The most beautiful bacteria you’ll ever see

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Synthetic biologist Tal Danino manipulates microorganisms in his lab to create eye-catching, colourful patterns. Here’s a look at the process he uses to turn “Oh, yuck” into “Oh, wow.” Synthetic biologist Tal Danino washes his hands constantly, one of the occupational hazards of working with bacteria all day at the Synthetic Biological Systems Lab, which […]

Alzheimer’s: Are we on the right path to new drugs?

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With the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease expected to almost triple by 2050, the race is on to find a treatment that can prevent or slow the condition. But last week saw another crack emerge in the already rocky path toward an effective Alzheimer’s medication; pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly announced the failure of […]

Emotions mapped in the human brain

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By applying an algorithm to functional magnetic resonance imaging, scientists have been able to see emotions at work in the human brain. Picture Credit: MNT The findings – recently published in the journalPLOS Biology – could enable better assessment of emotional states, which may help individuals who struggle to convey their feelings. According to the research […]

Legions of nanorobots target cancerous tumors with precision

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Administering anti-cancer drugs redefined Researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University have just achieved a spectacular breakthrough in cancer research. They have developed new nanorobotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to administer a drug with precision by specifically targeting the active cancerous cells of tumours. This way of injecting medication […]

New asthma pill reduces troublesome symptoms

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Asthma is a burdensome disease of the lungs that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. But for the estimated 39.5 million people in the United States who have been affected by this disease, hope may come in pill form. Credit: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/312188.php According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the 39.5 […]

Zika Vaccines Offer Full Protection to Monkeys

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The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), in collaboration with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, has completed a second round of preclinical studies on a promising Zika vaccine candidate and found it to completely protect rhesus monkeys from experimental infection with Zika virus. The Pilot Bioproduction Facility at WRAIR […]

Scientists engineer therapeutic system with two arms to get better hold on cancer target

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Scientists have engineered a sort of biological barbell that can get inside cancer cells and do damage to two proteins that work independently and together to enable cancer’s survival and spread. Their therapeutic strategy includes a molecule on either end called an aptamer that targets, in this case, prostate cancer. Sandwiched in between are two […]

‘Hacking nerves can control disease’

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Controlling human nerve cells with electricity could treat a range of diseases including arthritis, asthma and diabetes, a new company says. Galvani Bioelectronics hopes to bring a new treatment based on the technique before regulators within seven years. GlaxoSmithKline and Verily, formerly Google, Life Sciences, are behind it. Credit: http://pulpbits.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/human-neuron-HD-wallpaper.jpg Animal experiments have attached tiny silicone cuffs, containing […]

Breastfed preterm babies may have better IQs, working memory, motor function

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Preterm infants fed breast milk within the first 28 days of life have better brain development and neurocognitive outcomes, finds a new study. The study, led by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, followed 180 preterm infants from birth to 7 years old. The results showed that the preterm babies that received more breast milk within the […]

Antibiotic resistance: ‘Snot wars’ study yields new class of drugs

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A new class of antibiotics has been discovered by analysing the bacterial warfare taking place up people’s noses, scientists report. Tests reported in the journal Nature found the resulting drug, lugdunin, could treat superbug infections. The researchers, at the University of Tubingen in Germany, say the human body is an untapped source of new drugs. The last new […]

Patch delivers drug, gene, and light-based therapy to tumor sites

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In mice, device destroyed colorectal tumors and prevented remission after surgery Approximately one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime, making it the third-most prevalent form of the disease in the U.S. In Europe, it is the second-most common form of cancer. The most widely used first line of treatment is surgery, […]

Most accurate map of the human cortex unveiled

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The most complete map of the cerebral cortex ever to be charted has been unveiled this week in Nature. No less than 97, distinct, previously undescribed regions have been found. The cerebral cortex – the outer portion of the mammalian brain – is a 2-4-millimeter thick layer of gray matter. This densely folded formation of cells […]

Double hand transplant: UK’s first operation ‘tremendous’ success

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The UK’s first double hand transplant operation has taken place at Leeds General Infirmary and the patient says his new hands look “tremendous”. Chris King, from Doncaster, lost both his hands, apart from the thumbs, in an accident involving a metal pressing machine at work three years ago.The 57-year-old received two new hands from a donor […]

Portable diagnostic tool rapidly detects Zika virus

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In the earliest days of the most recent Zika virus pandemic, researchers around the world set out to understand every facet of a contagion that seemed almost uncontrollable. While some researchers and physicians studied the pathophysiology of the virus and the seemingly minor illness it caused, ecologists and entomologists sought out the virus’s origin and […]

Simple Method Developed to Characterize Immune Cells in Tumors

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Despite recent achievements in the development of cancer immunotherapies, only a small group of patients typically respond to them. Predictive markers of disease course and response to immunotherapy are urgently needed. To address this need, researchers at The Tisch Cancer Institute (TCI) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have developed a new […]

Zika epidemic will end in three years, study suggests

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The current Zika epidemic is likely to end within three years because there will be too few people left to infect, a team of scientists is predicting. Writing in the journal Science, they said this could lead to a gap of 10 years before the next epidemic. The Imperial College London team created a model […]

Scientists restore key parts of vision in blind mice for first time

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For the first time, scientists have been able to restore key parts of vision in mice blinded by loss of nerve connections between the eye and the brain. The achievement is a significant step forward in finding ways to restore or improve sight in people with glaucoma and eye injuries that affect the optic nerve. […]

Scientists created a cyborg stingray powered by the heart of a rat

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Researchers have developed a new kind of synthetic creature, using the heart cells of a rat to make a robotic stingray that follows light. Could this one day be a reality? Credit: http://www.tedxvienna.at/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Cyborgs-vs-Humans.png While the rat-ray hybrid certainly sounds like a bit of a Frankenstein mish-mash, it’s serious research that could help pave the way […]

Illness: How Bacterial Protective Shell Adapts

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Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have published new findings on the adaptation of the bacterial cell wall in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The study reveals novel bacterial defence mechanisms against the immune system and how they can become resistant to antibiotics. Bacteria are surrounded by a mesh-like structure which, similar to an […]

Gut bacteria-based supplement reduces cravings for high-calorie foods

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Cravings for chocolate, pizza, and other high-calorie foods could be reduced by consuming a gut bacteria-based supplement, suggests a new study published inThe American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers found the supplement inulin-propionate ester reduced food reward brain activity, which dampened participants’ cravings for high-calorie foods. Credit: http://bit.ly/29xVioS Researchers from Imperial College London and the University […]

Scientists just discovered we’ve been looking at cancer growth all wrong

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A new study has found evidence that brain tumours use fat as their preferred source of energy, bringing into question the decades-long assumption that sugar is their main fuel source. If confirmed, this could fundamentally change the we treat cancer in the future, because until very recently, scientists have been focussing their efforts on ways […]

‘Civil war’ in immune system can fight disease

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The immune system can be trained to attack itself to reverse a devastating autoimmune disease, in animal studies. A T-cell (orange) on the attack, Credit: SPL US researchers treated Pemphigus vulgaris in mice by instigating civil war within the immune system, and say the approach could work in people. Experts said the treatment, published in […]

Benign bacteria block mosquitoes from transmitting Zika virus

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have confirmed that a benign bacterium called Wolbachia pipientis can completely block transmission of Zika virus in Aedes aegypti, the mosquito species responsible for passing the virus to humans. A strain of Aedes aegypti mosquitos feed from a membrane of blood in Matthew Aliota’s research lab insectary. Credit: Jeff Miller […]

Herpesviruses could be eradicated with gene-editing technique

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Herpesviruses are responsible for an array of infections and diseases, including cold sores, shingles, genital herpes, and even some forms of cancer. Now, new research reveals how a revolutionary genome-editing technique called CRISPR/Cas9 could eliminate these viruses once and for all. Researchers say the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing tool shows promise for the elimination of herpesviruses. Study […]

Chronic fatigue syndrome is in your gut, not your head

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Physicians have been mystified by chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition where normal exertion leads to debilitating fatigue that isn’t alleviated by rest. There are no known triggers, and diagnosis requires lengthy tests administered by an expert. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition where normal exertion leads to debilitating fatigue that isn’t alleviated by rest. Credit: https://www.ten.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/pil08-fatigue-pushing-the-boundary1.jpg […]

Evolution & Natural Selection

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Evolution. You’ve probably heard of it during debates on the origins of life. In the past, there was often a large divide between those who believed god created the human form and those who believed that humans evolved over millions of years. Nowadays, evolution has been proven through a number of studies spanning from the […]

Possible psoriasis drug target identified

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Researchers have discovered a protein involved in psoriasis, a highly common skin disease, opening up new potentials for therapy. Psoriasis is one of the most common human skin diseases. People with severe cases sometimes resort to immunosuppressive treatment to quell the skin scaling, itching and joint arthritis that are hallmarks of the disorder. But long-term […]

Novel insight into metastasis could offer new treatments

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Researchers from the United Kingdom may have made a breakthrough in cancer treatment, after discovering an unusual mechanism by which cancer cells spread and survive in the body. In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers reveal how two molecules join forces to help cancer cells survive as they metastasize. Researchers have uncovered a new […]

Some Doctors Still Consider Heart Disease A ‘Man’s Issue,’ Fail To Track Risk In Women

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A new European survey of doctors reveals a glaring blind spot when it comes to watching out for female patients’ heart health. French researchers sent out a questionnaire to 52 general practitioners (GPs). They also obtained access to the medical histories of more than 2,000 of their randomly selected patients. But when they tried to use […]

The FDA just approved the first human trials of a Zika vaccine

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first human tests of an experimental Zika virus vaccine, the makers of the drug announced on Monday. https://d1o50x50snmhul.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/f0127511-zika_virus_in_blood_illustration-spl-1200×800.jpg Called GLS–5700, the medication will be used in a clinical trial involving 40 healthy people, and represents the first major step towards ultimately immunising people against Zika […]

Allergy Season – what causes hay fever and how do we treat it?

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ACHHOOOO! ‘tis the season to be sneezing folks. But why does the summer cause some of us to have red eyes, a runny nose and constantly sneeze? Allergies can vary from mildly irritating to life threatening. The most common allergy that most people experience is hay fever, or its medical term, Allergic Rhinitis.  During this […]

Obesity linked to abnormal reward response to sugary foods

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An unhealthy diet is considered a key contributor to obesity. When it comes to cravings for sweet treats, however, impairments in the brain’s reward system might be to blame. Researchers say the reward system in the brains of obese individuals appears to be impaired in response to sweet foods. In a new study published in […]

Research may point to new ways to deliver drugs into bacteria

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An exhaustive look at how bacteria hold their ground and avoid getting pushed around by their environment shows how dozens of genes aid the essential job of protecting cells from popping when tensions run high. For centuries, biologists have considered cells the irreducible unit of life, and cells require various types of envelopes to contain […]

Experimental drug shows promise against deadly MRSA infections

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The race to find new treatments against deadly MRSA has a new contestant in the form of an experimental drug that successfully treated the infections of the drug-resistant bacteria in animals. The compound, called TXA709, also restored the effectiveness of Cefdinir – an antibiotic in use for nearly 20 years that had lost its ability […]

Cancer-preventing protein finds its own way in our DNA

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Geneticists from KU Leuven, Belgium, have shown that tumour protein TP53 knows exactly where to bind to our DNA to prevent cancer. Once bound to this specific DNA sequence, the protein can activate the right genes to repair damaged cells. Researchers from KU Leuven, Belgium, have shown that the protein TP53 knows exactly where to […]

Back to Basics: Aspirin as second-line cancer treatment

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Today, scientific advancements in cancer research seem to teeter on the edge of futuristic science fiction. Genetically engineered viruses, proton therapy, vaccines that coat cancer in RNA, and liquid biopsy technology are quickly establishing themselves as regulars in mainstream scientific journals. In the midst of this incredible, ground-breaking work, a team of researchers at the […]

Engineers develop a new biosensor chip for detecting DNA mutations

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Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed an electrical graphene chip capable of detecting mutations in DNA. Researchers say the technology could one day be used in various medical applications such as blood-based tests for early cancer screening, monitoring disease biomarkers and real-time detection of viral and microbial sequences. The advance was […]

Novel blood test could diagnose diseases with no known antigens

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It may one day be possible to identify cancer, autoimmune diseases, and a wealth of other conditions from a single drop of blood, after a team from the University of Pittsburgh reveals the creation of a test that holds promise for such a feat. Researchers have created a blood test that they say could diagnose […]

New treatment can ‘halt’ multiple sclerosis, says study

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Aggressive chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant can halt the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), a small study has suggested. MS causes the body’s own immune system to attack the lining of nerves in the brain and spinal cord, Credit: Thinkstock The research, published in The Lancet, looked at 24 patients aged between 18 […]

When it comes to developing stem cell treatments, seeing is half the battle

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Stem cell therapies hold great promise in treating a variety of diseases, but in order to develop them researchers must first be able to monitor them inside the body. Enter the contrast agent. “Often things go wrong right away when stem or therapeutic cells are injected into the body because some cells can migrate, while […]

Parkinson’s connection to faulty mitochondria investigated

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Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have gleaned new insights into the cellular biochemistry that underpins Parkinson’s disease. The team hopes that these new clues will help design effective drugs in the future. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a degenerative condition that affects the dopamine-producing cells in the human brain. Credit: http://bit.ly/22Zjynk Affecting […]

Window into the ‘gut’s brain’

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Real-time view of enteric nervous system provides new way to study gastrointestinal disorders https://kin450-neurophysiology.wikispaces.com/file/view/gut.jpg/187924395/gut.jpg Duke researchers have developed a system that allows real-time optical and electrical observations of the gut’s nervous system in a live animal. And if you weren’t aware that the gut had its own nervous system, don’t worry, you’re not alone. “The […]

Mental Disorders – Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia & Depression

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Mental disorders are often a taboo discussion topic as many people shy away from either the admission of having one or having to support someone with a mental condition. Unfortunately, mental disorders are on the rise, especially as we develop more and more medication that extends the human lifespan. We may be able to fix […]

Stroke patients able to walk again after stem cell transplant

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The results of a small clinical trial offer hope for people left with motor impairment following a stroke, after finding that an injection of adult stem cells into the brain restored motor function for such individuals, to the extent that some patients regained the ability to walk. Researchers found that injecting SB623 stem cells into […]

Stents may help bowel cancer patients

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Bowel cancer patients may avoid the need for colostomy bags if they are first treated by having an expandable tube inserted at the site of their blockage, cancer doctors have said. Credit: SPL The new approach, presented at the world’s biggest cancer conference, showed that the tube, or stent, cut the risk of complications from surgery. […]

After secret Harvard meeting, scientists announce plans for synthetic human genomes

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Three weeks ago, 130 scientists, entrepreneurs and policy leaders held an invitation-only, closed-door meeting at Harvard University to discuss an ambitious plan to create synthetic human genomes. Now, after a flurry of criticism over the secrecy of the effort, the participants have published their idea, declaring that they’re launching a project to radically reduce the […]

DNA ‘tape recorder’ to trace cell history

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Researchers have invented a DNA “tape recorder” that can trace the family history of every cell in an organism. The scientists proved the technique using a classic laboratory organism – the zebrafish. Credit: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The technique is being hailed as a breakthrough in understanding how the trillions of complex cells in a body are descended […]

Scientists have performed the first trials of a ‘universal cancer vaccine’

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Scientists just took a big, “very positive” step towards developing what could be the first ‘universal cancer vaccine’. Credit: Cancer Research UK via Henry Scowcroft/YouTube The results from early trials in humans, along with research in mice, have just been published, and they suggest that the new technique could be used to activate patients’ immune […]

MRIs, CTs, X-rays and Ultrasound scans – how do they work and what do they tell us?

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If you’ve ever been pregnant, broken a bone or had a bad concussion – you’ve more than likely had to have one of 4 possible scans. These are known as an MRI scan, a CT scan, an X-ray or an Ultrasound scan. But what do these scans do? How do they work? What do they […]

Nanoscale Trojan horses treat inflammation

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Nanosized Trojan horses created from a patient’s own immune cells have successfully treated inflammation by overcoming the body’s complex defense mechanisms, perhaps leading to broader applications for treating diseases characterized by inflammation, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Process of extracting proteolipid material, protein enrichment, and vesicular formulation of leukosomes. Credit: Houston Methodist An international […]

New Imaging Technique May Find Real Alzheimer’s Culprit

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Scientists are peeking inside living brains to watch for the first time as a toxic duo of plaques and tangles interact to drive Alzheimer’s disease — and those tangles may predict early symptoms, a finding with implications for better treatments. It’s not clear exactly what causes Alzheimer’s. Its best-known hallmark is the sticky amyloid that […]

3D printing – what is it & and why is it relevant to healthcare?

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The medical field already grows incredibly fast. We are discovering new technologies and research methods every day. On top of this rapidly evolving sector, the rate of discovery is also increasing. Basically the time it takes to discover something is becoming much quicker. A huge development that has taken off in the last decade has […]

3-D Hydrogel Biochips Help Detect Bowel Cancer

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Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology (EIMB RAS), the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry (IBCh) and a number of other Russian research centers have developed a new method of diagnosing colorectal cancer. The results of the study have been published in Cancer Medicine. Researchers from a […]

The superbug that experts have been dreading has just reached the US

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A type of bacteria that’s resistant to the last antibiotic we have left against superbugs has made it to the US, and it signals something doctors have been dreading for years – the end for antibiotics. The bacterium, a strain of Escherichia coli, was found in the urine of a Pennsylvania woman. The strain is […]

Harnessing spider powers to heal human bodies

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Professor Fritz Vollrath keeps his spiders in luxurious accommodation on the roof of Oxford University. Dozens of plump Golden Orb Weavers cover the ceiling of a converted greenhouse, basking in the tropical humidity and lush foliage, as their intricate webs pluck delicacies from an ever-present swarm of flies. “I don’t understand arachnophobia,” says Vollrath, as […]

Fighting cancer with the help of someone else’s immune cells

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A new step in cancer immunotherapy: researchers from the Netherlands Cancer Institute and University of Oslo/Oslo University Hospital show that even if one’s own immune cells cannot recognize and fight their tumors, someone else’s immune cells might. Their proof of principle study is published in the journal Science on May 19th. A human T-cell, Credit: NIH […]

World’s Deadliest Diseases – Smallpox, Botulism & Anthrax

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If you think you’re having a bad day, the following article may cheer you up – count your lucky stars that you don’t have any of the following illnesses. Today’s broadcast will be focusing on the world’s deadliest diseases. Of course there are many diseases that can be considered just as bad as these but […]

Why Getting NeuroCranial Restructuring® Is Like Repairing The Structure of a Building?

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The following article was authored by Dr. Dean Howell, N.D Creator Of NeuroCranial Restructuring Imagine a building made of the finest materials and impeccably maintained. Nevertheless, it constantly develops cracks and leaks. Even the most meticulously installed features crumble. All because the overall structure the skeleton of the building is faulty. In the human body we often forget […]

‘Kidney-on-a-chip’ could save lives in the ICU

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Many lifesaving drugs can be dangerously toxic to the kidneys. Because there are a number of factors that change the way kidneys process drugs, it is very difficult to predict how they will affect each patient. Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed a “kidney-on-a-chip” that promises to make testing the effects of drugs […]

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Controversial: In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human

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A handful of scientists around the United States are trying to do something that some people find disturbing: make embryos that are part human, part animal. Credit: Jeannie Phan for NPR The researchers hope these embryos, known as chimeras, could eventually help save the lives of people with a wide range of diseases. One way […]

This five-fingered robot hand learns to get a grip on its own

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Robots today can perform space missions, solve a Rubik’s cube, sort hospital medication and even make pancakes. But most can’t manage the simple act of grasping a pencil and spinning it around to get a solid grip. Intricate tasks that require dexterous in-hand manipulation — rolling, pivoting, bending, sensing friction and other things humans do […]

Does acetaminophen/paracetamol reduce empathy?

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Researchers from The Ohio State University have found evidence that acetaminophen not only dulls physical pain, it also reduces our ability to predict pain in others and empathize. If the results are to be believed, this common drug might hamper our ability to imagine each other’s discomfort. Used to relieve pain and fever, acetaminophen – […]

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Dreaming brain rhythms lock in memories

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Disrupting brain activity in sleeping mice, specifically during the rapid eye movement (REM) phase, can stop the animals remembering things they learned that day, a study suggests. It is the clearest evidence to date that REM sleep is critical for memory. Humans dream throughout most of the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep phase. Credit: THINKSTOCK By […]

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Beware of microbial traffic jams

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Biophysicist finds that rapidly proliferating yeast pack quite a punch: Up to 150 psi When tiny microbes jam up like fans exiting a baseball stadium, they can do some real damage. A wild strain of yeast growing in a tiny chamber gradually fills the space and, because the yeast cells are so sticky, easily clog […]

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Ingestible ‘origami robot’ removes button batteries from stomach

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At next week’s International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Stockholm, Sweden, researchers will reveal the creation of an ingestible robot that, in experiments, unfolded in the stomach to remove a swallowed button battery. Every year, more than 3,500 people in the United States swallow button batteries, which are commonly used to power toys, games, […]

Stem cells from diabetic patients coaxed to become insulin-secreting cells

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If damaged cells are replaceable, type 1 diabetics wouldn’t need insulin shots Researchers have produced insulin-secreting cells from stem cells derived from the skin of patients with type 1 diabetes. The cells (blue), made from stem cells, can secrete insulin (green) in response to glucose. Credit: MILLMAN LABORATORY Signaling a potential new approach to treating […]

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Scientists make ‘second skin’ to hide wrinkles

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Scientists claim to have developed an invisible elastic film that can be applied to the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and eye bags. The ‘second skin’ locks in moisture and appears to improve the skin’s elasticity, Image credit: MIT Once applied, the formula dries to form a film that “mimics the properties of […]

Cancer Cells Hijack the Body’s Internal Clocks, Study Finds

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Cancer patients rare die directly from their tumors. Anyone who’s lost a friend or loved one knows the disease usually wastes away the body. Often, at the end stages, food just doesn’t seem to stick. Now a new study may help explain how and why this happens. Tumor cells disrupt the body’s circadian clocks, interfering […]

Zika: portable, rapid diagnostic test could reach clinical use in months

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A fast, portable test for Zika virus could be in the cards, according to a new study published in Cell, which details how a prototype device was able to accurately detect the virus in the blood and saliva of infected monkeys. Zika virus is primarily spread to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes […]

Paging Dr. Robot—Autonomy in Computerized Surgery?

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While companies, such as Intuitive Surgical Inc., are utilizing robots in the operating room to assist with surgery, researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Children’s National Health System have developed a robotic surgeon that recently performed a soft-tissue surgery with limited guidance from humans. Called the Smart Tissue Automation Robot (STAR), the system “consists […]

Breast cancer: Scientists hail ‘milestone’ genetic find

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Scientists say they now have a near-perfect picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer. Credit: SPL The study, published in Nature, has been described as a “milestone” moment that could help unlock new ways of treating and preventing the disease. The largest study of its kind unpicked practically all the errors that cause […]

The health hazards of space travel

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Space tourism? Why not? See the world as you have never seen it before. With at least 700 people signed up for commercial trips, and scientists figuring out how we can live on Mars, the impossible is becoming real. Are there hazards? Of course. As one researcher puts it: “Space is an unforgiving environment that […]

Strokes – The 3 types & what to look for

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Two of the most common cardiovascular problems often leading to long term disability or death are heart attacks and strokes. Today’s session will focus on strokes, which according to the world heart federation, is responsible for 15 million cardiovascular cases a year.  What are the different types of strokes? How can you recognize them? What […]

Heart Cancers Are So Extremely Rare It’s As If They Didn’t Exist

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Food for thought: there are cancers of the brain, blood, lymph nodes, lungs, bone, and every other bodily organ, part, or system imaginable. Why, then, do we never hear about heartcancer — could it be our hearts, long symbolized as the root of loving emotion, are somehow immune to the dreaded disease? Unfortunately, the reason […]

‘Youth gene’ identified by researchers

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The quest to find the fountain of eternal youth is probably as old as aging itself. New research, published in Current Biology, moves humanity another small step closer to the prize. A gene has been identified that plays a role in keeping people looking younger than their years. Comparing the face of an average 47-year-old (L), […]

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Treating sepsis by protecting blood vessels shows promise

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No specific treatment is currently available for sepsis – also referred to as blood poisoning or septicemia – a life-threatening condition that affects 19 million people worldwide every year. Now, a new study shows that protecting blood vessels from the damage caused by sepsis could be a way to successfully treat a condition that poses […]

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Pancreas Cell Transplants Help Diabetes: Study

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Transplants of insulin-producing pancreas cells are a long hoped-for treatment for diabetes — and a new study shows they can protect the most seriously ill patients from a life-threatening complication of the disease, an important step toward U.S. approval. These transplants are used in some countries but in the U.S. they’re available only through research […]

Strange bed? Here’s why you may not sleep well

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If you have ever spent the night in an unfamiliar place and woken feeling a bit groggy, scientists might have the answer. A study in the journal Current Biology suggests that one half of thebrain may stay alert to act as a kind of ‘night watchman’. Watchful “We know that marine animals and some birds show […]

Urine turned into sustainable power source for electronic devices

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Researchers at the University of Bath have developed an innovative miniature fuel cell that can generate electricity from urine, creating an affordable, renewable and carbon-neutral way of generating power. (Left to right): Ph.D. student Jon Chouler; Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Mirella Di Lorenzo; Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, […]

Can ‘sweaty billboard’ help fight Zika virus?

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A billboard that attracts and kills mosquitoes has been designed by marketing agencies in Brazil. The board releases a mixture of a lactic acid solution that mimics the smell of human sweat and carbon dioxide, which is in human breath.   The ultimate brain map   Its inventors have released the blueprint for free and […]

Micro heart muscle created from stem cells

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New technique offers cheaper, faster method to create heart tissue for testing drugs and modeling disease Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have invented a new way to create three-dimensional human heart tissue from stem cells. The tissue can be used to model disease and test drugs, and it opens the door for a precision medicine […]

Editing an End to Malaria?

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The promise, and possible perils, of a new genetic tool Flaminia Catteruccia, shown here in the insectary at Harvard’s school of public health, is plumbing the mysteries of mosquito sex. Photograph by Stu Rosner. At Harvard, experiments involving mosquito sex are the purview of Flaminia Catteruccia, director of the insectary at the Harvard Chan School of […]

E-skin ‘can monitor body’s oxygen level’

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University of Tokyo researchers have developed an ultrathin, ultraflexible, protective layer and demonstrated its use by creating an air-stable, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. This technology will enable creation of electronic skin (e-skin) displays of blood oxygen level, e-skin heart rate sensors for athletes and many other applications. Researchers are working ways to create displays […]

Pancreatic cancer: implantable chemo device may slow, shrink tumors

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Researchers have developed a small, implantable device for delivering chemotherapy drugs directly to pancreatic tumors. Tests in mice showed it was up to 12 times more effective than giving the drugs intravenously, which is how most patients receive them. The researchers describe how they developed and tested their innovation in a paper published in the […]

Synthetic Biology

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The world of medicine is a big one. Far bigger than most of us can even begin to imagine. During the next few weeks, we will talk about some of the less talked about branches of medicine like Biomedical Research, Biotechnology, and Bioengineering.  http://sustainablepulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/synthetic-biology.jpg Today’s article is on a relatively new field called Synthetic Biology. […]

How do we fall asleep and wake up? Scientists uncover key mechanism

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Insomnia, jet lag, seasonal affective disorder – new treatments could be in the cards for all of these circadian rhythm-related conditions, after researchers have uncovered a neurobiological pathway that plays a key role in falling asleep and waking up. https://chronoceuticals.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/circadian-rhythm-disorders-health-consequences-and-treatments-3.jpg Published in the journal Nature Communications, the study suggests that BK channels in the suprachiasmatic […]

Research brings ‘smart hands’ closer to reality

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Using your skin as a touchscreen has been brought a step closer after scientists successfully created tactile sensations on the palm using ultrasound sent through the hand. The device uses ‘time-reversal’ processing to send ultrasound waves through the hand. This technique is effectively like ripples in water but in reverse — the waves become more […]

First paralysed person to be ‘reanimated’ offers neuroscience insights

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Technique moves man’s arm by decoding his thoughts and electrically stimulating his own muscles. Ian Burkhart is paralyzed from the chest down. But he can pick up a credit card and swipe it. He can pick up a bottle and pour. And he can do it all just by thinking about it. http://media1.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2016_15/1494226/160413-ian-creditcard_a3218a49df4f0db9f5f676cd7a037668.nbcnews-fp-1240-520.jpg It’s the […]

Nanoparticle Generator Slips Chemotherapy Past Tumor Cells’ Protective Barriers

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Researchers have developed and tested a new injectable nanoparticle-generating technology that can deliver doxorubicin (Adriamycin®), a commonly used chemotherapy drug, straight to the nucleus of metastatic breast cancer cells with high effectiveness. Red blood cells (blue arrow) adjacent to an iNPG-pDox nanoparticle (red arrow) that is attached to a tumor microvessel. Credit: Haifa Shen, Ph.D., Houston Methodist […]

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Scientists store digital images in DNA, and retrieve them perfectly

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Researchers have developed one of the first complete systems to store digital data in DNA — allowing companies to store data that today would fill a big box store supercenter in a space the size of a sugar cube. Technology companies routinely build sprawling data centers to store all the baby pictures, financial transactions, funny […]

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Huge leap to mass produced platelets

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Scientists have made a significant leap towards mass producing platelets – the part of the blood that forms clots. The NHS and University of Cambridge team have discovered how to grow the body’s platelet factories in the laboratory. Credit: David Gregory & Debbie Marshall. Wellcome Images It could provide a new source of platelets to […]

Pharmaceutical Development and Antibiotic Effectiveness

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The Chalcone Compound, Space is the Limit – from Ground to Microgravity Testing The following article was authored by Mrs. Jonna Ocampo, Principal Investigator, CD-SEAS Mission Microgravity and Commercial Scientist-Astronaut Candidate, Project PoSSUM Pharmaceutical antimicrobial effectiveness is paramount when subject to extreme environments such as weightlessness. This weightlessness in space is known as microgravity and can be similar […]