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Injectable Device Delivers Nano-view of the Brain

June 9, 2015 11:36 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

An international team of researchers has developed a method of fabricating nanoscale electronic scaffolds that can be injected via syringe. The scaffolds can then be connected to devices and used to monitor neural activity, stimulate tissues, or even promote regeneration of neurons.

Staph Germ, Found in Noses, Can Be Pushed Out by Good Bacteria

June 9, 2015 10:49 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Staphylococcus aureus, also known as the dreaded Staph bacteria that can cause lethal infections, is commonly found in the human nose. The germ is also estimated to cause infections killing 18,000 people every year in the U.S. But the potentially deadly unwelcome guests are a product of environment, not genes – and can be pushed out by benign bacteria, according to an international study of twins.

Researchers Discover Missing Link Between Brain and Immune System

June 9, 2015 10:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor, Continuity Insights | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown connection between the brain and immune system that could result in drastic breakthroughs in treating diseases, including Alzheimer’s.

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Scientists Find Growth Factors That Build Brains also Build Memories

June 8, 2015 12:05 pm | by NYU | News | Comments

A team of neuroscientists has determined how a pair of growth factor molecules contributes to long-term memory formation, a finding that appears in the journal Neuron.

Workings of Working Memory Revealed

June 8, 2015 11:58 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Our understanding of how a key part of the human brain works may be wrong, according to a new study.

6th Person Dies of MERS Virus in South Korea

June 8, 2015 9:25 am | by Tong-hyung Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea on Monday reported its sixth death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as authorities were bolstering measures to stem the spread of the virus that has left dozens of people infected.

Bioscience Bulletin: the Wonder of Sleep; the Origin of Life; and Why Your Cat is a Food Snob

June 5, 2015 4:25 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Welcome to Bioscience Technology’s new series Bioscience Bulletin, where we bring you the five most popular headlines from the week.

DNA Breakage Underlies Both Learning, Age-related Damage

June 5, 2015 9:49 am | by Helen Knight, MIT | News | Comments

Process that allows brains to learn and remember also leads to degeneration with age.

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Intravenous Nutrition Source Could Improve Effectiveness of Chemotherapy Nanodrugs

June 5, 2015 9:22 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

A single dose of an FDA-approved intravenous nutrition source may be able to significantly reduce the toxicity and increase the bio-availability of platinum-based cancer drugs, according to a study published in Scientific Reports.

Scientists Show fMRI Memory Detectors can be Easily Fooled

June 5, 2015 9:20 am | by Bjorn Carey, Stanford University | News | Comments

Real-time brain scans coupled with a machine-learning algorithm can reveal whether a person has memory of a particular subject. Now, scientists have shown that, with a little bit of concentration, people can easily hide their memories from the computer.

New Blood Test Identifies Past Viral Infections

June 5, 2015 8:13 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A total of 569 blood samples were collected from people across four continents for the initial study. 

Texas Doctors Do First Skull and Scalp Transplant

June 5, 2015 8:11 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Texas doctors say they have done the world's first partial skull and scalp transplant to help a man with a large head wound from cancer treatment.

More Reason for Calm than Panic in South Korea's MERS Scare

June 4, 2015 10:42 am | by Foster Klug, Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's a look at what's happening in South Korea. 

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Years of Good Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetic Hearts, Study Finds

June 4, 2015 10:00 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Result shows importance of patients & doctors balancing risks & benefits of drugs to lower A1C levels, blood pressure and cholesterol/lipids.

Researchers Pinpoint Epicenter of Brain’s Predictive Ability

June 3, 2015 10:38 am | by Northeastern University | News | Comments

In recent years, scientists have discovered the human brain works on predictions, contrary to the previously accepted theory that it reacts to the sensations it picks up from the outside world. Experts say humans’ reac­tions are in fact the body adjusting to predictions the brain is making based on the state of our body the last time it was in a similar situation.

Poor Sleep Linked to Toxic Buildup of Alzheimer’s Protein, Memory Loss

June 3, 2015 9:27 am | by UC Berkeley | News | Comments

Sleep may be a missing piece in the Alzheimer’s disease puzzle. Scientists have found compelling evidence that poor sleep — particularly a deficit of the deep, restorative slumber needed to hit the save button on memories — is a channel through which the beta-amyloid protein believed to trigger Alzheimer’s disease attacks the brain’s long-term memory.

Biotech Company Focuses on Developing Needle-Free Vaccines

June 3, 2015 8:31 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A company in the Netherlands is working on a needle-free vaccine candidate for treating human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

Sleep Links Memories, Drives Immunity, Hikes Height—and More

June 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

According to sleep specialists talking on Alan Alda’s World Science Festival panel “What is Sleep?,” the last decade of research has revealed that the sleeping brain links current and past memories, re-rehearses and finesses activities tried during the day, and even secretes chemicals that make teens taller—among other things.

New Sensing Tech Could Help Detect Diseases, Fraudulent Art, Chemical Weapons

June 2, 2015 9:28 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

An international research team of engineers has developed nanotechnology that promises to make surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) simpler and more affordable.

Federal Cafeterias to Serve Meat with Fewer Antibiotics

June 2, 2015 9:00 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's effort to curb the use of antibiotics in meat is starting with his own employees.

South Korea Reports its First 2 Deaths From MERS Virus

June 2, 2015 8:55 am | by Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East.

South Korea Isolating Hundreds Amid MERS Outbreak

June 1, 2015 2:44 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

South Korea reported two additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS, on Sunday.

Adolescent Brain Develops Differently in Bipolar Disorder

June 1, 2015 10:19 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

In adolescents with bipolar disorder, key areas of the brain that help regulate emotions develop differently, a new study shows.

Gene May Help us Resist AIDS

June 1, 2015 10:03 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Part of a gene variant present in some wild African chimps is nearly identical to a section of an analogous gene version found in HIV-infected humans who are uncharacteristically slow to progress to full-blown AIDS.

Researchers Test Mind-Controlled Robotic Prosthetic

June 1, 2015 8:30 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

This is part of an ongoing series focusing on the way robotics will impact our lives.

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