Skin Can Power Medical Implants

The solar measurement device worn by study participants to examine the real-world feasibility of solar powering...

The solar measurement device worn by study participants to examine the real-world feasibility of solar powering medical implants(Credit: Lukas Bereuter)

It can be a hassle when your phone’s battery runs out of juice and you have to hunt down a power outlet to recharge, but a flat battery is an even bigger hassle in implanted electronic medical devices, such as pacemakers. It often means invasive surgery to replace the battery or the entire unit, but now a new study has found that the use of solar cells implanted under the skin to power medical implants is a feasible approach. read more

Powdered Artificial Blood Coming Soon

For medics in the field, getting replacement blood into patients as soon as possible can make the difference between life or death.

But scientists working to develop artificial blood cells could bring life-saving transfusions to more trauma patients within the next 10 years.

The hope is that the artificial blood could be freeze dried and stored in powder form, ready for use by paramedics and combat medics on the battlefield.

Scientists are developing artificial blood which could bring life-saving transfusions to more trauma patients. It won¿t replace human blood, but it could buy patients vital time they need to get to hospital and receive donor bloodScientists are developing artificial blood which could bring life-saving transfusions to more trauma patients. It won’t replace human blood, but it could buy patients vital time they need to get to hospital and receive donor blood

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New Gene-Editing Tool

Chinese scientists have begun the first human trials using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool by treating patients...Chinese scientists have begun the first human trials using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool by treating patients with lung cancer(Credit: chepko/Depositphotos)

The powerful gene-editing CRISPR-Cas9 technique is a promising tool in the fight against conditions like retinal degradation, muscular dystrophy and HIV, but so far trials have been restricted to cultured cells and laboratory mice. read more

Our Brains Also Sag with Age

The numerous folds which cover our brains change over time, becoming slacker as we age, according to a study.

What’s more, this slacking was seen to be more pronounced in those with Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers believe that learning more about how the mechanisms which control how folding changes with age could potentially be used to help diagnose brain diseases and spot dementia.

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Researchers mapped the brains of 1,000 people found the folds covering their brains (pictured) changed with age, with the cortex losing elasticity and becoming more slack
Researchers mapped the brains of 1,000 people found the folds covering their brains (pictured) changed with age, with the cortex losing elasticity and becoming more slack

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A Virus for Alcoholism

About 17 million adults and more than 850,000 adolescents had some problems with alcohol in the United States in 2012.

Long-term alcohol misuse could harm your liver, stomach, cardiovascular system and bones, as well as your brain.

Chronic heavy alcohol drinking can lead to a problem that we scientists call alcohol use disorder, which most people call alcohol abuse or alcoholism.

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Long-term alcohol misuse could harm your liver, stomach, cardiovascular system and bones, as well as your brain. Chronic heavy alcohol drinking can lead to a problem that we scientists call alcohol use disorder, which most people call alcohol abuse or alcoholism
Long-term alcohol misuse could harm your liver, stomach, cardiovascular system and bones, as well as your brain. Chronic heavy alcohol drinking can lead to a problem that we scientists call alcohol use disorder, which most people call alcohol abuse or alcoholism

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How is that Cancer Moonshot Progressing?

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Recognizing, as I’m sure we all do, that every speech Barack Obama has ever given is a work of oratory genius and each monologue is more memorable than the last, I ask that you think back to his final State of the Union speech.

Amongst the ramblings from one statist government giveaway to the next, was a segment on what the President classified as the White House Cancer Moonshot. Obama stated on January 12, 2016 that, “last year Vice President Biden said that with a new moonshot, America can cure cancer.”

I’m not making light of this statement, and certainly not of Biden, for he lost his son Beau Biden to brain cancer in May of 2015.

Obama continued by saying that, “last month he [Biden] worked with Congress to give scientists at the National Institutes of Health, the strongest resources they’ve had in over a decade.” He received a standing ovation from virtually ever member in the chamber.

This is my problem. Not that Biden lost his son to cancer and wishes for no one else to suffer the way his son and family did. I get that. It’s the way almost everyone in government proposes to solve the problem. It’s always the same. The federal government ponies up billions of dollars of our money to fund quasi-government science projects, which rarely if ever accomplish anything. read more

Artificial Pancreas Automates Insulin Delivery

For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a so-called artificial...
For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a so-called artificial pancreas designed to both monitor and inject insulin automatically, requiring minimal input from the user(Credit: Medtronic)

Monitoring blood-glucose levels and injecting insulin to keep them in a safe range is a never-ending headache for sufferers of type 1 diabetes. A number of research projects have made promising steps recently to promise easier ways of doing things, and now this type of convenience is set to move out of the lab and into the real-world. For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a so-called artificial pancreas designed to both monitor and inject insulin automatically, requiring minimal input from the user. read more

Flint Lead Problems Just Got Worse

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Flint, Michigan is known for one thing these days – lead poisoning.

In 2014 Flint began drawing its drinking water from the local Flint River while they waited to connect to a regional water source. Residents began complaining about the water quality and in 2015 it was discovered that some children in Flint had increased levels of lead in their blood. The Flint River water apparently had elevated lead levels and the children had ingested it.

It was all over from that point, for we all know that lead poisoning is very serious as it affects brain function, etc.

Now the residents of Flint have another health problem – and this time it’s real. I’ll explain the second half of that sentence in a bit.

It seems that the people of Flint have been sufficiently frightened to death by the lead scare that they are afraid to bathe or shower in the “contaminated” water. They are instead using baby wipes to clean themselves. The wipes are evidently not getting the job done. Because of this lack of basic hygiene, 53 Flint residents, so far, have been infected with Shigellosis, which causes bloody diarrhea, fever and nausea. There are a total of 84 victims of this highly infectious disease throughout the surrounding Genesee County. read more

Faster-Acting Insulin Found in the Slow Cone Snail

The cone snail uses insulin to stun its predators

The cone snail uses insulin to stun its predators (Credit: Baldomero Olivera)

An at times urgent need for insulin has given rise to quick-fire solutions that can take effect in as few as 15 minutes, but in a scenario where every second can make a difference there is always room for improvement. This has led scientists to look for an even faster-acting insulin from a notoriously slow-moving source, finding the insulin in a certain type of snail venom can begin working in a third of the time of the fastest insulins currently on the market.

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