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2011-02-18 17:07:32

Mind over matter Daniel Moran has dedicated his career to developing the best brain-computer interface, or BCI, he possibly can. His motivation is simple but compelling. "My sophomore year in high school," Moran says, "a good friend and I were on the varsity baseball team. I broke my arm and was out for the season. I was feeling sorry for myself when he slide into home plate head first and broke his neck. "So I knew what I wanted to do when I was 15 years old, and all my career is just based...

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2011-02-13 08:40:20

By Diana Lutz, Washington University in St. Louis An ultrasound guide star and time-reversal mirror can focus light deep under the skin, a game-changing improvement in biomedical imaging technology Astronomers have a neat trick they sometimes use to compensate for the turbulence of the atmosphere that blurs images made by ground-based telescopes. They create an artificial star called a guide star and use its twinkling to compensate for the atmospheric turbulence. Lihong Wang, PhD, the Gene...

2011-02-07 21:58:45

Crop yields from India's first genetically modified crop may have been overemphasized, as modest rises in crop yields may come at the expense of sustainable farm management, says a new study by a Washington University in St. Louis anthropologist. The study, by Glenn Stone, PhD, professor of anthropology in Arts & Sciences, appears in the March issue of the journal World Development. In his paper, Stone compares village yields in 2003 and 2007, which conveniently had very similar levels of...

2011-02-02 11:20:00

Medical Professionals Gather in Scottsdale to Present Research Updates, Clinical Tips - and Even Music PHILADELPHIA and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An international group of over 900 medical experts gathers today to discuss the most current treatments for children with heart disease. Affecting about 8 in every 1,000 children, congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect. In its severe forms, it is also the leading cause of death from birth...

2011-01-27 13:01:00

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hospitalized patients at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa this week received a very special visit from the most-listened-to woman on the radio, Delilah, as she announced her partnership with Together for Kids, an alliance of children's hospitals dedicated to building a healthier future for America's kids. Throughout the year, Delilah will take her audience of more than eight million listeners inside the walls of Together for...

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2011-01-26 10:27:43

By Caroline Arbanas, Washington University in St. Louis Widespread vascular tumors, massive hemorrhage and death reported in mice A study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has raised safety concerns about an investigational approach to treating cancer. The strategy takes aim at a key signaling pathway, called Notch, involved in forming new blood vessels that feed tumor growth. When researchers targeted the Notch1 signaling pathway in mice, the animals...

2011-01-20 00:00:52

Texas Children's Hospital becomes first pediatric hospital in the nation to harness Voalté at the point of care Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) January 18, 2011 Voalté announced today that Texas Children's Hospital will become the first pediatric facility in the country and the first hospital in Texas to use iPhones with Voalté's innovative solution for point-of-care communication. The hospital will roll out iPhones in the new West Campus facility and maternity center over the...

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2011-01-18 11:31:25

By Tony Fitzpatrick, Washington University in St. Louis Careful analysis shows seismometer noise includes signals from storms in the South Atlantic and 'footquakes' from soccer matches. If you wander up to a seismograph in a museum, unless you are lucky enough to be there right during an earthquake, all you will see is a small wiggly signal being recorded. What's inside the wiggles is called noise by seismologists, because the signal is always there and originates from the normal activity of...

2011-01-13 17:30:00

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 17th annual Academy of Science-St. Louis Awards dinner, honoring top scientists and engineers from the St. Louis region, will be held in St. Louis, Missouri April 13, 2011. The Peter H. Raven Lifetime Award recipient is Marcus E. Raichle, MD, Professor of Radiology, Neurology, Neurobiology, BioMedical Engineering and Psychology at the Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Raichle has an exceptional body of leading-edge...

2011-01-10 15:21:15

Scientists have invented a way to "Ëœwatch' proteins fold "” in less than thousandths of a second -- into the elaborate twisted shapes that determine their function. People have only 20,000 to 30,000 genes (the number is hotly contested), but they use those genes to make more than 2 million proteins. It's the protein molecules that domost of the work in the human cell. After all, the word protein comes from the Greek prota, meaning "of primary importance." Proteins are...


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