Monthly Archives: February 2016

Brain boost: ONR Global sponsors research to improve memory through electricity

In a breakthrough study that could improve how people learn and retain information, researchers at the Catholic University Medical School in Rome significantly boosted the memory and mental performance of laboratory mice through electrical stimulation.

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Study finds 5x increase in hand sanitizer use when located in hospital

Placing alcohol-based hand sanitizers (AHS) in the middle of a hospital lobby floor in front of the visitor entrance increased visitor usage by 528 percent, according to a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control,...

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Forensic botany uses plant DNA to trace crimes

Sam Houston State University is advancing the field of forensic botany with the publication of two recent studies that use marijuana DNA to link drug supplies and pollen DNA to aid in forensic investigations.

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New NIST method may find elusive flaws in medical implants and spacecraft

Medical implants and spacecraft can suddenly go dead, often for the same reason: cracks in ceramic capacitors, devices that store electric charge in electronic circuits. These cracks, at first harmless and often hidden, can start conducting electricity...

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Active surveillance of low-grade prostate cancer alternative to overtreatment

For men with low-grade prostate cancer, active surveillance -- monitoring with the option to treat if the cancer worsens -- is the most common management strategy at a regional diagnostic centre in Ottawa, Ontario, according to new research in CMAJ (Ca...

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Many prostate cancer patients saved from unnecessary treatments and side effects

A new study from The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa shows that men with slow-growing prostate cancer are increasingly avoiding unnecessary and potentially harmful treatment in favor of an approach called active surveillance -- monitoring ...

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Metabolic phenotyping of blood plasma allows for the detection of lung cancer

Metabolic phenotyping of blood plasma by proton nuclear magnetic resonance identified unique metabolic biomarkers specific to lung cancer patients and allowed for the accurate identification of a cohort of patients with early and late-stage lung cancer.

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Is rare wildlife traded on the darknet?

Unlike illicit trade in drugs, guns or pornography, illicit trade in rare wildlife doesn't have to hide on the 'darknet' because people can find whatever rare species they want in the open marketplace.The so-called darknet is not required for trade in ...

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Immune therapy breaks down wall around pancreatic tumors for chemo to attack

In a new preclinical study in Cancer Discovery, researchers from the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania have uncovered the poorly understood mechanics of how macrophages can be 're-educated' by an experimental immune therapy to he...

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Is anti-TNF therapy safe for inflammatory bowel disease patients with prior cancer?

A previous history of cancer doesn't necessarily preclude treatment with antibodies against tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases, suggests a study in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, official journal of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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NYU study defines social motivations of urban farms

Two thirds of urban farmers have a social mission that goes beyond food production and profits, finds new research led by NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

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