DriveLAB - An intelligent car to keep old people driving

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Imagine driving a car with eye trackers and biomonitors!   'DriveLAB' is an electric car converted to a mobile laboratory by the scientists at Newcastle University, UK. They believe that including bespoke navigation tools, night vision systems and intelligent speed adaptations older drivers can continue driving.

Proton movement in phosphoric acid gives clue to better fuel cell electrolyte

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A new study results on the movement of protons in phosphoric acid may improve the design of fuel cells.  The study showed that proton motion in phosphoric acid is a highly cooperative process that can involve as many as five phosphoric acid molecules at a time serving as a kind of temporary "proton wire" or chain.

What is Trisomy 18

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Trisomy 18 is a genetic disorder caused by a chromosomel defect. This is not due to inherent defect in any chromosome, rather the affected individuals have an additional copy of chromosome 18. Trisomy 18 is also called Edwards syndrome, named after John H. Edwards, who first described the syndrome in 1960.

Left ventriculogram, an invasive heart test, overused?

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According to a new study an invasive heart test called left ventriculogram used to measure ejection fraction and which is used routinely to measure heart function is being overused, especially among patients who recently underwent similar, more effective tests. The overuse of left ventriculogram is described by the author as "shockingly high."

Autism in Children an Epidemic? 78% increase in prevalence of autism in children in 6 years

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More than 1 percent, or 1 in every 88 children, is diagnosed with autism today, including 1 in 54 boys, according a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This is a 78% percent increase of autism in children in 6 years (2002-2008) and a staggering 10-fold (1000%) increase in reported prevalence over the last 40 years.

Face transplant at University of Maryland - The transplant included jaws, teeth and tongue

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In a remarkable 36-hour operation transplant surgeons at the University of Maryland performed the most extensive full face transplant.  The face transplant included both jaws, teeth and tongue.  This marks the first time in the world that a full face transplant was performed by a team of plastic and reconstructive surgeons with specialized training and expertise in craniofacial surger

PCSK9 monoclonal antibody REGN727- a new drug to lower LDL Cholesetrol?

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According to a new study, a monoclonal antibody (REGN727) to the protein PCSK9 can significantly reduce bad cholesterol.  PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin 9) is a serine protease.  LDL cholesterol levels in the blood increases when its receptors (LDL receptor) are degraded by binding to PCSK9.

NIH Budget 2013 - Sign the Petition to Increase the NIH Budget

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A petition to increase NIH budget to $33 billion dollars in 2012-2013 fiscal year is under way. According to the petition being promoted on the White House website, a flat $30.7 billion funding for the year will kill jobs and hurt research.