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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.

Portable Finger-probe Technology Could Help Success of Organ Donations

June 1, 2015 10:13 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

A portable, finger-probe device successfully measured liver function in brain dead adult organ donors, a finding that could change the way organs are assessed and save thousands of dollars per transplant, a UCLA study has found.

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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Global Advanced Wound Dressings Market Value Will Exceed $3.5 Billion by 2021

June 1, 2015 8:29 am | by Shashank Settipalli, Medical Devices Analyst, GlobalData | Articles | Comments

The fastest growing advanced wound care segments will be hydrofibers and wound contact layers. 

Bioscience Bulletin: Genes, Greens, and Abstract-thinking Infants

May 29, 2015 4:02 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.

Getting “Inked” May Come with Long-Term Medical Risks, Physicians Warn

May 29, 2015 9:44 am | by NYU | News | Comments

In what they believe to be the first survey of its kind in the United States, researchers have found that as many as 6 percent of adult New Yorkers who get “inked”—in other words, those who get a tattoo—have experienced some form of tattoo-related rash, severe itching, or swelling that lasted longer than four months and, in some cases, for many years.

PETA and Doctors’ Group Ask for More Animal Testing Regulation

May 28, 2015 10:01 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine are asking for better tracking, and a gentler approach, for animal testing in the U.S.

Diagnosing Cancer With Help from Bacteria

May 28, 2015 9:56 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Engineered probiotics can detect tumors in the liver.

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23andMe's Plan to Harness Data for Disease Treatments

May 28, 2015 8:59 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The company's massive database of genetic information it collected over the years will play an important role in this new project.

New Chip Makes Testing for Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria Faster, Easier

May 27, 2015 9:23 am | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

Researchers have designed a small and simple chip to test for antibiotic resistance in just one hour, giving doctors a shot at picking the most effective antibiotic to treat potentially deadly infections. Their work was was published this week in the international journal Lab on a Chip.

In-Depth Look at History’s Largest Genetic Twin Study

May 27, 2015 9:04 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

The largest meta-study of twins in history—which examines 14.5 million sets of twins — found that, generally, genes and environment play an equal role in human development.

WHO Addresses Antimicrobial Resistance, Immunization Gaps, and Malnutrition

May 26, 2015 10:05 am | by World Health Organization | News | Comments

The World Health Assembly agreed on resolutions to tackle antimicrobial resistance; improve access to affordable vaccines and address over- and under-nutrition.

Glancing at Greenery Can Markedly Boost Concentration Levels

May 26, 2015 9:31 am | by University of Melbourne | News | Comments

Researchers find only 40 seconds of green can make a huge difference to productivity

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Bioscience Bulletin: Brain Boosters; New Technology

May 22, 2015 2:53 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.

Scientists Figure Out How Vitamin E Keeps Muscles Healthy

May 21, 2015 10:57 am | by Georgia Regents University | News | Comments

Body builders have it right: vitamin E does help build strong muscles, and scientists appear to have figured out one important way it does it.

News on Asthma and Peanut Allergies Could Lead to Misdiagnosis, Unnecessary Testing

May 21, 2015 10:48 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Allergist raises concerns about highly-publicized research findings suggesting that children with asthma are prone to peanut allergy.

Promising Malaria and Dengue Vaccines Will Not Defeat Diseases

May 21, 2015 9:02 am | by Christopher J. Pace, Ph.D., GlobalData Managing Analyst, Infectious Diseases | Articles | Comments

The company expects that while vaccines will be an essential component of future dengue and malaria prevention and control efforts, immunization cannot succeed as a silver bullet solution for either disease.

FDA Proposes to Know More About Antibiotic Use in Animals

May 20, 2015 10:20 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is moving to collect more information on antibiotics used in animals that become meat. It's an effort to stem antibiotic-resistant diseases.

Researchers Identify Potentially Effective Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction

May 20, 2015 10:07 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

A new study has found that Naltrexone, a drug used to treat alcoholism, may also be a promising treatment for addiction to methamphetamine.

New Technology Turns Smartphone into a DNA-Scanning Microscope

May 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a new technology that turns a smartphone into a DNA-scanning fluorescent microscope.  Lead researcher Aydogan Ozcan, Howard Hughes Medical Institute chancellor professor at UCLA, sat down with Bioscience Technology to talk about this advancement and its implications for resource-poor labs, and for personalized medicine.

Abcodia Raises $8M to Launch Ovarian Cancer Screening Test

May 20, 2015 8:35 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Abcodia announced this week it raised $8 million to bring its ovarian cancer screening test called ROCA to market.

Discovery Opens Door for Homemade Morphine, Painkillers

May 19, 2015 9:07 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

Cognition Improves After Supplemented Mediterranean Diet, Finds a Rare Trial

May 19, 2015 8:54 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Cognition improves in older people who eat a plant-based Mediterranean diet with antioxidant-rich extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts, according to rare clinical trial research published by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Hong Kong to Use DNA Technology to Publicly Shame Litterbugs

May 18, 2015 11:42 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

DNA phenotyping is just starting to be used to track down criminals, generate new leads on cold-case homicides, and put faces to unidentified and missing people. Now in Hong Kong, it’s being used to threaten litterbugs with public shame, according to organizers of a new anti-polluting campaign.

The U.S. Installs New Guidelines for Genetic Testing Accuracy

May 18, 2015 10:00 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The hope is that this standard can be used among the scientific community to see how well their genomic analysis tools match up.

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