Materials science may be a big help in healing broken bones. How do medical researchers best cultivate certain kinds of cells and spur them to function in the body? The details are still being worked out. Materials science may be a big help, according to University of Rochester researchers.
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The bionic pancreas In 2000, Ed Damiano’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Damiano’s son was 11 months old.The biomedical engineer, decided to create a device that would help his child and millions of others better manage their disease. He set a goal of having it ready by the time his son went to college. […]
Increased length of the hippocampus dentate gyrus (DG) for overexpressed TLX gene vs. control group. City of Hope researchers have found that over-expressing a specific gene could prompt growth in adults of new neurons in the hippocampus, where learning and memory are regulated.
SporoBot would increase the speed of production 20 – 30 times over. What if you had developed a vaccine for malaria that, in early trials, was 100% effective. But you couldn’t get the funding you needed to produce enough of the vaccine to market it because of political wrangling over the budget. What would you […]
Artificial blood vessels. 3D bioprinting has made new headway recently in fabricating blood vessels. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a method for 3D printing biological material using magnetically controlled robots.
Researchers discovered a small molecule that inhibits an enzyme that degrades insulin. Harvard researchers may have finally identified a chemical compound that could be used to study and treat diabetes after decades of searching. They have discovered a whole different method for maintaining insulin in the blood: by blocking the enzyme that breaks it down. […]
If scientists could boost the brain’s ability to function, they may be able to counter dementias. For the first time ever, scientists have shown that people who have a variant of a gene called KLOTHO also have improved cognitive abilities, including better memories and enhanced thinking skills.
Hydrogel When you have seriously damaged bones you want to regrow them quickly, but you also have to carefully manage that growth to produce the right shape. A gel has been created by Rice University researchers that makes it easier to produce only the bone tissue a patient needs. (Video)
The method could viably produce enough skin samples to be used commercially for drug and cosmetics testing. The use of animal testing for medical research than for cosmetics testing is much easier to defend. Yet many cosmetics companies continue to test on animals to ensure that their products don’t produce negative outcomes for their human customers.
The “off-switch” could help scientists develop treatments for patients with some brain diseases. Scientists have essentially developed an “off-switch” for the brain by using light pulses to effectively shut down neural activity.