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 [...]

Paralyzed Man Regains Use of Arms and Hands After Stem Cell Therapy

A team of doctors injected an experimental treatment made from stem cells, AST-OPC1, into the damaged cervical spine of a recently paralyzed 21-year-old man in an effort to regain some function to a paralyzed Caifornia man. Kris Boesen suffered [...]

Babies’ Spatial Reasoning Predicts Math Skills Later in Life

A new study published in Psychological Science shows that spatial reasoning that is measured in infancy can predict how kids perform in math by the time they turn four. “We’ve provided the earliest documented evidence for [...]

Tackle Symptoms of Schizophrenia with Exercise

Aerobic exercise can significantly help people coping with the long-term mental health condition schizophrenia, according to a new study from University of Manchester researchers. Through combining data from 10 independent clinical trials with a total of [...]

Human Brain Evolved Bigger Due to “Sizing Each Other Up”

Experts suggest that complex decisions of whether to help someone or not could have led to the disproportionately large human brain Humans have evolved a disproportionately large brain as a result of sizing each other up [...]

Autism risk increases if children have older sibling with disorder

A new Kaiser Permanente study found that the risk of younger siblings developing an autism spectrum disorder is 14 times higher if an older sibling has ASD. The study, which was published today in Journal of [...]

Tinder: Swiping self esteem?

Study suggests users of popular dating app feel more negative about themselves than non-users. Whether they’re swiping left or swiping right, male users of the popular dating app Tinder appear to have lower levels of self-esteem [...]

U.S. News & World Report Announces 2016-17 Best Hospitals

Mayo Clinic Recognized as Nation’s No. 1 Hospital; New Rankings Include Four New Surgeries, Expanded Honor Roll and Updated Methodologies U.S. News & World Report today released its 27th annual Best Hospitals rankings to help patients [...]