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February 10, 2016

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February 10, 2016

'LIGHTSABR,' a Cheap, Portable Drug-Discovery System Developed

Feb. 10, 2016 — A device that can do the functional equivalent of high-throughput compound screening on an ultra-miniaturized scale has been developed by ... read more

Scientists Write Document Explaining Zika Virus, Urge Vigilance

Feb. 10, 2016 — Public concerns about Zika have triggered scientists to write a new Extension document to explain the virus. Meanwhile, state mosquito control agencies and the Florida Department of Health monitor ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — The first robotically driven experimentation system to determine the effects of a large number of drugs on many proteins, reducing the number of necessary experiments by 70 percent, has been created ... read more

Injury Deaths, Life-Expectancy Gap Between US and Other High-Income Countries

Feb. 9, 2016 — The contribution of three causes of injury death to the gap in life expectancy between the United States and 12 comparable countries in 2012 has been estimated in a new study. The researchers focused ... read more

Some Heart Drugs, Antibiotics Show Effective in Fighting Cancer

Feb. 9, 2016 — Drugs that showed promising perspectives in treating cancers have been identified by researchers, according to a recent study. These drugs are normally used to treat other diseases, such as heart ... read more

Device Hits Pancreatic Tumors Hard With Toxic 4-Drug Cocktail, Sparing the Body

Feb. 8, 2016 — An implantable device can deliver a particularly toxic cocktail of drugs directly to pancreatic tumors to stunt their growth or in some cases, shrink them -- all while showing signs that the rest of ... read more

Diabetes Drug Shown to Help Body Rebuild After Heart Attack

Feb. 8, 2016 — New light has been shed on how a common diabetes drug can be used to aid recovery from a heart attack. Metformin is a cost-efficient drug usually used as a first-line treatment in Type 2 diabetes as ... read more

Newer Pain Management Strategies Can Lead to Quicker, Shorter Recovery After Total Knee Replacement

Feb. 8, 2016 — According to a new literature review , a team-based care approach (consisting of the patient, family members, the orthopaedic surgeon and other medical practitioners) on total knee replacement (TKR) ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — A team led by engineers has 3-D-printed a tissue that closely mimics the human liver's sophisticated structure and function. The new model could be used for patient-specific drug screening and ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Using a model blood vessel system built on a polymer microchip, researchers have shown that the relative softness of white blood cells determines whether they remain in a dormant state along vessel ... read more

Gut Environment Could Reduce Severity of Malaria

Feb. 8, 2016 — Microorganisms in the gut could play a role in reducing the severity of malaria, according to a new study. Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease, and those with the illness often experience fever, ... read more

Restricting Ketamine Would Have 'Dire Consequences' for Surgery in Low-Resource Countries, Anesthesiologists Warn

Feb. 8, 2016 — Proposals to restrict access to ketamine by making it a "Schedule I" drug would have a major impact on the availability of anesthesia and surgery in low- to middle-income countries ... read more

Using Medical Marijuana to Stop Seizures in Kids

Feb. 8, 2016 — Desperate for relief, parents are taking unusual steps to help children plagued with seizures. The relief, however, comes in a most unlikely form: ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — An experimental nanoparticle therapy that combines low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and fish oil preferentially kills primary liver cancer cells without harming healthy cells, researchers ... read more

Researchers Identify New Borrelia Species That Causes Lyme Disease

Feb. 8, 2016 — A new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people has been identified by researchers. The new species has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii. Prior to this finding, the only species ... read more

New Research Identifies Drug Target for Dengue Virus

Feb. 8, 2016 — No vaccine or drug has yet become available against the Dengue virus. A flavivirus like the newly prominent Zika virus, Dengue has become a leading cause of serious illness and death in some Asian ... read more

Risk of Suicide Increased 3-Fold in Adults After a Concussion

Feb. 8, 2016 — The long-term risk of suicide for adults who have had a concussion is three times higher than the population norm, and the risk increases further if the concussion occurred on a weekend, found a new ... read more

Research Finds No Easy Answers to Use of Drug Screening for Pain Patients

Feb. 8, 2016 — Doctors who treat patients suffering from chronic pain face a quandary, according to research. Monitoring patients through urine drug screenings, part of the standard protocol to ensure patient ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — How information is transferred from biological molecules to crystalline surfaces could pave the way for the development of new drugs and other synthetic ... read more

Cocaine Users Present Alterations in Function, Structures of Brain

Feb. 8, 2016 — The presence of alterations in brain functioning and structure in cocaine users has been seen in a new study where researchers used three different magnetic resonance imaging techniques to study the ... read more

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