New Breakthrough for Type1 Diabetics

Implanted insulin-producing beta cells (purple) are encapsulated in a device that protects them from destruction by the immune cells, allowing them to regulate a diabetic patient's blood sugar levels
Implanted insulin-producing beta cells (purple) are encapsulated in a device that protects them from destruction by the immune cells, allowing them to regulate a diabetic patient’s blood sugar levels
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers have found a way to maintain insulin levels in diabetic mice by growing and implanting new beta cells that produce the hormone. These cells are housed inside a tiny device that protects them from the animal’s immune system, like a shark cage. read more

New Sniffer Highly Accurate in Detecting Cancer

A new electronic nose device can sniff out cancer with high accuracy
A new electronic nose device can sniff out cancer with high accuracy

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed an electronic nose (or e-nose) that may be able to sniff out signs of cancer from blood plasma samples. In tests, the device was able to detect a range of cancer types with over 90 percent accuracy. read more

Glowing Algae Helps with Vision Loss

Using a light-sensing protein found in glowing algae, scientists have shown how vision can be partially restored in a patient suffering from common vision loss
Using a light-sensing protein found in glowing algae, scientists have shown how vision can be partially restored in a patient suffering from common vision loss

In a major breakthrough for regenerative medicine, scientists have partially restored vision in a blind man using an emerging technique called optogenetics. The approach involved injecting the patient’s eye with genes that code for light-sensitive proteins found in green algae, and represents the first successful clinical application of the technology, which enabled the patient to locate and identify objects for the first time in decades.

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World’s Smallest Injectable Chip

The world's smallest single-chip system, sits on the tip of a hypodermic needle
The world’s smallest single-chip system, sits on the tip of a hypodermic needle
Chen Shi/Columbia Engineering

The continuing miniaturization of electronics is opening up some exciting possibilities when it comes to what we might place in our bodies to monitor and improve our health. Engineers at Columbia University have demonstrated an extreme version of this technology, developing the smallest single-chip system ever created, which could be implanted with a hypodermic needle to measure temperature inside the body, and possibly much more.

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Reprogramming Immune Cells to Kill Cancer

Researchers have reprogrammed immune cells that were previously hijacked by cancer to wipe out the disease
Researchers have reprogrammed immune cells that were previously hijacked by cancer to wipe out the disease

One of cancer’s crafty tricks involves manipulating the host’s immune cells to protect the tumors instead of fighting them. But now, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have turned the tables around again, transforming these cells back into cancer killers. read more

Defeating Superbugs

The superbug Pseudomonas aeruginosa, after being "popped like a balloon"
The superbug Pseudomonas aeruginosa, after being “popped like a balloon”
Imperial College London

By turning modern scientific tools on an antibiotic discovered 70 years ago, researchers have unearthed a previously unknown mechanism it uses to pierce and pop superbugs like balloons. Promisingly, the scientists have also demonstrated how this approach to taking out bacteria can be supercharged by combining it with other antibiotics, potentially offering a new form of defense against deadly, drug-resistant bacteria.

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Early Warning Sign for Cardiovascular Disease.

Scientists have developed a probe with fluorescent molecules, that glows more brightly in the presence of enzymes associated with cardiovascular trouble
Scientists have developed a probe with fluorescent molecules that glows more brightly in the presence of enzymes associated with cardiovascular trouble
Angelo Frei

The accumulation of plaque inside the arteries can be an insidious condition with grave consequences that include blood clots and strokes, but luckily it does give off some tell-tale signs. Researchers in the UK have developed a new type of glowing probe that focuses on one of them, increasing its fluorescence in the presence of a key enzyme and possibly acting as an early warning sign for cardiovascular disease.

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LongROAD may track Early Stage Dementia

Researchers have developed models that could predict mild cognitive impairment and dementia with 88 percent accuracy
Researchers have developed models that could predict mild cognitive impairment and dementia with 88 percent accuracy

A fascinating new study from a team of US researchers has used machine learning techniques to develop algorithms that can analyze naturalistic driving data and detect mild cognitive impairment and dementia in a driver. The work is still in the preliminary stages, however, the researchers claim it could be possible in the future to detect early signs of dementia using either a smartphone app or devices incorporated into car software systems. read more

Dry Mouth? An Accidental Cure may be on the Way

Chronic dry mouth often involves inflammation of the salivary glands, which an existing drug has been shown to reduce
Chronic dry mouth often involves inflammation of the salivary glands, which an existing drug has been shown to reduce
ArenaCreative/Depositphotos

Although we may all get a dry mouth from time to time, for some people it can be an ongoing debilitating condition. There could be new hope for such folks, however, thanks to a recent accidental discovery.

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WND Exclusive – Will natural COVID immunity be reflected on the ‘vaccine passport’?

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

The COVID-19 vaccination is front and center on most American’s minds as they decide whether or not to get it.

But it’s not just the vaccine itself. It’s not even whether the various vaccines are safe – and they appear to be for the vast majority of the population.

Still, many would opt out and not get the vaccine, given the choice. read more