A new clinical trial is testing whether a common genetic mutation makes Parkinson's Disease patients more likely to suffer cognitive decline after deep brain stimulation surgery. This information would help neurologists identify the best candidates for this procedure and targets different brain areas based on that genetic information.
Researchers at Indiana University Bloomington have launched Graspable Inc., an educational technology startup, to help students learn algebra rules and concepts.
The NoiseCapture application uses signal processing algorithms to calculate acoustic indicators during the user's trips. These geolocated indicators are then anonymously stored in a database to develop noise maps that reflect reality as closely as possible, with extremely dense connections. These noise maps obtained with the help of smartphones could be used by local governments to implement more targeted plans of action for preserving or improving the quality of urban sound environments.
University of Arizona researchers are collaborating on a Phase 2 trial to determine whether a particular peptide administered before and after coronary bypass surgery mitigates or even reverses cognitive deficits thought to be connected to the procedure.
Florence is an online personal health assistant that helps users to manage their health & wellness care. This 'virtual friend' has evolved from being a simple symptom checker to become focused on two main features with high demand: health tracking and med & pill reminding, powered by an intelligent automated messaging system.
A partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Santa Fe, New Mexico-based IR Dynamics is turning nano-size particles that reflect heat, or infrared radiation, into window films for offices, houses, even cars.
Dana-Farber/Boston Children's recently participated in a similar clinical trial of CAR T-cells that evaluated the efficacy of CAR T-cell therapy in treating relapsed or treatment-resistant B-cell ALL. 'The lessons learned from the clinical trials of CAR T-cell operations will assist us in being able to provide to the larger population,' says Colleen Dansereau, MSN, RN and CPN, who is director of clinical research nursing and gene therapy program manager at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's.
Thursday, August 31st, 2017, London, UK: The Biogerontology Research Foundation (http://bg-rf.org.uk/) announces the launch of a crowdfunding campaign, MouseAge (http://mouseage.org/), to develop and test photographic biomarkers of ageing in mice in collaboration with scientists from Harvard School of Medicine, University of Oxford, Youth Laboratories and Insilico Medicine.
The Wellcome Genome Campus and Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) have gone global with a project to explore public attitudes and beliefs on the sharing of genetic information. Now available in English, Russian, German, Portuguese and Polish, with French, Icelandic, Arabic, Japanese, Italian, Swedish, Hindustani and Mandarin translations on the way, the film-based survey, called Your DNA Your Say, is on track to gather feedback from more than 20,000 people around the world.
A tool that makes large databases work smarter, not harder, could unlock the potential of big data to drive medical research, inform business decisions and speed up a slew of other applications that today are mired in a worldwide data glut.