Health

Neurobiology: Use it or lose it

An Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich study reveals that sound-evoked activity of neurons in the auditory system of the mouse increases the thickness of their myelin sheaths – and enhances the speed of signal transmission – both [...]

Texas Team Shows Off Battery-less Pacemaker

A wireless, battery-less pacemaker that can be implanted directly into a patient’s heart is being introduced by researchers from Rice University and their colleagues at the Texas Heart Institute (THI) at the IEEE’s International Microwave Symposium [...]

A unique enzyme could be a game-changer for gluten-sensitive patients

Researchers have found that taking an enzyme tablet while consuming foods containing gluten prevents a significant amount of it from entering the small intestine. This could enable gluten-sensitive patients to ingest small quantities of gluten without [...]

The upside of worrying

Worry – it does a body good. And, the mind as well. A new paper by Kate Sweeny, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, argues there’s an upside to worrying. “Despite its negative reputation, [...]

Smartphone addiction leads to personal, social, workplace problems

Excessive smartphone use leads to problems, and females are especially susceptible to addiction, according to new research from Binghamton University- State University of New York. “Our smartphones have turned into a tool that provides short, quick, [...]

Teens Vapers at Greater Risk for risk for Future Cigarette Smoking

Among high school seniors who have never smoked a cigarette, those who vape are more than four times more likely to smoke a cigarette in the following year than their peers who do not vape. Part [...]

Lung ultrasound can help doctors see other diseases that mask as lethal clots in lung

A pretest risk stratification enhanced by ultrasound of lung and venous performs better than Wells score in the early diagnostic process of pulmonary embolism (PE). That is the main finding of a study to be published [...]

Monkey’s leg movement restored using brain-controlled spinal stimulator

A press release from Brown University describes that an international team of scientists has used a wireless “brain-spinal interface” to bypass spinal cord injuries in a pair of monkeys.  They say it restored intentional walking movement to [...]

Testing of investigational Zika vaccine in humans begins

The first of five early stage clinical trials to test the safety and ability of an investigational Zika vaccine candidate called the Zika Purified Inactivated Virus (ZPIV) vaccine to generate an immune system response has begun [...]

FDA Approves World’s First Artificial Pancreas for Type 1 Diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the world’s first artificial pancreas — the MiniMed 670G hybrid closed looped system.  The medical device is designed to automatically monitor glucose (sugar) and provide appropriate basal insulin doses [...]