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Researchers reveal role of epigenetic factors in malignant skin cancer

Researchers reveal role of epigenetic factors in malignant skin cancer

Melanoma, the most aggressive of all skin cancer strains, is often fatal for patients due to the pronounced formation of metastases. Until now, a melanoma's rampant growth was mainly attributed to genetic causes, such as mutations in certain genes. However, researchers from the University of Zurich now reveal that so-called epigenetic factors play a role in the formation of metastases in malignant skin cancer. This opens up new possibilities for future cancer treatments. [More]
UH Case Medical Center offers new test for coronary artery disease

UH Case Medical Center offers new test for coronary artery disease

Medical tests are stressful. Invasive tests, stress tests and unnecessary surgeries are too, not to mention the costs associated with all of them, but the alternative of undiagnosed heart problems are not. They can be fatal. [More]
Researchers identify novel life-preserving circuit responsible for recognizing threats

Researchers identify novel life-preserving circuit responsible for recognizing threats

Our existence depends on a bit of evolutionary genius aptly nicknamed "fight or flight." But where in our brain does the alarm first go off, and what other parts of the brain are mobilized to express fear and remember to avoid danger in the future? [More]
Scientists explore how the brain adapts to visual restoration

Scientists explore how the brain adapts to visual restoration

Recent scientific advances have meant that eyesight can be partially restored to those who previously would have been blind for life. However, scientists at the University of Montreal and the University of Trento have discovered that the rewiring of the senses that occurs in the brains of the long-term blind means that visual restoration may never be complete. [More]
Advanced techniques may lead to screening tool for early detection of autism in children

Advanced techniques may lead to screening tool for early detection of autism in children

Autism is a spectrum of closely related disorders diagnosed in patients who exhibit a shared core of symptoms, including delays in learning to communicate and interact socially. Early detection of autism in children is the key for treatments to be most effective and produce the best outcomes. [More]
Scientists discover genetic pathway responsible for brain development

Scientists discover genetic pathway responsible for brain development

Scientists at A*STAR's Institute of Medical Biology and Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology have identified a genetic pathway that accounts for the extraordinary size of the human brain. [More]
Elekta's Flexitron brachytherapy afterloading platform approved in China

Elekta's Flexitron brachytherapy afterloading platform approved in China

Elekta announces that the China Food and Drug Administration has approved Elekta's Flexitron brachytherapy afterloading platform for sale and marketing in China. [More]
Clinatec chairman receives Lifetime Achievement Award for breakthrough research on Parkinson's disease

Clinatec chairman receives Lifetime Achievement Award for breakthrough research on Parkinson's disease

Prof. Alim-Louis Benabid, board chairman of Clinatec - The Edmond J. Safra Biomedical Research Center, received the Lifetime Achievement award on Dec. 13 from the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) for his work in developing deep brain stimulation to relieve symptoms in Parkinson’s disease patients. [More]
Tendyne Feasibility Study: Tendyne successfully implants TMVI system in first patient

Tendyne Feasibility Study: Tendyne successfully implants TMVI system in first patient

Tendyne Holdings, Inc., a privately held clinical stage medical device company, announced today that in November 2014 the Tendyne Transcatheter Mitral Valve Implantation system (TMVI) was successfully implanted in the first patient of the Tendyne Feasibility Study. This was the first patient enrolled in a three continent, multicenter trial, which aims to generate insight into the safety and performance of the Tendyne device in inoperable patients suffering from mitral regurgitation. [More]
Olympus receives FDA clearance for Narrow Band Imaging

Olympus receives FDA clearance for Narrow Band Imaging

Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, among other core businesses, announced today FDA 510(k) clearance of Narrow Band Imaging (NBI) as enabling effective targeting of biopsies not seen under white light and improved visualization of tumor boundaries in Non-Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer (NMIBC) patients. [More]
Boston Scientific Precision Spectra SCS System provides sustained relief for low back pain patients

Boston Scientific Precision Spectra SCS System provides sustained relief for low back pain patients

New retrospective data evaluating the Boston Scientific Corporation Precision Spectra Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) System demonstrate that the device provided sustained, highly significant relief of low back pain 12 months after implantation. [More]
IRCM researchers uncover mechanism that regulates dopamine levels in the brain

IRCM researchers uncover mechanism that regulates dopamine levels in the brain

Researchers in Montréal led by Jacques Drouin, D.Sc., uncovered a mechanism regulating dopamine levels in the brain by working on a mouse model of late onset Parkinson's disease. [More]
Study reveals how the human brain heals itself after surgical removal of brain tumor

Study reveals how the human brain heals itself after surgical removal of brain tumor

An interdisciplinary team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons from the University of Rochester has used a new imaging technique to show how the human brain heals itself in just a few weeks following surgical removal of a brain tumor. [More]
Learning technique may help overcome cognitive issues in fragile X syndrome

Learning technique may help overcome cognitive issues in fragile X syndrome

A learning technique that maximizes the brain's ability to make and store memories may help overcome cognitive issues seen in fragile X syndrome, a leading form of intellectual disability, according to UC Irvine neurobiologists. [More]
Fiagon's ENT Extended Instrument Set receives FDA approval

Fiagon's ENT Extended Instrument Set receives FDA approval

Fiagon AG medical technologies announced today that it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance for its ear, nose and throat (ENT) Extended Instrument Set. The clearance includes the company's tip-navigated GuideWire, PointerShell instrument adaptor and FlexTube navigated suction and irrigation. [More]
BME announces launch of Speed Arc Nitinol Fixation System

BME announces launch of Speed Arc Nitinol Fixation System

BioMedical Enterprises announced the launch of the Speed Arc Nitinol Fixation System, the world's first superelastic shape memory fixation device that conforms to the sloping surface of the metaphyseal anatomy. This addition to the current patented BME Speed Fixation System is available in three different sizes to ensure a proper fit in varying patient anatomies. [More]
Benvenue Medical's Luna 360 System receives FDA clearance for spinal fusion treatment of DDD

Benvenue Medical's Luna 360 System receives FDA clearance for spinal fusion treatment of DDD

Benvenue Medical, Inc., a developer of minimally invasive solutions for spine repair, today announced that the company's Luna 360 Interbody Fusion System has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for spinal fusion treatment of symptomatic degenerative disc disease (DDD). [More]
Faster and more accurate method for testing new cancer drugs

Faster and more accurate method for testing new cancer drugs

Finding faster and more accurate ways to test new cancer drugs is always a priority for cancer researchers. [More]
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing launches free online course on dementia

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing launches free online course on dementia

Pick a holiday - any holiday - at this time of year, and thoughts turn to family, of bringing the generations together to re-live memories and make new ones. [More]
'Safe entry zones' for neurosurgeons who perform brainstem surgery

'Safe entry zones' for neurosurgeons who perform brainstem surgery

A study using intricate fiber dissection techniques provides new insights into the deep anatomy of the human brainstem--and helps to define "safe entry zones" for neurosurgeons performing brainstem surgery, according to a special article published in Operative Neurosurgery, a quarterly supplement to Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. [More]