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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

THE FAMILY BUSINESS. 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, […]



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 […]



FDA approves first cannabis-based drug

June 27th, 2018 at 9:47 am » Comments Off

Epidiolex treats two types of epileptic syndromes The drug is expected to become available in the fall (CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration approved a cannabis-based drug for the first time, the agency said Monday. Epidiolex was recommended for approval by an advisory committee in April, and the agency had until this week […]



This is why Xanax is blowing up in America

June 16th, 2018 at 9:28 am » Comments Off

From the explosion of ADHD meds to the economic crisis to the Trump presidency, this dangerous trend didn’t come out of nowhere. It’s not exactly breaking news that Xanax has been having something of a moment. Famous musicians, at least until prominent voices like Lil Xan (yes, even him!) and Chance the Rapper began swearing […]



Gastric bypass “surgery in a pill” points to inspired new treatment for diabetes

June 15th, 2018 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

While gastric-bypass, or bariatric, surgery can be a very successful weight-loss treatment option for those suffering from obesity, it has also been seen to be extraordinarily effective in reversing type 2 diabetes. An exciting new study from a team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has now demonstrated an oral agent that can potentially mimic the […]



Same cancer, worse results and twice the cost in the US

June 4th, 2018 at 9:29 am » Comments Off

Monthly spending on certain cancer patients in Washington was $12,345 vs. $6,195 in British Columbia Despite paying double, Americans died slightly faster than Canadians in the study (CNN)Americans paid twice as much as Canadians for health care, but they didn’t get twice the benefit, according to a new study of patients with advanced colorectal cancer […]



How to grow functioning human muscles from stem cells

May 17th, 2018 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

… and microscale robot exoskeleton muscles from graphene and glass. A cross section of a muscle fiber grown from induced pluripotent stem cells, showing muscle cells (green), cell nuclei (blue), and the surrounding support matrix for the cells (credit: Duke University) Biomedical engineers at Duke University have grown the first functioning human skeletal muscle from […]



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