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Researchers discover trigger to early, effective antibody response
Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered a trigger that induces B cells to produce effective, long-lived antibodies early in the immune response. A molecule that binds toll-like receptors doubles the early antibody response, and shifts it to a more effective, IgG form. The findings support the emerging concept of (2010-07-06)

If hippopotamuses can't swim, how can some be living on islands?
There is no published account where hippopotamuses are demonstrably shown swimming or floating at the surface of any body of water. But if they can't swim, how did they reach and colonize islands? (2014-09-15)

A new MEMS device generates energy from small vibrations
The tiny energy harvester picks up a wider range of vibrations than current designs, and is able to generate 100 times the power of devices of similar size. (2011-09-14)

Penn researchers discover that stretching neurons induces growth
Penn researchers have been able to grow neurons by stretching them - offering a new means of bridging damaged areas of the nervous system. Using a motorized device to slowly pull connected neurons away from each other, they have discovered that the connecting axons grow longer in response to the strain. (2001-04-16)

Specific criteria improve diagnosis of bipolar disorder, study finds
Use of criteria such as family history of mania and early onset of illness can result in detecting more cases of bipolar disorder in individuals experiencing a major depressive episode. (2011-11-07)

An 'off' switch for pain
Pain? Just turn it off! It may sound like science fiction, but researchers based in Munich, Berkeley and Bordeaux have now succeeded in inhibiting pain-sensitive neurons on demand, in the laboratory. The crucial element in their strategy is a chemical sensor that acts as a light-sensitive switch. (2012-02-22)

Institute for Safe Medication Practices to distribute Bridge 'Beyond Blame' documentary
Five years ago today, (2002-12-09)

Ventricular assist devices can be used as bridge to heart recovery without need for heart transplant
A heart ventricular assist device (VAD) is used as a bridge to organ transplantation, maintaining a patient's cardiac function until a donor organ becomes available. In some cases, the device rests the heart and allows it to heal without the need for heart transplantation. The frequency of this occurrence and the patients most likely to benefit from VAD as a bridge to heart recovery remains poorly defined. (2004-11-09)

Results of the BRIDGE trial reported at TCT 2011
Data from the BRIDGE clinical trial demonstrate that intravenous use of the drug cangrelor was effective at maintaining platelet inhibition in patients on thienopyridines who required bypass surgery. Trial results were presented today at the 23rd annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation. (2011-11-09)

Salk researchers develop new model to study schizophrenia and other neurological conditions
Schizophrenia is one of the most devastating neurological conditions, with only 30 percent of sufferers ever experiencing full recovery. While current medications can control most psychotic symptoms, their side effects can leave individuals so severely impaired that the disease ranks among the top 10 causes of disability in developed countries. (2013-08-29)

How social scientists, humanists can better use computers is book focus
The editor of a new book about computing thinks of his publication as a bridge for colleagues who are wary of the far side of technology. Orville Vernon Burton hopes that (2002-08-07)

Implantable Pumping Device Works As "Therapy" For Congestive Heart Failure
A mechanical heart device has allowed individuals with congestive heart failure to recover lost pumping function and avoid a heart transplant, according to a new study. (1998-11-30)

Switch that enables Salmonella to sabotage host cells revealed in new study
A new switch that enables Salmonella bacteria to sabotage host cells is revealed in a study published today in the journal Science. The researchers behind the study, from Imperial College London, say that the new finding could ultimately lead to drugs that interfere with the switch in order to combat Salmonella and possibly other bacterial infections. In humans, Salmonella causes diseases ranging from gastroenteritis to typhoid fever. (2010-04-15)

New process making carbon fiber grids competitive for concrete reinforcement
Penn State engineers have developed a new computer- controlled, flexible manufacturing process that promises to make carbon fiber concrete reinforcement grids more competitive with the heavier, corrosion prone, labor- intensive steel rods currently used. (1999-08-05)

URI oceanographers study relationship between Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound
In a recent issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research, Chris Kincaid and Robert Pockalny from URI's Graduate School of Oceanography, and Linda Huzzey from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy presented results of a study designed to enhance further understanding of RIS and the relationship between Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay. This work represents one component of a 3-year multi-disciplinary study that was funded by Rhode Island Sea Grant. (2003-10-07)

Bridge Medical white paper examines evidence of barcoding success in medical error prevention
Bridge Medical-a company that has been honored for its patient safety technology and educational initiatives- released a new white paper that offers promise of an affordable, east-to-affect remedy for medical errors. (2002-10-17)

Undergrad engineers research everything from water quality to wildfires this summer
Twenty-one undergraduate students in the UC Riverside Bourns College of Engineering are working with faculty mentors this summer researching everything from water quality to wildfires to materials that could lead to new medical devices. (2010-07-26)

ONR develops capability to understand effects of underwater pressure on divers
Reaching a new threshold in underwater medical studies, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), today announced a novel capability for examining how cells work at pressures far below the sea surface. (2011-08-10)

Wild grasses and man-made wheats advance research capabilities
Getting resistance to the latest biotype of greenbug or rust in wheat may require some bridge building. Dr. Jackie Rudd, associate professor at the Texas A&M University System Agricultural Research and Extension Center and state wheat breeder, is looking at wild grass species and synthetic wheats for possible solutions. (2005-05-03)

Halogen bridges as catalysts
Catalysts are essential for the chemical industry because they accelerate reactions and increase their yields. However, many of today's catalysts are based on expensive and environmentally harmful metals. Stefan Huber and Florian Kniep from the Chair of Organic Chemistry at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have now presented an alternative: Non-toxic compounds, so-called halogen bridge donors, can serve as organic catalysts. Evonik Industries AG awarded Florian Kniep their research prize for his work. (2013-09-12)

University of Florida Engineer's Computer Model Calculates Hidden Cost Of Some Traffic Delays
University of Florida civil engineers are at work on a computer model that will help Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) engineers figure in (1998-09-22)

Columbia University establishes David Mahoney Center for Brain and Behavior Research
Columbia University has founded the David Mahoney Center for Brain and Behavior Research dedicated to investigating one of the great scientific puzzles of the 21st century: the link between the molecular workings of brain cells and human cognition. Programs will include a postdoctoral training program as well as a professorship in brain and behavior research. (2000-02-13)

No crystal ball necessary: New tool IDs predictable economic variables
You don't need a crystal ball to tell you what is going to happen next in the economy. You need a statistical model. A new method from North Carolina State University can help researchers determine which economic variables they should focus on by identifying whether a variable can be predicted. (2009-07-21)

Ants filmed building moving bridges from their live bodies
Army ants build living bridges by linking their bodies to span gaps and create shortcuts across rainforests in Central and South America. An international team of researchers has now discovered these bridges can move from their original building point to span large gaps and change position as required. (2015-11-23)

Software for safe bridges
There are roughly 120,000 bridges in Germany. In order for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to cross them safely, they must be regularly inspected for damage. An image processing program automatically detects irregularities in the bridge material. (2008-11-03)

ASH awards first Bridge Grants to sustain critical hematology research
The American Society of Hematology, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to the causes and treatment of blood disorders, today announced the first recipients of the ASH Bridge Grants. (2013-04-08)

Mollusk research center will propagate endangered species
A new Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center has been established at Virginia Tech to study and propagate some of the 70 endangered mussel species in the United States. (2004-10-20)

Utah-made ventricular assist device gives Idaho man chance to resume an active life
After receiving only the fourth US implant of a new-generation, Utah-made ventricular assist device, an Idaho man with heart failure is looking forward to resuming an active life following an operation on March 17 at University of Utah Hospital. (2010-04-08)

VIB and Johnson & Johnson set up a new fund
VIB, Johnson & Johnson's Corporate Office of Science and Technology and Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development have established a first Proof-of-Concept Fund at the value of 500,000 EUR. The primary goal of the fund is to foster VIB proof-of-concept research (technologies, molecular mechanisms of disease). The fund focuses on collaborations between different VIB departments and has to validate frontline inventions in life sciences research at VIB. (2006-10-23)

Shape shifters: Researchers create new breed of antennas
Antennas aren't just for listening to the radio anymore. They're used in everything from cell phones to GPS devices. Research from North Carolina State University is revolutionizing the field of antenna design -- creating shape-shifting antennas that open the door to a host of new uses in fields ranging from public safety to military deployment. (2009-12-01)

A nanowire with a surprise
Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and their collaborators have discovered that a short, organic chain molecule with dimensions on the order of a nanometer (a billionth of a meter) conducts electrons in a surprising way: It regulates the electrons' speed erratically, without a predictable dependence on the length of the wire. This information may help scientists learn how to use nanowires to create components for a new class of tiny electronic circuits. (2004-10-18)

Peering under the ice of a collapsing polar coast
Starting this month, a giant NASA DC-8 aircraft loaded with geophysical instruments and scientists will buzz at low level over the coasts of West Antarctica, where ice sheets are collapsing at a pace far beyond what scientists expected a few years ago. The flights, dubbed Operation Ice Bridge, are an effort by NASA in cooperation with university researchers to image what is happening on, and under, the ice, in order to estimate future sea-level rises that might result. (2009-10-07)

New visual inspection procedures are vital to bridge safety
Easy to design and inexpensive to build, pretensioned deck- beam bridges account for more than 7,200 bridges on Illinois highways and county roads. Two beams from such bridges have fallen apart, initiating a crash course in bridge inspection and repair. (2000-07-02)

VHA to measure impact of Bridge barcode patient safety system
VHA Inc.--a cooperative representing 2200 health care organizations nationwide--has signed an agreement with Bridge Medical to conduct a research study on Bridge's barcode-enabled MedPointTM software system. (2002-10-22)

Highway improvements drive UH engineering efforts in bridge design
A way to build steel bridges cheaper and quicker has been developed by engineers at the University of Houston. Professors Todd Helwig and Reagan Herman in UH's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering developed new, more effective and less expensive bridge construction methodology. They received a Top Research Innovation award from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Each year, TxDOT selects such innovations based on anticipated or already realized dividends to TxDOT and the state. (2005-08-02)

Fatal bridge collapse spurs new, affordable, instant warnings
On August 1, 2007, the roadway suddenly disappeared beneath drivers on a Minneapolis bridge, killing 13 and injuring145. In the five years since, technological advances are making warning systems to prevent such tragedies affordable and practical for 150,000 aging U.S. bridges, say engineers at the University of Maryland. (2012-07-31)

Recycled materials make 100-year 'long life' bridges possible
Penn State engineers have designed 10 concrete mixtures containing industrial by-products that make it possible for concrete bridge decks to last three times longer or 75 to 100 years. (2004-05-18)

IOS Press acquires 4 journals from Taylor & Francis
IOS Press BV acquired four journals from Taylor & Francis: Main Group Chemistry; International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications; Bridge Structures -- Assessment Design and Construction; and the Journal of Neutron Research. (2009-11-12)

Bridge species drive tropical engine of biodiversity
Although scientists have known since the middle of the 19th century that the tropics are teeming with species while the poles harbor relatively few, the origin of the most dramatic and pervasive biodiversity on Earth has never been clear. New research sheds light on how that pattern came about. Furthermore, it confirms that the tropics have been and continue to be the Earth's engine of biodiversity. (2013-06-10)

Novel stem cell trial in heart failure patients to begin
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is beginning a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and feasibility of a potential treatment for heart failure that involves injecting stem cells into the heart of patients receiving a heart assist device as a bridge to transplantation. After transplant, researchers will for the first time be able to examine a heart treated with stem cells, which should help resolve debate about how they work to improve heart function. (2005-05-12)

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