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Light Therapy Betters Chances for Increased Organ Transplants

The technology has so far been utilized on lungs, but is being adapted for use on...

The technology has so far been utilized on lungs, but is being adapted for use on other organs(Credit: NosorogUA/Depositphotos)

It goes without saying that the greater the number of organs available for transplant, the better for patients in need of them. A newly-developed technique could help, as it uses light to kill viruses and bacteria that might otherwise make donated organs unsuitable for use. read more

Gut Bacteria May Hold the Key to Autism

A two-year study on fecal transplants in autism sufferers has found they can reduce symptoms by...
A two-year study on fecal transplants in autism sufferers has found they can reduce symptoms by as much as 45 percent(Credit: Arizona State University)

Scientific research continues to uncover interesting connections between the gut microbiome and human health, including everything from depression to PTSD to autoimmune disease. Another example of this are the emerging ties between gut health and autism, with an exciting new study demonstrating how boosting microbial diversity via fecal transplants can dramatically reduce its symptoms in the long term. read more

What was Once Old, Can be Young Again

Researchers were able to improve the cognitive function of older mice after blocking a protein's activity...
Researchers were able to improve the cognitive function of older mice after blocking a protein’s activity on brain cells known as microglia(Credit: lightsource/Depositphotos)

In a stunning piece of research, Stanford neuroscientists have hunted down a single gene that encodes a protein responsible for age-related cognitive losses, targeted it with special blocking antibodies, and shown in mice that these antibodies can rejuvenate old brains to work as well as young ones. read more

Face Sculpting Without a Scalpel

While the technology could be utilized for cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty (pictured above), it may...
While the technology could be utilized for cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty (pictured above), it may also find use on tendons or corneas(Credit: VGeorgiev/Depositphotos)

Currently, in order to reshape cartilage such as that within the nose, incisions and subsequent sutures are typically required. Not only is the procedure invasive, but it can also result in scarring. Now, however, scientists have demonstrated a new method of cartilage-reshaping that requires no cutting. read more

Alzheimer’s Treatment Found in Tea and Carrots

A new study in mice has shown the compounds in green tea and carrot could have...
A new study in mice has shown the compounds in green tea and carrot could have a role to play in reversing Alzheimer’s symptoms(Credit: Kesu01/Depositphotos)

One of the many ways scientists are working to unravel the mysteries of Alzheimer’s is by conducting experiments on mice that have been genetically engineered to develop the disease. Researchers pondering the protective potential of compounds found in green tea and carrots have again taken this route and returned some promising results, with the Alzheimer’s mice demonstrating unimpaired cognitive function following a carefully designed bout of treatment. read more

MIT DOLPHIN Can Spot Tiniest Tumors

An MIT team has developed a new method for imaging smaller fluorescent particles deep inside the...
An MIT team has developed a new method for imaging smaller fluorescent particles deep inside the body(Credit: MIT)

The earlier cancer is detected, the better the odds of treating it. But of course tumors can be hard to spot until they get to a certain size, at which point it might be too late. Now MIT researchers have developed a new optical imaging system that could be used to spot tiny tumors deep inside the body. read more

3D Bioprinter Creates Layers of Real Skin

A close up view of the skin bioprinter nozzle developed by researchers at Wake Forest Institute...
A close up view of the skin bioprinter nozzle developed by researchers at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine(Credit: WFIRM)

While the advent of 3D printers is commonly thought of as a revolution for manufacturing, it could have huge benefits for medicine as well. To help patch up large wounds that might normally require a skin graft, researchers at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) have developed a new bioprinter that can print dual layers of a patient’s own skin directly into a wound. read more

Rare Semi-Identical Twins Identified

Semi-identical twins born in Australia mark only the second known case in the world
Semi-identical twins born in Australia mark only the second known case in the world(Credit:adrenalina/Depositphotos)

Generally, there are two types of twins in humans – identical and fraternal. But now, researchers have announced that twins born in Queensland, Australia, have been found to belong to an extremely rare in-between type known as “semi-identical” twins. This is only the second known case in the world, and the first time it has been identified during pregnancy using genetic testing. read more

World’s First Full-Body Medical Scanner

The new EXPLORER full-body scanner promises faster and more detailed medical imaging
The new EXPLORER full-body scanner promises faster and more detailed medical imaging(Credit: UC Davis)

After over a decade of development, the world’s first full-body medical scanner has produced its first images. The groundbreaking imaging device is almost 40 times faster than current PET scans and can capture a 3D picture of the entire human body in one instant scan. read more

Are Universal Stem Cells in Our Future?

Human heart muscle cells derived from the new CRISPR-engineered "universal" stem cells
Human heart muscle cells derived from the new CRISPR-engineered “universal” stem cells(Credit: Xiaomeng Hu)

In an incredible milestone, scientists have for the first time created “universal” stem cells by using CRISPR gene-editing technology to produce pluripotent stem cells that can be transplanted into any patient without generating an immune system response. read more