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Super-sticky surgical tape patches up organs and peels off harmlessly

July 2nd, 2020 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

An MIT team has created surgical tape that can hold strong but also be removed when needed As helpful as Band-Aids are, ripping them off your skin is never fun – but just imagine having one on your heart or lung. Researchers at MIT have now managed to create surgical tape that can stick to […]

Diluting blood plasma rejuvenates tissue, reverses aging in mice

July 2nd, 2020 at 11:41 am » Comments Off

Older mice grew significantly more new muscle fibers, shown as pink “donut” shapes, after undergoing a procedure that effectively diluted the proteins in their blood plasma (bottom) than they did before they underwent the procedure  In 2005, University of California, Berkeley, researchers made the surprising discovery that making conjoined twins out of young and old […]

An artificial skin made with graphene could revolutionize robotic surgery

July 1st, 2020 at 11:53 am » Comments Off

Computer and Robot Assisted Surgery is an area receiving broad attention worldwide because of its strong potential to advance new levels of healthcare. In Europe, the robotics and cognitive science communities have been independently pursuing research in this field, making significant, but fragmented contributions. Furthermore, strong surgical instrument manufacturers are now present in Europe. Robotic […]

New technology enables fast protein synthesis

June 10th, 2020 at 1:44 pm » Comments Off

MIT chemists have developed a protocol to rapidly produce protein chains up to 164 amino acids long. The flow-based technology could speed up drug development and allow scientists to design novel protein variants incorporating amino acids that don’t occur naturally in cells. The automatic tabletop machine, pictured here, is nicknamed the “Amidator” by the research […]

Quantum computing will (eventually) help us discover vaccines in days

June 2nd, 2020 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

The coronavirus is proving that we have to move faster in identifying and mitigating epidemics before they become pandemics because, in today’s global world, viruses spread much faster, further, and more frequently than ever before. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that while our ability to identify and treat pandemics has improved greatly since […]

Why scientists are changing their minds and disagreeing during the coronavirus pandemic

May 27th, 2020 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams holds a face mask during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 22, 2020, in Washington, DC.  KEY POINTS The changing recommendations during the Covid-19 pandemic on things such as whether to wear face masks has […]

The latest coronavirus antibody test is a lot more accurate

May 23rd, 2020 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

Several coronavirus antibody tests have been authorized for public use, but so far their accuracy has been iffy. A new test created by Roche and cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use today, May 3rd, significantly ups the standard. Roche announced that its test is 100% accurate at detecting coronavirus […]

‘Immunity Passports’ could create a new category of privilege

May 22nd, 2020 at 2:36 pm » Comments Off

Being infected with the virus could come with more freedom  A new type of test uses a small blood sample to look for the presence of coronavirus antibodies. In one version of the future, a new type of test that measures antibodies would help restore a sense of normalcy for some people even as the […]

Molecules identified that reverse cellular aging process

May 15th, 2020 at 12:24 am » Comments Off

A new discovery paves the way for novel drugs that could help safeguard DNA and slow the aging process Central to a lot of scientific research into aging are tiny caps on the ends of our chromosomes called telomeres. These protective sequences of DNA grow a little shorter each time a cell divides, but by […]

Researchers use live virus to identify 30 existing drugs that could treat COVID-19

May 11th, 2020 at 1:13 pm » Comments Off

Sumit Chanda, Ph.D., a professor at Sanford Burnham Prebys, gestures to experimental assays that test for compounds that may treat COVID-19. Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the University of Hong Kong, Scripps Research, UC San Diego School of Medicine, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and UCLA have identified 30 […]

CDC data shows 9% vaccine effectiveness for influenza A, virus H3N2 flu shot last year

April 13th, 2020 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

While governments, international bodies and the public health community scramble to arrest the COVID-19 virus, now a pandemic, and with states of emergency declared nationwide and in Massachusetts, medical experts are still trying to come up with vaccines that can do a better job against various strains of influenza that have sickened and killed people […]

Israeli COVID-19 treatment shows 100% survival rate – preliminary data

April 9th, 2020 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

Biologists work in a laboratory at Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. in Haifa Not only have all the patients survived, according to Pluristem, but four of them showed improvement in respiratory parameters. Six critically ill coronavirus patients in Israel who are considered high-risk for mortality have been treated with Pluristem’s placenta-based cell-therapy product and survived, according to […]

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