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Unable to Prove Claims, “Acid Bath” Stem Cell Researcher Tenders Resignation

December 19, 2014 10:16 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

A young scientist from Harvard University and the Riken Institute, who claimed to make extraordinary stem cells from ordinary cells with acid, has failed to repeat her work.                                  

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10 Up-and-Coming Healthcare Medical Innovations

December 17, 2014 5:32 pm | by Christina Jakubowski, Managing Editor | Comments

The Cleveland Clinic recently unveiled their annual Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2015– a list that casts an optimistic light on up-and-coming healthcare advances that may reach consumers next year.                                       

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Reading Leaves a Dramatic Imprint on the Brain

December 17, 2014 4:23 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

A good book recreates the world so robustly that it activates some of the same brain regions that “everyday life” does, according to a recent PLOS One study. In the study, innovative MRI analyses of people reading a richly imaginative book showed movement of characters occurring in a brain region where others’ motions are processed in the real world.

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Women in Cell Biology Award Winners Announced at ASCB Meeting

December 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor, Drug Discovery & Development | Comments

Three exceptional women were given awards for their achievements and contributions to the scientific community at the 2014 ASCB (American Society for Cell Biology) meeting recently held in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Going After Colon Cancer With Strep Bacteria

December 17, 2014 9:40 am | by Skip Derra, Contributing Writer | Comments

A novel therapeutic to fight colon cancer by using the bacteria primarily responsible for causing strep throat is being explored in the labs of John McCormick of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

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Imaging and Analysis with Flying Colors: Part Two

December 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Mark Clymer, Datacolor Inc., and Jerry Sedgewick, Imaging and Analysis | Comments

The dictionary definition that a “picture is a representation of a person or scene” just doesn’t apply to those images produced in scientific research and from clinical specimens. It would be more accurate to describe these images in one word: artifact.

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Predicting Alzheimer’s Disease With Blood Tests: Early Detection, Ethical Concerns

December 4, 2014 8:46 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor, Drug Discovery & Development | Comments

If you could take a blood test that could detect — with nearly 100% accuracy — whether you were genetically destined to get Alzheimer’s disease, would you take that test? Read more...                     

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Forbes Healthcare Summit Focuses on the Future of Data

December 3, 2014 11:40 am | by Bioscience Technology Staff | Comments

Forbes is hosting its annual healthcare summit this Thursday at Lincoln Center. The theme of this year’s gathering is “Smart Data Transforming Lives.” Read more...                       

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Learning a Second Language: First-Rate Exercise for the Brain

December 3, 2014 8:30 am | by Bioscience Technology Staff | Comments

The brain is so exquisitely sensitive to language that it only takes six weeks of learning Chinese for the neurons of English speakers to rewire. And those whose brains are fully bilingual are more facile at learning generally.       

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The Future of Treatments for Spinal Cord Injury

December 2, 2014 12:57 pm | by Christina Jakubowski, Managing Editor | Comments

There may be hope to get millions of individuals with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) moving again, according to research presented at Neuroscience 2014, the 44th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SFN) in Washington, D.C.   

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New Studies Show Anxiety, Depression, Guilt Harm the Brain

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | by Bioscience Technology Staff | Comments

Two studies in recent weeks have found that anxiety, depression and guilt can physically change and damage the brain from preschool through adulthood.                            

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Streamline Your Sample Preparation

November 21, 2014 10:15 am | by Joanne Ratcliff, PhD, Communications Project Manager, Laboratory Weighing Group, Mettler-Toledo AG | Comments

Why do labs have such difficultly getting a handle on the source of OOS results? Part of the answer can be attributed to the still-common practice of manual volumetric sample preparation. Now, there is a new technique: gravimetric sample preparation.

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Mental Health Problems Increase Cardiovascular Disease Risk

November 19, 2014 2:18 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

People with mental health problems are “significantly” more likely to have stroke or heart disease, according to a study unveiled at a recent Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.                    

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Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Showcases Strides in Exploring the Brain

November 18, 2014 2:08 pm | by Christina Jakubowski, Managing Editor | Comments

More than 30,000 brain advocates from academia, industry and media converged on Washington, D.C. this week for the 44th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Read more...              

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Going Purple: 5 Cutting-edge Breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s Research

November 17, 2014 11:48 am | by Christina Jakubowski, Managing Editor | Comments

November is already halfway over— which means we’re also halfway through National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, which celebrates and raises awareness for the nearly 5.4 million people who have this condition. Read more...

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