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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 […]



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 […]



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