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UTHealth researchers discover new light-activated proteins that work as 'off switches' for brain cells

UTHealth researchers discover new light-activated proteins that work as 'off switches' for brain cells

Light switches for neurons have made enormous contributions to brain research by giving investigators access to "on switches" for brain cells. But, finding "off switches" has been much more challenging. [More]
UCLA cardiologists use less invasive approach to replace heart valve

UCLA cardiologists use less invasive approach to replace heart valve

Last summer, after a long career as a successful entrepreneur and a brief retirement, Richard Whitaker was helping to start another new company. Unfortunately, a serious health concern caused a couple of interruptions in his work on the new venture. One of Whitaker's heart valves wasn't working properly, which caused congestive heart failure and led to two hospitalizations within several months. [More]
Special issue provides comprehensive overview of latest findings in the area of skeletal research

Special issue provides comprehensive overview of latest findings in the area of skeletal research

While there is good understanding of how bone mass, and more recently bone architecture, affects fracture risk, far less is known about the material properties of bone, or how these can impart resilience or fragility to the skeleton. [More]
FDA Grants clearance to MXO's dynaMX Compression Staple featuring Malleable Nitinol Technology

FDA Grants clearance to MXO's dynaMX Compression Staple featuring Malleable Nitinol Technology

MX Orthopedics, Corp., a leader in superelastic technologies for orthopedic implants, announces the recent FDA clearance (K143622) of its patent-pending dynaMX™ Compression Staple featuring Malleable Nitinol Technology. [More]
Kay E. Davies named recipient of ASHG's 2015 William Allan Award

Kay E. Davies named recipient of ASHG's 2015 William Allan Award

The American Society of Human Genetics has named Kay E. Davies, DPhil, Dr. Lee's professor of anatomy, associate head of the medical sciences division; and director of the Medical Research Council Functional Genomics Unit in the department of physiology, anatomy and genetics at the University of Oxford, the 2015 recipient of the annual William Allan Award. [More]
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital uses two imaging techniques to produce hybrid 3D model of a patient's heart

Helen DeVos Children's Hospital uses two imaging techniques to produce hybrid 3D model of a patient's heart

Congenital heart experts from Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital have successfully integrated two common imaging techniques to produce a three-dimensional anatomic model of a patient's heart. [More]
Preclinical Magnetic Particle Imaging: an interview with Professor Jeff Bulte, Johns Hopkins

Preclinical Magnetic Particle Imaging: an interview with Professor Jeff Bulte, Johns Hopkins

I'm Jeff Bulte, professor of Radiology and Director of Cellular Imaging at the Institute for Cell Engineering at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland in the United States. I lead a group of about 20 to 25 people who focus their research on imaging cells. [More]
CHLA researchers provide new hope for infants with short bowel syndrome

CHLA researchers provide new hope for infants with short bowel syndrome

Investigators at Children's Hospital Los Angeles are providing new hope for babies with short bowel syndrome (SBS) by developing a novel model of SBS in zebrafish, described in a paper published online on June 18 by the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. [More]
Research finding could help develop artificial retinas for people with vision loss

Research finding could help develop artificial retinas for people with vision loss

Driving a car at 40 mph, you see a child dart into the street. You hit the brakes. Disaster averted. But how did your eyes detect that movement? It's a question that has confounded scientists. Now, studying mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have an answer: A neural circuit in the retina at the back of the eye carries signals that enable the eye to detect movement. [More]
Nanoplatform technology that detects early stages of cancer receives U.S. patent

Nanoplatform technology that detects early stages of cancer receives U.S. patent

A U.S. patent has been awarded to a Kansas State University technology that quickly detects the early stages of cancer before physical symptoms ever appear. [More]
Scientists report that mouse with weak bones appears to have strong metabolism

Scientists report that mouse with weak bones appears to have strong metabolism

One mouse with weak bones appears to have a strong metabolism, even on a high-fat diet, scientists report. While weaker bones are clearly not a good thing, scientists suspect that, somewhere in the conversation between the genetically engineered mouse's skeleton and the rest of its body, there may be an answer that helps obese individuals avoid some of the worst ravages of this health epidemic. [More]
Researchers find lymphatic vessels in the central nervous system

Researchers find lymphatic vessels in the central nervous system

In a study published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, researchers working at the Wihuri Research Institute and the University of Helsinki report a surprising finding that challenges current anatomy and histology textbook knowledge: Lymphatic vessels are found in the central nervous system where they were not known to exist. [More]
Philips introduces new Anatomically Intelligent Ultrasound tool

Philips introduces new Anatomically Intelligent Ultrasound tool

Royal Philips today announced the introduction of HeartModelA.I., a new Anatomically Intelligent Ultrasound (AIUS) tool that brings advanced quantification, automated 3D views and robust reproducibility to cardiac ultrasound imaging. [More]
Surgeons perform breakthrough operation to separate six-month-old conjoined Haitian twins

Surgeons perform breakthrough operation to separate six-month-old conjoined Haitian twins

On Friday, May 22, an 18-member team of physicians and nurses from Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) led an international collaboration to separate a pair of six-month-old conjoined Haitian twins, the first such operation ever performed on Haitian soil. [More]
Duke Medicine scientists produce 3-D map of human brain stem using MRI technology

Duke Medicine scientists produce 3-D map of human brain stem using MRI technology

Scientists at Duke Medicine have produced a 3-D map of the human brain stem at an unprecedented level of detail using MRI technology. [More]

Research findings challenge the model of memory forming in hippocampus

The hippocampus plays a crucial role in memory formation. However, it is not yet fully understood in what way that brain structure's individual regions are involved in the formation of memories. Neuroscientists at the Collaborative Research Center 874 at RUB have recreated this process with the aid of computer simulations. [More]
Zinc levels linked to formation of kidney stone

Zinc levels linked to formation of kidney stone

New research on kidney stone formation reveals that zinc levels may contribute to kidney stone formation, a common urinary condition that can cause excruciating pain. The research found that zinc may be the core by which stone formation starts. [More]
Centinel Spine achieves milestone implantation of 20,000 STALIF C cervical integrated interbody devices

Centinel Spine achieves milestone implantation of 20,000 STALIF C cervical integrated interbody devices

Centinel Spine, Inc., the pioneer of spinal Stand-Alone, No-Profile®, Integrated Interbody™ devices has now implanted 20,000 STALIF C cervical Integrated Interbody devices. The STALF C device is implanted during cervical fusion procedures to treat degenerative spinal disorders. [More]
Innovative mini hybrid gamma ray camera improves removal of tumours and lymph nodes

Innovative mini hybrid gamma ray camera improves removal of tumours and lymph nodes

Universities of Leicester and Nottingham to develop mini hybrid gamma ray camera to revolutionise identification and removal of tumours and lymph nodes [More]
DDW 2015: Experts explore efficacy of Stretta therapy for treating chronic GERD patients

DDW 2015: Experts explore efficacy of Stretta therapy for treating chronic GERD patients

A special presentation at Digestive Disease Week 2015 featured GERD experts weighing in on their successful experience using Stretta therapy to treat challenging patient populations suffering from GERD. [More]
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