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First at-home COVID-19 testing kit authorized by the FDA

May 12th, 2020 at 1:10 pm » Comments Off

LabCorp, which makes the test, is prioritizing health care workers and first responders The US Food and Drug Administration has issued the first authorization for an at-home COVID-19 test kit. LabCorp, the diagnostics company producing the tests, says it will give first access to health care workers and first responders. With this test, people who […]



Cancer study stumbles onto potential way to regenerate heart cells

May 3rd, 2020 at 12:55 pm » Comments Off

New research could lead to a gene therapy treatment for heart disease  Unfortunately for heart attack patients, heart cells don’t naturally replenish, so this vital organ stays permanently damaged. But now, Cambridge researchers have stumbled onto a gene that appears to trigger heart cell regeneration – and they did so by accident, while researching cancer […]



Potentially the biggest medical breakthrough since penicillin

April 19th, 2020 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

“Immunotherapy is the biggest breakthrough in medicine in our generation”: Associate Professor Alex Menzies from Melanoma Institute Australia. If there is reason to have faith in the scientists, immunologists, virologists and oncologists racing to develop a vaccine for coronavirus, it is the stunning progress they are having in reducing deaths from what is called “Australia’s […]



93% of cancer patients respond to souped-up-immune cells

April 17th, 2020 at 12:42 pm » Comments Off

In a new study of CAR T-cell therapy for cancer, 93% of patients responded to the treatment.  Two physicians had major roles in a cutting-edge clinical trial using the body’s own immune cells to fight late-stage cancer, one as a researcher and one as a patient. Senior author Patrick Reagan, an assistant professor of hematology/oncology […]



Universal cancer blood test detects and locates 50 types of tumors

April 10th, 2020 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

A new universal cancer blood test can spot over 50 types of tumors and identify where they are in the body  Cancer is one of humanity’s leading killers, and the main reason for that is it’s often hard to detect until it’s too late. But that might be about to change. Researchers have developed a […]



Israeli COVID-19 treatment shows 100% survival rate – preliminary data

April 9th, 2020 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

Biologists work in a laboratory at Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. in Haifa Not only have all the patients survived, according to Pluristem, but four of them showed improvement in respiratory parameters. Six critically ill coronavirus patients in Israel who are considered high-risk for mortality have been treated with Pluristem’s placenta-based cell-therapy product and survived, according to […]



Crumpled graphene makes ultra-sensitive cancer DNA detector

April 3rd, 2020 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

Graphene-based biosensors could usher in an era of liquid biopsy, detecting DNA cancer markers circulating in a patient’s blood or serum. But current designs need a lot of DNA. In a new study, crumpling graphene makes it more than ten thousand times more sensitive to DNA by creating electrical “hot spots,” researchers at the University […]



Old human cells rejuvenated with stem cell technology

April 2nd, 2020 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

Old human cells can become more youthful by coaxing them to briefly express proteins used to make induced pluripotent cells, Stanford researchers and their colleagues have found. The finding may have implications for aging research. Old human cells return to a more youthful and vigorous state after being induced to briefly express a panel of […]



A neural network can help spot Covid-19 in chest x-rays

April 2nd, 2020 at 11:05 am » Comments Off

COVID-Net could help scientists develop an AI tool that can pick up telltale signs. The news: An open-access neural network called COVID-Net, released to the public this week, could help researchers around the world in a joint effort to develop an AI tool that can test people for Covid-19. What is it? COVID-Net is a […]



High-speed microscope captures fleeting brain signals

March 26th, 2020 at 10:50 am » Comments Off

When a neuron fires, calcium flows into the cell in a wave that sweeps along the cell body. Images of this infragranular neuron were obtained three times per second by two-dimensional scanning with a Bessel focus. Redder structures are deeper in the mouse cortex. (UC Berkeley images by Na Ji) Electrical and chemical signals flash […]



Oxford scientists develop new coronavirus test that provides results in just 30 minutes

March 18th, 2020 at 10:35 am » Comments Off

Scientists at the University of Oxford have developed a new coronavirus test that produces results around three times faster than the current fastest testing methods, and that requires only relatively simple technical instrumentation. In addition to these benefits, the researchers behind the test’s development say that it could even help detect patients affected by coronavirus […]



‘It’s like you have a hand again’: A major breakthrough in robotic limb technology

March 12th, 2020 at 11:46 am » Comments Off

Grafting tiny bits of muscle to amputated nerves provides a way to control a robotic limb Joe Hamilton intuitively controls a prosthetic hand using the Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interface, or RPNI, in a lab on the University of Michigan Medical Campus. (Evan Dougherty/University of Michigan Engineering) Researchers with the University of Michigan have announced a […]