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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 […]



Why a faecal transplant could save your life

April 27th, 2018 at 9:46 am » Comments Off

The faecal transplant, also known as trans-poo-sion, surely has the title of medicine’s most disgusting procedure. It is pretty much what you are imagining – part of a faecal stool is taken from one person and given to another. The purpose is to introduce new beneficial microbes to the receiving patient’s digestive system. And it […]



Trillions and trillions of viruses fall from the sky each day

April 16th, 2018 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

Viruses attached to a fragment of a bacterial cell wall. “Viruses modulate the function and evolution of all living things,” scientists wrote last year. “But to what extent remains a mystery.”



This Silicon Valley startup has quietly raised $500 million to help diagnose cancer using controllers

March 30th, 2018 at 10:21 am » Comments Off

Health and Commerce Since its debut six years ago, Redwood City-based startup Auris Health has quietly raised $500 million to develop a series of tools designed to innovate surgical robotics technology. The company’s latest product, Monarch, is a controller-operated robotic camera that allows physicians to visualize the inside of the human body. The technology, which […]



Life… UNLIMITED: Beating ageing is set to become the biggest business in the world, say tycoons

March 28th, 2018 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

Silicon Valley billionaires are investing in slowing the ageing process They include PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos Investor Jim Mellon is leading the anti-ageing race on this side of the Atlantic



In surprise result, gene therapy reverses blinding eye disease

March 15th, 2018 at 10:53 am » Comments Off

 Dr. Robert MacLaren and colleagues at Britain’s Oxford Eye Hospital perform a gene therapy experiment. Patients who took part say the experimental, approach improved their vision. An experimental therapy for a blinding eye disease showed early – and surprising – promise when it improved the vision of patients in an early trial that was only […]



Workbench for virus design

February 23rd, 2018 at 10:56 am » Comments Off

ETH researchers have developed a technology platform that allows them to systematically modify and customise bacteriophages. This technology is a step towards making phage therapies a powerful tool for combating dangerous pathogens.



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