Super-Human Cells Deliver Drugs

Researchers have developed a technique that allows red blood cells to be filled with drug molecules and then returned to a body to home in on a specific location
Researchers have developed a technique that allows red blood cells to be filled with drug molecules and then returned to a body to home in on a specific location

Researchers from McMaster University have developed what they are calling “super-human red blood cells.” The technique they’ve developed loads normal red blood cells with synthetic drug molecules to create a powerful hybrid cell designed to deliver drugs to targeted locations in the body. read more

Touch-Sensing Artificial Skin

Researcher Binbin Ying stretches a piece of the AISkin
Researcher Binbin Ying stretches a piece of the AISkin
Daria Perevezentsev

Medicine, soft robotics and wearable electronics are just a few of the fields that could benefit from a new hydrogel that’s applied to the body. The transparent material can sense when it’s being touched, bent, heated, or otherwise manipulated.

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Want to Know how Fat you Really Are?

Each Bello scan takes just three seconds
Each Bello scan takes just three seconds
Bello

Although many people routinely pinch their belly in order to see how fat they’re getting, that’s really only a measure of their subcutaneous “under the skin” fat. The Bello device goes deeper, using light to measure visceral fat. read more

Protein Therapy for Heart Attack Victims

Researchers have found a protein that can improve heart scar tissue in large animals and are looking towards human trials
Researchers have found a protein that can improve heart scar tissue in large animals and are looking towards human trials
Heart disease is the biggest killer in the Western world. A part of the problem is that even if one survives a heart attack, damage to the heart muscle results in the formation of thick scar tissue that can increase the chance of heart failure. Now researchers have found a way to improve the quality of the scar tissue in animal models, resulting in improved heart function following a heart attack.

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New Injectable TB Vaccine

When it comes to preventing TB, IV might be the way to go
When it comes to preventing TB, IV might be the way to go
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Although it’s crucial that people get vaccinated against tuberculosis (TB), the vaccine isn’t always very effective – at least, not when injected through the skin. New research, however, shows that it works much better when delivered directly into a vein. read more

Vaccine for Dementia and Alzheimer’s?

A potential dementia vaccine should move into human trials within the next 18 to 24 months
A potential dementia vaccine should move into human trials within the next 18 to 24 months

A newly published study has described the successful results in mice of a novel vaccine designed to prevent neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers suggest this “dementia vaccine” is now ready for human trials, and if successful could become the “breakthrough of the next decade.” read more

A New Alzheimer’s Therapy?

Results from a human clinical trial demonstrate LSD microdosing to be safe and tolerable, but it is too early for clear efficacy data
Results from a human clinical trial demonstrate LSD microdosing to be safe and tolerable, but it is too early for clear efficacy data

New results have been published from one of the first placebo-controlled clinical trials investigating the effects of microdosing Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD). This Phase 1 trial is the first step in testing whether these kinds of psychedelic microdose methods could be useful as a therapeutic approach for treating Alzheimer’s disease, and while the early data doesn’t identify significant cognitive benefits in microdosing, it certainly demonstrates the method is safe enough to proceed to larger efficacy trials. read more

Is Healing the Blood-Brain Barrier the Key to Halting Dementia?

The results of new research that has reversed dementia in mice is impressive but some are questioning whether they will apply to humans
The results of new research that has reversed dementia in mice is impressive but some are questioning whether they will apply to humans

Two compelling new studies are building on a hypothesis suggesting age-related dementia is caused by a leaky blood-brain barrier, triggering neuro-inflammation and, ultimately, brain cell damage. The research reveals a novel anti-inflammatory drug can reverse brain aging in senile mice, but experts suggest the studies are interesting but not particularly applicable to human cases of dementia. read more

A Decade of Scientific Breakthroughs

Kepler's efforts in exoplanet hunting was one of the biggest scientific achievements of the decade
Kepler’s efforts in exoplanet hunting was one of the biggest scientific achievements of the decade
NASA/Wendy Stenzel

As we stare down the barrel of the futuristic-sounding year 2020, it’s a time for reflection on the past decade. The world has seen some pretty major scientific achievements in the last 10 years, as discoveries and developments decades in the making were finally realized. New Atlas rounds up five of the most ground-breaking, history-making milestones of the 2010s. read more

Diagnostic Contact Lens

One day, contact lenses could do much more than just correct our vision
One day, contact lenses could do much more than just correct our vision

The notion of wearing lenses over our eyes to correct our vision dates back hundreds of years, with some even crediting Leonardo da Vinci as one of the first proponents of the idea (though that remains somewhat controversial). Material science and our understanding of the human eye have come a long way since, while their purpose has remained largely the same. In the age of wearable computers, however, scientists in the laboratories of DARPA, Google, and universities around the world see contact lenses not just as tools to improve our vision, but as opportunities to augment the human experience. But how? And why? read more