Blue Brain Project releases pioneering 3D brain-cell atlas

(Neuroscience News and Research) — The first digital 3D atlas of every cell in the mouse brain provides neuroscientists with previously unavailable information on major cell types, numbers and positions in all 737 brain regions – which will potentially accelerate progress in brain science massively. Released by EPFL’s Blue Brain Project and published in Frontiers […]

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See the 3D images produced by the first full-body medical scanner

(Kristen Houser/ Futurism) — Thirteen years ago, UC Davis scientists Simon Cherry and Ramsey Badawi had an idea for a machine that could scan the entire human body at once, producing a 3D image that could help medical specialists with everything from diagnosing conditions to developing new drug treatments. Now, that once-hypothetical scanner is very […]

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CHUM launches first French-language school of AI in medicine

(Aaron Derfel/ Montreal Gazette) — Striving to become a world leader in medical artificial intelligence, the Centre hospitalier de l’université de Montréal announced on Wednesday that it has founded the world’s first French-language school devoted to the study of the social, legal and ethical implications of AI in the health sector. Doctors and researchers at the CHUM […]

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Non-invasive neck scan shows promise for detecting cognitive decline years in advance

(Rich Haridy/ New Atlas) — New research from University College London suggests a quick ultrasound scan examining blood vessels in the neck may be able to effectively predict a person’s risk of developing cognitive decline more than 10 years before symptoms appear. The impressive long-term study began in 2002 with the researchers subjecting over 3,000 healthy […]

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What does it mean if your ESR is high?

(Daniel Murrell, MD/ Medical News Today)  — The ESR test measures the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, which is how quickly red blood cells settle at the bottom of a blood sample. Doctors cannot use the results of the test to diagnose a specific disease because many different health conditions can cause the ESR to be high […]

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UBC researchers have found a way to convert any blood type to the universal O

(CBC Radio) — Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found a technique that could make all donated blood compatible with all patients, regardless of the blood type of the donor or the recipient. UBC biochemist Stephen Withers announced that he and his team had found a way to convert different types of blood into […]

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Ageing in human cells successfully reversed in the lab

(Lorna Harries & Matt Whiteman/ The Conversation) — The ability to reverse ageing is something many people would hope to see in their lifetime. This is still a long way from reality, but in our latest experiment, we have reversed the ageing of human cells, which could provide the basis for future anti-degeneration drugs. Ageing can […]

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New hope for treating Parkinson’s disease as novel stem cell trial prepares to launch in Japan

(Siobhán Dunphy/ European Scientist) — On July 30, researchers in Japan announced their intention to launch a new clinical trial using neurological cells derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to treat Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that mainly affects dopaminergic neurons, the dopamine-producing cells in the brain. Parkinson’s causes programmed death ― a process known […]

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400,000 scientists all over the world have been published in fake journals

(Kari Sonde/ Mother Jones) — The organization that uncovered the world of offshore tax havens and rogue international finance in the Panama Papers and Luxembourg Leaks has shifted its attention to fake science. In collaboration with reporters from 18 news outlets all over the world, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung examined 175,000 scientific articles published by five of […]

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McGill scientist’s ‘cure cancer’ video goes viral. But it’s purposefully fake

(Katie Dangerfield/ Global News) — The video starts with a bold claim — a miracle natural medicine can cure cancer, and big pharmaceutical companies have been hiding it from you for decades. Since it was published two weeks ago, the video, titled “This NATURAL TRICK can CURE YOUR CANCER,” has racked up more than 10 million […]

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