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How to short circuit hunger

Photo: Person with measuring tape [28/04/2015] Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows that it's no fun to feel hungry. In fact, the drive to tame gnawing hunger pangs can sabotage even the best-intentioned dieter. But how exactly is it that fasting creates these uncomfortable feelings - and consuming food takes them away? How to short circuit hunger - Read more

Team discovers new mechanism behind malaria progression

Graphic: Electron microscope image [28/04/2015] A team of researchers from four universities has pinpointed one of the mechanisms responsible for the progression of malaria, providing a new target for possible treatments.Team discovers new mechanism behind malaria progression - Read more

Scientists develop first liquid nanolaser

Photo: Two people look at a laser point [27/04/2015] Northwestern University scientists have developed the first liquid nanoscale laser. And it's tunable in real time, meaning you can quickly and simply produce different colors, a unique and useful feature. The laser technology could lead to practical applications, such as a new form of a "lab on a chip" for medical diagnostics.Scientists develop first liquid nanolaser - Read more

Computer model: How our livers will store fat

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Graphic: Liver [07/04/2015] Computer model developed to predict how 'T09' causes the liver to store fat could be used to predict liver fat storage for other drugs and conditions.Computer model: How our livers will store fat - Read more

Diagnosing infectious diseases at the point-of-care

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Photo: The LabDisc device from the DISCOGNOSIS project [01/04/2015] A new "lab-on-a-disc" technology developed by an EU project research team can diagnose malaria and other febrile infectious diseases simultaneously in just an hour - allowing faster point-of-care treatment and precise drugs administration that could save thousands of lives.Diagnosing infectious diseases at the point-of-care - Read more

Good bone, bad bone

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Photo: OsteoProbe indentation tool [26/03/2015] For people taking glucocorticoids such as prednisone, the increased risk of bone fracture is a well-documented side effect. Used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including autoimmune diseases and allergies, glucocorticoids are known to cause rapid deterioration in bone strength. Scientists explore a new parameter of bone quality that measures strength instead of density.Good bone, bad bone - Read more

Hospital crisis communication: A crisis knows no rules

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[02/03/2015] Crises come in many shapes and sizes. Whether it’s poor hygiene, thefts or treatment errors – once the crisis has arrived, things need to move quickly. For hospitals in particular, the right crisis communication is key. Yet many medical facilities still neglect the fact that crisis communication starts before the actual crisis takes place. Hospital crisis communication: A crisis knows no rules - Read more

Ultrasensitive test for peanut allergies

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Photo: a pile of peanuts [02/03/2015] With an estimated three million people in the United States allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, having a more precise and reliable allergy test could prevent hospitalizations and allow for better monitoring of individuals suffering from peanut allergies.Ultrasensitive test for peanut allergies - Read more

Fluorescent probe tracks osteoarthritis development

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Photo: X-ray image of osteoarthritic knees [09/02/2015] A fluorescent probe may make it easier to diagnose and monitor osteoarthritis, a painful joint disease. The disease is often detected late in development after painful symptoms occur. Earlier diagnosis might lead to better management and patient outcomes. A new study reports that a fluorescent probe tracked the development of osteoarthritis in male mice, brightening as the disease progressed. Fluorescent probe tracks osteoarthritis development - Read more

Large study of hypertension patients highlights key moments at which to intervene

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Photo: Nurse with a patient [05/02/2015] In a new study published this week in the British Medical Journal, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) examined the outcomes of 88,000 adults with hypertension to pinpoint the precise high-blood-pressure level and critical time points at which intervening was tied to a decrease in the risk of death. Large study of hypertension patients highlights key moments at which to intervene - Read more


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