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J&J project aims to predict and prevent diseases

March 25th, 2016 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

Johnson & Johnson is ramping up its latest project to learn how to predict who will develop particular diseases and also find therapies to prevent or stop the disease early on. Early prevention is the key.



Bill Gates to back waterless toilet that will revolutionize global sanitation

March 25th, 2016 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation first challenged the world to design a sustainable and inexpensive toilet, researchers from Cranfield University may have a viable contender - the Nano Membrane Toilet. It was funded by the Gates Foundation in September 2012 for $710,000.



Scientists locate obesity ‘switch’ in the brain

March 21st, 2016 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

Recent tests have shown that switching off the satiety neurons caused mice to eat more and double their weight in three weeks. When the cells’ function was restored, the mice reduced the amount they ate each day by about 25pc.



Dissolvable electronics in the brain monitor health and then vanish

March 5th, 2016 at 9:23 am » Comments Off

  A fleeting fleck of electronics smaller than a grain of rice can wirelessly relay critical health information and then gently dissolve away. The transient sensors can measure pressure, temperature, pH, motion, flow, and potentially specific biomolecules that could improve patient care.



French researchers restore the youth of cells taken from 100 year old people

November 19th, 2015 at 10:47 am » Comments Off

Scientists in France were able to restore the youth of cells taken from people 100 years of age and older. They reprogrammed them to stem cells stage, demonstrating that aging is in fact reversible.



The future of the quantified brain

November 18th, 2015 at 5:53 pm » Comments Off

For years it was believed the brain was an elusive black box which we simply didn’t understand. And it’s true, scientific knowledge of the brain has been hard won.



Biotechnology startup will begin testing CRISPR gene editing on humans in 2017

November 6th, 2015 at 12:35 pm » Comments Off

Editas CEO Katrine Bosley Editas Medicine, a biotechnology startup, will begin tests of a powerful new form of gene repair in humans within two years. Speaking this week at the EmTech conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Editas CEO Katrine Bosley said the company hopes to start a clinical trial in 2017 to treat a rare form […]



Flexible wearable sensor enables 24-hour blood flow monitoring

November 2nd, 2015 at 3:54 pm » Comments Off

The best medical devices for measuring blood flow today require the patient to first show up at a clinic or hospital, then stay very still during the imaging procedure. But an experimental sensor that clings to skin like a temporary tattoo could enable 24-hour monitoring of blood flow wherever a patient goes.



Top 5 car technologies that may become reality in the near future

November 2nd, 2015 at 3:46 pm » Comments Off

We live in an era where new technologies are appearing so fast that it is hard to follow all the new developments. But, personal transportation, the one most often associated with speeds and progress, so far remained largely untouched by the revolution in digital tech – when compared to what happened to communications in the […]



‘Matrix’-like brain training to speed up physical therapy possible in the future

October 28th, 2015 at 2:42 pm » Comments Off

It’s no easy task to learn to walk again after a traumatic accident. One of the hardest things for motor-impaired patients is to generate the correct brain signals to help them recover efficiently.



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