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Stanford researchers invent nanotech microchip to diagnose type-1 diabetes.

An inexpensive, portable, microchip-based test for diagnosing type-1 diabetes could improve patient care worldwide and help researchers better understand the disease, according to the device’s inventors at the Stanford University … Continue Reading Stanford researchers invent nanotech microchip to diagnose type-1 diabetes.

Study cracks how the brain processes emotions.

Study cracks how the brain processes emotions. Researchers have discovered that fine-grained patterns of neural activity within the orbitofrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with emotional processing, act as a neural code which captures an individual’s subjective feeling. The findings provide insight into how the brain represents the human’s innermost feelings, what neuroscientists are calling the last frontier of neuroscience, and upend the long-held view that emotion is represented in the brain simply by activation in specialized regions for positive or negative feelings.

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Review of ADHD drug approvals highlights gaps between approval process, long-term safety assessment.

Review of ADHD drug approvals highlights gaps between approval process, long-term safety assessment. Over the last 60 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 20 medications for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) based on clinical trials that were not designed to study their long-term efficacy and safety or to detect rare adverse events. The study highlights gaps in how the long-term safety of drugs intended for chronic use in children is assessed as part of the FDA approval process.

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Adults stop anti-rejection drugs after partial stem-cell transplant reverses sickle cell disease.

Half of patients in a trial have safely stopped immunosuppressant medication following a modified blood stem-cell transplant for severe sickle cell disease, according to a study in the Journal of … Continue Reading Adults stop anti-rejection drugs after partial stem-cell transplant reverses sickle cell disease.

Healthinnovations on the BBC World panel on the Danish ‘Fat Tax’ [unedited]

We know that obesity kills, we know that obesity costs the global economy billions, what we don’t know is how to sustainably treat obesity to bring the former points to … Continue Reading Healthinnovations on the BBC World panel on the Danish ‘Fat Tax’ [unedited]