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Novel technique explains herbicide's link to Parkinson's disease

17/11/2017

Northwestern Medicine scientists have used an innovative gene editing technique to identify the genes that may lead to Parkinson's disease after exposure to paraquat, a commonly-used herbicide.
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Image: Christina Gillmann with a laptop, showing the software; Copyright: Thomas Koziel

New software enables early diagnosis of arteriosclerosis

17/11/2017

Little exercise, fatty food and too many cigarettes – factors like these aid the onset of arterial calcification, also known as arteriosclerosis. Doctors are typically only able to diagnose the disease once it reaches an advanced stage. Computer scientists at the University of Kaiserslautern are developing a software program that will allow doctors to detect calcification earlier.
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A significant international impact has always been and remains MEDICA and COMPAMED’s trump card - visitors hail from over 130 countries

16/11/2017

“MEDICA and COMPAMED have always had a high degree of international impact, and this remains their trump card. Top decision makers from around the world come together here and see the huge breadth of what we have on offer, which is the international frontrunner and has yet to be beaten”, Joachim Schäfer, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf, said, summing up the four-day run of both shows.
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Image: A newborn under EEG monitoring; Copyright: S Vanhatalo

Artificial intelligence to evaluate brain maturity of preterm infants

16/11/2017

University of Helsinki researchers have developed artificial intelligence software, which can evaluate the maturity of a preterm infant’s brain directly from an EEG.
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UMD neuroscientists identify source of early brain activity

16/11/2017

Brain cells that support early structural development also transmit sensory information; discovery could enable early diagnosis of autism and other cognitive deficits
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Image: Huaxi Xu, Ph.D., Professor, Neuroscience and Aging Research Center; Copyright: Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

How SORLA protects against Alzheimer's disease

15/11/2017

Researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) have identified a new protective function for a brain protein genetically linked to Alzheimer's.
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Photo: A stroke patient arrives at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; Copyright: UCLA Health

National study aims to prove value of mobile stroke units

15/11/2017

Roughly every 40 seconds, someone in the United States will have a stroke. Almost every four minutes, one of those people will die as a result. Against that backdrop, UCLA Health has officially launched the first mobile stroke unit on the West Coast, enabling rapid delivery of brain-saving medications to stroke patients who might otherwise face debilitating delays in treatment.
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"Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future" - World Diabetes Day 2017

14/11/2017

The theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 is "Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future". One in ten women has diabetes worldwide. However, many of them do not have access to treatment, care or education concerning their disease. Furthermore, one in seven pregnancies are affected by gestational diabetes.
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Photo: UBC Okanagan researcher Kathleen Martin Ginis and a wheelchair user; Copyright: UBC Okanagan

Specific exercise dosage for people with spinal cord injury

14/11/2017

For decades, the main message to keep the general population healthy was for everyone to get active. In fact, the World Health Organization laid out specific guidelines (150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise each week) on how much physical activity was required for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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Image: Animation of structure of the sorting chip for sorting cells and particles with laser light; Copyright: Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen / aligator kommunikation

Fast Personalized Therapeutic Choices Thanks to the Light-Based Sorting of Biomolecules and Cells

14/11/2017

The "AnaLighter" analyzes and sorts clinically relevant biomolecules and cells in a blood test with light. As a result, physicians can make early diagnoses, for example, of tumor and cardiovascular diseases and initiate patient-specific therapies with great efficacy. Experts from Fraunhofer ILT will be presenting this technology at COMPAMED 2017 in Düsseldorf this week.
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