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Urgent-care facilities are surging in popularity nationwide

September 20th, 2018 at 8:49 am » Comments Off

They are popping up in many neighborhoods, replacing former bank branches or closed supermarkets, and they’re bringing a new script to medical care. Urgent-care facilities are a hybrid between the local doctor’s practice and the hospital emergency room. Urgent care is now an $18 billion industry, with some 8,125 centers around the country, making it […]



A potential boom is coming in anti-aging drugs

September 5th, 2018 at 9:21 am » Comments Off

As the average age in developed economies rises in the coming years and decades, one of the next big economic disruptions may be in anti-aging medicines, according to a report by Citi. Why it matters: Already, the anti-aging market is about $200 billion, and the new boom could be in drugs that slow, reverse or […]



Genetically engineered bacteria paint microscopic masterpieces

September 3rd, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

Scientists have used genetically engineered bacteria to recreate a masterpiece at a microscopic scale. By engineering E. coli bacteria to respond to light, they’ve guided the bacteria like tiny drones toward patterns that depict Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. It’s not artistic recognition they’re after. Rather, the researchers want to show that these engineered organisms […]



CDC uses HP bioprinters to speed up testing for new antibiotics

September 1st, 2018 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

The pilot will help test effectiveness against superbugs. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is turning to some bleeding edge tech in its bid to stamp out drug-resistant ‘superbug’ bacteria. It’s buying a slew of HP bioprinters (the D300e you see above) as part of a pilot program that could speed up the testing […]



The future of medicine may land within five to 10 years, CRISPR inventor says

August 28th, 2018 at 8:41 am » Comments Off

A pioneer of the Crispr gene-editing technology that’s taken Wall Street by storm says the field is probably five to 10 years away from having an approved therapy for patients. Biochemist Jennifer Doudna, who runs the Doudna Lab at the University of California at Berkeley, says major questions remain about the safety and effectiveness of […]



These mind-blowing images of the human body were made by a new kind of scanner

July 19th, 2018 at 8:32 am » Comments Off

Phil and Anthony Butler aren’t just father and son. The physics professor and bioengineering professor (respectively) are also business partners. And this week, their company, MARS Bioimaging, unveiled a first-of-its-kind x-ray scanner 10 years in the making. First, a quick recap of how x-ray imaging works. When x-rays travel through your body, they’re absorbed by […]



Scientists just found a novel, cheap way to use CRISPR gene editing to fight cancer

July 18th, 2018 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

Immunotherapy Holds Big Promise for Beating Cancer CRISPR is by all accounts a fascinating technology. Its headline feature is that it can literally be used to slice, dice, and otherwise manipulate the body’s genetic code—functions that could carry staggering implications for treating everything from inherited disorders to cancer to HIV/AIDS one day. Now, new (though […]



These anti-aging pills seem to be actually working

July 17th, 2018 at 9:57 am » Comments Off

Pills hailed as the first real “anti-aging” drugs inched a little closer to the market after a study found they cut the number of respiratory infections in the elderly by half. The drugs: The pills act on an aging-related pathway called TORC1. Inhibiting this pathway “has extended life span in every species studies to date,” […]



CERN chip enables first 3D color X-ray images of the human body

July 16th, 2018 at 9:29 am » Comments Off

Using CERN technology, Mars Bioimaging has created the first 3D, color X-ray images of the human body. Medical X-ray scans have long been stuck in the black-and-white, silent-movie era. Sure, the contrast helps doctors spot breaks and fractures in bones, but more detail could help pinpoint other problems. Now, a company from New Zealand has […]



New wearable, high-precision brain scanner allows for patients to move around

June 28th, 2018 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

A radical new wearable magneto encephalography (MEG) brain scanner under development at the University of Nottingham allows a patient to move around, instead of having to sit or lie still inside a massive scanner. Currently, MEG scanners* weigh around 500 kilograms (about 1100 pounds) because they require bulky superconducting sensors refrigerated in a liquid helium […]



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