How gaming technologies can help cancer patients communicate better

IMAGE: MyPal aims to investigate the use of apps and electronic games created and adapted specifically to the personal needs of patients. view more  Credit: Lancaster University Lancaster University is sharing in a €4m project to use gaming technology to improve the care of both adults and children with cancer. The project — called «MyPal: Fostering…

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Brain discovery explains a great mystery of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

IMAGE: Michael McConnell, PhD, of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, has identified an explanation for the mysterious death of specific brain cells seen in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative… view more  Credit: Dan Addison | University Communications One of the great mysteries of neuroscience may finally have an answer: Scientists at the University of…

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Study finds children with autism more likely to face maltreatment

A recent study by Vanderbilt researchers of 11 counties in Middle Tennessee revealed that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were nearly 2.5 times more likely than children without ASD to be reported to the Child Abuse Hotline by the age of 8. The study, led by researchers from Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research…

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Patented drug therapy for lung condition has been exclusively optioned to Theratome Bio

IMAGE: This is Michael Coleman, president and CEO of Theratome Bio. view more  Credit: Theratome Bio INDIANAPOLIS — A patented Indiana University School of Medicine discovery that uses proteins, lipids and nucleic acids secreted by adult stem cells to treat Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, or ARDS, has been optioned to Theratome Bio, an Indianapolis-based life sciences…

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Why some brain tumors respond to immunotherapy

NEW YORK, NY (February 15, 2019)— Columbia researchers have learned why some glioblastomas—the most common type of brain cancer—respond to immunotherapy. The findings could help identify patients who are most likely to benefit from treatment with immunotherapy drugs and lead to the development of more broadly effective treatments. The study, led by Raul Rabadan, PhD,…

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Brain-computer interface, promise of restoring communication discussed at AAAS presentation

Brain-computer interfaces promise to restore communication for individuals with severe speech and physical impairments. Current brain computer interfaces share many features of high-tech, conventional augmentative and alternative communication systems, but via direct brain link. Choosing the «right» brain-computer interface that maximizes reliability of the neural control signal and minimizes fatigue and frustration is critical. Jonathan…

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Researchers find genetic vulnerability to menthol cigarette use

A genetic variant found only in people of African descent significantly increases a smoker’s preference for cigarettes containing menthol, a flavor additive. The variant of the MRGPRX4 gene is five to eight times more frequent among smokers who use menthol cigarettes than other smokers, according to an international group of researchers supported by the U.S.…

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UTMB develops drug to rejuvenate muscle cells

IMAGE: Climbing man view more  Credit: The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston GALVESTON, Texas — Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have developed a promising drug that has proven to significantly increase muscle size, strength and metabolic state in aged mice, according to a study just published in Biochemical Pharmacology.…

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