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How the brain controls robotic grasping tools

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Graphic: Head and brain of a person [04/02/2015] Grasping an object involves a complex network of brain functions. New findings from researchers at the University of Missouri suggest that the cerebellum, a region of the brain that has changed very little over time, may play a critical role. Findings could lead to advancements in assistive technologies benefiting the disabled.How the brain controls robotic grasping tools - Read more

DNA nanoswitches reveal how life's molecules connect

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Photo: Switch [03/02/2015] A complex interplay of molecular components governs almost all aspects of biological sciences. Understanding these bio-molecular interactions is critical for the discovery of new, more effective therapeutics and diagnostics to treat cancer and other diseases, but currently requires scientists to have access to expensive and elaborate laboratory equipment. DNA nanoswitches reveal how life's molecules connect - Read more

Study links deficiency of cellular housekeeping gene with aggressive forms of breast cancer

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Graphic: Tumor cell [02/02/2015] UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have identified a strong link between the most aggressive type of breast cancer and a gene that regulates the body's natural cellular recycling process, called autophagy.Study links deficiency of cellular housekeeping gene with aggressive forms of breast cancer - Read more

Communication is key to Emergency Department success

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Photo: Three paramedics talking [30/01/2015] The high-risk, rapidly changing nature of hospital Emergency Departments creates an environment where stress levels and staff burnout rates are high, but researchers at St. Michael's Hospital have identified the secret sauce that helps many emergency clinicians flourish - communication.Communication is key to Emergency Department success - Read more

Epilepsy: Surgery effective for more than 15 years

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Photo: X-ray image of a skull [29/01/2015] Brain surgery for otherwise hard-to-treat epilepsy is effective for up to 15 years, according to a new survey by Henry Ford Hospital physicians.Epilepsy: Surgery effective for more than 15 years - Read more

Bone stem cells shown to regenerate bones and cartilage

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Photo: osteochondroretricular stem cells visualized in red [20/01/2015] Cells, called osteochondroreticular (OCR) stem cells, were discovered by tracking a protein expressed by the cells. Using this marker, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center found that OCR cells self-renew and generate key bone and cartilage cells, including osteoblasts and chondrocytes. Bone stem cells shown to regenerate bones and cartilage - Read more

Cardiac specialists recommend donor heart allocation changes

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Photo: Hands with surgical gloves hold a symbolic heart [15/01/2015] A group of leading cardiac specialists has proposed new guidelines for the allocation of donor hearts to patients awaiting transplant. The changes are aimed at improving the organ distribution process to increase the survival rate of patients awaiting transplant and posttransplant.Cardiac specialists recommend donor heart allocation changes - Read more

Optimistic people have healthier hearts

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Photo: Happy couple bathed in sunlight [13/01/2015] People who have upbeat outlooks on life have significantly better cardiovascular health, suggests a new study that examined associations between optimism and heart health in more than 5,100 adults.Optimistic people have healthier hearts - Read more

Drawing lessons from Philadelphia's large-scale ob unit closures

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Photo: [12/12/2014] What does it mean for expectant mothers and hospitals when there are large-scale closures of maternity units? A new study led by researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides an inside view from hospital staff members in Philadelphia, where 13 out of 19 obstetric units closed in a 15-year period.Drawing lessons from Philadelphia's large-scale ob unit closures - Read more

Fewer deaths related to RSV than previously thought

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Photo: Boy with a cough in bed [09/12/2014] It is a virus that has long been characterized as dangerous and even deadly, but new research shows infant deaths from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are actually quite uncommon in the 21st century.Fewer deaths related to RSV than previously thought - Read more

 
 

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