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Prostrate cancer: 'Black box' recorder

Researchers at Keck Medicine of USC looked to a custom recording tool similar in concept to a flight recorder on an airplane. When attached to a robotic surgery system during radical prostatectomy procedures, the most common treatment for prostate cancer, the "black box" recorder captured data that could be used to discern the difference between novice and expert surgeons. The results of the study will appear in the January 2018 edition of The Journal of Urology.

NEST360º's low-cost jaundice detector

The first clinical study of a low-cost, hand-held jaundice detector invented by Rice University students could not have come at a better time for NEST360°, an international team of scientists, doctors, and global health experts preparing for a Dec. 11 competition for $100 million from the MacArthur Foundation. The money would allow the team to carry out its visionary plan to halve the number of newborn deaths in African hospitals within 10 years.

Acute Viral Infections Can Persist

New findings from the University of Pennsylvania suggest a mechanism that may explain how viruses can linger. Products of the viral infection called defective viral genomes (DVGswhich have been known to be involved in triggering an immune response, can also kick off a molecular pathway that keeps infected cells alive, the researchers discovered.

A Proteomic Approach for Patients with Dementias

One of the most intriguing properties of the brain is its means to undergo synaptic plasticity which represents the basis for learning and memory, abilities that severely decline in the case of dementia. A new study published in the scientific journal Brain suggests that particular proteins important in the communication between neurons could be targets for early interventions in patients with different types of dementias.