rather than a lobectomy. When the panel shows these mutations, a total thyroidectomy is advised.

New imaging agent provides better picture of the gut

July 25, 2014 9:44 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A multi-institutional team of researchers has developed a new nanoscale agent for imaging the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This safe, noninvasive method for assessing the function and properties of the GI tract in real time could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of gut diseases.

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