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RIT researcher wins NIH award for developing new atrial fibrillation solution
(Rochester Institute of Technology) Behnaz Ghoraani, engineering faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology, was recently awarded a $456,000 grant from the National Institutes for Health for the project 'Catheter guidance algorithm for identification of atrial fibrillation ablation.' Ghoraani and her research team are developing a novel low-risk, low-cost algorithm allowing improved and patient-specific localization of electrical disturbance sites to improve clinical intervention for atrial fibrillation.

Thoughts drive dieting plans but feelings drive dieting behavior, study finds
(University at Buffalo) Dieting is a process that involves a plan to change eating behavior and behaving according to that plan. But the factors that guide diet planning differ from those that guide actual diet behavior, according to the results of a new study in the Journal of Health Psychology.

Popular electric brain stimulation method detrimental to IQ scores
(University of North Carolina Health Care) Using a weak electric current in an attempt to boost brainpower or treat conditions has become popular among scientists and do-it-yourselfers, but a new University of North Carolina School of Medicine study shows that using the most common form of electric brain stimulation had a statistically significant detrimental effect on IQ scores.

3-D models of neuronal networks reveal organizational principles of sensory cortex
(Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience) Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, VU University Amsterdam and Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience have succeeded in reconstructing the neuronal networks that interconnect the elementary units of sensory cortex -- cortical columns.

Molecular link found between high glucose, metabolic disease
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Scientists at Johns Hopkins say they've discovered a cause-and-effect link between chronic high blood sugar and disruption of mitochondria, the powerhouses that create the metabolic energy that runs living cells. The discovery, reported online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on April 27, sheds light on a long-hidden connection and, they say, could eventually lead to new ways of preventing and treating diabetes.

23andMe launches the lupus research study in collaboration with Pfizer Inc.
(Edelman) 23andMe, Inc., the leading personal genetics company, today announced the launch of the Lupus Research Study in collaboration with Pfizer Inc. The companies aim to enroll 5,000 individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus, more commonly known as lupus, into the study to help better understand the genetics of lupus. The effort is also in collaboration with the Lupus Research Institute, and in concert with Lupus Awareness Month in May.

ASTRO issues guideline on definitive and adjuvant RT for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer
(American Society for Radiation Oncology) The American Society for Radiation Oncology is issuing a new guideline, 'Definitive and adjuvant radiotherapy in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer: An American Society for Radiation Oncology evidence-based clinical practice guideline.'

Who benefits from a catheter -- and who doesn't? New guide aims to protect patients
(University of Michigan Health System) What's the only thing worse than having a urinary catheter when you're in the hospital? Having one and getting a urinary tract infection -- or worse -- as a result. Now, a new detailed guide gives doctors and nurses information to help decide which hospital patients may benefit from a urinary catheter -- and which ones don't.

Stanford researchers observe the moment when a mind is changed
(Stanford School of Engineering) Researchers studying how the brain makes decisions have, for the first time, recorded the moment-by-moment fluctuations in brain signals that occur when a monkey making free choices has a change of mind. This basic neuroscience discovery will help create neural prostheses that can withhold moving a prosthetic arm until the user is certain of their decision, thereby averting premature or inopportune movements.

Redesigned systems may increase access to MRI for patients with implanted medical devices
(Massachusetts General Hospital) New technology developed at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital may extend the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging to many patients whose access to MRI is currently limited.

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