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Automated Speech Analysis Helps Predict Psychosis Onset

August 27, 2015 | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

A small proof-of-principal study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center found an automated speech analysis program was able to differentiate between at-risk young people who developed psychosis and those who did not, with 100 percent accuracy. 

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Cells Cling and Spiral ‘Like Vines’ in First 3D Tissue Scaffold for Plants

August 27, 2015 10:59 am | by University of Cambridge | Comments

New cost-effective material which mimics natural ‘extracellular matrix’ has allowed scientists to capture previously unseen behavior in individual plant cells, including new shapes and interactions. New methods highlight potential developments for plant tissue engineering.


Young Brains Can Take On New Functions

August 27, 2015 10:17 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | Comments

Visual cortex of blind children can be remodeled to process language.


Developing a New Tool to Detect a Frequently Missed Sex Chromosome Disorder in Boys

August 26, 2015 10:54 am | by Columbia University | Comments

Klinefelter syndrome is the most common disorder of the male sex chromosomes, yet is rarely diagnosed in children. A new assessment tool is being developed by researchers to help pediatricians detect the physical traits of the syndrome. The tool could pave the way for early interventions that prevent and treat a range of physical, psychological, social, and cognitive impairments.


Scientists Develop Novel Technique for Kidney Research

August 26, 2015 10:39 am | by Yale University | Comments

One in four patients treated with the widely used anti-cancer drug cisplatin develop chronic kidney disease. To better understand how the treatment leads to kidney damage, and possibly prevent it, a team of researchers developed a new 3D-imaging technique to peer deep into these vital organs.


These Microscopic Fish are 3D-printed to Do More Than Swim

August 26, 2015 10:23 am | by UC San Diego | Comments

Nanoengineers used an innovative 3D printing technology they developed to manufacture multipurpose fish-shaped microrobots -- called microfish -- that swim around efficiently in liquids, are chemically powered by hydrogen peroxide and magnetically controlled.


Doctors Recommend Early Exposure to Prevent Peanut Allergies

August 26, 2015 9:39 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Comments

A pediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn 1.


Failure Can Be Rewarding, Study Finds

August 26, 2015 8:28 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Making a mistake can be a rewarding experience – as long as your brain has a chance to learn from it.


Protein Found to Play a Key Role in Blocking Pathogen Survival

August 25, 2015 11:16 am | by Helen Knight, MIT | Comments

Calprotectin fends off microbial invaders by limiting access to iron, an important nutrient.


Researchers Find New Code that Makes Reprogramming of Cancer Cells Possible

August 25, 2015 11:08 am | by Mayo Clinic | Comments

Cancer researchers dream of the day they can force tumor cells to morph back to the normal cells they once were. Now, researchers have discovered a way to potentially reprogram cancer cells back to normalcy.


Texas Lab Criticized Over Handling of Monkeys for Study

August 25, 2015 9:56 am | by David Warren, Associated Press | Comments

A prestigious laboratory in Texas is under federal investigation after auditors issued a preliminary report saying it did not do enough to prevent the suffering of primates who were infected with a deadly virus for a study of the disease.


Imaging Software Could Speed Breast Cancer Diagnosis

August 25, 2015 9:45 am | by Rice University | Comments

New software developed by bioengineers could speed up the diagnosis of breast cancer with 90 percent accuracy and without the need for a specialist, according to recent research.


Report: Nearly 47 Million People Now Have Dementia

August 25, 2015 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Health researchers say there are now nearly 47 million people living with dementia globally, up from 35 million in 2009. They warned that without a medical breakthrough, numbers will likely double every 20 years.


Fossil Study: Dogs Evolved with Climate Change

August 24, 2015 10:58 am | by Brown University | Comments

Old dogs can teach humans new things about evolution. In Nature Communications a new study of North American dog fossils as old as 40 million years suggests that the evolutionary path of whole groups of predators can be a direct consequence of climate change.


The Mending Tissue - Cellular Instructions for Tissue Repair

August 24, 2015 10:48 am | by National University of Singapore | Comments

Collaborative study identifies universal mechanism that explains how tissue shape regulates physiological processes such as wound healing and embryo development.


Study Links Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Thinner Gray Matter and Better Math Skills in Kids

August 24, 2015 10:38 am | by Univeristy of Illinois | Comments

A new study reveals that 9- and 10-year-old children who are aerobically fit tend to have significantly thinner gray matter than their “lower-fit” peers. Thinning of the outermost layer of brain cells in the cerebrum is associated with better mathematics performance, researchers report.



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