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Parkinson Disease, DBS, Deep Brain Stimulation

Experimental Treatment for Parkinson's Symptoms Shows Promise

More than 12 months after Parkinson's patient Bill Crawford received "DBS Plus," he can walk more easily and is back to leading services at his beloved Porter Memorial Church in Lexington, Ky.

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Northwestern University, Northwestern Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Depression, Mental Health

New Apps Designed to Reduce Depression and Anxiety as Easily as Checking Your Phone

Soon you can seek mental health advice on your smartphone as quickly as finding a good restaurant.A novel suite of 13 speedy mini-apps called IntelliCare resulted in participants reporting significantly less depression and anxiety by using the apps on their smartphones up to four times a day, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.

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Nutrition & Children, Parenting, Nutrition and behavior, processed foods, Prepackaged foods

Parents Purchase Frozen Dinners for More Than Convenience

Processed foods are higher in calories, sugar, sodium, and saturated fat than natural foods, but prepackaged, processed meals remain a popular choice for many consumers because they reduce the energy, time, and cooking skills needed to prepare food. Having items like boxed entrees and frozen dinners available at home can contribute to a poor diet, which led researchers from the University of Minnesota and Duke University to examine reasons why parents purchase prepackaged, processed foods.

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Optogenetics, Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Biophysics

Optogenetics Breakthrough: UNC Scientists Expand the Use of Light to Control Protein Activity in Cells

Scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have developed a method to control proteins inside live cells with the flick of a switch, giving researchers an unprecedented tool for pinpointing the causes of disease using the simplest of tools: light.

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Nanomaterials, Nanotubes, DNA nanotechnology, Nanobridges, biomolecular engineering

Captured on Video: DNA Nanotubes Build a Bridge Between Two Molecular Posts

In a microscopic feat that resembled a high-wire circus act, Johns Hopkins researchers have coaxed DNA nanotubes to assemble themselves into bridge-like structures arched between two molecular landmarks on the surface of a lab dish.

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Concussion, concussion awareness, concussion care, concussion detection, concussion diagnosis, Concussion Guidelines, concussion in sport, concussion management, traumatic brain injury (TBI), Traumatic Brain Injury Research, traumatic brain injury rehab, Pediatrics, Vision And Athletic Performance, Vision, Optometry, Optometry & Vision Science, Neurology

Vision Symptoms Following Concussion Can Limit a Child’s Ability to Return to the Classroom

A UAB study shows that evaluation from a vision specialist should be included in return-to-learn concussion protocols.

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laboratory medicine, diagnostic technology, Clinical technologists, hospital laboratory, automated clinical lab

Automated Clinical Laboratory Never Sleeps

A new $6.8 million, automated lab in the UAB Department of Hospital Labs analyzes between 4,000 and 5,000 tubes of blood every night, providing information to help guide patient care, while keeping watch for abnormal test results that require immediate notification to clinicians.

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Biocompatible, Micromachines, microrobots, Biomaterials, Hydrogels, Precision Medicine, Drug Delivery, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Manufacturing, Platform, Microscale, Implantable, Bone Cancer, Cancer, MEMS, Microdevices, Medical Devices

Implantable Microrobots: Innovative Manufacturing Platform Makes Intricate Biocompatible Micromachines

Columbia Engineering researchers have developed a way to manufacture microscale-sized machines from biomaterials that can safely be implanted in the body. Working with hydrogels, they have invented a new technique that stacks the soft material in layers to make devices that have three-dimensional, freely moving parts. The study demonstrates a fast manufacturing method they call “implantable microelectromechanical systems” (iMEMS). (Science Robotics 1/4/17)

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Paleontology, Evolution, Fossil, chimaeras, Sharks, South Africa

280 Million-Year-Old Fossil Reveals Origins of Chimaeroid Fishes

High-definition CT scans of the fossilized skull of a 280 million-year-old fish reveal the origin of chimaeras, a group of cartilaginous fish related to sharks. Analysis of the brain case of Dwykaselachus oosthuizeni, a shark-like fossil from South Africa, shows telltale structures of the brain, major cranial nerves, nostrils and inner ear belonging to modern-day chimaeras.

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Nanoparticles, Antibodies, Medical Diagnostics

Storing and Testing at Any Temperature

Engineers at Washington University in St. Louis develop new nanoparticle technology that eliminates the need for cold storage in some medical diagnostic tests.

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3D printing, Acoustics, maker movement

How to 3-D Print Your Own Sonic Tractor Beam

After demonstrating the first acoustically driven tractor beam platform, researchers develop a simpler, cheaper version using 3-D printable parts and open-source electronic components for the maker community

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Smoking Cessation, Nicotine Addiction, Serious Mental Illness

Many Smokers with Serious Mental Illness Want to Kick Habit

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that although many smokers with serious mental illnesses would like to quit smoking, many psychiatrists and caseworkers aren't aware of their patients' wishes and, consequently, haven't prescribed medications or referred them to services to help them stop smoking.

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new year resolution, top new year resolutions, quit smoking for new year, advice on keeping new year resolutions, Happy new week, Monday effect, use monday to commit , Healthy Monday, Monday reset

Give New Year’s Resolutions a Boost with a “Monday Resolution”

Research shows that only 8% of people making New Year’s resolutions end up achieving them each year. Some health experts believe a more effective approach would be to follow New Year’s with a recommit strategy that capitalizes on the natural momentum of the weekly cycle.

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Bidmc, Beth Israel Deaconess, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, CardioVascual Institution, Affordable Care Act (ACA), Healthcare Costs, Hospital Readmission Rates

Study: Hospital Readmission Rates Decrease Following Passage of Affordable Care Act Financial Penalties

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) instituted financial penalties against hospitals with high rates of readmissions for Medicare patients with certain health conditions. A new analysis led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Massachusetts General Hospital has found that the penalties levied under the law’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program were associated with reduced readmissions rates and that the poorest performing hospitals achieved the greatest reductions.

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Neural Circuits, Neuron, Biology, Nervous System, Roundworm, C Elegans, transgenic actuators, gene expression

Biology’s “Breadboard”

Understanding how the nervous system of the roundworm C elegans works will give insights into how our vastly more complex brains function and is the subject of a paper in Nature Methods.

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Scripps Institution Of Oceanography, false killer whales

Researchers Capture Video of False Killer Whale’s Encounter with Longline

A team of researchers and fishermen used video and audio recordings to observe false killer whales removing fish from a longline fishing hook, a behavior known as depredation.

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Stroke, Holiday, Holiday Advice, Patrick Lyden

Cedars-Sinai Neurologist Warns of Increased Risk of Strokes During the Holidays

Along with increased cheer and festivities during the holidays comes an increased risk of stroke, one of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. Patrick D. Lyden, MD, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurology, said he sees a significant increase in stroke incidents during December and January, particularly on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD), Cardiology, TAVR, TAVR procedure, structural heart disease, Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Health, Heart Attack

UAB’s 500th TAVR Procedure Gives Retired Pastor, Baseball Player Opportunity to Help Others

UAB is the only hospital in Alabama to perform 500 TAVR cases.

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Head and neck, head and neck cancer patients, Cetuximab, Chemotherapy, Radiation, Cancer

UCLA-Led Study Provides Roadmap to More Personalized Cancer Treatment

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Firefly Gift-Giving: Composition of ‘Nuptial Gifts’ Revealed, Shedding Light on Postmating Sexual Selection

New research at Tufts University, in collaboration with MIT scientists, reveals the molecular composition of firefly "nuptial gifts", offering the first peek into the content of these special packages and shedding new light on post-mating sexual selection. The findings were published today in Scientific Reports.







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