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Spinal Cord Injuries Could be a Thing of the Past

A 3D-printed device, loaded with neuronal stem cells, that can be implanted into an injured spinal...
A 3D-printed device, loaded with neuronal stem cells, that can be implanted into an injured spinal cord to help “bridge” the damage(Credit: University of Minnesota)

Spinal injuries can be like downed power lines – even if everything on either side of the injury is perfectly functional, the break can effectively shut down the whole system. Now, researchers at the University of Minnesota have designed a device that could link everything back together again. A silicone guide, covered in 3D-printed neuronal stem cells, can be implanted into the injury site, where it grows new connections between remaining nerves to let patients regain some motor control. read more

Google Glass for Autism

Clinical research coordinator Jessey Schwartz (left) watches as 9 year-old Alex and his mother, Donji Cullenbine...
Clinical research coordinator Jessey Schwartz (left) watches as 9 year-old Alex and his mother, Donji Cullenbine (right), use a Google Glass-connected smartphone app(Credit: Steve Fisch)

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often find it difficult to gauge other people’s emotions based on their facial expressions – this can in turn lead to problems in communicating with those people. Scientists at Stanford University, however, are seeing new hope in an approach that utilizes Google Glass smart glasses. read more

Gut Bacteria the Key to Weight Loss?

Not all calories are created equal, as a new study highlights how gut bacteria can alter...
Not all calories are created equal, as a new study highlights how gut bacteria can alter how effectively our bodies metabolize carbohydrates

A new study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic may shed some light on why certain people can lose more weight than others despite adhering to the same regime of exercise and caloric restriction. Alongside a myriad of other recent medical discoveries, the secret may lie in the unique make-up of our gut bacteria. read more

Lung Cancer Advancements

A chance meeting may lead to a combination therapy that actually reduces side effect damage while...
A chance meeting may lead to a combination therapy that actually reduces side effect damage while improving effectiveness of chemotherapy in the treatment of lung cancer(Credit: muratart/Depositphotos)

Cancer treatment is often a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul. You may well have some success with chemotherapy, but subsequent damage to otherwise healthy organs and tissue is a trade-off that clinicians and patients have had to juggle with for decades. But, thanks to a chance meeting at the Hudson Institute in Melbourne, lung cancer patients could be looking at more effective chemo with fewer side effects. read more

Gut Bacteria Alters Metabolism

Researchers have found that removing a single gene from a gut bacteria species can have dramatic...
Researchers have found that removing a single gene from a gut bacteria species can have dramatic effects in the host’s metabolism(Credit: AnatomyInsider/Depositphotos)

The bacteria that call your gut home can have a tremendous impact on your overall health, but exactly how the bugs do so is a web that’s still being untangled. To investigate, researchers at Harvard Medical School have deleted a single gene from one gut bacteria species and found that it alters the metabolism of the host, reducing their weight gain. read more

Smart Bandage Monitors Chronic Skin Wounds

The prototype smart bandage, with its microprocessor visible at left
The prototype smart bandage, with its microprocessor visible at left(Credit: NanoLab – Sameer Sonkusale, Tufts University)

Chronic skin wounds may be notoriously difficult to treat, but at the same time they shouldn’t be over-treated, subjecting patients to more antibiotics than is necessary. That’s why scientists have developed a “smart” bandage that only dispenses medication as needed. read more

New Drug may be Able to Reverse Age-Related Dementia and Stroke

A new discovery into the mechanism behind cerebral small vessel disease may offer new treatments to...
A new discovery into the mechanism behind cerebral small vessel disease may offer new treatments to prevent or even repair damage associated with age-related dementia(Credit:Giovanni_Cancemi/Depositphotos)

Cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) is one of the most commonly associated causes of age-related dementia and stroke. New research, led by the University of Edinburgh, may have finally uncovered the mechanism by which SVD causes brain cell damage, as well as a potential treatment to prevent the damage, and possibly even reverse it. read more

No More Finger-Pricking for Diabetics?

Thanks to a radar-based system that's currently in development, doing THIS may someday no longer be...
Thanks to a radar-based system that’s currently in development, doing THIS may someday no longer be necessary(Credit: dml5050/Depositphotos)

Although finger-prick blood glucose tests are a daily necessity for millions of diabetics, a less-painful alternative may be on the horizon. Led by Prof. George Shaker, a team from Canada’s University of Waterloo is looking at using radar and artificial intelligence (AI) to do the job. read more

Nanoparticles Heat Up and Kill Cancer

A transmission electron microscope image of the zinc ferrite nanoparticles that can be triggered by a...
A transmission electron microscope image of the zinc ferrite nanoparticles that can be triggered by a magnetic field to heat up and kill cancer(Credit: Xiang Yu)

Cancer is one of humanity’s biggest killers, but scientists are coming up with some creative ways to fight back. Researchers at the University at Buffalo have developed new kinds of nanoparticles that can infiltrate, heat up and kill cancer cells more effectively and efficiently than similar methods. read more

New Drug for RET-Driven Cancers

A new cancer drug, known as BLU-667, has shown promise in human clinical trials
A new cancer drug, known as BLU-667, has shown promise in human clinical trials(Credit: vitanovski/Depositphotos)

A new cancer drug known as cancer drug has moved through phase I human trials, and the results are promising. Taken orally, the drug targets what are known as RET-driven cancers, including types of thyroid and lung cancers, which are normally hard to treat. read more