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Eye scan may detect Alzheimer’s disease in seconds

November 7th, 2018 at 11:04 am » Comments Off

Two new studies now suggest that a noninvasive eye scan could soon be used to catch Alzheimer’s disease early. A simple eye scan may soon detect Alzheimer’s in a matter of seconds. The world’s population is aging rapidly and the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise. For this reason, the need for efficient […]



The probiotic that kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria

October 20th, 2018 at 9:16 am » Comments Off

Infection with the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus can cause many health problems, including sepsis. Certain strains of this bacterium are resistant to antibiotics, so they are particularly dangerous. However, researchers discover that a probiotic bacterium can destroy this superbug. Researchers are now investigating the potential of a probiotic bacterium in treating MRSA infections. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus […]



A stretchy stick-on patch can take blood pressure readings from deep inside your body

October 13th, 2018 at 9:44 am » Comments Off

The flexible stamp can collect data that usually requires bulky, invasive equipment. The last time you had your blood pressure checked, it was probably at a doctor’s office with a bulky cuff wrapped around your arm. One day soon, perhaps, you will just need a simple stick-on patch on your neck, no bigger than a […]



Building a better brain-in-a-dish, faster and cheaper

October 5th, 2018 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

UC San Diego researchers develop new protocol for creating human cortical organoids, mini-brains derived directly from primary cells that can be used to better explore and understand the real thing. Writing in the current online issue of the journal Stem Cells and Development , researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe […]



CRISPR gene editing creates cocaine-proof mice, aims to crack addiction puzzle

October 5th, 2018 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

Gene editing has already given us malaria-resistant mosquitoes and heat-resistant cows. Now, researchers from the University of Chicago may have topped both of those feats with their latest creation: Cocaine-resistant mice. Using the CRISPR-based gene-editing platform to modify the DNA of skin cells, researchers Xiaoyang Wu and Ming Xu have been able not only to […]



AI-Human “hive mind ” diagnoses pneumonia

October 5th, 2018 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

First, it correctly predicted the top four finishers at the Kentucky Derby. Then, it was better at picking Academy Award winners than professional movie critics—three years in a row. The cherry on top was when it prophesied that the Chicago Cubs would end a 108-year dry spell by winning the 2016 World Series—four months before […]



Senolytic therapies seem to stop Alzheimer’s disease ‘in its tracks’

September 30th, 2018 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

Scientists at the University of Texas have implicated a type of cellular stress for the first time as a player in Alzheimer’s disease. And their discovery could lead to treatments for more than 20 human brain diseases including Alzheimer’s and traumatic brain injury. One author of the study went as far as to say the […]



Scientists gave MDMA to octopuses- and what happened was profound

September 26th, 2018 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

When humans take the drug MDMA, versions of which are known as molly or ecstasy, they commonly feel very happy, extraverted, and particularly interested in physical touch. A group of scientists recently wondered whether this drug might have a similar effect on other species—specifically, octopuses, which are seemingly as different from humans as an animal […]



Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong

September 24th, 2018 at 10:50 am » Comments Off

For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives. It’s time for a new paradigm.



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 […]



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