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Brain Cancer Vaccine

A potential vaccine for brain cancer led to a nearly 50 percent improvement in survival time among patients suffering from glioblastoma. The vaccine, made from brain cancer patients’ own tumor cells was tested in a phase 2 clinical trial involving approximately 40 patients with recurrent glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer that usually kills patients within 15 months of diagnosis.



Battery Powered Brain

The procedure called deep brain stimulation, or DBS targets a small brain structure known as Area 25, the "ringleader" for the brain circuits that control our moods. A pioneering form of neurosurgery called deep brain stimulation (DBS) has helped a woman in her fight against depression where more traditional treatments failed.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on treating depression with electrical stimulation to the brain.



Testing for Down Syndrome

Every pregnant woman, regardless of age, should be offered a test for Down syndrome, says the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. About one in 800 babies has Down syndrome and most are born to women under age 35. The traditional test, amniocentesis, involves using a long needle to drain amniotic fluid for testing during the second trimester of pregnancy. The new method, an ultrasound and simple blood test, is much less invasive.

How Toys Can Save Lives

Old toys rarely get a second chance for a new life. Most of them head to landfill without a second glance. But Jose Gomez-Marquez of MIT has come up with a way to hack old toys into medical devices for dealing with everything from diabetes to dengue fever, providing cheap solutions for developing nations all while reusing existing products.

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Doctors Grow New Ear on Arm
Avian Flu Panic
Video-assisted Thoracoscopic S ...
690 Pound Women Receives Help
Brain Cancer Vaccine
Battery Powered Brain
Testing for Down Syndrome
How Toys Can Save Lives
The Dangers of Concussion
MRIs: Examining the Risks
Belly fat in Men
Men Have Earlier Memory Loss
Protecting Kids' Teeth
Childhood Asthma and Weight
Why Autism is a Gift?
CPR with no mouth-to-mouth
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