Month: May 2018

E. Coli in an Electronic Pill Can Detect Bleeding in the Stomach

Researchers at MIT have developed an ingestible chip containing genetically engineered E. coli. When swallowed, the bacteria can detect blood in the stomach, and produce light. The chip contains components that measure the amount of light produced and relays this information to a nearby smartphone, allowing a simple and non-invasive diagnosis of gastrointestinal bleeding. In the …

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These neurons may explain aggressive behavior

New research has identified neurons that control aggression and may help to establish social hierarchies. Aggression has a neurobiological explanation, and new research brings us closer to it. The human brain seems to have neurons for everything. There are neurons that “tell us” when to eat, sleep, and wake up. But the nerve cells in our brain …

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Scientists find cell types behind schizophrenia

The biology of schizophrenia is difficult to study, since hundreds of genes are implicated in the disease. But now, scientists have identified the few cell types behind the disease. Scientists come one step closer to finding the cause of schizophrenia. The international team — led by researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the …

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‘Biomedical tattoo’ might catch cancer early

Often, cancer goes undetected until its advanced stages, when treating it becomes very difficult and the outlook less promising. But researchers from Switzerland are developing an implant that could alert “wearers” to the presence of cancer early on. A biomedical tattoo that looks like a brown mole when it ‘lights up’ could alert its ‘wearer’ …

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Blood Test for Quick and Early Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is notoriously famous for being a merciless killer, but the reality is that our current inability to diagnose it early is what makes it so intractable. Earlier diagnosis would allow therapies to be initiated before the cancer becomes untreatable. Researchers at University of California, San Diego may have just developed a blood test that …

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Could Viagra and a flu shot kill cancer?

After tumor removal surgery, treatment with erectile dysfunction drugs and a flu vaccine may help to stop the cancer returning. These common medications could help to prevent cancer returning. These drugs, aided by the flu vaccine, remove a block to the immune system that can sometimes result from cancer surgery and also give it a boost. This was the …

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The FDA Just Approved the First-Ever Drug to Treat Chronic Migraines

The FDA has approved the first-ever drug to treat chronic migraines The drug, Aimovig, is a monthly injections that users can administer on their own It won’t prevent all migraine attacks, but it can make them less severe and reduce their frequency by 50 percent On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the sale …

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Type 2 diabetes: Intermittent fasting may raise risk

New research suggests that intermittent fasting may raise insulin levels, damage pancreatic cells, and increase the amount of abdominal fat. Intermittent fasting may be a popular diet, but it may also harm our metabolic health, suggests a new study. The so-called intermittent fasting diet has been gaining more and more traction among people who want to lose …

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Lowering cholesterol improves cancer-fighting immunotherapy

A new study has found that when cholesterol levels are reduced, cancer immunotherapy becomes more effective. The findings offer a simple way to improve this fledgling technology. Lowering cholesterol may improve cancer outcomes in the future. Immunotherapy is a fairly new but successful method of treating cancer. It uses the body’s own immune system to fight …

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