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Rat Study Points to a Simple Possible Solution for Brain Seizures

(FIERCE BIOTECH) – Currently, when a patient experiences a harsh round of potentially lethal brain seizures, doctors treat the disorder by damping down brain activity. It usually works, but it’s far from ideal. Now, though, researchers at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, say that there could be a simple therapeutic approach to managing brain seizures. Observing that severe brain seizures called status epilepticus triggered the production of estrogen in the hippocampus of rats, the investigators determined that drugs that blocked estrogen synthesis were able to quickly rein in the seizures. They concentrated on two aromatase inhibitors, fadrozole or letrozole...

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Robotic Hand Gets a Human Touch

(Reuters) – Researchers develop a robotic hand with dexterity that mimics a human hand and can learn to handle objects better and better without human intervention.  Sharon Reich reports. This is the closest engineers have ever come to mimicking the dexterity of the human hand. A team at the University of Washington are developing a five-fingered robotic hand with unprecedented capabilities. It can handle objects and learn from its own mistakes. Graduate student Vikash Kumar says that there are several variables needed to develop a successful robotic hand. VIKASH KUMAR, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON RESEARCHER: “One of them is ability...

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Helping the Blind with Free Smart Glasses

(Reuters) – Fund-raising has begun for what developers say will be the world’s first free smart glasses to help the blind and visually impaired. Edward Baran reports. Fund-raising has begun for what developers say will be the world’s first free smart glasses to help the blind and visually impaired. A vision of the future — these could become the world’s first free smart glasses, says the Polish non-profit organisation behind them. Parsee has developed this prototype of battery-powered glasses with a 3D printed frame, camera and earphone. SPARSEE PROJECT MANAGER, BARTOSZ TRZCINSKI: “Parsee is an innovative 3D printed glasses...

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Making Organs Transparent to Improve Nanomedicine

(ACS Nano) – Treating a disease without causing side effects is one of the big promises of nanoparticle technology. But fulfilling it remains a challenge. One of the obstacles is that researchers have a hard time seeing where nanoparticles go once they’re inside various parts of the body. But now one team has developed a way to help overcome this problem — by making tissues and organs clearer in the lab. Their study on mice appears in the journal ACS Nano. Scientists are trying to design nanoparticles that deliver a therapeutic cargo directly to a disease site. This specific...

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Helix Conducts Research As You Write

(TECH CRUNCH) – Researchers often need to go beyond Google to find the kind of medical journal articles and flat data files necessary for their work. But many journal articles are locked away in databases like JSTOR or PubMed, which don’t have the reliable search capabilities of an engine like Google — so researchers have to waste time tracking them down. Enter Helix, a word processor plug-in created at this year’s Disrupt NY Hackathon by Paul Burke and Neil Krishnan. Helix uses machine learning to suggest citations and relevant research as you write. Helix scans a writer’s text as...

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