New high-sensitivity blood tests could aid faster diagnosis and treatment for heart attack

When diagnosing a heart attack, accuracy and timing are everything. A new test designed to better measure levels of troponin, a protein released when the heart muscle is damaged, could help emergency department physicians provide faster diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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Postcard from Sacramento: Alzheimer’s ‘looks like me, it looks like you’

Until last year, Jackie Coleman was a disability rights lawyer — a good one, too.

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FDA grants approval for first drug to treat inherited breast cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Lynparza (olaparib tablets) to include the treatment of patients with certain types of breast cancer that have spread (metastasized) and whose tumors have a specific inherited (germline) genetic mutation, making it the first drug in its class (PARP inhibitor) approved to treat breast cancer, and it is the first time any drug has been approved to treat certain patients with metastatic breast cancer who have a “BRCA” gene mutation.

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Researchers identify possible cause of colonial-era epidemic in Mexico

An international team, led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Harvard University and the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History, has used ancient DNA and a new data processing program to identify the possible cause of a colonial-era epidemic in Mexico.

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Guts of surfers more likely to be colonized by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, study reveals

Regular surfers and bodyboarders are three times more likely to have antibiotic resistant E. coli in their guts than non-surfers, new research has revealed.

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Tissue-based soft robot could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics

UCLA bioengineering professor Ali Khademhosseini has led the development of a tissue-based soft robot that mimics the biomechanics of a stingray. The new technology could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics, regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics.

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IBV develops platform that helps companies to diagnose wellbeing of their workforce

The Biomechanics Institute of the Universitat de València has developed a platform to diagnose the wellbeing of the workforce and help companies undertake health promotion measures.

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Aztec apocalypse found to be Salmonella outbreak

There was an epidemic in the Mexican highlands in 1545 and then again in 1576 that killed between 7 and 17 million people. These people had fever and vomiting and developed red spots over their skin before they died.

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Caltech researchers develop new method to see neural connections in living flies

The human brain is composed of billions of neurons wired together in intricate webs and communicating through electrical pulses and chemical signals.

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ED-based geriatrics transition care nurse helps avoid hospital admissions

When older adults arrive at a hospital’s emergency department (ED), they may face unexpected challenges. For example, they may become less able to function independently.

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