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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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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.


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.


Endangered Butterfly Recovering in Some, Not All, of Range

July 28, 2015 11:39 am | by Mary Esch, Associated Press | Comments

More than 20 years of habitat restoration and breeding programs have helped the endangered Karner blue butterfly make a comeback in the pine barrens of upstate New York where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov decades ago.


Researchers Create Smartphone-based Device that Reads Medical Diagnostic Tests Quickly and Accurately

July 28, 2015 11:34 am | by UCLA | Comments

A team of researchers from the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA has developed a new mobile phone-based device that can read ELISA plates in the field with the same level of accuracy as the large machines normally found in clinical laboratories.


Recurrent Ovarian Cancer Patients May Have Hope

July 28, 2015 11:17 am | by Harvard University | Comments

A gene therapy that delivers a protein that suppresses the development of female reproductive organs may improve survival rates in patients with ovarian cancer that has recurred after chemotherapy. Recurrence happens 70 percent of the time and is invariably fatal.


New Tool For Investigating RNA Gone Awry

July 28, 2015 11:15 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

A new technology – called “Sticky-flares” – developed by nanomedicine experts  offers the first real-time method to track and observe the dynamics of RNA distribution as it is transported inside living cells.


Software Turns Smartphones into Tools for Medical Research

July 28, 2015 10:38 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Smartphone apps are the latest tools to emerge from the intersection of health care and Silicon Valley, where tech companies are also working on new ways of bringing patients and doctors together online, applying massive computing power to analyze DNA and even developing ingestible "smart" pills for detecting cancer.


Deadly and Distinctive: Cancer Caused by Gene Deletions

July 27, 2015 10:00 am | by Yale University | Comments

A deadly form of T cell lymphoma is caused by an unusually large number gene deletions, making it distinct among cancers, a new study shows.


Sleep Makes Our Memories More Accessible, Study Shows

July 27, 2015 9:54 am | by University of Exeter | Comments

Sleeping not only protects memories from being forgotten, it also makes them easier to access, according to new research. The findings suggest that after sleep we are more likely to recall facts which we could not remember while still awake.


Rarely-seen Whale Washes up on Massachusetts Beach

July 27, 2015 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Biologists with the New England Aquarium are investigating what may have caused a rarely-seen deep water whale to wash up on a Massachusetts beach.


Spit Take

July 27, 2015 9:21 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT | Comments

A newly discovered feeding behavior in worms could shed light on human heart function.


House Passes Bill that Would Ban GMO Labels

July 27, 2015 8:55 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. of Representative passed a bill called “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” on Thursday preventing states from labeling genetically modified foods. The bill could toss out a patchwork of state and local laws notifying consumers of genetically engineered ingredient and produce.


Bioscience Bulletin: Biotech Startups, Mosquito Senses, and REM Sleep

July 27, 2015 8:05 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

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DNA Damage Seen in Patients Undergoing CT Scanning

July 24, 2015 9:38 am | by Stanford University | Comments

Along with the burgeoning use of advanced medical imaging tests over the past decade have come rising public health concerns about possible links between low-dose radiation and cancer.


Fat Sense: Scientists Show We Have a Distinct Taste for Fat

July 24, 2015 9:04 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

Move over sweet and salty: Researchers say we have a distinct and basic taste for fat, too. But it's nowhere near as delicious as it sounds.



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