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China: Climate change will slow fight against infectious diseases

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Photo: Ricefields filled with muddy water [28/11/2014] China has made significant progress increasing access to tap water and sanitation services, and has sharply reduced the burden of waterborne and water-related infectious diseases over the past two decades. However, researchers from Emory University found that climate change will blunt China's efforts at further reducing these diseases in the decades to come.China: Climate change will slow fight against infectious diseases - Read more

Obesity fuels silent heart damage

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Photo: Measuring tape that forms a heart [28/11/2014] Using an ultrasensitive blood test to detect the presence of a protein that heralds heart muscle injury, researchers from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere have found that obese people without overt heart disease experience silent cardiac damage that fuels their risk for heart failure down the road.Obesity fuels silent heart damage - Read more

Researchers study impact of power prosthetic failures on amputees

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Photo: Powered prosthetic device [27/11/2014] Powered lower limb prosthetics hold promise for improving the mobility of amputees, but errors in the technology may also cause some users to stumble or fall. New research examines exactly what happens when these technologies fail, with the goal of developing a new generation of more robust powered prostheses.Researchers study impact of power prosthetic failures on amputees - Read more

Weight and eating habits in Parkinson’s disease

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Photo: Nurse helps an old woman to eat [27/11/2014] A review of the scientific literature on Parkinson’s disease, conducted by SISSA research scientists, shows that even the non-motor symptoms associated with the disease can contribute to the changes in body weight seen in patients, including those subjected to deep brain stimulation.Weight and eating habits in Parkinson’s disease - Read more

Dopamine leaves its mark in brain scans

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Graphic: Display of BOLD signal [26/11/2014] BOLD signals in functional magnetic resonance imaging do not always reflect what nerve cells are doing: Researchers use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify which areas of the brain are active during specific tasks.Dopamine leaves its mark in brain scans - Read more

How a mutant gene can cause deafness

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Photo: Girl puts a hearing aid into her ear [26/11/2014] Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered how one gene is essential to hearing, uncovering a cause of deafness and suggesting new avenues for therapies.How a mutant gene can cause deafness - Read more

'Antibiogram' to help improve antibiotic use, effectiveness

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Photo: White blood cell eats MRSA [25/11/2014] Use of "antibiograms" in skilled nursing facilities could improve antibiotic effectiveness and help address problems with antibiotic resistance that are becoming a national crisis.'Antibiogram' to help improve antibiotic use, effectiveness - Read more

Hand dryers can spread bacteria in public toilets

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Photo: Two hands under a hand dryer [25/11/2014] Modern hand dryers are much worse than paper towels when it comes to spreading germs, according to new University of Leeds research.Hand dryers can spread bacteria in public toilets - Read more

Complex jobs may protect memory and thinking later in life

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Photo: Construction worker and architect [24/11/2014] People whose jobs require more complex work with other people, such as social workers and lawyers, or with data, like architects or graphic designers, may end up having longer-lasting memory and thinking abilities compared to people who do less complex work.Complex jobs may protect memory and thinking later in life - Read more

Fat a culprit in fibrotic lung damage

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Photo: Man holding a printed iconic image of the lungs [24/11/2014] Excess fat in the lung may cause pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable lung disease. It is caused by scarring that seems to feed on itself, with the tougher, less elastic tissue replacing the ever moving and stretching lung, making it increasingly difficult for patients to breathe.Fat a culprit in fibrotic lung damage - Read more

A new tool for identifying onset of local influenza outbreaks

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Photo: doctor holding a syringe with flu vaccine [21/11/2014] Predicting the beginning of influenza outbreaks is notoriously difficult, and can affect prevention and control efforts. Now, just in time for flu season, researchers have devised a simple yet accurate method for hospitals and public health departments to determine the onset of elevated influenza activity at the community level.A new tool for identifying onset of local influenza outbreaks - Read more

Clock for brain waves

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Graphic: Network of nerve cells [21/11/2014] Oscillations of brain activity influence our attention and many other mental functions. Tatjana Tchumatchenko from the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt and Claudia Clopath from Imperial College London have now developed a theoretical model that explains the origin of such oscillations in neural networks.Clock for brain waves - Read more

How new insight into cells could lead to better drugs

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Photo: immune cells [20/11/2014] A team at the Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research, working in collaboration with global healthcare company GSK, investigated how different types of immune cells communicate with each other - and how they kill cancerous or infected cells.How new insight into cells could lead to better drugs - Read more

Technology against a flu outbreak

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Photo: Doctor checking health of a man [20/11/2014] Contrary to what one might think, influenza epidemics are a natural occurrence, as they are produced by the constant mutation of the viruses leading to the appearance of new subtypes formed from recombination of whole areas of genes. Therefore, Mexican scientists designed a platform that assesses the knowledge that people have about the disease and provides tools to prevent contagion.Technology against a flu outbreak - Read more

Antibiotics get a “time-out”

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Photo: Glas of water next to some pills [19/11/2014] Resistance to antibiotics is an important health concern that affects both the spread of infections, like Clostridium difficile, and the medication budget. Researchers at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) examined the effectiveness of adopting an antibiotic “time-out” during treatment, which involves regularly re-evaluating the treatment strategy as the clinical situation evolves.Antibiotics get a “time-out” - Read more

Ebola surveillance may become quicker and cheaper

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Photo: Ebola virus under microscope [19/11/2014] A new method for examining the Ebola virus genome could make surveillance quicker and cheaper for West African nations, and help detect new forms of the virus. With over 13,000 cases and nearly 5,000 deaths in eight affected countries, the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest to date.Ebola surveillance may become quicker and cheaper - Read more

Drugs that protect organs during transplantation

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Photo: doctors during a transplantation [18/11/2014] Organs can become significantly damaged during transplantation, but a new article published in the BJS (British Journal of Surgery) offers a protective strategy that could keep them safe and allow them to function optimally after the procedure.Drugs that protect organs during transplantation - Read more

New insight into common cause of blindness

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Photo: Woman with glasses tries to read a description [18/11/2014] Scientists at The University of Manchester have identified an important new factor behind one of the major causes of blindness, which they hope could lead to new treatments. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the major cause of blindness in the western world, affecting around 50 million people. It has been shown that sufferers are genetically predisposed to develop the condition. New insight into common cause of blindness - Read more

Active asthma may significantly raise risk of heart attack

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Photo: Man using his asthma inhaler [17/11/2014] Recent asthma symptoms or asthma that requires daily medication may significantly raise the risk of heart attack, according to two research papers presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014.Active asthma may significantly raise risk of heart attack - Read more

Bio-inspired bleeding control

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Photo: synthetic platelets [17/11/2014] Stanching the free flow of blood from an injury remains a holy grail of clinical medicine. Controlling blood flow is a primary concern and first line of defense for patients and medical staff in many situations, from traumatic injury to illness to surgery. If control is not established within the first few minutes of a hemorrhage, further treatment and healing are impossible.Bio-inspired bleeding control - Read more

MEDICA and COMPAMED 2014: Medical Device Technology Providers benefit from Strong International Response – Tailwinds for Export Business

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[15/11/2014] “The high number of international visitors has provided medical device technology providers as well as their suppliers at MEDICA and COMPAMED with tailwinds for propping up their export business,” says Joachim Schäfer, Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf, summing up the events in the halls after four days.MEDICA and COMPAMED 2014: Medical Device Technology Providers benefit from Strong International Response – Tailwinds for Export Business - Read more

On the Trail of Proteins

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Photo: Microscope [14/11/2014] Scientists from Heidelberg University in collaboration with researchers from the University of Gießen have succeeded in electrochemically detecting protein binding on semiconductor materials for the first time, thanks to a newly developed investigative method based on differences in electrical charge. On the Trail of Proteins - Read more

When hearing aid users listen to music, less is more

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Photo: Young woman with headphones [14/11/2014] The type of sound processing that modern hearings aids provide to make speech more understandable for wearers may also make music enjoyment more difficult, according to a new study by the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder.When hearing aid users listen to music, less is more - Read more

A medical lab for the home

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Photo: Microchip at a fingertip [13/11/2014] Fraunhofer FIT demonstrates a mobile wireless system that monitors the health of elderly people in their own homes, using miniature sensors. Besides non-invasive sensors this platform integrates technology to take a blood sample and to determine specific markers in the patient's blood.A medical lab for the home - Read more

Cockroach Cyborgs use microphones to trace sounds

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Photo: Cockroach Cyborg [13/11/2014] North Carolina State University researchers have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots, to pick up sounds with small microphones and seek out the source of the sound. The technology is designed to help emergency personnel find and rescue survivors in the aftermath of a disaster.Cockroach Cyborgs use microphones to trace sounds - Read more

A new angle on infertility

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Photo: Negative pregnancy test [12/11/2014] Scientists discovered that a single mutation in the beta-catenin gene, which codes a protein known to be deeply involved in a number of developmental and homeostatic processes, can lead to infertility not through a disruption of the production of egg or sperm cells, but rather by leading to abnormalities in the morphology of the sexual organs, making natural reproduction impossible. A new angle on infertility - Read more

Computer game could help visually-impaired children live independently

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Photo: Screenshot of the game [12/11/2014] Developed by a team of neuroscientists and video game designers from the University of Lincoln, UK, and the WESC Foundation, one of the UK's leading specialist schools for visually impaired children, the Eyelander game features exploding volcanoes, a travelling avatar and animated landscapes. They hope the game could hold the key to helping visually-impaired children lead independent lives.Computer game could help visually-impaired children live independently - Read more

MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2014 eröffnet: Zukunftsweisendes Konzept

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[12/11/2014] 350 Referenten und 280 Veranstaltungen an vier Tagen: In Düsseldorf findet seit heute die MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE unter dem Motto „Wissenschaft trifft Medizintechnik“ statt. MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2014 eröffnet: Zukunftsweisendes Konzept - Read more

Family planning on the rocks: When social freezing can help family planning

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[11/11/2014] First a career, then kids: social freezing allows women to save their eggs and get pregnant later in life. The aim of these “egg banks” is to increase couples' flexibility in family planning.Family planning on the rocks: When social freezing can help family planning - Read more

NEBIAS: The world’s most advanced bionic hand

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Photo: Two men at arm wrestling, one wearing a prosthesis [11/11/2014] A prosthetic hand, which provides a sense of touch acute enough to handle an egg, has been completed and is now exploited by the NEBIAS project after 10 years of EU-funded research. The world’s most advanced bionic hand was tested with the help of amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen who was able to grasp objects intuitively and identify what he was touching, while blindfolded.NEBIAS: The world’s most advanced bionic hand - Read more

Project reduces 'alarm fatigue' in hospitals by 80 percent

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Graphic: Monitor with ECG and the word [11/11/2014] Widespread adoption could increase patient safety nationally: The sound of monitor alarms in hospitals can save patients' lives, but the frequency with which the monitors go off can also lead to "alarm fatigue," in which caregivers become desensitized to the ubiquitous beeping.Project reduces 'alarm fatigue' in hospitals by 80 percent - Read more

Cellular extensions with a large effect

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Photo: Woman takes blood sample for sugar test [10/11/2014] Tiny extensions on cells, cilia, play an important role in insulin release, according to a new study. The researchers report that the cilia of beta cells in the pancreas are covered with insulin receptors and that changed ciliary function can be associated with the development of type 2 diabetes.Cellular extensions with a large effect - Read more

US preterm birth rate hits healthy people 2020 goal 7 years early

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Graphic: Map of premature birth USA [10/11/2014] The national preterm birth rate fell to 11.4 percent in 2013 – the lowest in 17 years -- meeting the federal Healthy People 2020 goal seven years early. Despite this progress, the U.S. still received a "C" on the 7th annual March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card because it fell short of the more-challenging 9.6 percent target set by the March of Dimes. US preterm birth rate hits healthy people 2020 goal 7 years early - Read more

World Diabetes Day: Healthy living with diabetes

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Photo: Yogurt with fruits [10/11/2014] A healthy lifestyle is essential . Therefore, this year’s World Diabetes Day (November 14th) takes place under the motto "Healthy eating begins with breakfast". Since 2006, the second official UN awareness day unites the global diabetes community and appeals to the awareness of diabetes.World Diabetes Day: Healthy living with diabetes - Read more

Blocking mitochondrial fission: effective treatment for Parkinson's?

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Graphic: Schematic view of a mitochondrium [07/11/2014] A study led by a researcher from Plymouth University in the UK, has discovered that the inhibition of a particular mitochondrial fission protein could hold the key to potential treatment for Parkinson's Disease (PD).Blocking mitochondrial fission: effective treatment for Parkinson's? - Read more

High-speed 'label-free' imaging could reveal dangerous plaques

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Photo: Image taken with the new technology [07/11/2014] Researchers are close to commercializing a new type of medical imaging technology that could diagnose cardiovascular disease by measuring ultrasound signals from molecules exposed to a fast-pulsing laser.High-speed 'label-free' imaging could reveal dangerous plaques - Read more

Ages 18 to 26: new view in policy and research

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Photo: Yound adults in classroom [06/11/2014] Young adults ages 18-26 should be viewed as a separate subpopulation in policy and research, because they are in a critical period of development when successes or failures could strongly affect the trajectories of their lives, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.Ages 18 to 26: new view in policy and research - Read more

Biosimilar drugs could create billions in health care savings

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Graphic: Capsules with leafs inside [06/11/2014] Introducing competing "biosimilar" versions of complex biologic drugs used to treat illnesses such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis could cut spending on biologics in the United States by $44 billion over the next decade, according to new analysis from the RAND Corporation.Biosimilar drugs could create billions in health care savings - Read more

Altered diagnosis has led to growth in autism

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Photo: Physician, girl and mother [05/11/2014] More than half of the increases in the Danish autism statistics can be explained by changes in the way diagnosis are made and cases registered. This is shown by a new study from Aarhus University which, for the first time, confirms a widespread hypothesis.Altered diagnosis has led to growth in autism - Read more

Lactose intolerant people at lower risk of certain cancers

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Photo: Milk and cheese [05/11/2014] People with lactose intolerance are at lower risk of suffering from lung, breast and ovarian cancers, according to a new study by researchers at Lund University and Region Skåne in Sweden.Lactose intolerant people at lower risk of certain cancers - Read more

Medical professionals can step into their patients’ shoes now

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Photo: Man putting business shoes on [04/11/2014] A pioneering piece of technology will allow users to experience the world through the eyes of a person with Young-Onset Parkinson’s disease- which could revolutionize the way carers and medical staff treat people with the degenerative condition.Medical professionals can step into their patients’ shoes now - Read more

Older adults at risk of delirium after surgery

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Photo: Older man with oxygen mask [04/11/2014] New research reports that preoperative pain and depressive symptoms in older adults place them at greater risk of delirium following surgery. According to the findings, both pain and depression are independent and interactive risk factors for delirium, suggesting a cumulative effect.Older adults at risk of delirium after surgery - Read more

More penalties on the way for hospitals that treat the poor?

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Photo: Dollar bill, stethoscope on an insurance form [03/11/2014] New policy targeting hospital readmissions for COPD may hurt vulnerable patients, lung disease experts say.More penalties on the way for hospitals that treat the poor? - Read more

Sea sponge drug could boost breast cancer survival

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Photo: Sponge at the seafloor [03/11/2014] The cancer drug eribulin, originally developed from sea sponges, could give women with advanced triple negative breast cancer an average of five extra months of life, according to research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool.Sea sponge drug could boost breast cancer survival - Read more

High-intensity sound waves may aid regenerative medicine

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Photo: Histotripsy Lesion Created in Bovine Liver Tissue [31/10/2014] Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a way to use sound to create cellular scaffolding for tissue engineering, a unique approach that could help overcome one of regenerative medicine's significant obstacles.High-intensity sound waves may aid regenerative medicine - Read more

Mediterranean diet may help protect kidney health

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Photo: family eating a mediterranean meal [31/10/2014] Eating fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, and heart-healthy fats linked with decreased risk of developing chronic kidney disease. A Mediterranean-style diet may significantly reduce the risk of developing chronic kidney disease, according to a new study.Mediterranean diet may help protect kidney health - Read more

Omega 3 can help children with ADHD

Photo: Boy holding omega 3 pill in his hand [30/10/2014] Supplements of the fatty acids omega 3 and 6 can help children and adolescents who have a certain kind of ADHD. These are the findings of a dissertation at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, which also indicates that a special cognitive training program can improve problem behavior in children with ADHD.Omega 3 can help children with ADHD - Read more

Stanford study finds brain abnormalities in chronic fatigue patients

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Photo: woman yawning while lying in bed [30/10/2014] An imaging study by Stanford University School of Medicine investigators has found distinct differences between the brains of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and those of healthy people. The findings could lead to more definitive diagnoses of the syndrome and may also point to an underlying mechanism in the disease process. Stanford study finds brain abnormalities in chronic fatigue patients - Read more

Diagnosing prostate cancer quickly and safely

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Photo: optical diagnostic device for prostate cancer [29/10/2014] Distinguishing between benign and malignant prostate tissue is difficult. A new device facilitates the diagnosis for doctors: Through a visual analysis, they can reliably determine if they are dealing with carcinoma within a minute and-a-half. Fraunhofer researchers will be presenting the prototype at the COMPAMED trade fair in Düsseldorf from November 12th to 14th. Diagnosing prostate cancer quickly and safely - Read more

Identifying the biological clock that governs female fertility

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Photo: man and woman waiting for the result of a pregnancy test [29/10/2014] Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have identified the biological clock that governs female fertility. The discovery represents a major contribution to research aimed at finding medical approaches to treating infertility in women.Identifying the biological clock that governs female fertility - Read more

How cells know which way to go

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Graphic: cells moving through the body [28/10/2014] Amoebas aren't the only cells that crawl: Movement is crucial to development, wound healing and immune response in animals, not to mention cancer metastasis. In two new studies from Johns Hopkins, researchers answer long-standing questions about how complex cells sense the chemical trails that show them where to go – and the role of cells' internal "skeleton" in responding to those cues.How cells know which way to go - Read more

New nanodevice to improve cancer treatment monitoring

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Photo: gold nanonparticules [28/10/2014] A miniature device can measure a patient's blood for methotrexate, a commonly used but potentially toxic cancer drug. Just as accurate and ten times less expensive than equipment currently used in hospitals, this nanoscale device has an optical system that can rapidly gauge the optimal dose of methotrexate a patient needs, while minimizing the drug's adverse effects. New nanodevice to improve cancer treatment monitoring - Read more

Newly donated blood reduces complications from heart surgery

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Photo: blood transfusion [27/10/2014] Heart surgery patients who received newly donated blood have significantly fewer post-operative complications than those who received blood that had been donated more than two weeks before their surgery, a study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress has shown.Newly donated blood reduces complications from heart surgery - Read more

Researchers observe brain development in utero

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Photo: fMRT picture of a baby in uterus [27/10/2014] New investigation methods using functional magnetic resonance tomography (fMRT) offer insights into fetal brain development. These "in vivo" observations will uncover different stages of the brain's development. A research group at the Computational Imaging Research Lab from the MedUni Vienna has observed that parts of the brain that are later responsible for sight are already active.Researchers observe brain development in utero - Read more

New test could identify infants with rare insulin disease

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Photo: Diabetes device [24/10/2014] A rare form of a devastating disease which causes low blood sugar levels in babies and infants may now be recognised earlier thanks to a new test developed by researchers from The University of Manchester. New test could identify infants with rare insulin disease - Read more

Wearable interface to make prosthetics more comfortable

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Photo: Bubble actuator [24/10/2014] UT Arlington researchers have been awarded a $744,300 grant from the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Orthapaedic Research Program to create an adaptive interface that fits between a prosthetic and a patient's limb so that the fit and comfort of the prosthetic are improved.Wearable interface to make prosthetics more comfortable - Read more

Cause of Ageing Remains Elusive

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Photo: Nematode worm with its mitochondria fluorescing in yellow [23/10/2014] A report by Chinese researchers in the journal Nature a few months ago was a small sensation: they appeared to have found the cause for why organisms age. An international team of scientists, headed by the University of Bonn, has now refuted a basic assumption of the Nature article. The reasons for ageing thus remain elusive. Cause of Ageing Remains Elusive - Read more

Scientists discover hidden subpopulation of melanoma cells

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Photo: Intensity-colored image of blood flow in a PECAM1-positive tumor [23/10/2014] UNC School of Medicine researchers have pinpointed a set of intriguing characteristics in a previously unknown subpopulation of melanoma cancer cells in blood vessels of tumors. These cells, which mimic non-cancerous endothelial cells that normally populate blood vessels in tumors, could provide researchers with another target for cancer therapies.Scientists discover hidden subpopulation of melanoma cells - Read more

'Smart' bandage emits phosphorescent glow for healing below

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Graphic: the transparent liquid bandage [22/10/2014] Inspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Conor L. Evans at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) has created a paint-on, see-through, "smart" bandage that glows to indicate a wound's tissue oxygenation concentration.'Smart' bandage emits phosphorescent glow for healing below - Read more

Hospitals converting to for-profit status show better financial health, no loss in quality

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Graphic of a hospital [22/10/2014] Switching from nonprofit to for-profit status appears to boost hospitals' financial health but does not appear to lower the quality of care they provide or reduce the proportion of poor or minority patients receiving care, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Hospitals converting to for-profit status show better financial health, no loss in quality - Read more

See-through, one-atom-thick, carbon electrodes powerful tool to study brain disorders

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Photo: 16-electrode transparent array [21/10/2014] Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have used graphene -- a two-dimensional form of carbon only one atom thick -- to fabricate a new type of microelectrode that solves a major problem for investigators looking to understand the intricate circuitry of the brain.See-through, one-atom-thick, carbon electrodes powerful tool to study brain disorders - Read more

Supercomputers link proteins to drug side effects

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Graphic: Drug Side Effects [21/10/2014] New medications created by pharmaceutical companies have helped millions of Americans alleviate pain and suffering from their medical conditions. However, the drug creation process often misses many side effects that kill at least 100,000 patients a year. Supercomputers link proteins to drug side effects - Read more

New research center to focus on family caregivers of elderly and disabled

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Photo: Elderly woman and family caregiver [20/10/2014] More than 65 million family caregivers in the US help 12 million seniors and people with disabilities to live at home. While family caregivers save the federal government billions each year in long-term care services, these caregivers aren't getting much support in return, said principal investigator Sandy Magaña, professor of disability and human development at University of Illinois at Chicago.New research center to focus on family caregivers of elderly and disabled - Read more

USA: Alzheimer's plan milestones must be strengthened to meet goal by 2025

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Alzheimer Graphic [20/10/2014] The U.S. Government has initiated a major effort to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's disease by 2025. However, a workgroup of nearly 40 Alzheimer's researchers and scientists says the research milestones in the U.S. Government's National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease must be broadened in scope, increased in scale, and adequately funded in order to successfully achieve this goal. USA: Alzheimer's plan milestones must be strengthened to meet goal by 2025 - Read more

Prostate cancer's penchant for copper may be a fatal flaw

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Photo: Copper wires [17/10/2014] Like discriminating thieves, prostate cancer tumors scavenge and hoard copper that is an essential element in the body. But such avarice may be a fatal weakness.Prostate cancer's penchant for copper may be a fatal flaw - Read more

Women with high blood pressure get different treatment to men

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Photo: Physician checks a woman's bloodpressure [17/10/2014] Women who are treated for high blood pressure are not given the same medication as men, nor do they hit the treatment targets as often, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg.Women with high blood pressure get different treatment to men - Read more

Impact of mental stress on heart varies between men, women

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Photo: A couple arguing [16/10/2014] Men and women have different cardiovascular and psychological reactions to mental stress, according to a study of men and women who were already being treated for heart disease.Impact of mental stress on heart varies between men, women - Read more

Personalized treatment for stress-related diabetes

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Photo: ECG, cigarettes, sugar and the word stress [16/10/2014] Researchers at Lund University in Sweden are testing a treatment for type 2 diabetes which targets the disease mechanism itself - and not just the symptoms. For the first time, knowledge about the individual patient's genetic risk profile is being used. The treatment completely restores the capacity to secrete insulin, which is impaired by the risk gene.Personalized treatment for stress-related diabetes - Read more

Disputed theory on Parkinson's origin strengthened

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Graphic: Human brain with a central region highlighted [15/10/2014] Parkinson's disease is strongly linked to the degeneration of the brain's movement center. In the last decade, the question of where the disease begins has led researchers to a different part of the human anatomy.Disputed theory on Parkinson's origin strengthened - Read more

Soviet fixator heals fractures just as well as pins and screws

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Photo: Bone fixator in a patient's leg [15/10/2014] The Ilizarov method is routinely used in eastern Europe in the treatment of bone fractures. Studies of Swedish patients have shown that the unorthodox steel frame has many advantages over traditional open surgery, opening the way for it to be introduced as an alternative treatment in routine Swedish healthcare.Soviet fixator heals fractures just as well as pins and screws - Read more

Aluminium and its likely contribution to Alzheimer’s disease

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Graphic: Chemical symbol of Aluminium [14/10/2014] A world authority on the link between human exposure to aluminium in everyday life and its likely contribution to Alzheimer’s disease, Professor Christopher Exley of Keele University, UK, says in a new report that it may be inevitable that aluminium plays some role in the disease.Aluminium and its likely contribution to Alzheimer’s disease - Read more

Inventing a healthier future

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[14/10/2014] Innovation in medical technologies is booming. That is why MEDICA and COMPAMED attract such huge audiences each year, and an increasing number of exhibitors. New technologies are combining material science, electronics, engineering and biochemistry. With an increasing number of us living longer, the market for healthcare appliances has ever greater potential.Inventing a healthier future - Read more

Stenting safe and effective for long-term stroke prevention

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Graphic: Depicting the location of a stent in the vessels [14/10/2014] Using stents to keep neck arteries open is just as effective as invasive neck surgery for long-term prevention of fatal and disabling strokes, reports an international trial led by University College London (UCL) funded by the Medical Research Council and Stroke Association.Stenting safe and effective for long-term stroke prevention - Read more

Bioinspired coating for medical devices repels blood and bacteria

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Photo: Two glass slides dipped in blood [13/10/2014] Developed using FDA-approved materials, the coating prevented flowing blood from clotting in a large animal efficacy study.Bioinspired coating for medical devices repels blood and bacteria - Read more

Robotic surgery: more complications, higher expense for some conditions

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Photo: Surgeon using an endoscope [13/10/2014] For benign gynecologic conditions, robot-assisted surgery involves more complications during surgery and may be significantly more expensive than conventional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).Robotic surgery: more complications, higher expense for some conditions - Read more

Healthy Lifestyle May Cut Stroke Risk in Half for Women

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Photo: Woman riding a bike [10/10/2014] Women with a healthy diet and lifestyle may be less likely to have a stroke by more than half, according to a study which looked at five factors that make up a healthy lifestyle: healthy diet; moderate alcohol consumption; never smoking; physically active; and healthy body mass index (BMI). Healthy Lifestyle May Cut Stroke Risk in Half for Women - Read more

Surpassing the limitations of the light microscope

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Photo: Two-color STED image of a glioblastoma [10/10/2014] For a long time optical microscopy was held back by a presumed limitation: that it would never obtain a better resolution than half the wavelength of light. Helped by fluorescent molecules the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry 2014 ingeniously circumvented this limitation. Their ground-breaking work has brought optical microscopy into the nanodimension.Surpassing the limitations of the light microscope - Read more

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to three brain researchers

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Foto: May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser [09/10/2014] The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to John O´Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to three brain researchers - Read more

‘Programmable’ antibiotic harnesses an enzyme to attack drug-resistant microbes

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Photo: glowing resistant cells in mice [09/10/2014] Researchers at Rockefeller University and their collaborators are working on smarter antibiotic. The team describes a ‘programmable’ antibiotic technique that selectively targets the bad bugs, particularly those harboring antibiotic resistance genes, while leaving other, more innocent microbes alone.‘Programmable’ antibiotic harnesses an enzyme to attack drug-resistant microbes - Read more

MRI technique detects evidence of cognitive decline before symptoms appear

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Photo: brain perfusion during MRI screening [08/10/2014] A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique can detect signs of cognitive decline in the brain even before symptoms appear, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. The technique has the potential to serve as a biomarker in very early diagnosis of preclinical dementia.MRI technique detects evidence of cognitive decline before symptoms appear - Read more

Universal screening for MRSA may be too costly

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Photo: Petri dish with MRSA pathogens [08/10/2014] Numerous experts and policy makers have called for hospitals to screen patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections and isolate anyone testing positive to prevent the spread of these so-called "Superbugs" in healthcare settings. Several states have enacted laws requiring patients be screened for MRSA upon admission. Universal screening for MRSA may be too costly - Read more

A glimpse into the 3D brain: How memories form

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Graphic: 3D image of the hippocampus of a rat [07/10/2014] People who wish to know how memory works are forced to take a glimpse into the brain. They can now do so without bloodshed: RUB researchers have developed a new method for creating 3D models of memory-relevant brain structures. A glimpse into the 3D brain: How memories form - Read more

Link between breast implants and cancer under investigation

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Photo: Woman palpating her breast [07/10/2014] An international research group including Viennese pathologist Lukas Kenner has reviewed cases of possible association between breast implants and a form of lymphoma that may develop tumors at a later stage. Breast implants can cause a new subtype of the rare yet malignant lymphoma known as ALCL. Link between breast implants and cancer under investigation - Read more

Attacking type 2 diabetes from a new direction

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Photo: Victor Shengkan Jin [06/10/2014] Type 2 diabetes affects an estimated 28 million Americans according to the American Diabetes Association, but medications now available only treat symptoms, not the root cause of the disease. New research from Rutgers shows promising evidence that a modified form of a different drug, niclosamide – now used to eliminate intestinal parasites – may hold the key to battling the disease at its source. Attacking type 2 diabetes from a new direction - Read more

Scientists develop barcoding tool for stem cells

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Graphic: bloodcells [06/10/2014] A project to develop a barcoding and tracking system for tissue stem cells has revealed previously unrecognized features of normal blood production: New data from Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists suggests, surprisingly, that the billions of blood cells that we produce each day are made not by blood stem cells, but rather their less pluripotent descendants, called progenitor cells. Scientists develop barcoding tool for stem cells - Read more

'Virtual breast' could improve cancer detection

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Graphic: Virtual Breast [02/10/2014] Next to lung cancer, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society. That’s why so many medical professionals encourage women to get mammograms, even though the tests are imperfect at best: only a minority of suspicious mammograms actually leads to a cancer diagnosis.'Virtual breast' could improve cancer detection - Read more

Gene interacts with stress and leads to heart disease in some people

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Photo: Man screaming and grabbing his head [02/10/2014] A new genetic finding from Duke Medicine suggests that some people who are prone to hostility, anxiety and depression might also be hard-wired to gain weight when exposed to chronic stress, leading to diabetes and heart disease.Gene interacts with stress and leads to heart disease in some people - Read more

Children with autism are more sedentary than their peers

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Photo: Boy with autism sitting and drawing [01/10/2014] A new Oregon State University (OSU) study of children with autism found that they are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day sitting.Children with autism are more sedentary than their peers - Read more

Endoscopists recommend frequent colonoscopies, leading to its overuse

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Graphic: Bowel [01/10/2014] A retrospective study led by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), has found an overuse of colonoscopies for colorectal cancer screening and surveillance. The study demonstrated that endoscopists commonly recommended shorter follow-up intervals than established guidelines support, and these recommendations were strongly correlated with subsequent colonoscopy overuse. Endoscopists recommend frequent colonoscopies, leading to its overuse - Read more

'Skin-like' device monitors cardiovascular and skin health

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Photo: (Example image) hand with plaster [30/09/2014] A new wearable medical device can quickly alert a person if they are having cardiovascular trouble or if it's simply time to put on some skin moisturizer, reports a Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study.'Skin-like' device monitors cardiovascular and skin health - Read more

Simple test can help detect Alzheimer's before dementia signs show

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Photo: Elderly woman at the computer [30/09/2014] York University researchers say a simple test that combines thinking and movement can help to detect heightened risk for developing Alzheimer's disease in a person, even before there are any telltale behavioral signs of dementia.Simple test can help detect Alzheimer's before dementia signs show - Read more

Calming down immune cells could hold key to melanoma treatment

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Photo: Melanoma [29/09/2014] Cancer Research UK scientists at The University of Manchester found that chemical signals produced by a type of immune cell, called macrophages, also act as a survival signal for melanoma cells.Calming down immune cells could hold key to melanoma treatment - Read more

First mouse model for ALS dementia

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Photo: Mouse [29/09/2014] The first animal model for ALS dementia, a form of ALS that also damages the brain, has been developed by Northwestern Medicine scientists. The advance will allow researchers to directly see the brains of living mice, under anesthesia, at the microscopic level. This will allow direct monitoring of test drugs to determine if they work.First mouse model for ALS dementia - Read more

Engineered proteins stick like glue even in water

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Photo: Mussels at the beach [26/09/2014] Shellfish such as mussels and barnacles secrete very sticky proteins that help them cling to rocks or ship hulls, even underwater. Inspired by these natural adhesives, a team of MIT engineers has designed new materials that could be used to repair ships or help heal wounds and surgical incisions.Engineered proteins stick like glue even in water - Read more

Influenza A potentiates pneumococcal co-infection

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Photo: Woman in bed, blowing her news [26/09/2014] Influenza infection can enhance the ability of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae to cause ear and throat infections, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Infection and Immunity.Influenza A potentiates pneumococcal co-infection - Read more

Mechanism of Parkinson's spread demonstrated

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Graphic: Neural cell that becomes erased [25/09/2014] An international, interdisciplinary group of researchers led by Gabor G. Kovacs from the Clinical Institute of Neurology at the MedUni Vienna has demonstrated, through the use of a new antibody, how Parkinson's disease spreads from cell to cell in the human brain.Mechanism of Parkinson's spread demonstrated - Read more

MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE: the place to be for the `who is who´ in performance and vital data monitoring

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[25/09/2014] Due to the great success of last year´s conference the 2nd MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE will take place on two days at the world´s largest medical trade show MEDICA on 12th and 13th of November (runtime of MEDICA 2014: 12th to 15th of November). MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE: the place to be for the `who is who´ in performance and vital data monitoring - Read more

US: 34 percent of severely injured patients undertriaged

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Photo: Woman is treated in an ambulance [25/09/2014] According to the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma, patients with severe injuries should be treated at level I or level II trauma centers. Those centers have the resources to provide the best care for those patients.US: 34 percent of severely injured patients undertriaged - Read more

Cancer: which patients are most likely to delay hospice enrollment?

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Photo: Physician holding an enrollment form [24/09/2014] The findings of a Penn Medicine study may influence national quality assessment programs and improve transitions from active treatment to hospice care sooner.Cancer: which patients are most likely to delay hospice enrollment? - Read more

Walking or cycling to work improves wellbeing

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Photo: Commuter with bicycle [24/09/2014] Walking or cycling to work is better for people's mental health than driving to work, according to new research by health economists at the University of East Anglia and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR).Walking or cycling to work improves wellbeing - Read more

Microfluidics: lab on a breathing chip

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Graphic: Iconic human nose and pollutants [23/09/2014] Human nasal epithelial cells, cultured on a microchip, react to air pollutants just like they would in the upper airway.Microfluidics: lab on a breathing chip - Read more

Patients: 'just-in-time' management in the clinic

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Photo: Patients in the waiting room [23/09/2014] Using a pain clinic as a testing ground, researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that a management process first popularized by Toyota in Japan can substantially reduce patient wait times and possibly improve the teaching of interns and residents.Patients: 'just-in-time' management in the clinic - Read more

Battling superbugs

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Photo: Bacteria colony [22/09/2014] In recent years, new strains of bacteria have emerged that resist even the most powerful antibiotics. Each year, these superbugs, including drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis and staphylococcus, infect more than 2 million people nationwide, and kill at least 23,000. MIT engineers have now turned a powerful new weapon on these superbugs.Battling superbugs - Read more

Cancer: palliative care denied to many patients

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Photo: Physician holding an old patient's hand [22/09/2014] Many patients with advanced, incurable cancer do not receive any palliative care, reveals new research. The findings are astonishing as they come at the same time as 15 new oncology centres in Europe, Canada, South America and Africa are being awarded the prestigious title of 'ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care.'Cancer: palliative care denied to many patients - Read more

How stress tears us apart

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Photo: Man under stress [19/09/2014] A team from the EPFL Brain Mind Institute has discovered an important synaptic mechanism: the activation of a cleaving enzyme, leading to behavioral problems connected to chronic stress.How stress tears us apart - Read more

Improving medicines for children in Canada

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Photo: Mother with her child at the doctor [19/09/2014] A new expert panel report, Improving Medicines for Children in Canada, released today by the Council of Canadian Academies, addresses the importance of developing safe and effective medicines for children. Each year about half of Canada's seven million children use at least one prescription drug. Much of this prescribing is done off-label creating potential health risks. Improving medicines for children in Canada - Read more

'Pocket doctor' diagnosis for degenerative disease

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Graphic: Smartphone with a white coat on its surface [18/09/2014] Smartphones will soon be able to perform the functions of a 'pocket doctor' and map Parkinson’s disease and other degenerative diseases, thanks to the work of an Aston University mathematician. With Smartphones now able to accurately record movement, activity, location and differences in vocal tone, extensive research is being conducted into their potential as a medical diagnostic tool. 'Pocket doctor' diagnosis for degenerative disease - Read more

Modified Antibiotic to Vanquish Resistant Bacteria

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Photo: Pills [18/09/2014] Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised a new antibiotic based on vancomycin that is powerfully effective against vancomycin-resistant strains of MRSA and other disease-causing bacteria.Modified Antibiotic to Vanquish Resistant Bacteria - Read more

Researchers debunk myth about Parkinson's disease

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Graphic: Change of the brain at Parkinson's patients [17/09/2014] The defining symptoms of Parkinson's disease are slow movements, muscular stiffness and shaking. It is essential to conduct innovative research with the potential to shed some light on this disruption to the central nervous system. Using advanced computer models, neuroscience researchers at the University of Copenhagen have gained new knowledge about the complex processes.Researchers debunk myth about Parkinson's disease - Read more

Some lung cancer patients could live longer when treated with new radiotherapy strategy

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Photo: Doctor holding a X-ray image [17/09/2014] Treating advanced small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) with thoracic (or chest) radiation therapy in addition to standard treatment significantly prolongs long-term survival and reduces cancer recurrence in the chest by almost 50%, according to new research.Some lung cancer patients could live longer when treated with new radiotherapy strategy - Read more

Device developed for sepsis therapy

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Photo: Genetically engineered protein-coated magnetic beads bound to S. aureus [16/09/2014] Things can go downhill fast when a patient has sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which bacteria or fungi multiply in a patient's blood - often too fast for antibiotics to help. A new device inspired by the human spleen and developed by a team at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering may radically transform the way doctors treat sepsis.Device developed for sepsis therapy - Read more

Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders

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Graphic: A labyrinth marked with schizophrenia [16/09/2014] New research shows that schizophrenia isn't a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric illness.Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders - Read more

World Alzheimer’s Day 2014: "Dementia – Everybody can do something"

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Graphic: Brain consisting of gear wheels dissolves [16/09/2014] For the 20th time the World Alzheimer's Day takes place on 21st September 2014. This day, people are invited to participate actively in perceiving and dealing with dementia. The everyday life of people with dementia should be designed livable in all relevant areas.World Alzheimer’s Day 2014: "Dementia – Everybody can do something" - Read more

Diabetes researchers find faster way to create insulin-producing cells

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Photo: Woman testing her insulin level [15/09/2014] University of British Columbia has published a study highlighting a protocol to convert stem cells into insulin-producing cells. The new procedure could be an important step in the fight against Type 1 diabetes. Diabetes researchers find faster way to create insulin-producing cells - Read more

Imaging technique improves tremor surgery

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Graphic: Deep deep brain stimulation of the tremor bundles [15/09/2014] A Freiburg research team at the Medical Center – University of Freiburg, has succeeded in more accurately determining the position of the particular bundle of nerve fibers in the brain that deep brain stimulation needs to activate.Imaging technique improves tremor surgery - Read more

Exercise before school may reduce ADHD symptoms in kids

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Photo: Boy riding a bike [12/09/2014] Paying attention all day in school as a kid isn't easy, especially for those who are at a higher risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A new study from Michigan State University and University of Vermont researchers shows that offering daily, before-school, aerobic activities to younger, at-risk children could help in reducing the symptoms of ADHD in the classroom and at home.Exercise before school may reduce ADHD symptoms in kids - Read more

Steroid hormone to fight age-related diseases

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Photo: Caenorhabditis elegans [12/09/2014] Through the study of the roundworm, Caenorhabditis elegans, the team led by Hugo Aguilaniu has discovered a hormone that enhances longevity and reduces fertility, thus reproducing the effects of an extreme diet. Steroid hormone to fight age-related diseases - Read more

Halving the risk of preterm birth for some twin pregnancies

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Photo: Twins [11/09/2014] International research involving the University of Adelaide has found that the risk of preterm birth could be halved for a specific group of "super high-risk" twin pregnancies. The results could help to save babies' lives throughout the world and prevent serious health complications after birth.Halving the risk of preterm birth for some twin pregnancies - Read more

High levels of physical activity linked to better academic performance in boys

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Photo: Children running [11/09/2014] A recent Finnish study shows that higher levels of physical activity are related to better academic achievement during the first three school years particularly in boys. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children (PANIC) Study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland and the First Steps Study at the University of Jyväskylä.High levels of physical activity linked to better academic performance in boys - Read more

Mothers' responses to babies' crying: Benefiting from and getting over childhood experiences

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Photo: Baby with blue eyes [10/09/2014] A new study has found that mothers whose childhood experiences with caregivers was positive and those who have come to terms with negative experiences are more infant-oriented when they see videos of babies crying and respond more sensitively to their own babies' cries.Mothers' responses to babies' crying: Benefiting from and getting over childhood experiences - Read more

Researchers identify a new target for treating heart failure

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Picture: Heart Rate [10/09/2014] As a heart fails, losing its ability to squeeze blood through the circulatory system, the body releases a neurohormone that interferes with the heart's best chance to improve contractility, a team of Temple University School of Medicine researchers show in a study.Researchers identify a new target for treating heart failure - Read more

Milestone reached in work to build replacement kidneys in the lab

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Graphic: Kidneys [09/09/2014] Regenerative medicine researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have addressed a major challenge in the quest to build replacement kidneys in the lab. Working with human-sized pig kidneys, the scientists developed the most successful method to date to keep blood vessels in the new organs open and flowing with blood. The work is reported in journal Technology.Milestone reached in work to build replacement kidneys in the lab - Read more

Motion recognition method successful for 10 years

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Graphic: Figure celebrates a price [09/09/2014] Nils Papenberg, research scientist at Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS, is receiving one of the most prestigious awards in the field of machine vision. The 36-year-old is accepting the Koenderink award with three colleagues in Zurich on September 8th. Motion recognition method successful for 10 years - Read more

EUR 750,000 in funding for new Competence Center for HPC in the Natural Sciences at Mainz University

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Photo: Man working with a microscope [08/09/2014] Planned center for High Performance Computing (HPC) at the Institute of Computer Science will bring together various research projects and will provide an improved level of HPC Services.EUR 750,000 in funding for new Competence Center for HPC in the Natural Sciences at Mainz University - Read more

Researchers discover a key to making new muscles

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Photo: Muscles [08/09/2014] A new study finds that cyclic bursts of a STAT3 inhibitor can replenish muscle stem cells and promote their differentiation into muscle fibers. The findings are an important step toward developing and maintaining new muscle to treat muscle diseases.Researchers discover a key to making new muscles - Read more

What apps are able to do for health – MEDICA 2014 shows things worth recommending for many fields of application

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[08/09/2014] When dealing in the field of health, how good are the apps for our smartphones and tablet PCs? What constitutes a good mini application in this field? Those are questions that experts will be following up on at the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM within the scope of the world’s largest medical trade fair, MEDICA, in Düsseldorf (12 to 15 November 2014). What apps are able to do for health – MEDICA 2014 shows things worth recommending for many fields of application - Read more

Healthy sleep duration linked to less sick time from work

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Photo: Man switching off alarm clock [05/09/2014] New research suggests that sleeping 7 to 8 hours per night is associated with the lowest risk of absence from work due to sickness. The results underscore the importance of the “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project.Healthy sleep duration linked to less sick time from work - Read more

Process damages lungs of donors with traumatic brain injury

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Graphic: Human lung [05/09/2014] Few people would guess that some of the most detrimental damage from a traumatic brain injury is to the lungs, but transplant specialists are keenly aware of this phenomenon. Indiana University research sheds light on the potentially lethal process.Process damages lungs of donors with traumatic brain injury - Read more

'In body' muscle regeneration

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Photo: White rat [04/09/2014] What if repairing large segments of damaged muscle tissue was as simple as mobilizing the body's stem cells to the site of the injury? New research in mice and rats, conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine, suggests that "in body" regeneration of muscle tissue might be possible by harnessing the body's natural healing powers.'In body' muscle regeneration - Read more

More than one third of booked operations are re-booked

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Photo: Calender sheet with days marked off [04/09/2014] More than one third of all planned orthopaedic surgery procedures are re-booked, postponed or cancelled completely. The most common reasons are cancellation at the patient’s own request or emergency cases having to be prioritized. These are the findings of a study carried out by the Sahlgrenska Academy in association with Sahlgrenska University Hospital.More than one third of booked operations are re-booked - Read more

A prescription for better stroke care

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Photo: Drug prescription form and stethoscope [03/09/2014] Stroke patients are 70 per cent more likely to continue taking their stroke prevention medications one year later if they have a prescription in hand when discharged – according to researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).A prescription for better stroke care - Read more

Batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on automatic wristwatch

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Photo: Cardiac pacemaker in an X-ray image [03/09/2014] A new batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on an automatic wristwatch and powered by heart motion was presented at ESC Congress 2014 by Adrian Zurbuchen from Switzerland. The prototype device does not require battery replacement.Batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on automatic wristwatch - Read more

'Electronic nose' sniffs C. diff infection

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Photo: Mass spectrometer and research team [02/09/2014] A fast-sensitive "electronic-nose" for sniffing the highly infectious bacteria C. diff, that causes diarrhea, temperature and stomach cramps, has been developed by a team at the University of Leicester.'Electronic nose' sniffs C. diff infection - Read more

Education and dog-friendly neighborhoods against obesity

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Photo: Woman and dog at a walk [02/09/2014] A study from the University of Liverpool has recommended investing in dog owner education and facilities as a strategy to target physical inactivity and problems such as obesity in both people and their pets.Education and dog-friendly neighborhoods against obesity - Read more

Health and migration

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Photo: Passport in a hand [01/09/2014] Migration has a significant influence on the health sector, including in Austria. The healthcare sector faces challenges due to migrants' different social status, background and gender, according to Christine Binder-Fritz and Anita Rieder from the Institute of Social Medicine at the Centre for Public Health at the Medical University of Vienna Vienna.Health and migration - Read more

ICD home monitoring: cost compares, reimbursement lags

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Photo: Physician talking to an elderly patient [01/09/2014] Roughly a decade since the start of telemonitoring capabilities in implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs), the first financial assessment of the impact of home monitored follow-up estimates the cost to physicians, hospitals and insurance providers is the same as traditional in-office monitoring, according to a new study.ICD home monitoring: cost compares, reimbursement lags - Read more