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Economy: How Clinics Can Ease Health Cost Burdens

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Photo: Stethoscope and money [24/04/2014] Health clinics that can provide primary care for low-income patients may ease the financial burden on both hospitals and insurance companies while improving patient health, researchers have concluded.Economy: How Clinics Can Ease Health Cost Burdens - Read more

Infectious Diseases: Space-Tested Fluid Flow Concept Advances Diagnoses

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Photo: Man in space [24/04/2014] A new medical-testing device is being prepped to enter the battle against infectious disease. This instrument could improve diagnosis of certain diseases in remote areas, thanks in part to knowledge gained from a series of investigations aboard the International Space Station on the behavior of liquids.Infectious Diseases: Space-Tested Fluid Flow Concept Advances Diagnoses - Read more

AAL: Improving the Human-Robot Connection

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Photo: Woman with robot Charlie [23/04/2014] Researchers are programming robots to communicate with people using human-like body language and cues, an important step toward bringing robots into homes.AAL: Improving the Human-Robot Connection - Read more

Biotechnology: New Patenting Guidelines Are Needed

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Photo: Patent [23/04/2014] Biotechnology scientists must be aware of the broad patent landscape and push for new patent and licensing guidelines, according to a new paper from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.Biotechnology: New Patenting Guidelines Are Needed - Read more

Paraplegia: Spinal Stimulation Helps Four Patients Regain Voluntary Movement

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Photo: Patient moving his legs [22/04/2014] Four people with paraplegia are able to voluntarily move previously paralyzed muscles as a result of a novel therapy that involves electrical stimulation of the spinal cord, according to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.Paraplegia: Spinal Stimulation Helps Four Patients Regain Voluntary Movement - Read more

Research: Women Who Drink Milk May Delay Knee Osteoarthritis

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Photo: Woman drinking a glass of milk [22/04/2014] New research reports that women who frequently consume fat-free or low-fat milk may delay the progression of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Results show that women who ate cheese saw an increase in knee OA progression. Yogurt did not impact OA progression in men or women.Research: Women Who Drink Milk May Delay Knee Osteoarthritis - Read more

World Malaria Day - 04/25/2014

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Photo: World Malaria Day logo [22/04/2014] About 219 million people around the world suffer from malaria; nearly one million of them die from it annually. Almost 90 percent of the victims are children under 5 years of age. For this reason, each year at April 25th the progress in the fight against malaria is highlighted.World Malaria Day - 04/25/2014 - Read more

Infections: How the Kissing Disease Virus Hijacks Human Cells

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Photo: Lips [17/04/2014] University of Montreal researchers have discovered how a component of the Epstein Barr (EBV) virus takes over our cells gene regulating machinery, allowing the virus to replicate itself.Infections: How the Kissing Disease Virus Hijacks Human Cells - Read more

Physicians: Why Vitamin D Deficiency Diagnoses Surged

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Photo: Vitamin D [17/04/2014] New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center suggests that physicians are ordering vitamin D deficiency screening tests for preventive care purposes rather than after patients develop conditions caused by decreased bone density.Physicians: Why Vitamin D Deficiency Diagnoses Surged - Read more

Tissue Engineering: Scientists Grow Cartilage to Reconstruct Nose

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Foto: Reconstructed cartilage [16/04/2014] Scientists at the University of Basel report first ever successful nose reconstruction surgery using cartilage grown in the laboratory. Cartilage cells were extracted from the patient’s nasal septum, multiplied and expanded onto a collagen membrane. The so-called engineered cartilage was then shaped according to the defect and implanted.Tissue Engineering: Scientists Grow Cartilage to Reconstruct Nose - Read more

Pregnancy: Women Who Gain too Much Or too Little Weight at Risk for Having an Overweight Child

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Photo: Child with glasses [16/04/2014] Gaining both too much or too little weight during pregnancy appears to increase the risk of having an overweight or obese child, according to a Kaiser Permanente study.Pregnancy: Women Who Gain too Much Or too Little Weight at Risk for Having an Overweight Child - Read more

Hygiene: Mouth and Throat Cancer through Poor Oral Health

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Photo: Tooth brushing [15/04/2014] Poor oral health and failure to have regular dental checks could increase the risk of mouth and throat cancer, according to a pan-European study.Hygiene: Mouth and Throat Cancer through Poor Oral Health - Read more

Research: Pharmocogenomics’ Promise to Developing Countries Unfulfilled

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Photo: Malaria risk areas [15/04/2014] From 1997 to 2010, despite promises made by the international scientific community, pharmacogenomic research produced few studies focusing on rare, orphan and tropical diseases prevalent in developing countries. Catherine Olivier, bioethics research at the University of Montreal’s School of Public Health, recently published these findings.Research: Pharmocogenomics’ Promise to Developing Countries Unfulfilled - Read more

Biotechnology: Sustainable Production of Compounds from Plants

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Photo: Madagascar periwinkle [14/04/2014] European scientists have made ground-breaking discoveries for improving the efficiency of the production of pharmaceuticals through plant biotechnology. Biotechnological production offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to the chemical synthesis of rare and complex pharmaceutical compounds currently isolated from plants.Biotechnology: Sustainable Production of Compounds from Plants - Read more

Liver: Viral Hepatitis More Deadly Than HIV in Europe

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Photo: Infectious Disease [14/04/2014] The mortality from viral hepatitis is significantly higher than from HIV/AIDS across EU countries, according to results from The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010).Liver: Viral Hepatitis More Deadly Than HIV in Europe - Read more

Plasmonics: A Modern Twist on Young’s Slits

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Photo: Energy flow gold nanoparticles [11/04/2014] In the eighteenth century, scientists faced a conundrum: is light a wave or a particle? One of strongest pieces of evidence to support the ‘wave view’ — the landmark double-slit experiment — was reported in 1804 by the scientist Thomas Young. Plasmonics: A Modern Twist on Young’s Slits - Read more

New Methods: Tracking the HI Virus with High-resolution Microscopy

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Photo: Aidssign [11/04/2014] Experts from science and industry are working on new methods of microscopy and advancing microscopy technology to improve our ability to study and understand the molecular processes of HIV infection. New Methods: Tracking the HI Virus with High-resolution Microscopy - Read more

Supplements: Chromium Helpful in Lowering Blood Sugar Levels?

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Photo: Sign for Chromium [10/04/2014] As people approach old age, they generally become less outgoing. New research from the University of Gothenburg shows that this change in personality is amplified among people with impaired hearing. The findings emphasise the importance of acknowledging and treating hearing loss in the elderly population.Supplements: Chromium Helpful in Lowering Blood Sugar Levels? - Read more

New Prediction Model: Patient Survival after Paracetamol-related Liver Failure

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Photo: Pills [10/04/2014] In the UK paracetamol toxicity is the most common cause of ALF and has a high mortality rate. It is estimated that 150 to 200 deaths and 15 to 20 LTs occur as a result of poisoning each year in England and Wales. New Prediction Model: Patient Survival after Paracetamol-related Liver Failure - Read more

Anxiety: Health Workers Inadequately Trained to Treat Minority Ethnic Groups

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Photo: Question mark over people [09/04/2014] Health professionals are suffering from severe professional anxiety because they are being inadequately trained to treat minority ethnic groups – with their treatment often based on cultural stereotypes, research has found.Anxiety: Health Workers Inadequately Trained to Treat Minority Ethnic Groups - Read more

Elderly : Hearing Loss Affects Old People's Personality

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Photo: Ear [09/04/2014] As people approach old age, they generally become less outgoing. New research from the University of Gothenburg shows that this change in personality is amplified among people with impaired hearing. The findings emphasise the importance of acknowledging and treating hearing loss in the elderly population.Elderly : Hearing Loss Affects Old People's Personality - Read more

Over a Lifetime: Childhood Obesity Costs $19,000 per Child

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Photo: Overweight parents kiss their child [08/04/2014] Childhood obesity comes with an estimated price tag of $19,000 per child when comparing lifetime medical costs to those of a normal weight child, according to an analysis led by researchers at the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore. Over a Lifetime: Childhood Obesity Costs $19,000 per Child - Read more

Epidemic in Europe: Researchers Map the Risks of New Virus

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Photo: The word dengue from a newspaper [08/04/2014] The risk of dengue fever beginning to spread in Europe is imminent. According to researchers from Umeå University, this is no longer just an issue for the scientific community but also for politicians and policy makers, who need to be prepared and develop preventive measures.Epidemic in Europe: Researchers Map the Risks of New Virus - Read more

Tumor DNA: Blood Test Could Detect Solid Cancers

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Photo: Blood [07/04/2014] A blood sample could one day be enough to diagnose many types of solid cancers, or to monitor the amount of cancer in a patient's body and responses to treatment. Previous versions of the approach, which relies on monitoring levels of tumor DNA circulating in the blood, have required cumbersome and time-consuming steps to customize it to each patient or have not been sufficiently sensitive.Tumor DNA: Blood Test Could Detect Solid Cancers - Read more

Breast Cancer: Increased Risk of Developing Lung Cancer after Radiotherapy

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Photo: Two women smoking [07/04/2014] Women who have radiotherapy for breast cancer have a small but significantly increased risk of subsequently developing a primary lung tumour, and now research has shown that this risk increases with the amount of radiation absorbed by the tissue.Breast Cancer: Increased Risk of Developing Lung Cancer after Radiotherapy - Read more

World Parkinson's Day - 04/11/2014

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Photo: Dopamine molecule [07/04/2014] In the beginning there is a shaking hand or rigidity of muscles that impedes movement in everyday life. Based on several other symptoms that occur over time, physicians finally diagnose Parkinson’s disease.World Parkinson's Day - 04/11/2014 - Read more

Climate: Heat Waves Reduce Length of Pregnancy

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Photo: Pregnant woman in the sun [04/04/2014] When temperatures reach 32°C or higher over a period of four to seven days, the risk of early-term delivery is 27 percent higher than on typical summer days, according to a study led by Nathalie Auger of the University of Montreal’s Department of Social and Preventive Medicine.Climate: Heat Waves Reduce Length of Pregnancy - Read more

Hospital: Low ICU Staffing Levels Affect Patient Survival

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Photo: ICU [04/04/2014] Patients in Intensive Care have a better chance of survival if there are more doctors and nurses working on the unit, new research shows.Hospital: Low ICU Staffing Levels Affect Patient Survival - Read more

Asthma: Air Pollution from Traffic Increases Odds of Readmission

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Photo: Girl with asthma [03/04/2014] Higher exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) dramatically increases the odds of readmission to the hospital for asthma – but only for white children, according to a new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study.Asthma: Air Pollution from Traffic Increases Odds of Readmission - Read more

Neural Probes: Slimmed Down for a Better Fit

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Photo: Neural Probe Array [03/04/2014] A thinner probe array that uses a silicon-based microstructure could underpin safer neural implants.Neural Probes: Slimmed Down for a Better Fit - Read more

USA: 1 Billion Dollars Worth of Brain Scans for Headache Sufferers

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Photo: Headache [02/04/2014] One in eight visits to a doctor for a headache or migraine end up with the patient going for a brain scan, at a total cost of about $1 billion a year, a new University of Michigan Medical School study finds.USA: 1 Billion Dollars Worth of Brain Scans for Headache Sufferers - Read more

Youth: Burden of Diabetic Ketoacidosis Still Unacceptably High

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Photo: Diabetes [02/04/2014] Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a life-threatening but preventable condition, remains an important problem for youth with diabetes and their families. It is due to a severe lack of insulin and often the presenting symptom of type 1 diabetes. It can also be present at the onset of type 2 diabetes.Youth: Burden of Diabetic Ketoacidosis Still Unacceptably High - Read more

Cells: A Step Forward in Adult Vertebrate Tissue Regeneration

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Photo: Zebrafish fin [01/04/2014] The reason why some animals can regenerate tissues after severe organ loss or amputation while others, such as humans, cannot renew some structures has always intrigued scientists. A research group from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC, Portugal) led by Joaquín Rodríguez León provided new clues to solve this central question.Cells: A Step Forward in Adult Vertebrate Tissue Regeneration - Read more

Diabetes: Good Self-Management Helps to Reduce Mortality

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Foto: Sugar face [01/04/2014] People with type 2 diabetes who report good self-management behavior have a reduced mortality risk. This was the result of a population-based study conducted by scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München emphasizing the great importance of patient behavior in the diabetes treatment process.Diabetes: Good Self-Management Helps to Reduce Mortality - Read more

Humor: Cartoons to Cope with Chronic Conditions

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Photo: Cartoon [31/03/2014] Researchers from the University of Southampton have shown that cartoons could be a beneficial way of educating patients and empowering them to cope better with their long term conditions.Humor: Cartoons to Cope with Chronic Conditions - Read more

HIV: Dealing with Lifelong Treatment in Africa

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Photo: HIV in Africa [31/03/2014] Since 2004, the number of patients on antiretroviral drugs increased 24-fold in Sub-Saharan Africa to 6.9 million. HIV has become a chronic disease which demands lifelong strict adherence to treatment.HIV: Dealing with Lifelong Treatment in Africa - Read more

Stroke: Patients May Benefit from New Routines

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Photo: Graphic of a head in slices [28/03/2014] "Having a stroke can be a devastating experience, and those affected by one often feel that their lives are turned upside down. For many patients, life after a stroke is therefore about reestablishing life as it was before the stroke. But this is very rarely possible and thus a source of frustration for stroke patients," says ethnologist Michael Andersen from University of Copenhagen.Stroke: Patients May Benefit from New Routines - Read more

Photoswitch: Switching an Antibiotic On and Off With Light

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Photo: Mona Lisa mask for antibiotic test [28/03/2014] Scientists of the KIT and the University of Kiev have produced an antibiotic, whose biological activity can be controlled with light. Photoswitch: Switching an Antibiotic On and Off With Light - Read more

Educational Software: Developing Tactile-Friendly Learning Devices for Children with Autism

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Photo: Kids with a tablet [27/03/2014] New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and WebTeam Corporation, a New Jersey-based IT company, have signed an agreement to collaboratively design and develop a customizable learning device that will help children with autism spectrum disorder master a range of skills-building lessons contained in the device's embedded educational software.Educational Software: Developing Tactile-Friendly Learning Devices for Children with Autism - Read more

Menkes Disease: Using PET Scanning to Evaluate Therapies

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Photo: PET image [27/03/2014] Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies have used PET imaging to visualize the distribution in the body of copper, which is deregulated in Menkes disease, a genetic disorder, using a mouse model. This study lays the groundwork for PET imaging studies on human Menkes disease patients to identify new therapy options.Menkes Disease: Using PET Scanning to Evaluate Therapies - Read more

Analysis Method: Automatic Tracking of Biological Particles in Cell Microscopy Images

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Photo: Tracking result for virus particles [26/03/2014] In order to track the movements of biological particles in a cell, scientists at Heidelberg University and the German Cancer Research Center have developed a powerful analysis method for live cell microscopy images. This so-called probabilistic particle tracking method is automatic, computer-based and can be used for time-resolved two- and three-dimensional microscopy image data. Analysis Method: Automatic Tracking of Biological Particles in Cell Microscopy Images - Read more

College Students: Risk of Alcohol-related Cancer Lowers Intention for Binge Drinking

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Photo: Woman vomiting [26/03/2014] Binge drinking for college students has proven to be a huge problem at many universities. The risk of DUI or even death makes it a public health concern that students and administrators need to face. College Students: Risk of Alcohol-related Cancer Lowers Intention for Binge Drinking - Read more

Point-of-Need Analysis: Diagnosis on the Home Couch

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Photo: Man making a blood sugar test at home [25/03/2014] Sakari Kulmala, Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Aalto University (Finland), is developing analytical equipment with applications ranging from health care to the identification of counterfeit products.Point-of-Need Analysis: Diagnosis on the Home Couch - Read more

New Project: Genetic Modification of Cancer Cells

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Photo: Structure of the Dnmt3a DNA methyl transferase [25/03/2014] Tumour cells shut down certain genes in the course of the progressing degeneration or mutate these, a process that considerably accelerates the growth of the tumour. An important role is played by DNA methyl transferase (Dnmts). A research group at the Chair for Biochemistry at the University of Stuttgart is investigating the influence of mutations in Dnmt3a, that are observed in many leukaemias.New Project: Genetic Modification of Cancer Cells - Read more

Brain: Forgetting Is Actively Regulated

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Photo: Ringworm C. elegans [24/03/2014] In order to function properly, the human brain requires the ability not only to store but also to forget: Through memory loss, unnecessary information is deleted and the nervous system retains its plasticity. A disruption of this process can lead to serious mental disorders.Brain: Forgetting Is Actively Regulated - Read more

Physical Activity: When Mothers are Active So Are Their Children

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Photo: Mother and child [24/03/2014] Parents are strong influences in the lives of young children, with patterns of behaviour established in the early years laying the foundation for future choices. A new study suggests that, when it comes to levels of physical activity, it is mothers who set (or don't set) the pace. Physical Activity: When Mothers are Active So Are Their Children - Read more

Honey: New Approach to Antibiotic Resistance

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Photo: Honeycomb [21/03/2014] Honey, that delectable condiment for breads and fruits, could be one sweet solution to the serious, ever-growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.Honey: New Approach to Antibiotic Resistance - Read more

Transplantations: Detection of Chronic Graft-vs.-Host Disease

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Photo: Ventilation hose [20/03/2014] A simple questionnaire that rates breathing difficulties on a scale of 0 to 3 predicts survival in chronic graft-vs.-host disease (GVHD), according to a current study.Transplantations: Detection of Chronic Graft-vs.-Host Disease - Read more

Long-Term Study: Long-Term Health of Childhood Cancer Survivors

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Photo: Gap [20/03/2014] A long-term follow-up of adult survivors of childhood cancer reinforces need for lifelong health surveillance for childhood cancer survivors.Long-Term Study: Long-Term Health of Childhood Cancer Survivors - Read more

World Tuberculosis Day - 03/24/2014

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Photo: World Tuberculosis Day [20/03/2014] „Find. Treat. Cure.“ – This sounds simple, but describes the possible solution for a global healthcare burden: tuberculosis. It is intended to defeat the disease until 2050. This is especially difficult in South-East Asia and Africa, because the healthcare systems there “miss” a lot of the patients. The campaign “Find. Treat. Cure.” aims to raise awareness for them.World Tuberculosis Day - 03/24/2014 - Read more

Alzheimer’s: How a Small Worm May Help the Fight

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Photo: Blue Roundworm [19/03/2014] Scientists at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biology of Ageing in Cologne have found that a naturally occurring molecule has the ability to enhance defense mechanisms against neurodegenerative diseases. Feeding this particular metabolite to the small roundworm C. elegans helps clear toxic protein aggregates in the body and extends life span. Alzheimer’s: How a Small Worm May Help the Fight - Read more

Environment: Research Links Body Clocks to Chronic Lung Diseases

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Photo: Clock in the chest [19/03/2014] The body clock’s natural rhythm could be utilized to improve current therapies to delay the onset of chronic lung diseases. Scientists at the University of Manchester have discovered a rhythmic defense pathway in the lung controlled by our body clocks, which is essential to combat daily exposure to toxins and pollutants.Environment: Research Links Body Clocks to Chronic Lung Diseases - Read more

Senses: New Rehabilitation Methods for Amputees and Stroke Patients

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Photo: Hand writing [18/03/2014] Research on amputees with chronic dominant hand loss may inform rehabilitation of stroke patients.Senses: New Rehabilitation Methods for Amputees and Stroke Patients - Read more

Prostate Cancer: PSA-testing and Early Treatment Decrease Risk of Death

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Photo: Old patient and doctor [18/03/2014] Mortality in prostate cancer is lower in areas with frequent use of PSA testing compared with areas with little testing shows a study published online today in Journal of the National Cancer Institute by researchers from Umeå University, Sweden and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA.Prostate Cancer: PSA-testing and Early Treatment Decrease Risk of Death - Read more

Employment: Questionnaires Might Reveal More Than You Think

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Photo: Medical questionnaire [17/03/2014] Your answers on psychological questionnaires, including some of the ones that some employers give their employees, might have a distinct biological signature. New research indeed demonstrates overlap between what workers feel and what their bodies actually manifest.Employment: Questionnaires Might Reveal More Than You Think - Read more

Emergencies: Trauma Center Closures Increase Odds of Death

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Photo: Ambulance [17/03/2014] Injured patients who live near trauma centers that have closed have higher odds of dying once they reach a hospital, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco researchers.Emergencies: Trauma Center Closures Increase Odds of Death - Read more

Hepatitis C: Gene Variants Protect Against Relapse

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Photo: Hepatitis virus [14/03/2014] Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, have identified a gene, which explains why certain patients with chronic hepatitis C do not experience relapse after treatment. The discovery may contribute to more effective treatment.Hepatitis C: Gene Variants Protect Against Relapse - Read more

Genes: Key Heart-failure Culprit Discovered

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Photo: Heart muscle [14/03/2014] A team of cardiovascular researchers from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), the Cardiovascular Research Center at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the University of California, San Diego have identified a small but powerful new player in the onset and progression of heart failure.Genes: Key Heart-failure Culprit Discovered - Read more

Psychology: New Gene for Bipolar Disorder Discovered

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Photo: In the lab [13/03/2014] Under the direction of scientists from the University of Bonn Hospital, the Central Institute of Mental Health of Mannheim and the University of Basel Hospital, an international collaboration of researchers discovered two new gene regions which are connected with the prevalent disease.Psychology: New Gene for Bipolar Disorder Discovered - Read more

Semiconductor Material: Surface Characteristics Influence Cellular Growth

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Photo: Cell growing [13/03/2014] The finding stems from a study performed by researchers at North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NCSU) and Purdue University, and may have utility for developing future neural implants.Semiconductor Material: Surface Characteristics Influence Cellular Growth - Read more

Brain Scans: Plaques Forecast Cognitive Impairment

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Photo: Brain images [12/03/2014] Brain imaging using radioactive dye can detect early evidence of Alzheimer's disease that may predict future cognitive decline among adults with mild or no cognitive impairment, according to a 36-month follow-up study led by Duke Medicine.Brain Scans: Plaques Forecast Cognitive Impairment - Read more

Knee Replacement Surgery: Women Report More Pain than Men

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Photo: Woman with knee pain [12/03/2014] Middle-aged women with rheumatoid arthritis or arthritis resulting from an injury are among the patients most likely to experience serious pain following a knee replacement, researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York have found.Knee Replacement Surgery: Women Report More Pain than Men - Read more

World Kidney Day - 03/13/2014

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Photo: Official logo of World Kidney Day [12/03/2014] Up to 1 800 liters – this much blood flows through both human kidneys each day. As long as the organs are healthy, they filter metabolic end-products and toxic substances from the blood and control the body’s water balance. They also regulate the blood pressure this way.World Kidney Day - 03/13/2014 - Read more

Smoking: Smokers' Brains Biased Against Negative Images

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Photo: Smoking [11/03/2014] What if the use of a product influenced your perception of it, making you even more susceptible to its positive aspects and altering your understanding of its drawbacks? This is precisely what happens with cigarettes in chronic smokers, according to a recent study by the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and Université de Montréal.Smoking: Smokers' Brains Biased Against Negative Images - Read more

Cancer: Sweet Test to Reduce False-positive Diagnoses

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Photo: Prof. Ola Blixt [11/03/2014] The world’s most widespread test for ovarian cancer reports false-positives in 94 of 100 diagnosed cases. Now, chemists at the University of Copenhagen working with clinical researchers at University College London have developed a method able to halve the number of false-positives.Cancer: Sweet Test to Reduce False-positive Diagnoses - Read more

Alzheimer's: Blood Test Identifies Those At-risk for Cognitive Decline

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Photo: Blood test [10/03/2014] Researchers have discovered and validated a blood test that can predict with greater than 90 percent accuracy if a healthy person will develop mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease within three years.Alzheimer's: Blood Test Identifies Those At-risk for Cognitive Decline - Read more

Lung Regeneration: Research on 3D Scaffolds Sets New Bar

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Photo: Lung [10/03/2014] In end-stage lung disease, transplantation is sometimes the only viable therapeutic option, but organ availability is limited and rejection presents an additional challenge. Innovative research efforts in the field of tissue regeneration, including pioneering discoveries by University of Vermont (UVM) Prof. Daniel Weiss and colleagues, holds promise for this population.Lung Regeneration: Research on 3D Scaffolds Sets New Bar - Read more

Teenagers: Energy Drinks Linked to Health Risks

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Photo: A can [07/03/2014] The uplifting effects of energy drinks are well advertised, but a new report finds consumption among teenagers may be linked with poor mental health and substance use.Teenagers: Energy Drinks Linked to Health Risks - Read more

Waiting for a Donor Heart: Motion Prolongs Survival

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Photo: Patient and doctors [07/03/2014] For many people with advanced cardiac insufficiency, a heart transplant may be their only hope. But waiting for a donor heart to come along is a race against time. Patients who remain active and stay in good shape psychologically can significantly increase their chances of surviving this period.Waiting for a Donor Heart: Motion Prolongs Survival - Read more

Prostate Cancer: Cholesterol-metabolism as a New Treatment Approach

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Photo: Image [06/03/2014] Researchers have discovered a link between prostate cancer aggressiveness and a compound called cholesteryl ester accumulated in lipid droplets inside single cancer cells, findings that could bring new diagnostic and treatment methods.Prostate Cancer: Cholesterol-metabolism as a New Treatment Approach - Read more

Vision: Off with Your Glasses

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Photo: Glasses [06/03/2014] Researchers of Tel Aviv University's Goldschleger Eye Research Institute have discovered new evidence that correlates crowding in the fovea — a small part of the retina responsible for sharp vision — and the brain's processing speed. These findings could greatly alter earlier models of visual crowding, which emphasized peripheral impairment exclusively.Vision: Off with Your Glasses - Read more

Gonorrhea: Infections Start from Exposure to Seminal Fluid

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Photo: Bacteria [05/03/2014] Researchers have come a step closer to understanding how gonorrhea infections are transmitted. When Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria responsible for gonorrhea, are exposed to seminal plasma, the liquid part of semen containing secretions from the male genital tract, they can more easily move and start to colonize.Gonorrhea: Infections Start from Exposure to Seminal Fluid - Read more

Healthcare: Promise of Value-based Payments in Remains Unproven

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Photo: Patient and doctor [05/03/2014] After a decade of experimentation with reforms that give health providers financial incentives to improve performance, relatively little is known about how to best execute such strategies or judge their success, according to a new RAND Corporation report.Healthcare: Promise of Value-based Payments in Remains Unproven - Read more

Device: Image-guided Robot Targets Brain Tumors

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Photo: [04/03/2014] Researchers have developed a prototype for an MR imaging-compatible robot designed to enable neurosurgeons to remove brain tumors.Device: Image-guided Robot Targets Brain Tumors - Read more

Cardiovascular Diseases: MRI Helps Predict Likelihood of Heart Attacks

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Photo: Transverse Gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted MR [04/03/2014] Noninvasive imaging of carotid artery plaque with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can accurately predict future cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks in people without a history of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study.Cardiovascular Diseases: MRI Helps Predict Likelihood of Heart Attacks - Read more

Half a Kilo: Strawberries Lower Cholesterol

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Photo: Strawberries [28/02/2014] A team of volunteers ate half a kilo of strawberries a day for a month to see whether it altered their blood parameters in any way. At the end of this unusual treatment, their levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides reduced significantly, according to the analyses conducted by Italian and Spanish scientists.Half a Kilo: Strawberries Lower Cholesterol - Read more

Chemical Reactions: The Thousand-droplets Test

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Photo: Droplets [28/02/2014] In the future, an entire chemistry lab could be accommodated in a tiny little droplet. While simple reactions already work in these simplest models of an artificial cell now a group of scientists of the Cluster of Excellence Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) have established and investigated for the first time a complex biochemical system. Chemical Reactions: The Thousand-droplets Test - Read more

Research: Fructose Not Responsible for Increase in Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

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Photo: Liver [27/02/2014] Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common chronic liver disease in developed countries, affecting up to 30 per cent of their populations. Research: Fructose Not Responsible for Increase in Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease - Read more

Acetic Acid: Vinegar Kills Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacteria

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Photo: Vinegar pouring over a spoon [27/02/2014] The active ingredient in vinegar, acetic acid, can effectively kill mycobacteria, even highly drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis, an international team of researchers from Venezuela, France, and the US.Acetic Acid: Vinegar Kills Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacteria - Read more

European Hospitals: Better Nurse Staffing and Education Reduces Patient Deaths

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Photo: Word Nurse [26/02/2014] The results of a study in 9 European countries is documenting that hospital nurse staffing and the proportion of nurses with bachelor’s education are associated with significantly fewer deaths after common surgery.European Hospitals: Better Nurse Staffing and Education Reduces Patient Deaths - Read more

Autism: New Definition May Decrease Diagnosis by One-third

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Photo: Letters forming the word Autism [26/02/2014] New diagnosis guidelines for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) issued by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) may reduce by almost one third the total number of people being diagnosed, according to new research from Columbia University School of Nursing. Autism: New Definition May Decrease Diagnosis by One-third - Read more

Stroke: Stimulation Glove Enhances Motor Skills

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Photo: Stimulation glove [25/02/2014] Improving the sense of touch and motor skills without active training – what sounds impossible, does actually work. Neuroscientists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a glove that uses weak electrical pulses to stimulate the nerve fibers that connect the hands with the brain.Stroke: Stimulation Glove Enhances Motor Skills - Read more

Patients: What Do Older People Think Causes Hypertension

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Photo: Bloodpressure [25/02/2014] Older adults with hypertension may have dramatically different perceptions about the cause of their condition depending upon where they live, their ethnicity and other demographic characteristics, suggests new research that involved older adults in Arizona and Illinois.Patients: What Do Older People Think Causes Hypertension - Read more

Fitness: Dyspnea Predicts All-cause Mortality

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Photo: Breathless man [24/02/2014] Dyspnea, a sensation of breathlessness, during light daily activities can be used as an indicator of exercise intolerance and low fitness. According to a study on Finnish twins, persistent or developing dyspnea reveals an increased risk of death.Fitness: Dyspnea Predicts All-cause Mortality - Read more

Infections: Immune Cells Regulate Blood Stem Cells

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Photo: Blood stem cells [24/02/2014] Researchers in Bern have discovered that, during a viral infection, immune cells control the blood stem cells in the bone marrow and therefore also the body's own defenses. The findings could allow for new forms of therapy, such as for bone marrow diseases like leukemia.Infections: Immune Cells Regulate Blood Stem Cells - Read more

Tinnitus: Link between Loud Sounds and Hearing Loss

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Photo: Tinnitus [21/02/2014] University of Leicester research reveals why hearing loss is correlated with auditory signals failing to get transmitted along the auditory nerve. A research team investigating tinnitus has revealed new insights into the link between the exposure to loud sounds and hearing loss.Tinnitus: Link between Loud Sounds and Hearing Loss - Read more

Asthma: Passive Smoking Impairs Treatment Response

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Photo: Child and mother [21/02/2014] Children exposed to cigarette smoke at home have lower levels of an enzyme that helps them respond to asthma treatment, a study has found.Asthma: Passive Smoking Impairs Treatment Response - Read more

Study: Hypnosis Therapy Shown to Decrease Fatigue Levels in Breast Cancer Patients

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Photo: Sign reading Hypnosis [20/02/2014] Breast cancer patients receiving radiotherapy showed decreased fatigue as a result of cognitive behavioral therapy plus hypnosis (CBTH), according to a study. Study: Hypnosis Therapy Shown to Decrease Fatigue Levels in Breast Cancer Patients - Read more

Assisted Suicide: Women More Likely to Receive Help Than Men

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Photo: Two female hands holding each other [20/02/2014] Organisations involved in assisted suicide help women die more frequently than men. In addition, those living alone, the divorced and well-educated people make above-average use of assisted suicide. This has been demonstrated by a study supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).Assisted Suicide: Women More Likely to Receive Help Than Men - Read more

Resourcefulness: How Moms with Children on Life-Sustaining Devices Stay Healthy

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Photo: Familiy with five children [19/02/2014] Moms of children on life-sustaining devices embrace tips for managing over-stressed lives, CWRU pilot study finds.Resourcefulness: How Moms with Children on Life-Sustaining Devices Stay Healthy - Read more

Implant: Metal in the Heart is Non-hazardous to Health

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Photo: An occluder [19/02/2014] Materials Scientists at the University of Jena examined implants made of nickel-titanium alloy in a long-term study.Implant: Metal in the Heart is Non-hazardous to Health - Read more

Biofilms: Chips that Listen to Bacteria

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Photo: Biofilm [18/02/2014] A new study has demonstrated that integrated circuit technology, the basis of modern computers and communications devices, can be used for a most unusual application - the study of signaling in bacterial colonies.Biofilms: Chips that Listen to Bacteria - Read more

Hygiene: Infection Control Strategies in Outpatient Cancer Clinics

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Photo: Catheter [18/02/2014] Improper handling of intravenous saline at a West Virginia outpatient oncology clinic was linked with the first reported outbreak of Tsukamurella spp., gram-positive bacteria that rarely cause disease in humans, in a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Hygiene: Infection Control Strategies in Outpatient Cancer Clinics - Read more

High Cholesterol: Deciding about Options to Statins Together

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Photo: Doctor and patient [17/02/2014] Clinicians and patients should use shared decision-making to select individualized treatments based on the new guidelines to prevent cardiovascular disease, according to a Mayo Clinic physician.High Cholesterol: Deciding about Options to Statins Together - Read more

UK: Study Reveals Record Rise in Insulin Use

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Photo: Insuline rise [17/02/2014] The use of insulin to treat type 2 diabetes has trebled in the UK over the last 20 years, a new study has revealed.UK: Study Reveals Record Rise in Insulin Use - Read more

Training: Helping Teachers Promote Healthy Lifestyles

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Photo: Children and teacher eating [14/02/2014] Research by the University of Southampton suggests new teachers could be better trained to help them promote health and lifestyle issues to children in schools.Training: Helping Teachers Promote Healthy Lifestyles - Read more

Blood Flow: New Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Common Heart Condition

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Photo: Graphic of blood [14/02/2014] A new imaging technique for measuring blood flow in the heart and vessels can diagnose a common congenital heart abnormality, bicuspid aortic valve, and may lead to better prediction of complications. Blood Flow: New Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Common Heart Condition - Read more

Study: Scientists Identify Gene Linking Brain Structure to Intelligence

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Photo: Graphic of head [13/02/2014] For the first time, scientists at King's College London have identified a gene linking the thickness of the grey matter in the brain to intelligence. The study may help scientists understand biological mechanisms behind some forms of intellectual impairment. Study: Scientists Identify Gene Linking Brain Structure to Intelligence - Read more

UK: Thatcher's Policies Condemned for Causing 'Unjust Premature Death'

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Photo: Union Jack, Red Bus, Signs of London [13/02/2014] Dr Alex Scott-Samuel and colleagues from the Universities of Durham, West of Scotland, Glasgow and Edinburgh, sourced data from over 70 existing research papers, which concludes that the former prime minister's legacy "includes the unnecessary and unjust premature death of many British citizens, together with a substantial and continuing burden of suffering and loss of well-being."UK: Thatcher's Policies Condemned for Causing 'Unjust Premature Death' - Read more

Study: Detection of Down Syndrome during Pregnancy Improves for Younger Women

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Photo: Girl with Down Syndrome [12/02/2014] New figures from the National Down Syndrome Cytogenetic Register (NDSCR) based at Queen Mary University of London, reveal the proportion of Down syndrome cases diagnosed antenatally has increased in younger women. Furthermore, Down syndrome diagnoses are occurring earlier in pregnancy for women of all ages.Study: Detection of Down Syndrome during Pregnancy Improves for Younger Women - Read more

Medical Devices: High-Tech Prosthetics and Orthotics Offer Active Life-Style

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Photo: Man with prosthesis running [12/02/2014] Thanks to advanced technologies, those who wear prosthetic and orthotic devices are now able to break previous activity boundaries. People with amputations now have prosthetic devices that allow them to engage in and function more effectively in a wider range of daily activities, exercise, sports, and even extreme sports, such as long-distance snowshoeing and ice climbing.Medical Devices: High-Tech Prosthetics and Orthotics Offer Active Life-Style - Read more

New Chip: Cochlear Implants With No Exterior Hardware

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Photo: Child with magnifying glass [11/02/2014] Researchers at MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratory (MTL), together with physicians from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI), have developed a new, low-power signal-processing chip that could lead to a cochlear implant that requires no external hardware. The implant would be wirelessly recharged and would run for about eight hours on each charge.New Chip: Cochlear Implants With No Exterior Hardware - Read more

Genome Sequence: Scientists Invent Advanced Approach to Identify New Drug Candidates

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Photo: Chemical structure [11/02/2014] In research that could ultimately lead to many new medicines, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a potentially general approach to design drugs from genome sequence. As a proof of principle, they identified a highly potent compound that causes cancer cells to attack themselves and die.Genome Sequence: Scientists Invent Advanced Approach to Identify New Drug Candidates - Read more

Prostheses: Feeling through Implanted Electrodes

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Photo: Feeling prosthesis [10/02/2014] Freiburg researchers have developed electrodes that help amputees to grasp at objects.Prostheses: Feeling through Implanted Electrodes - Read more

Study: Seven New Genetic Regions Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

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Photo: Woman with syringe [10/02/2014] Seven new genetic regions associated with type 2 diabetes have been identified in the largest study to date of the genetic basis of the disease.Study: Seven New Genetic Regions Linked to Type 2 Diabetes - Read more

Infections: New Strategy to Combat Bacteria

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Photo: Bacteria [07/02/2014] Alvin Lo and Han Remaut (VIB/Vrije Universiteit Brussel) have identified a chemical substance with the potential of acting as a new drug to treat bacterial infections, particularly urinary tract infections.Infections: New Strategy to Combat Bacteria - Read more

Brain Development: Pivotal Role of the Stem Cell Environment

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Photo: Stem cells [07/02/2014] Max Planck researchers explain why iodine deficiency during pregnancy may have disastrous consequences. Brain Development: Pivotal Role of the Stem Cell Environment - Read more

Emergency: Ambulance Checklists and Feedback Improve Care

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Photo: Emergency room [06/02/2014] The introduction of checklists and better feedback for ambulance crews as part of a national quality improvement project has significantly improved the standard of care for heart attack and stroke patients across England.Emergency: Ambulance Checklists and Feedback Improve Care - Read more

Mammography: Novel Technique Increases Detection Rate in Screening

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Photo: Mammography [06/02/2014] Digital mammography screening with new photon-counting technique offers high diagnostic performance, according to a new study.Mammography: Novel Technique Increases Detection Rate in Screening - Read more

Medical Tourists: Oversea Treatment without Sufficient Knowledge

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Photo: Plane [05/02/2014] A team of researchers has found that British people travelling abroad for medical treatment are often unaware of the potential health and financial consequences they could face.Medical Tourists: Oversea Treatment without Sufficient Knowledge - Read more

Skin: Sweat Glands Heal Injuries

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Photo: Skin [05/02/2014] Our body’s sweat glands are a source of stem cells particularly suited to healing wounds – stem cells that form new skin cells and manage the healing process. They are not rejected by the body and can be obtained without a hospital stay.Skin: Sweat Glands Heal Injuries - Read more

Probe: A Quicker, Cheaper Way to Detect Staph in the Body

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Photo: Staph detector [04/02/2014] Researchers at the University of Iowa have created a noninvasive chemical probe that detects a common species of staph bacteria in the body.Probe: A Quicker, Cheaper Way to Detect Staph in the Body - Read more

Immune System: Body Kills 'Spontaneous' Blood Cancers on a Daily Basis

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Photo: Blood cells [04/02/2014] Immune cells undergo 'spontaneous' changes on a daily basis that could lead to cancers if not for the diligent surveillance of our immune system, Melbourne scientists have found.Immune System: Body Kills 'Spontaneous' Blood Cancers on a Daily Basis - Read more

Bowel: Drugs Cut Need for Surgery for Crohn’s Disease

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Photo: Bowel pain [03/02/2014] The requirement of bowel surgery is dramatically reduced by up to 60% in patients who develop Crohn's disease if they receive prolonged treatment with drugs called thiopurines, says a new study.Bowel: Drugs Cut Need for Surgery for Crohn’s Disease - Read more

Drugs: Geranium Extracts Inhibit HIV-1

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Photo: Pelargonium Sidoides [03/02/2014] Extracts of the geranium plant Pelargonium sidoides inactivate human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and prevent the virus from invading human cells. Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München report that these extracts represent a potential new class of anti-HIV-1 agents for the treatment of AIDS.Drugs: Geranium Extracts Inhibit HIV-1 - Read more

Skin Cells: Blood and Lymphatic Capillaries Grown for the First Time in the Lab

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Photo: (Graphic) Cross-section through the skin [31/01/2014] Researchers at the University Children’s Hospital Zurich and the University of Zurich have engineered skin cells for the very first time containing blood and lymphatic capillaries. They succeeded in isolating all the necessary types of skin cells from human skin tissue and engineering a skin graft that is similar to full-thickness skin.Skin Cells: Blood and Lymphatic Capillaries Grown for the First Time in the Lab - Read more

Brain Doping: New Interdisciplinary Research Group

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Photo: Network [31/01/2014] The transfer of knowledge on pharmacological neuroenhancement has become the focus of a new interdisciplinary research group at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). Brain Doping: New Interdisciplinary Research Group - Read more

Hospital: New Data Contradict Current Recommendations for Management of Breast Biopsy Abnormalities

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Photo: Graphic of woman with lost breast [30/01/2014] Contrary to existing understanding, long-term follow-up of patients with two types of breast tissue abnormalities suggests that both types of abnormalities have the same potential to progress to breast cancer, according to a new study. Findings from this study could improve clinical management of patients with breast tissue abnormalities.Hospital: New Data Contradict Current Recommendations for Management of Breast Biopsy Abnormalities - Read more

China: Reliance on Lower-paid Contract Nurses May Compromise Patient Care

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Photo: Nurse [30/01/2014] Economic and health system reforms in China in recent decades have dramatically reduced the number of traditional hospital nursing jobs, known as "bianzhi" or "iron rice bowl" positions, which are guaranteed for life. China: Reliance on Lower-paid Contract Nurses May Compromise Patient Care - Read more

Baldness: Converting Adult Human Cells to Hair-follicle-generating Stem Cells

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Photo: Hair shafts [29/01/2014] If the content of many a situation comedy, not to mention late-night TV advertisements, is to be believed, there's an epidemic of balding men, and an intense desire to fix their follicular deficiencies. Baldness: Converting Adult Human Cells to Hair-follicle-generating Stem Cells - Read more

Cancer: Cracks in the Cellular Transport System Can Be Key to a New Generation of Therapies

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Photo: Microtubules [29/01/2014] Researchers from Warwick Medical School have discovered a critical point of failure in the microscopic transport system that operates inside every cell in the human body.Cancer: Cracks in the Cellular Transport System Can Be Key to a New Generation of Therapies - Read more

World Cancer Day - 02/04/2014

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Photo: Official logo of World Cancer Day [29/01/2014] If it can’t get any better, you should stop – says a proverb. Yet, there are counterexamples. A successful health awareness campaign needs to be continued unconditionally, for example, even if many people already noticed it. World Cancer Day, taking place annually at February 4th, is one of these campaigns.World Cancer Day - 02/04/2014 - Read more

Magnetic Labels: Protein Measurements in the Cell

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Photo: Horseshoe magnet attracts balls [28/01/2014] A network of chemists at the University of Konstanz has developed a method to study protein structures by means of magnetic labels. The ingenious thing about it is that the magnetic labels are directly incorporated inside the cell when the protein is naturally biosynthesized. Magnetic Labels: Protein Measurements in the Cell - Read more

Coaching: Researchers Motivate Diabetics to Adopt Healthy Lifestyle

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Photo: Mouth with toothbrush [28/01/2014] By means of so-called health coaching, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have helped a large group of diabetics to markedly improve their oral health. The patients assume responsibility for their own bodies and boost their self-efficacy through motivational health coaching, taking a different approach to conventional health campaigns and one-way communication. Coaching: Researchers Motivate Diabetics to Adopt Healthy Lifestyle - Read more

Orientation: A Grid in the Brain

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Photo: Brain Scan [27/01/2014] How do we mentally calculate the distance between two places? Berlin scientists discover a grid-like network of nerve cells in the brain that could help with spatial orientation—similar to grid lines on city maps. Orientation: A Grid in the Brain - Read more

Multiple Sclerosis: Boosting Vitamin D Could Slow Progression

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Photo: Sun in the sky [27/01/2014] A new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden finds that testing for human papilloma virus (HPV) allows for longer time between screening tests when compared to cytology-based testing.Multiple Sclerosis: Boosting Vitamin D Could Slow Progression - Read more

 
 
 
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