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UCLA researcher designs ways for immune cells to 'outsmart' solid tumors

Rss Feed - 4 hours 14 min ago
Yvonne Chen engineers immune cells to target their most evasive enemy: cancer. New cancer immunotherapies generate immune cells that are effective killers of blood cancers, but they have a hard time with solid tumors.

Researchers develop new way to monitor radiation doses for cancer patients

Rss Feed - 4 hours 19 min ago
More than half of all cancer patients undergo radiation therapy and the dose is critical. Too much and the surrounding tissue gets damaged, too little and the cancer cells survive.

New wearable device to diagnose Alzheimer's disease

Rss Feed - 6 hours 27 min ago
With tens of millions of people the world over being affected by dementia, and almost 80% of them suffering from Alzheimer's disease (AD), the Early Detection of Neurodegenerative diseases (Edon) is looking into a novel device to test for AD early in the process, using wearable technology. This will play a crucial role in intervening and preventing the progression of this disease, the prevalence of which has increased by almost 90% since 2000.

Breakthrough in artificial biomimetic sight

Rss Feed - 6 hours 45 min ago
In a new study published in February 2020 in the journal Science Advances, researchers report the development of a nanoscale device that acts like the brain's visual cortex to directly see things in its path. The scientists created a new superstructure through the use of two nanomaterials in tandem that could help to make a machine that uses AI to simulate a human mind's function.

Generating genomes and encoding new abilities into artificial DNA

Rss Feed - 7 hours 6 min ago
A new study to be presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in February 2020 will report on the generation of the world’s first artificially created bacterial genome using a digital design algorithm along with the synthesis of DNA building blocks on a large scale. This genome takes form by chemical rather than template-based synthesis. The research is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Drinking cocoa could relieve peripheral arterial disease

Rss Feed - 7 hours 26 min ago
Someday, according to a new study, doctors might prescribe chocolate or cocoa to help patients with peripheral arterial disease to walk easier. The study published in February 2020 in the journal Circulation Research of the American Heart Association (AHA) reports a significant improvement in walking distance in patients following regular cocoa consumption.

Stress in kids could have long term genetic consequences finds study

Rss Feed - 7 hours 38 min ago
Researchers have found that being separated from parents at a young age could lead to a rise in stress hormones, which could have direct consequences on altering the genetic makeup of the child, which can then be passed on to the future generations. The study titled, "Childcare outside the family for the under-threes: cause for concern?" was published in the latest issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Scientists map molecular steps in the development of endometrial cancer

Rss Feed - 8 hours 34 min ago
A new study reveals the molecular steps that bring about endometrial cancer, commonly known as uterine cancer, which is the sixth most common cancer in women across the globe.

Scientists develop "smart" remote-control bandage for chronic wounds

Rss Feed - 8 hours 46 min ago
People with diabetes suffer from chronic and non-healing wounds, often leading to severe infection and, eventually, amputation of the limb. The essential treatment for these wounds is the continuous application of medicines and the regular changing of bandages to prevent infection.

Bile duct cancer treatment could be improved by tailored medication

Rss Feed - 9 hours 23 min ago
Treatment of patients suffering from bile duct cancer could be improved by tailoring medication to the levels of a key protein in people with the disease, according to new research.

Surgical jackets and head covers do not reduce surgical site infections, study shows

Rss Feed - 9 hours 29 min ago
A study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham published in JAMA Surgery on Feb. 12 indicates that surgical jackets and head covers known as bouffants did not reduce the incidence of surgical site infections.

Wayne State researchers receive grant to develop new treatments for Barth syndrome

Rss Feed - 10 hours 10 min ago
Barth syndrome is a rare and life-threatening, X-linked genetic disorder that primarily affects males and is passed from mother to son; women who are carriers do not show symptoms of the disorder.

Study suggests potential treatment to alleviate disorders of consciousness

Rss Feed - 10 hours 30 min ago
A small amount of electricity delivered at a specific frequency to a particular point in the brain will snap a monkey out of even deep anesthesia, pointing to a circuit of brain activity key to consciousness and suggesting potential treatments for debilitating brain disorders.

Advancing a protein drug in lettuce leaves to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension

Rss Feed - 11 hours 21 min ago
In pulmonary arterial hypertension, high blood pressure in the lungs' arteries causes the heart to work extra hard to pump blood to the lungs and around the rest of the body.

Breakthrough discovery could open up new treatments for some blood cancers

Rss Feed - 11 hours 42 min ago
Reversing runaway inflammation in the bone marrow could lead to major breakthroughs in treatments for some blood cancers, according to a new publication by scientists at Hackensack Meridian Health's Center for Discovery and Innovation.

Vitamin E can safely treat fatty liver disease in patients with HIV

Rss Feed - 11 hours 48 min ago
A type of fatty liver disease that commonly affects patients with HIV can be safely treated with vitamin E, a McGill-led study has found.

Subtle differences in cognitive performance predict progression to Alzheimer's pathology

Rss Feed - 12 hours 12 min ago
Alzheimer's disease is progressive, but slow to develop -- or at least to reveal itself. In a new study, published online February 14, 2020 in the journal Biological Psychiatry, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues elsewhere, report that early, subtle differences in cognitive performance, such as fewer words recalled on a memory test, are a sign that harmful proteins are accumulating in the brain, even if levels of those proteins do not yet qualify as dangerous.

Mason researchers working to improve upper limb prosthetics

Rss Feed - 12 hours 18 min ago
Siddhartha Sikdar, Professor, Bioengineering, Volgenau School of Engineering, Parag Chitnis, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, and Guoqing Diao, Associate Professor, Statistics, are working to develop and evaluate a prototype prosthetic control system that uses wearable ultrasound imaging sensors to sense residual muscle activity rather than electromyography.

Out-of-network primary care linked to rising ACO costs, study finds

Rss Feed - 12 hours 48 min ago
Accountable Care Organizations -- or ACOs -- formed for the first time in 2011, designed to combat rising medical costs and provide more coordinated care to Medicare patients. But the savings have been inconsistent nationwide.

Combination of green tea extract and exercise mitigates fatty liver disease in mice

Rss Feed - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 23:39
The combination of green tea extract and exercise reduced the severity of obesity-related fatty liver disease by 75% in mice fed a high-fat diet, according to Penn State researchers, whose recent study may point to a potential health strategy for people.