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May 27, 2016

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May 27, 2016

A Slick Way to Test Artificial Knees and Hips

May 19, 2016 — A new study suggests that natural proteins can be used to effectively test new replacement hip and knee joints in the laboratory. The work could help with improving design in order to reduce wear and ... read more

Time to Up the Game: Video Game Designers Need to Do More for Young Disabled Players

May 7, 2016 — Computer games controlled through wheelchair movements have the potential to improve quality of life for young people with severe mobility impairments but more needs to be done to consider the needs ... read more

First Recommendations Published on Imaging Assessment of Prosthetic Heart Valves

May 4, 2016 — The first recommendations on multimodality imaging assessment of prosthetic heart valves have been published. Heart valve replacement is performed using mechanical or biological prostheses. It is ... read more

Corticosteroids for Managing Tuberculous Meningitis

May 3, 2016 — A review update has been released to evaluate the effects of corticosteroids being used alongside anti-tuberculosis medication to treat people suffering from tuberculous meningitis Tuberculous ... read more

Double-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial of the Xiao Procedure in Children

May 3, 2016 — The results have been released of a double-blinded randomized controlled trial of the 'Xiao procedure' in children with spina bifida who suffer from neurogenic bladder dysfunction. The Xiao ... read more

'Machine Learning' May Contribute to New Advances in Plastic Surgery

Apr. 29, 2016 — With an ever-increasing volume of electronic data being collected by the healthcare system, researchers are exploring the use of machine learning -- a subfield of artificial intelligence -- to ... read more

Benefits of Stem Cells for Treating Spinal Cord Injuries Assessed

Apr. 29, 2016 — Stem cell therapy is a rapidly evolving and promising treatment for spinal-cord injuries. According to a new literature review, different types of stem cells vary in their ability to help restore ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — Imaging technologies offer a new window into spinal cord to understand touch and pain sensations. The innovative technology revealed that astrocytes--cells in the nervous system that do not conduct ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — A protein called Musashi-2 regulates the function and development of important blood stem cells. This knowledge provides new strategies that can be used to control the growth of these cells -- cells ... read more

Hearing Aid Use Is Associated With Improved Cognitive Function in Hearing-Impaired Elderly

Apr. 25, 2016 — Older adults who used a hearing aid performed significantly better on cognitive tests than those who did not use a hearing aid, despite having poorer hearing, new research ... read more

Hearing Impairment Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

Apr. 22, 2016 — A review of studies of possible linkages between type 2 diabetes and hearing impairment concludes there is compelling evidence that diabetes can damage the auditory system, and that clinicians should ... read more

Apr. 22, 2016 — A smartphone application that projects a magnified smartphone screen to Google Glass has been developed, which allows users to navigate using head movements to view a corresponding portion of the ... read more

Critical to Screen Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis for Hearing Impairment

Apr. 22, 2016 — The objective of a new review is to evaluate published clinical reports related to hearing impairment in patients with RA. Furthermore, researchers discuss possible pathologies and associated factors ... read more

A New Player Revealed in Nerve Growth Process

Apr. 20, 2016 — A protein previously known for its role in kidney function, adaptor protein CD2AP, also plays a significant role in the nervous system, and is associated with a type of neural growth known as ... read more

Research Improves Conductive Plastic for Health, Energy, Other Technologies

Apr. 19, 2016 — An international team of scientists has developed methods to improve the performance of a conductive plastic that can be used in devices that interface with the human ... read more

Guidelines Updated: Botulinum Toxin for Spasticity, Headache, Other Brain Disorders

Apr. 19, 2016 — The American Academy of Neurology has updated its 2008 guidelines on the use of botulinum toxin for spasticity, cervical dystonia, blepharospasm and migraine headache, based on recent ... read more

Apr. 18, 2016 — An underlying cause of dangerous immune suppression in people with high level spinal cord injuries has been identified by researchers who now propose a possible treatment. They report that spinal ... read more

Hip Fracture Risk Rises in the 10 Years After Total Knee Replacement

Apr. 16, 2016 — A Swedish study shows that individuals with total knee replacement (TKR) due to primary osteoarthritis had a low risk for hip and vertebral fracture in the decade before surgery. However, after total ... read more

Immune Cells Help the Brain to Self-Heal After a Stroke

Apr. 15, 2016 — After a stroke, there is inflammation in the damaged part of the brain. Until now, the inflammation has been seen as a negative consequence that needs to be abolished as soon as possible. But, as it ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — Recent research identifying the underlying mechanisms of peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage, has raised the prospect that drug therapies can be developed for the treatment of this condition, ... read more

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