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BU wins $2.75M grant from NIDCD to test and refine prototype Visually Guided Hearing Aid

BU wins $2.75M grant from NIDCD to test and refine prototype Visually Guided Hearing Aid

Boston University (BU) College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College was recently awarded a five-year, $2.75M grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to test and refine a prototype Visually Guided Hearing Aid (VGHA). [More]

Inner-ear membrane uses tiny pores to mechanically separate sounds

Even in a crowded room full of background noise, the human ear is remarkably adept at tuning in to a single voice - a feat that has proved remarkably difficult for computers to match. [More]
Playing science-based mobile gaming app for 25 minutes can reduce anxiety

Playing science-based mobile gaming app for 25 minutes can reduce anxiety

Playing a science-based mobile gaming app for 25 minutes can reduce anxiety in stressed individuals, according to research published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. [More]

Study: Just a fifth of people with hearing problems use hearing aid

Just a fifth of people with hearing problems wear a hearing aid, a study by The University of Manchester has found. [More]

Obama: Enough people have signed up -- health law will work

In a Friday interview with WebMD, President Barack Obama offered assurances that the health law's new marketplaces have had enough customers to ensure that insurance companies will stay in the system. [More]
FDA grants Fast Track designation to Edison’s lead drug EPI-743

FDA grants Fast Track designation to Edison’s lead drug EPI-743

Edison Pharmaceuticals today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration granted Fast Track designation to EPI-743, the company's lead drug, for the treatment of Friedreich's ataxia. EPI-743 is being developed for pediatric and adult mitochondrial disease, including Friedreich's ataxia. [More]
Longer looks: The 'making of Obamacare;' unlocking an autistic son's secrets; antibiotics and the obesity epidemic

Longer looks: The 'making of Obamacare;' unlocking an autistic son's secrets; antibiotics and the obesity epidemic

If you walk into a farm-supply store today, you're likely to find a bag of antibiotic powder that claims to boost the growth of poultry and livestock. That's because decades of agricultural research has shown that antibiotics seem to flip a switch in young animals' bodies, helping them pack on pounds. Manufacturers brag about the miraculous effects of feeding antibiotics to chicks and nursing calves. Dusty agricultural journals attest to the ways in which the drugs can act like a kind of superfood to produce cheap meat. But what if that meat is us? (Pagan Kennedy, 3/8). [More]
Study sheds new light on how humans perceive and produce sounds

Study sheds new light on how humans perceive and produce sounds

Research from McGill University reveals that the brain's motor network helps people remember and recognize music that they have performed in the past better than music they have only heard. [More]

Study: Children’s sensitivity to linguistic environment does not align with objective measures of informativity

A new study reveals that four-to-seven-year-old children rely on the sounds of new nouns more than on their meaning when assigning them to noun classes, even though the meaning is more predictive of noun class in the adult language. [More]

Researchers receive $3 million grant from NIH to study effects of asymmetric hearing loss

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of asymmetric hearing loss in adults and children. [More]
Orexo signs multi-year agreement with OptumRx and UnitedHealth Group

Orexo signs multi-year agreement with OptumRx and UnitedHealth Group

Orexo AB, the manufacturer of ZUBSOLV® (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual tablets (CIII), announced a multi-year agreement with UnitedHealth Group® and OptumRx® providing preferred coverage and reimbursement of ZUBSOLV®. [More]

CPhI to conduct the 4th NEXTGEN China 2014 Conference from March 27 to 28

In March 2012, the 1st Nextgen China was held successfully in Shanghai. FDA, USP, national institutes for Food and Drug Control and leading pharmaceutical companies from home and abroad were invited to give presentations. [More]
Researchers determine affected areas of brain using speech processing tests with aid of fMRT

Researchers determine affected areas of brain using speech processing tests with aid of fMRT

The brain processes read and heard language differently. This is the key and new finding of a study at the University Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the MedUni Vienna, unveiled on the eve of the European Radiology Congress in Vienna (6 to 10 March). [More]
Researchers publish new key parameters for evaluating and treating autism

Researchers publish new key parameters for evaluating and treating autism

Improving diagnosis and treatment for individuals with autism has been the focus of a growing body of research. New information from these studies led the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to revise key parameters for evaluating and treating autism. Researchers led by Yale Child Study Center director Fred Volkmar, M.D., have published the new practice parameters in the Feb. issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. [More]

House votes to delay individual mandate

The House took its 50th vote to change the health law, passing a bill that would delay the individual mandate to carry health insurance for one year. The measure will likely never be taken up in the Democrat-led Senate. [More]
Gentiva Health Services' total net revenues increase 14% to $486.1 million in Q4 2013

Gentiva Health Services' total net revenues increase 14% to $486.1 million in Q4 2013

Gentiva Health Services, Inc., one of the largest providers of home health, hospice and community care services in the United States, today reported fourth quarter and full-year 2013 results. [More]
Viewpoints: The evolution of Medicare; generic drugs and patient safety; new food labels

Viewpoints: The evolution of Medicare; generic drugs and patient safety; new food labels

About half a century ago, organized medicine and the hospital industry in this country struck a deal with Congress that in retrospect seems as audacious as it seems incredible: Congress was asked to surrender to these industries the keys to the United States Treasury. In return, the industries would allow Congress to pass a 1965 amendment to the Social Security Act .... We have come to know it as Medicare. [More]

GOP signals it would attack Hillary Clinton on health care

The Wall Street Journal reports that Republican strategists say they would target Clinton's stance on health care, should she run for president. [More]
Senate majority leader blasts anti-Obamacare ads

Senate majority leader blasts anti-Obamacare ads

The ads, released by the group Americans For Posterity, had Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid condemning them and the Koch brothers, the backers of the group, as "un-American" in a Senate floor speech Wednesday. He later softened his comments. [More]

Viewpoints: Health law's forgotten taxes; 'lame documentation' by critics; hospital closing crisis

The Affordable Care Act contains at least two economically distinct taxes on labor market activity. Even the experts on the law have failed to recognize all of them (Casey B. Mulligan, 2/26). [More]