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New ‘Electronic Skin’ for Prosthetics, Robotics

December 10, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists report the development of a stretchable “electronic skin” closely modeled after our own that can detect not just pressure, but also what direction it’s coming from.               

Cognitive Training Can Mitigate Effects of Poverty

December 10, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

The cognitive effects of poverty can be mitigated during middle school with a targeted intervention, according to new research.                                  

Worm's Mental GPS Helps Them Find Food

December 10, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a mathematical theory–based on roundworm foraging that predicts how animals decide to switch from localized to very broad searching.                          

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Sierra Leone Area to Hold Two-week Ebola 'Lockdown'

December 10, 2014 11:58 am | by Clarence Roy-MaCaulay - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in an eastern district of Sierra Leone launched a two-week "lockdown" on Wednesday, hoping to halt the spread of Ebola after the area recorded seven confirmed cases in a day.                   

Laughing Gas Studied as Depression Treatment

December 10, 2014 11:50 am | News | Comments

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has shown early promise as a potential treatment for severe depression in patients whose symptoms don’t respond to standard therapies.                        

Blocking Receptor in Brain’s Immune Cells Counters Alzheimer’s in Mice

December 10, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

Brain cells called microglia chew up toxic substances and cell debris, calm inflammation and make nerve-cell-nurturing substances. New research shows that keeping them on the job may prevent neurodegeneration.            

Using Genome Sequencing to Track MRSA in Under-resourced Hospitals

December 10, 2014 11:15 am | News | Comments

Whole genome sequencing of MRSA from a hospital in Asia has demonstrated patterns of transmission in a resource-limited setting, where formal screening procedures are not feasible.                    

Allen Institute Snags $100M to Create Cell Science Institute

December 9, 2014 3:04 pm | News | Comments

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen announced a commitment of $100 million to create the Allen Institute for Cell Science in Seattle. The Allen Institute for Cell Science will take a multidisciplinary, team science-driven approach to understanding a fundamental and yet elusive question in cell science.

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Sierra Leone Docs Continue Strike Over Ebola Care

December 9, 2014 8:30 am | by Clarence Roy-MaCaulay and Jonathan Paye-Layleh - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone's junior doctors were on strike for a second day Tuesday to demand better care for medical workers who catch Ebola after a spate of recent deaths.                          

Preeclampsia During Pregnancy Linked to Greater Autism Risk

December 9, 2014 8:30 am | Videos | Comments

Children with autism spectrum disorder were more than twice as likely to have been exposed in utero to preeclampsia, and the likelihood of an autism diagnosis was even greater if the mother experienced more severe disease, a large study has found.

Unlocked Protein Key to Harnessing Regenerative Power of Blood Stem Cells

December 9, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Scientists have for the first time identified a protein that plays a key role in regulating how blood stem cells replicate in humans. This discovery lays the groundwork for a better understanding of how this protein controls blood stem cell growth and regeneration.

Injectable 3-D Vaccines Could Fight Cancer, Infectious Diseases

December 9, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Researchers have shown a non–surgical injection of programmable biomaterial that spontaneously assembles in vivo into a 3-D structure could fight and even help prevent cancer and also infectious disease such as HIV.          

Next Steps Uncertain for Women with Dense Breasts

December 9, 2014 8:30 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

More women are learning their breasts are so dense that it's more difficult for mammograms to spot cancer. But new research suggests automatically giving them an extra test isn't necessarily the solution.             

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A Pill to Shed Fat?

December 9, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Researchers have taken what they describe as “the first step toward a pill that can replace the treadmill” for the control of obesity, though that shift, of course, would not provide all of the many benefits of exercise.         

Scientists ID Brain Mechanism that Drives Us to Eat Glucose

December 9, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a mechanism in the brain that may drive our appetite for foods rich in glucose and could lead to treatments for obesity.                             

New Hope for Tackling Signs of Aging in the Future

December 8, 2014 3:08 pm | News | Comments

A new advance in biomedical research could have potential in the future to assist with tackling diseases and conditions associated with aging– as well as in treating cancer.                      

Scientists Pinpoint a New Line of Defense Used by Cancer Cells

December 8, 2014 3:00 pm | Videos | Comments

Scientists have discovered a new line of defense used by cancer cells to evade cell death, according to new research. The team identified a critical pathway of molecular signals which throw a lifeline to cancer cells.         

Q&A: Math, Biological Science Predict Flu Outbreaks

December 8, 2014 2:50 pm | News | Comments

Just as weather forecasting has improved over recent decades, the accuracy of forecasting influenza and other infectious diseases is expected to improve, according to research from a team that placed first in the CDC’s “Predict the Influenza Season Challenge.”

NIH Funds Robots to Assist People with Disabilities

December 8, 2014 2:39 pm | News | Comments

New research in robotics might help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs, and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Projects investigating co-robotics are the focus of new funding from the National Institutes of Health.    

10 Emerging Ethical Dilemmas in Science and Technology

December 8, 2014 12:47 pm | News | Comments

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame has released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2015.             

For Kids with Autism, a 'Flight' to Ease Stress

December 8, 2014 12:19 pm | by Patrick Semansky - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

With boarding passes in hand, children with autism spectrum disorders and their families took part in an air travel rehearsal at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.                 

In Ebola Outbreak, Bad Data Adds Another Problem

December 8, 2014 12:04 pm | by Maria Cheng and Sarah Dilorenzo - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

As health officials struggle to contain the world's biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, their efforts are being complicated by another problem: bad data.                              

Drug Development in a Time of Ebola

December 8, 2014 11:44 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Forbes kicked off the 2014 Healthcare Summit with a session titled, “Drug Development in A Time of Ebola,” where Forbes senior editor Matthew Herper interviewed Edward Cox and Lucianna Borio, two high-ranking officials at the FDA.

‘Satiety Hormone’ Leptin Links Obesity to High Blood Pressure

December 5, 2014 1:42 pm | News | Comments

Leptin, a hormone that regulates the amount of fat stored in the body, also drives the increase in blood pressure that occurs with weight gain, according to researchers.                        

Genetic Errors Linked to More ALS Cases than Originally Thought

December 5, 2014 1:24 pm | News | Comments

Genetic mutations may cause more cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) than scientists previously had realized, according to new research.                              

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