The New Health Care: Is Our Health Care Spending Worth It?

Many people know by now that the United States spends much more on health care than any other country, and that health outcomes are not a lot better (and in many instances worse). That raises the question: Is our health care spending actually worth it? It’s tricky to figure out the extent of the roles…

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Talk Dirty With Machine

Robots flirt more or less how you’d expect: awkwardly, employing clichés, direct questions and the occasional emoji to communicate interest. Sound like the guy you’ve been talking to on Bumble? Well, that’s a good thing as far as an emerging group of tech entrepreneurs is concerned. “Flirttech,” if you will, has recently assumed the form…

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Protein that hinders advancement of prostate cancer identified

(Boston)—Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have discovered that blocking a specific protein, may be a promising strategy to prevent the spread of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Under the direction of BUSM’s Gerald V. Denis PhD, researchers have long studied a family of three closely related proteins, called BET bromodomain proteins, composed of…

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Wearable system to sense and stimulate the brain at unprecedented resolution

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University is starting a project to design and implement a noninvasive neural interface that can be used as a wearable device. This neural interface will be capable of both recording and stimulating the brain’s dynamic activity with high temporal and spatial resolution. The team will receive up to…

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San Antonio to host premier sleep research event in June

DARIEN, IL — Don’t miss the world’s largest meeting devoted entirely to clinical sleep medicine and sleep and circadian research. SLEEP 2019, the 33rd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC (APSS), will be held in San Antonio from June 9 through June 12. Leading sleep clinicians and scientists will attend this meeting…

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Study identifies enzymes that prevent diabetic kidney disease

BOSTON — (May 20, 2019) — A new study from Joslin Diabetes Center has proven that certain biological protective factors play a large role in preventing diabetic kidney disease in certain people. The study was published online in Diabetes Care. This study built on the findings from a 2017 Joslin Medalist Study of protective factors…

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MedStar Franklin Square to offer new treatment option for qualified emphysema patients

IMAGE: Zephyr Valve. view more  Credit: Pulmonx The Angelos Center for Lung Disease at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has become the first medical facility in the state to offer endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR), using a new FDA-approved lung valve that is positioned in damaged lung airways without surgery, and allows patients with severe emphysema…

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Why do women military vets avoid using VA benefits?

IMAGE: UMass Amherst epidemiology researcher in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. view more  Credit: UMass Amherst Many women military veterans turn to the Veterans Administration (VA) for health care and social services only as a «last resort» or «safety net,» typically for an emergency or catastrophic health event, or when private health insurance…

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Feds fund creation of headset for high-speed brain link

IMAGE: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has funded an ambitious four-year project to develop headset technology that can directly link two human brains without the need for surgery. Led by… view more  Credit: J. Robinson/Rice University A Rice University-led team of neuroengineers is embarking on an ambitious four-year project to develop headset technology that can…

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