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Ultrasound-based Technique Could ID Concussions on the Sidelines

April 19, 2016 9:20 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, Laboratory Equipment | News | Comments

As increased funding and research try to hit back at the long-term consequences of concussions, new technology presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting this week may provide a way to answer at least some questions.

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Study Backs Pancreas Cell Transplants for Severe Diabetes

April 19, 2016 9:16 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Transplants of insulin-producing pancreas cells are a long hoped-for treatment for diabetes - and a new study shows they can protect the most seriously ill patients from a life-threatening complication of the disease, an important step toward U.S. approval.

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Liquid Biopsy Shows Promise for Breast Cancer Patients

April 19, 2016 8:56 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A simple blood test could have the potential to replace an invasive biopsy in breast cancer patients, according to positive results from a University of Southern California study presented Monday at The American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2016. 

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Robust Microplate for Genomics Sample Preparation

April 18, 2016 9:37 am | by Porvair Sciences | Product Releases | Comments

Designed with thickened walls and strengthened ribs underneath to stop cracking or leaking when used in Geno/Grinder or Tissulyser machines the robust 96-well 2ml deep well Genomics Sample Preparation Plate sets a new standard for high throughput genomics sample preparation.

Scientists ID Gene Behind Rare Childhood Syndrome

April 18, 2016 9:32 am | by UCSF | News | Comments

Thanks in part to the efforts of one dedicated mother, who took to Facebook to document her son’s mysterious developmental disability, an international team has identified a new genetic syndrome that could help illuminate the biological causes of one of the most common forms of intellectual disability.

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Too Much 'Noise' Can Affect Brain Development

April 18, 2016 9:21 am | by University of California Irvine | News | Comments

Using cutting-edge imaging technology, biologists have determined that uncontrolled fluctuations (known at "noise") in the concentration of the vitamin A derivative Retinoic acid (RA) can lead to disruptions in brain organization during development.

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AACR: Life-preserver Microbubbles Float Tumor Cells for Analysis

April 18, 2016 9:14 am | by University of Colorado | News | Comments

A study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2016 demonstrates the use of gas microbubbles to selectively attach to and float circulating tumor cells from blood samples, allowing analysis of the isolated cells.

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Medical Pot Activists Fear Epilepsy Drug Could Undercut Them

April 18, 2016 8:58 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press | News | Comments

An experimental epilepsy drug made from cannabis plants grown in England is complicating the medical marijuana debate in hospitals and statehouses.

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Pipettor Provides Fast Liquid Handling with Small Footprint

April 15, 2016 10:09 am | by Terra Universal, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hudson Robotics’ SOLO Automated Pipettor gives users fast and convenient liquid handling with a small footprint. The pipettor can interface with robot-loading systems, or be used as a manual unit.

Implantable Device Targets Pancreatic Cancer

April 15, 2016 10:05 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, in part because it is very difficult for chemotherapy drugs to reach the pancreas, which is located deep within the abdomen. To help overcome that obstacle, researchers have now developed a small, implantable device that delivers chemotherapy drugs directly to pancreatic tumors.

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How the Brain Consolidates Memory During Deep Sleep

April 15, 2016 10:00 am | by University of California Riverside | News | Comments

Neuroscientists provide for the first time a mechanistic explanation for how deep sleep (also called slow-wave sleep) may be promoting the consolidation of recent memories.

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Troubles Mount for Theranos, Feds Threaten Sanctions

April 15, 2016 9:55 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scientific and regulatory troubles continue to mount for Theranos, the much-touted blood-testing startup. A letter from federal regulators is now threatening to strip away the company’s ability to run its two laboratories, according to the latest update in The Wall Street Journal.

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Memory Suppressor Gene Identified

April 15, 2016 9:54 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Researchers identified a gene that suppresses memory in the brain cells of fruit flies, and the findings could provide targets for potential new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

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Computers in Your Clothes? A Milestone for Wearable Electronics

April 15, 2016 9:52 am | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

A new advance toward the design of functional textiles could lead to workout clothes that monitor your fitness level, a bandage that tells your doctor how well the tissue beneath it is healing -- or even a flexible fabric cap that senses activity in the brain.

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Helpless Vs. Resilient Stress Response: How Brains Differ

April 15, 2016 9:33 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Stress is a part of daily life, however it seems some people are better able to deal with pressures while others fall into despair.  A new animal study suggests differences in brain activity account for why some are resilient and others may succumb to stress-induced depression.

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