Asthma Control? We've Got An App For That

An online self-management tool for people with asthma has been shown to significantly improve their ability to reduce their symptoms. Researchers writing in BioMed Central’s open access journal Respiratory Research tested the system in 200 adults with asthma, finding significant effects in those whose asthma was either partly controlled or uncontrolled at the beginning of…

American Opinion On Climate Change Warms Up

Public concern about global warming is once again on the rise, according to a national survey released today by researchers at Yale and George Mason Universities. The results come as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote this week on a resolution to block the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant. Since January, public…

Launchpad For Stem Cell Research

Stem cell research holds promise for improving the quality of human life — especially embryonic stem cells, which can potentially develop into any tissue in the human body. However, basic scientific problems still remain unresolved — but Tel Aviv University researchers are leading the way to inventive solutions. “In order to use embryonic stem cells…

Researchers Capture First Images Of Sub-Nano Pore Structures

Moore’s law marches on: In the quest for faster and cheaper computers, scientists have imaged pore structures in insulation material at sub-nanometer scale for the first time. Understanding these structures could substantially enhance computer performance and power usage of integrated circuits, say Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and Cornell University scientists. To help maintain the ever-increasing…

California Full-Service Partnership Program Is Cost Effective

Full-Service Partnerships (FSPs) are designed to do ‘whatever it takes’ to improve residential stability and mental health outcomes for homeless persons with serious mental illness. They are the cornerstone of California’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) — one of the largest mental health policy experiments in recent history. Researchers, led by Todd Gilmer, PhD, associate…

Canadian Video Game Takes Stroke Rehab To The Next Level

An innovative use of virtual reality is emerging as a major technique in brain recovery for stroke patients, Dr. Mindy Levin told the Canadian Stroke Congress yesterday. “Our brains have an extraordinary plasticity which can limit the damage caused by some types of stroke,” says Dr. Mindy Levin, professor in the School of Physical and…

Molecular Imaging Reveals Origin Of Acid Reflux Disease

Molecular imaging has uncovered what may be to blame for acid reflux disease, a painful and potentially dangerous illness that affects a sizeable percentage of the population. A study presented at SNM’s 57th Annual Meeting provides further evidence that the disease of the digestive system is brought on by a lack of tone, or motility,…