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May 27, 2015

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May 27, 2015

May 26, 2015 — A unique, high performance foam has been developed that can be used to make safer athletic gear and medical equipment, among other things. The developers anticipate an immediate benefit to the ... read more

New Findings About Mechanisms Underlying Chronic Pain Reveal Novel Therapeutic Strategies

May 26, 2015 — A critical role for a class of cells present in the brain and spinal cord, called microglia, has been discovered for those in pain. Researchers have found microglia to neuron signaling to be crucial ... read more

Ion Pump Gives the Body Its Own Pain Alleviation

May 10, 2015 — A small ion pump in organic electronics is giving new hope to people suffering from severe nerve pain. Researchers are the first in the world with technology that can stop pain impulses in living, ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Researchers have answered the longstanding question of how the brain balances hearing between our ears, which is essential for localizing sound, hearing in noisy conditions and for protection from ... read more

May 11, 2015 — Researchers are working on 3-D bioprinting synthetic tissue that could help regenerate nerve cells in patients with spinal cord ... read more

May 8, 2015 — The ability that some people have to use echoes to determine the position of an otherwise silent object, in a similar way to bats and dolphins, requires good high-pitch hearing in both ears, ... read more

Pioneering Facial Recognition Cane for the Blind

May 8, 2015 — A revolutionary ‘smart’ cane enabling the visually impaired to instantly identify friends and family could be available soon, thanks to students at a British university. The ‘XploR’ mobility ... read more

Brain Chemical May Offer New Clues in Treating Chronic Pain

May 6, 2015 — A chemical in the brain typically associated with cognition, movement and reward-motivation behavior -- among others -- may also play a role in promoting chronic pain, according to new research. The ... read more

'Leg Bank' Hope for Changing Amputees' Lives

May 6, 2015 — A ‘leg bank’ – providing life-changing prostheses to low-income people who have lost limbs – is being developed by a team of researchers. The team aims to help people who struggle to find ... read more

Redesigned Systems May Increase Access to MRI for Patients With Implanted Medical Devices

May 5, 2015 — New technology may extend the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging to many patients whose access to MRI is currently limited. A redesign of the wire at the core of the leads that carry signals ... read more

May 5, 2015 — In a study on mice, cells that relay information from the ear to the brain changed their behavior and structure in response to the noise level in the environment. Researchers think the adaptations ... read more

Proteomics Provides New Leads Into Nerve Regeneration

May 5, 2015 — Using proteomics techniques to study injured optic nerves, researchers have identified previously unrecognized proteins and pathways involved in nerve regeneration. Adding back one of these proteins ... read more

May 4, 2015 — Medical researchers have found that a key to the zebrafish's ability to regenerate cardiac tissue lies in the outer layer of the heart known as the epicardium. When this critical layer is ... read more

Researchers Find Clues That May Predict Recovery Outcomes Following Total Hip Replacement

May 4, 2015 — A cross-institutional team of researchers has identified a signaling substance (MuIS) that may predict patients who will have poor muscle regeneration outcomes following hip surgery. Testing patients ... read more

'Exciting Discovery' Could Aid Frontline Spinal Injury Treatment

Apr. 22, 2015 — Rapid treatment with a new anti-inflammatory could have a major impact on recovery from spinal cord injury, researchers have found. The discovery, researchers say, takes scientists closer to the day ... read more

Identifying Speech, Hearing Problems Early May Prevent Future Losses

May 1, 2015 — Experts share tips and tools that identify and prevent speech, voice, and hearing impairments. Such impairments affect 43 million Americans, they say, noting how important it is to diagnose these ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — A previously unappreciated phenomenon has been reported in which the location of injury to a neuron's communication wire in the spinal cord -- the axon -- determines whether the neuron simply ... read more

New Therapy from Naïve Cells Attacks High-Risk Viruses in Cord Blood Transplant Patients

Apr. 29, 2015 — Researchers have expanded the use of virus-specific cell therapy in cord blood transplant patients to successfully prevent three of the most problematic post-transplant viruses affecting this group ... read more

Prenatal Stem Cell Treatment Improves Mobility Issues Caused by Spina Bifida

Apr. 27, 2015 — The lower-limb paralysis associated with spina bifida may be effectively treated before birth by combining a unique stem cell therapy with surgery, new research has ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — Patients with traumatic brain injuries are not benefiting from recent advances in cognitive neuroscience research -- and they should be, scientists report. Now, cognitive neuroscientists have ... read more

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