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New Bioimaging Scanner Gives Full Color X-Rays

Using CERN technology, Mars Bioimaging has created the first 3D, color X-ray images of the human...
Using CERN technology, Mars Bioimaging has created the first 3D, color X-ray images of the human body(Credit: Mars Bioimaging)

Medical X-ray scans have long been stuck in the black-and-white, silent-movie era. Sure, the contrast helps doctors spot breaks and fractures in bones, but more detail could help pinpoint other problems.
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A Cure for All Cancers?

from the Jerusalem Post:

A cure for cancer? Israeli scientists say they think they found one

Cancer cells [illustrative]

Cancer cells [illustrative]. (photo credit: PIXABAY)

A small team of Israeli scientists think they might have found the first complete cure for cancer.

“We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer,” said Dan Aridor, of a new treatment being developed by his company, Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. (AEBi), which was founded in 2000 in the ITEK incubator in the Weizmann Science Park. AEBi developed the SoAP platform, which provides functional leads to very difficult targets. read more

GM E.Coli May Help Liver and Bowel Disease

Genetically modified bacteria could be used to treat liver and bowel diseases by mopping up toxins inside the gut.

Researchers tested the groundbreaking technique by creating a common strain of bacteria mop up excess ammonia in the body.

High levels of the chemical can be fatal for people with liver damage and rare genetic disorders.

The genetically modified bacteria created by Synlogic, a firm co-founded by MIT, could be used to treat liver and bowel diseases by mopping up toxins inside the gut. Researchers tested the groundbreaking technique by creating a a common strain of e.coli bacteria mop up excess ammonia in the body. Stock image shown.

Old Drug Sees New Life for Anxiety and Depression

New evidence suggests ketamine can reduce anxiety related to major depression, and substance abuse depression
New evidence suggests ketamine can reduce anxiety related to major depression, and substance abuse depression(Credit: kmiragaya/Depositphotos)

Two new studies suggest the psychiatric benefits of ketamine treatment may extend beyond just the targeting of depression. The research demonstrates ketamine may be helpful in targeting both anxiety- and substance abuse-related depression. read more

Irish Dirt Kills New Superbugs

Soil found in rural Northern Ireland could hold the key to fighting antibiotic resistance, researchers believe.

Doctors and scientists are desperately searching for new ways to kill superbugs – and the new finding could pave the way.

A study found dirt from County Fermanagh can stop the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, such as the hospital superbug MRSA.

The discovery has been hailed as an ‘important step forward’ in the progress against antibiotic resistance, considered one of the biggest threats to humanity.

The new bacteria discovered in the soil from County Fermanagh, streptomyces sp. myrophorea (pictured under a microscope) can halt the spread of superbugs including MRSA

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Wasp Venom May be the Effective Antibiotic

MIT scientists have produced an antibiotic that's derived from wasp venom (although not from the species...
MIT scientists have produced an antibiotic that’s derived from wasp venom (although not from the species shown here)(Credit: vladvitek/Depositphotos)

As harmful bacteria continue to become resistant to standard antibiotics, it gets increasingly important to come up with alternatives. read more

MitoQ May Be THE Antioxidant Breakthrough

Researchers have found that a commercially available supplement can improve dilation of a subjects’ arteries by...
Researchers have found that a commercially available supplement can improve dilation of a subjects’ arteries by 42 percent in response to increased blood flow(Credit:idcde/Depositphotos)

Much mystery surrounds the physiological processes by which humans age, but scientists are learning more all the time. With this knowledge come new possibilities around how we can not only slow them down, but possibly even reverse them. A new breakthrough at the University of Colorado is the latest advance in the area, demonstrating how a chemically altered nutritional supplement may well reverse aging of the blood vessels, in turn giving cardiovascular health a vital boost. read more

Think Twice Before Buying DNA Test Kits

from IBD:

5 Reasons You Should Avoid Take-Home DNA Tests

The holiday shopping season is just around the corner. And millions of Americans think they’ve found the perfect gift — DNA testing kits.

It’s easy to see why the kits from companies such as AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and MyHeritage are so popular. For less than $100, folks can discover their ancestry and uncover potentially dangerous genetic mutations. About 12 million Americans have bought these kits in recent years.

But DNA testing isn’t risk-free — far from it. The kits jeopardize people’s privacy, physical health, and financial well-being. There are five key reasons Americans should think twice before buying a DNA testing kit. read more

Bioengineered Spinal Discs Show Real Promise

An illustration of a human spinal column, highlighting a deteriorated intervertebral disc
An illustration of a human spinal column, highlighting a deteriorated intervertebral disc(Credit:CLIPAREA/Depositphotos)

As the shock-absorbing cartilage discs between our vertebrae degenerate due to aging, accidents or overuse, severe back pain can result. While some scientists have developed purely synthetic replacement discs, a recent test on goats indicates that bioengineered discs may be a better way to go. read more

Is a Diabetes Cure Now a Reality?

The new technique cures diabetes in mice by bypassing the immune system that attacks beta cells
The new technique cures diabetes in mice by bypassing the immune system that attacks beta cells(Credit: JacobSt/Depositphotos)

According to the Center for Disease Control, 1.25 million people suffer from type 1 diabetes in the US alone. So far, it can only be managed with diet and regular doses of insulin, but scientists at UT Health San Antonio have invented a way of curing the disease in mice that may one day do the same for humans even with type 2 diabetes. read more