Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center announces $200K Challenge winners

BOSTON — Entrepreneurs developing new technologies to treat blood clots, congestive heart failure, incontinence and more were the big winners at the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center $200,000 Challenge, an annual pitch competition that showcases cutting-edge innovations in the medical-device and biotech fields. The center, known as M2D2, is a partnership between UMass Lowell and…

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How do we make moral decisions?

When it comes to making moral decisions, we often think of the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Yet, why we make such decisions has been widely debated. Are we motivated by feelings of guilt, where we don’t want to feel bad for letting the other person down?…

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Behavioral disorders in kids with autism linked to reduced brain connectivity

More than a quarter of children with autism spectrum disorder are also diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders. For the first time, Yale researchers have identified a possible biological cause: a key mechanism that regulates emotion functions differently in the brains of the children who exhibit disruptive behavior. The study appears in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience…

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Research provides important insight on the brain-body connection

A study conducted by University of Arkansas researchers reveals that neurons in the motor cortex of the brain exhibit an unexpected division of labor, a finding that could help scientists understand how the brain controls the body and provide insight on certain neurological disorders. The researchers studied the neurons in the motor cortex of rats…

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Barrow researcher discovers critical RNA processing aberrations

Research by a Barrow Neurological Center scientist on mechanisms of dysfunctional RNA processing in ALS and frontaltemporal dementia (FTD) was published in the April issue of Acta Neuropathologica. The research was conducted by Dr. Rita Sattler and her graduate student Stephen Moore in her laboratory at the Department of Neurobiology at Barrow Neurological Institute, which…

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How to break up with a dentist: New dental technology which doubles the life of seals

IMAGE: This is the process of nanoparticles fabrication. view more  Credit: © NUST MISIS Scientists from NUST MISIS have presented innovative antibacterial compositions for materials used in permanent dental fillings — pickling gel, washing fluid and «drying». A special antibacterial agent based on metal oxides’ colloidal solutions as part of preparations allows suppressing the growth of…

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Kidney transplant patients need even better aftercare!

Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and dialysis patients especially, have a significantly higher cardiovascular morbidity and mortality than healthy people. Kidney transplantation is the best renal replacement therapy available. Compared to dialysis patients, transplant recipients have significantly better long-term survival and quality of life [2]. Although their cardiovascular risk decreases, cardiovascular complications are still…

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Timing of steroid shots before rotator cuff surgery affects infection risk

April 18, 2019 — For patients undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, previous steroid injections into the shoulder don’t increase the risk of surgical-site infection — unless the injection is administered within one month before surgery, reports a study in the April 17, 2019 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint…

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Ginkgo seed extracts show antibacterial activity on skin pathogens

IMAGE: The fan-shaped leaves of a ginkgo tree on the Emory University campus. view more  Credit: Emory University Extracts from the seeds of the Ginkgo biloba tree show antibacterial activity on pathogens that can cause skin infections such as acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema, a study at Emory University finds. Frontiers in Microbiology is publishing the…

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