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49 percent of patients withhold clinically sensitive information

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Photo: Lock and chains around a keyboard [19/12/2014] In the first real-world trial of the impact of patient-controlled access to electronic medical records, almost half of the patients who participated withheld clinically sensitive information in their medical records from some or all of their health care providers.49 percent of patients withhold clinically sensitive information - Read more

New class of synthetic molecules mimics antibodies

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Graphic: Function of Syams [19/12/2014] A Yale University lab has crafted the first synthetic molecules that have both the targeting and response functions of antibodies.New class of synthetic molecules mimics antibodies - Read more

'Radiogenetics' seeks to remotely control cells and genes

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Photo: Colorful cellular structures [18/12/2014] It is the most basic of ways to find out what something does, whether it is an unmarked circuit breaker or an unidentified gene - flip its switch and see what happens. New remote-control technology may offer biologists a powerful way to do this with cells and genes.'Radiogenetics' seeks to remotely control cells and genes - Read more

GPs should be more open when referring patients for cancer investigations

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Photo: Physician talking to a patient [18/12/2014] GPs should consider a more overt discussion with patients when referring them for further investigation of symptoms which may indicate cancer.GPs should be more open when referring patients for cancer investigations - Read more

Children: Open bone breaks can heal safely without surgery

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Photo: Boy with a colorful cast around the arm [17/12/2014] Many children who sustain so-called open bone fractures in the forearm or lower leg can, and do, heal safely without surgery, according to the results of a small study led by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.Children: Open bone breaks can heal safely without surgery - Read more

Imaging reveals: Bacterial biofilms associated with colon cancer

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Photo: Fluorescent image of biofilms on cancer tissue [17/12/2014] Since the first "catalog" of the normal bacterial makeup of the human body was published in 2012, numerous connections between illness and disturbances in the human microbiota have been found. Now scientists report yet another: Cancerous tumors in the ascending colon are characterized by biofilms, which are dense clumps of bacterial cells encased in a self-produced matrix.Imaging reveals: Bacterial biofilms associated with colon cancer - Read more

Complications from blood transfusions more common than previously reported

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Photo: Hanging, empty blood bags [16/12/2014] Two studies shed new light on the prevalence of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) and transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO), the number one and two leading causes of blood transfusion-related deaths in the United States.Complications from blood transfusions more common than previously reported - Read more

Patients do not understand risks of unnecessary antibiotics

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Photo: Physician informs a patient about his description [16/12/2014] Over prescription of antibiotics is a major factor driving one of the biggest public health concerns today: antibiotic resistance. In a first-of-its-kind study, research led by the George Washington University suggests that public health educational materials may not address the misconceptions that shape why patients expect antibiotics, driving doctors to prescribe them more.Patients do not understand risks of unnecessary antibiotics - Read more

Male and female breast cancers are not identical

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Photo: Man holding a hand over his breast [15/12/2014] Results of the EORTC10085/TBCRC/BIG/NABCG International Male Breast Cancer Program conducted in both Europe and in the United States found significant improvement in survival for men with breast cancer, but this improvement was not as good as that observed for women.Male and female breast cancers are not identical - Read more

Taming the inflammatory response in kidney dialysis

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Graphic: Structure of a complex molecule [15/12/2014] Frequent kidney dialysis is essential for the approximately 350,000 end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in the United States. But it can also cause systemic inflammation, leading to complications such as cardiovascular disease and anemia, and patients who rely on the therapy have a five-year survival rate of only 35 percent.Taming the inflammatory response in kidney dialysis - Read more

Controlling obesity with potato extract

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Photo: Two hands holding potatoes [12/12/2014] A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to scientists at McGill University. The results of their recent study were so surprising that the investigators repeated the experiment just to be sure.Controlling obesity with potato extract - Read more

Drawing lessons from Philadelphia's large-scale ob unit closures

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Photo: [12/12/2014] What does it mean for expectant mothers and hospitals when there are large-scale closures of maternity units? A new study led by researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides an inside view from hospital staff members in Philadelphia, where 13 out of 19 obstetric units closed in a 15-year period.Drawing lessons from Philadelphia's large-scale ob unit closures - Read more

Nanotechnology against malaria parasites

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Graphic: Erythrocytes in a bloodvessel [11/12/2014] Malaria parasites invade human red blood cells, they then disrupt them and infect others. Researchers at the University of Basel and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute have now developed so-called nanomimics of host cell membranes that trick the parasites.Nanotechnology against malaria parasites - Read more

Yeast cells are first known to cure themselves of prions

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Photo: Yeast cells under the microscope [11/12/2014] Yeast cells can sometimes reverse the protein misfolding and clumping associated with diseases such as Alzheimer's, according to new research from the University of Arizona.Yeast cells are first known to cure themselves of prions - Read more

Brain depends on gut bacteria for protection

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Photo: X-Ray showing three different mice [10/12/2014] With the abundance of information available about eating right, no one could question the capacity of your brain to protect your digestive tract. But a recent study shows that the intestines may in turn be protecting the brain, long before you are old enough to surf health and nutrition websites.Brain depends on gut bacteria for protection - Read more

York research spotlights male healthcare attitudes

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Photo: Man balancing an apple on a book [10/12/2014] A researcher at the University of York, studying male attitudes towards self-managing long-term healthcare issues, has discovered that self-management support is better received by men if it does not threaten aspects of masculine identity.York research spotlights male healthcare attitudes - Read more

Experience counts with radiation therapy for head and neck cancer

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Photo: X-Ray of head and neck area [09/12/2014] When it comes to specialized cancer surgery, it is generally true that the more experienced the surgeon, the better the outcome. The same might hold true for radiation therapy used to treat head and neck cancer, according to a new study.Experience counts with radiation therapy for head and neck cancer - Read more

Fewer deaths related to RSV than previously thought

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Photo: Boy with a cough in bed [09/12/2014] It is a virus that has long been characterized as dangerous and even deadly, but new research shows infant deaths from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are actually quite uncommon in the 21st century.Fewer deaths related to RSV than previously thought - Read more

Correcting myths about the flu vaccine

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Photo: Physician vaccinates sceptically looking woman [08/12/2014] With health systems in the U.S., U.K., and around the world trying to increase vaccination levels, it is critical to understand how to address vaccine hesitancy and counter myths about vaccine safety.Correcting myths about the flu vaccine - Read more

Technology to help patients with chronic liver disease

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Graphic: Stomach, liver and intestines [08/12/2014] The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation is pleased to announce that Ashish Nimgaonkar, MBBS, MTech, MS, from John Hopkins University, has received the inaugural AGA-Boston Scientific Career Development Technology & Innovation Award. This award is graciously supported by a grant from Boston Scientific, a leading innovator of medical solutions.Technology to help patients with chronic liver disease - Read more

Colorful nano-guides to the liver

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Graphic: Scheme of a nanoparticle [05/12/2014] Jena scientists have been successful in producing highly specific nanoparticles. Depending on the bound dye the particles are guided to the liver or to the kidney and deliver their payload of active ingredients directly to the targeted tissue. The dyes also enable the tracking of the transport processes by intravital microscopy or, in a non-invasive way, by multi spectral optoacoustic tomography.Colorful nano-guides to the liver - Read more

Joint European implementation strategy for Systems Medicine published

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Graphic: Signpost with the word [05/12/2014] After a two year cross-disciplinary consultation process the Coordinating Action Systems Medicine (CASyM) published its European implementation strategy (roadmap) for Systems Medicine.Joint European implementation strategy for Systems Medicine published - Read more

2D images as the new tool for cancer prevention

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Photo: 2D images identify gastric cancer-prone mutations [04/12/2014] Portuguese researchers have developed a new method, which from images of a protein in a population of cells quantifies its distribution (how much there is, and where in the cell) for that population. The discovery by researchers João Sanches, Raquel Seruca and colleagues has important medical implications since the cellular location of a protein is directly linked to its function.2D images as the new tool for cancer prevention - Read more

Common knee surgery may lead to arthritis and cartilage loss

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Photo: Vertical tear of the medial meniscus [04/12/2014] A popular surgery to repair meniscal tears may increase the risk of osteoarthritis and cartilage loss in some patients, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The findings show that the decision for surgery requires careful consideration in order to avoid accelerated disease onset, researchers said. Common knee surgery may lead to arthritis and cartilage loss - Read more

Researchers control adhesion of E. coli bacteria

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Graphic: E Coli [03/12/2014] A research team from Kiel University (CAU) and Goethe University Frankfurt have jointly created a synthetic surface on which the adhesion of E. coli bacteria can be controlled. Researchers control adhesion of E. coli bacteria - Read more

Scientists create new tool for exploring cells in 3D

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Graphic: HIV Cell [03/12/2014] Researchers can now explore viruses, bacteria and components of the human body in more detail than ever before with software developed at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). In a study published online ahead of print December 1 by the journal Nature Methods, the researchers demonstrated how the software, called cellPACK, can be used to model viruses such as HIV.Scientists create new tool for exploring cells in 3D - Read more

3-D mammography improves cancer detection in dense breasts

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Photo: 3-D mammography [02/12/2014] A major new study being presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has found that digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography, has the potential to significantly increase the cancer detection rate in mammography screening of women with dense breasts.3-D mammography improves cancer detection in dense breasts - Read more

Genetic marker may help predict success of kidney transplants

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Graphic: Kidneys [02/12/2014] Kidneys donated by people born with a small variation in the code of a key gene may be more likely, once in the transplant recipient, to accumulate scar tissue that contributes to kidney failure, according to a study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Genetic marker may help predict success of kidney transplants - Read more

Membrane reduces scarring in damaged blood vessels

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Graphic: Blood vessel with a narrowing, blood flow [01/12/2014] When blood vessels are damaged through surgery, it can trigger an endless cycle of scarring and repair. Now, a new surgical membrane delivers the healing action of vitamin A.Membrane reduces scarring in damaged blood vessels - Read more

Technique allows ultrasound to penetrate bone, metal

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Graphic: Ultrasound waves piercing different materials [01/12/2014] Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that allows ultrasound to penetrate bone or metal, using customized structures that offset the distortion usually caused by these so-called "aberrating layers."Technique allows ultrasound to penetrate bone, metal - Read more

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