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Boy Who Lost Hands to Infection Gets Double-hand Transplant

July 29, 2015 | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | Comments

An 8-year-old boy who lost his hands and feet to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday.

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Blood Test Predicts Prognosis for Traumatic Brain Injuries

July 31, 2015 9:44 am | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

A new blood test could help emergency room doctors quickly diagnose traumatic brain injury and determine its severity.

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A Cheaper, High-performance Prosthetic Knee

July 31, 2015 9:29 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT | Comments

Researchers design cheap prosthetic knee that mimics normal walking motion.

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Researchers Discover Immune System’s 'Trojan Horse'

July 31, 2015 9:18 am | by University of Oxford | Comments

Researchers have found that human cells use viruses as Trojan horses, transporting a messenger that encourages the immune system to fight the very virus that carries it. The discovery could have implications for the design of new vaccines.

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‘Golden Jackals’ of East Africa are Actually Golden Wolves, Biologists Report

July 31, 2015 8:35 am | by UCLA | Comments

Although they look very similar, the “golden jackals” of East Africa and those of Eurasia are two entirely different species, life scientists reported in the journal Current Biology.

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Inadequate Hydration Can Lead to Impaired Cognitive, Emotional Function

July 31, 2015 8:34 am | by Harvard University | Comments

More than half of all children and adolescents in the United States are under-hydrated — probably because they’re not drinking enough water — and that could have significant repercussions for their physical health and cognitive and emotional functioning, according to the first national study of its kind.

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Identifying a Key Growth Factor in Cell Proliferation

July 31, 2015 8:34 am | by Jessa Gamble, MIT | Comments

Researchers discover that aspartate is a limiter of cell proliferation.

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Women’s Immune System Genes Operate Differently From Men’s

July 30, 2015 10:38 am | by Stanford University | Comments

A new technology reveals that immune system genes switch on and off differently in women and men, and the source of that variation is not primarily in the DNA.

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Delirium and Inflammation

July 30, 2015 10:25 am | by Harvard University | Comments

Delirium, an acute state of confusion, often affects older adults following surgery or serious illness. Now, a study confirms that inflammation—an immune response that develops when the body attempts to protect itself from harmful stimuli—plays a role in the onset of delirium.

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New Computer-Based Technology May Lead to Improvements in Facial Transplantation

July 30, 2015 10:17 am | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

Following several years of research and collaboration, physicians and engineers say they have developed a computer platform that provides rapid, real-time feedback before and during facial transplant surgery, which may someday improve face-jaw-teeth alignment between donor and recipient.

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Hormone in Brain Could Cause Overeating, Says Rutgers Science

July 30, 2015 9:37 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Eating for pure pleasure instead of hunger is controlled by a hormone in the brain, according to new Rutgers University research. The work could point to brain-first targets to combat the burgeoning obesity epidemic, according to the scientists.

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In CRISPR Advance, Scientists Successfully Edit Human T Cells

July 29, 2015 10:11 am | by UCSF | Comments

Scientists have devised a new strategy to precisely modify human T cells using the genome-editing system known as CRISPR/Cas9.

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FDA Approves Stomach-filling Balloon for Weight Loss

July 29, 2015 9:55 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

Federal health regulators on Tuesday approved an inflatable medical balloon that aids weight loss by filling up space in the stomach.

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Chimps Use Clay to Detox and as a Mineral Supplement

July 29, 2015 9:44 am | by University of Oxford | Comments

Wild chimpanzees in the forests of Uganda are increasingly eating clay to supplement the minerals in their diet, according to a long-term international study published in the early version of the journal PLOS ONE.

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Web App Helps Researchers Explore Cancer Genetics

July 29, 2015 9:20 am | by Brown University | Comments

As gene sequencing has gotten faster and cheaper, clinicians and researchers are able to use genomic data to study, diagnose, and develop a course of treatment for a variety of individual cancers. MAGI, an open-source tool lets users compare their data with enormous cancer genetics datasets.

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