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Engineers Develop New Sensor to Detect Tiny Individual Nanoparticles

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A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a new sensor that can detect and count nanoparticles, at sizes as small as 10 nanometers, one at a time. The researchers say the sensor could potentially detect much smaller particles, viruses and small molecules.

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Training Your Brain to Prefer Healthy Foods

It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research from Tufts University and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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A Nucleotide Change Could Initiate Fragile X Syndrome

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Researchers reveal how the alteration of a single nucleotide—the basic building block of DNA—could initiate fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited form of intellectual disability.

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Study Compares Consequences of Teen Alcohol and Marijuana Use

The researchers also found that alcohol use was more commonly reported to compromise relationships with friends and significant others (e.g., boyfriends); it was also reported to lead to more regret, particularly among females. Marijuana use on the other hand was more commonly reported to compromise relationships with teachers or supervisors, result in less energy or interest, and result in lower school or job performance.

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Inhibiting Inflammatory Enzyme After Heart Attack Does Not Reduce Risk of Subsequent Event

In patients who experienced an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event (such as heart attack or unstable angina), use of the drug darapladib to inhibit the enzyme lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (believed to play a role in the development of atherosclerosis) did not reduce the risk of recurrent major coronary events, according to a study published by JAMA.

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Medication Shows Mixed Results in Reducing Complications From Cardiac Surgery

Administration of colchicine, a plant-based medication commonly used to treat gout, before and after cardiac surgery showed mixed results in reducing potential complications from this type of surgery, but it did increase the risk of gastrointestinal adverse effects, according to a study published by JAMA.

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John Herzenberg, M.D., and Shawn Standard, M.D., Named 2014 Innovators of the Year by The Daily Record

The Daily Record has named John Herzenberg, M.D., and Shawn Standard, M.D., from the LifeBridge Health Rubin Institute of Advanced Orthopedics, as 2014 Innovators of the Year. They were part of the team that developed PRECICE 2, the second generation of the PRECICE™ Limb Lengthening System.

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Rocket Team Soars Again at NIWeek

For its innovative and efficient application of National Instruments products, the Lee College of Engineering’s Rocket Team won a chance to travel to Austin, Texas, to present at the 20th annual NIWeek. Out of 3,250 student projects submitted from 25 countries for the Student Design Competition, National Instruments selected the 49er team as one of three finalists.

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University of Louisville Researcher Leads Group Developing First Policy Statement on E-Cigarettes

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A 10-member expert panel chaired by a University of Louisville researcher has developed the American Heart Association's first-ever policy statement on e-cigarettes, calling for more research and regulation of the products.

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