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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:48:31 EDT
Completely paralyzed man voluntarily moves his legs, scientists report
A 39-year-old man who had had been completely paralyzed for four years was able to voluntarily control his leg muscles and take thousands of steps in a robotic device during five days of training with the aid of the robotic device combined with a novel noninvasive spinal stimulation pattern that does not require surgery, a team of scientists reports.
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:48:28 EDT
Economic security requires new measures of well-being
Economic well-being for low-income families in the US is often determined by federal measures that establish basic requirements for essentials such as food, shelter and clothing, but a new study suggests that such a definition is unrealistically narrow.
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:48:16 EDT
Antipsychotics inappropriately prescribed to people with intellectual disabilities
Large numbers of people with intellectual disabilities in the UK are being inappropriately prescribed antipsychotic drugs, finds a new study. Intellectual disability is a lifelong condition that begins before the age of 18 and is characterized by limitations in intellectual functioning (generally indicated by an IQ under 70) and difficulties with one or more life skills. Around 1 percent of the population has an intellectual disability.
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:59:01 EDT
New technology transforms cell phone into high-powered microscope
New technology that transforms a cell phone into a powerful, mobile microscope could significantly improve malaria diagnoses and treatment in developing countries that often lack the resources to address the life-threatening disease, says a biomedical engineer who has created the tool.
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:12:16 EDT
Study identifies potential genes associated with most common form of liver damage
In a first-of-its-kind exploratory study, researchers identified a potential gene associated with the initiation of the most common cause of liver damage. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common cause of liver damage. In this study, the scientists sequenced microRNAs from liver biopsies, spelling out their biochemical molecules to identify several potential gene targets associated with NAFLD-related liver damage.
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:43:50 EDT
Provision of HIV treatment can be cost-saving for companies in high prevalence settings
In settings with a high prevalence of HIV, such as South Africa, provision of antiretroviral therapy programs in the workplace can be cost saving for companies due to reductions in healthcare costs, absenteeism, and staff turnover according to new research.
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:11:05 EDT
Researchers develop a likely new combo treatment for the deadliest form of brain cancer
Scientists have developed a potentially promising new combination therapy for glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer. Glioblastoma, also known as grade IV glioma, is the most aggressive primary brain tumor in humans. Approximately 23,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM) every year.
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:11:01 EDT
How anesthesia may fight lung infections: Mouse study
In experiments in mice, researchers have added to evidence that certain so-called “volatile” anesthetics — commonly used during surgeries — may also possess powerful effects on the immune system that can combat viral and bacterial infections in the lung, including influenza and pneumonia.
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:09:00 EDT
Cirrhosis, antibodies increase risk of poor outcome for autoimmune hepatitis patients
New research reports that cirrhosis at first diagnosis and antibodies for the soluble liver antigen/liver pancreas antigen (SLA/LP) are major risk factors for poor short- and long-term outcome in patients with autoimmune hepatitis. Scientists also found that patients diagnosed in childhood were at higher risk of relapse, need of a liver transplant, and reduced life expectancy.
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:07:57 EDT
Studying the outliers: Researchers discover a gene variant that provides a delaying mechanism for Alzheimer's disease
Medical research has yet to discover an Alzheimer's treatment that effectively slows the disease's progression, but neuroscientists may have uncovered a mechanism by which onset can be delayed by as much as 10 years.
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