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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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3D spheres help simulate body's reaction to TB

A team of infection researchers and bioinformaticians from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom have developed a 3D system of spheres to gain insight on how the body reacts to tuberculosis (TB).

Organs-on-chips could make difference in drug screening

Researchers, led by University of California, Irvine professor Christopher C.W. Hughes, have developed multiple vascularized organs on a 96-well plate. These tissues give researchers a look at how the flow of blood through the vascular system deliver nutrients to the entire body. 

Digital health keeps patients at risk for diabetes on track

A study, published in The Journal of Aging and Health, examines the impact digital health and coaching have on engagement of patients at risk of developing diabetes.

Method in grafting chronic wounds improves healing, reduces cost

Chronic wounds cost the United States' healthcare system $20 billion a year. A team of researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have developed a new skin-graft harvesting system to cut costs and improve patient outcomes.

Wait, wait? Three factors that extend patients' visit times

Long wait times affect care outcomes, whether they result from a full waiting room, understaffing or poor time management. A study, published in BMJ Open, examined the top three factors that impact patient wait times and how to improve clinical workflow.

Investigations & innovations: ECRI Institute watch list includes low-tech solutions, high-tech ideas

Do today’s hospitals need humanoid robots greeting visitors, escorting them around the hospital and sensing whether they’re feeling joy, anger or fear? Should nurses try more low-tech, back-to-basics steps to reduce infusion pump errors? Do staff need better systems for deciding which cleaning solution to use on each piece of medical equipment?

Can brain games help sharpen the aging mind?

Playing games, making crafts and hanging out with friends can decrease the risks of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or Alzheimer's disease. A new study, published in JAMA Neurology, delves deeper into the association of neurocognitive function and mentally stimulating activities.

Researchers develop artificial skin capable of detecting temperature changes

Using a similar biological mechanism to the one that allows snakes to sense prey through heat, engineers and scientist at Caltech and ETH Zurich have developed an artificial skin capable of detecting changes in temperature.

Are regulations too lax for first-time participants in clinical trials?

Researchers from McGill University believe the authorization process for first-time participants in clinical trials is too lax. In a paper published in Nature, researchers argue for a new set of measures for admitting first-time trial participants.

Experts predict melanoma deaths to reduce by 2050

An estimated 10,100 people will die from melanoma in 2016, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation—and with aging populations, this number may actually increase in coming years. However, if new treatments are proven effective, experts predict that the numbers of deaths could reduce by 2050.

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