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Researchers from the University of Warwick have developed a machine learning model capable of predicting the interactions between proteins and drug molecules with 99 percent accuracy. Findings have been published in Science Advances.

Belgian researchers have identified a protein formulation that mimics the structure and rigidity of the natural lining in a women’s ovaries, a breakthrough for women with infertility or cancer patients who had radiation or chemotherapy treatments. Findings are published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota used 3D printing to build lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the look, structure, mechanical properties and feel of human organs. Findings were published in Advanced Materials Technologies.

Elderly patients who played 3D-platform games such as Nintendo's Super Mario 64 saw improvements in short-term memory and an increase in gray matter in the brain, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.

A video game that promotes balance by instructing users to hold poses could help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

 

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Early intervention with high-risk patients can prevent diabetes

Identifying patients at high risk of developing prediabetes is an important first step in preventing further progression of the disease. A tool, presented at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting, shows promise in pinpointing patients in need of early intervention.

Including informal caregivers in discharge planning can cut readmissions by 25%

When caregivers are included in the discharge of elderly patients, readmission rates can be reduced by 25 percent, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Group sequential designs produce reliable results in preclinical trials

Researchers from Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) have developed a more flexible study design to improve the efficiency of preclinical research, publishing their findings in PLOS Biology.

Software identifies cause of ischemic stroke

Identifying the cause of an ischemic stroke is crucial in preventing a second stroke, but physicians lack the tools to make such a determination. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the MGH Stroke Service have developed software capable of pinpointing such causes.

MSU researchers map giant Samba virus, develop new antibiotics

As bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics, scientists are continuously researching new approaches to fight diseases. Scientists at Michigan State University have developed a retrofitted cryo-electron microscope to map the giant Samba virus and advance research on new antibiotic treatments.

Soothing sounds: Music reduces pain after spinal surgery

Popping on a pair of headphones and enjoying a little Mozart may soon be a valid prescription. A study, published by The American Journal of Orthopedics, found that patients treated with musical therapy have lower levels of pain compared to those receiving conventional postoperative care after spinal surgery. 

Color test identifies cancer protein, improves drug development

Scientists from the University of Bath have developed a color changing test capable of identifying levels of cancer indicating proteins. Explained in Chemical Communications, the test is simple and paves the way for improved cancer research.

Facial recognition diagnoses rare disease with 96.6% accuracy

Researchers with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) have used facial recognition software to diagnose rare genetic diseases in African, Asian and Latin American populations with 96.6 percent accuracy.

Flexible glass aims to decrease size of sample required for testing

Flexibility isn't a characteristic commonly associated with glass, but researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) are putting the two together to improve the efficiency of microscopic medical devices.

Additional IV fluids reduce rates of C-section, time in labor

Whether the optimal guide to hydration is eight glasses of water a day or not, new evidence suggests proper fluid levels are especially important for women in labor. A study, published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, found those who receiving intravenous (IV) fluid had lower rates of C-sections and shortened overall labor times.

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