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Computer Games Could Prevent Falls in the Elderly

November 24, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

A research team has developed new computer games designed to significantly reduce the likelihood of falls at home and in the community among older people.                            

Test Detects Early Brain Damage in Football Players

November 24, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

A new, enhanced MRI diagnostic approach was, for the first time, able to identify significant damage to the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of professional football players following “unreported” trauma or mild concussions.          

Tiny Patient Prompts Advance in Neurogenetics

November 24, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

Researchers had never shown exactly how cells in the brain stem detect carbon dioxide and regulate breathing in humans. After taking a mutation from a two-month-old baby and expressing it in human astrocytes, they did exactly that, and the research may lead to an early warning system to save premature infants.

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Schizophrenia May be Triggered by Excess Protein

November 24, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

A gene associated with schizophrenia plays a role in brain development and may help to explain the biological process of the disease, according to new research.                          

Health Care M&A Leads Global Deal Surge

November 23, 2014 6:57 pm | by Linda A. Johnson and Steve Rothwell - AP Business Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

In a big year for deal making, the health care industry is a standout. Large drugmakers are buying and selling businesses to control costs and deploy surplus cash. A rising stock market, tax strategies and low interest rates are also fueling the mergers and acquisitions.

U.S. Looking Past Ebola to Prepare for Next Outbreak

November 23, 2014 8:57 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.               

Plague Outbreak Kills 40 in Madagascar

November 22, 2014 5:57 am | by Lynsey Chutel - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August. Two people have been diagnosed and one has died in the capital, Antananarivo.        

Streamline Your Sample Preparation

November 21, 2014 10:15 am | by Joanne Ratcliff, PhD, Communications Project Manager, Laboratory Weighing Group, Mettler-Toledo AG | Articles | Comments

Why do labs have such difficultly getting a handle on the source of OOS results? Part of the answer can be attributed to the still-common practice of manual volumetric sample preparation. Now, there is a new technique: gravimetric sample preparation.

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Don’t Open the Freezer Door: Stability vs. Efficiency in ULT Freezers

November 20, 2014 10:55 am | by Joe LaPorte, Director of Product Management, Panasonic Healthcare North America | Articles | Comments

One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, a truly energy-efficient, ultra-low-temperature (ULT) freezer will reach the market. Unfortunately, for now, no technology exists that provides significant gains in efficiency, without compromising unit stability.

3-D-Printed Model Helps Treat Patients with Heart Disorders

November 20, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

An experimental 3-dimensional printed model of the heart may help surgeons treat patients born with complicated heart disorders, according to new research.                           

Gene Therapy Pioneered to Cure 'Bubble Baby' Disease

November 20, 2014 10:35 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers have pioneered a stem cell gene therapy cure for children born with adenosine deaminase (ADA)-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), often called "Bubble Baby" disease.                 

Exploring the Genomes of Mice and Men

November 20, 2014 10:15 am | News | Comments

For decades, the mouse has been a mainstay for researchers studying human diseases because the two species share many of the same genes. But now, a comprehensive analysis of the inner workings of the DNA in humans and mice has uncovered some striking differences in the way their genes are controlled.

WHO: Ebola Transmission 'Intense' in Sierra Leone

November 20, 2014 5:57 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay – Associated Press – Associated Press | News | Comments

The spread of Ebola remains "intense" in most of Sierra Leone even as things have improved somewhat in the two other countries hardest hit, the World Health Organization says.                     

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Surrogate Sushi: Japan Biotech for Bluefin Tuna

November 20, 2014 2:57 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Of all the overfished fish in the seas, luscious, fatty bluefin tuna are among the most threatened. Marine scientist Goro Yamazaki, who is known in this seaside community as "Young Mr. Fish," is working to ensure the species survives.     

Early Statin Use May Give Long-term Heart Benefits

November 19, 2014 2:57 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Research shows that taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward. The benefits seem to grow over time and may last for life.               

Mental Health Problems Increase Cardiovascular Disease Risk

November 19, 2014 2:18 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

People with mental health problems are “significantly” more likely to have stroke or heart disease, according to a study unveiled at a recent Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.                    

Preventing Memory Problems Caused by Sleep Deprivation

November 19, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

In a new study, scientists found that a particular set of cells in a small region of the brain are responsible for memory problems after sleep loss. By selectively increasing levels of a signaling molecule in these cells, the researchers prevented mice from having memory deficits.

3-D-Printed Human Liver Tissues Can Benefit Preclinical Testing

November 19, 2014 1:26 pm | News | Comments

The three-dimensional biology company Organovo Holdings Inc. announced the full commercial release of the exVive3D Human Liver Tissue for preclinical drug discovery testing.                      

Paper Electronics Could Make Health Care More Accessible

November 19, 2014 1:12 pm | News | Comments

Flexible electronic sensors based on paper have the potential to cut the price of a wide range of medical tools. Scientists have now developed a fast, low-cost way of making these sensors by directly printing conductive ink on paper.     

Do Blueberries Really Improve Night Vision?

November 19, 2014 1:06 pm | News | Comments

Blueberries are super stars among health food advocates, who tout the fruit for improving night vision. Scientists have now found reason to doubt that the popular berry helps most healthy people see better in the dark.          

New Laser Therapy Helps Slow Macular Degeneration

November 19, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

A new, low impact low energy laser treatment for patients with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has produced positive results by reducing indicators of the disease.                     

Cleveland Clinic Performs Second Face Transplant

November 19, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Cleveland Clinic surgeons have replaced nearly the entire face of a middle-aged man severely disfigured in a car accident, the hospital announced.                               

Study Will Test Survivors' Blood to Treat Ebola

November 18, 2014 10:57 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of companies and aid groups announced plans Tuesday to test experimental drugs and collect blood plasma from Ebola survivors to treat new victims of the disease in West Africa.                 

Artificial Muscle Capable of ‘Remembering’ Movements Developed

November 17, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed artificial muscles which can learn and recall specific movements, the first time that motion control and memory have been combined in a synthetic material. Read more...          

Spotted: First Evidence of 'Local' Clock in the Brain

November 14, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

In a new study looking at mice, researchers have investigated a local clock found in another part of the brain, outside the SCN, known as the tuberomamillary nucleus (TMN).                       

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