“New research from Stanford shows that fitness monitors and other wearable biosensors can tell when an individual’s heart rate, skin temperature and other measures are abnormal, suggesting possible illness.” Read more here.
“Researchers in Japan who have been developing a cell therapy for macular degeneration received support from health authorities to begin a clinical trial using donor-derived induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells converted to retinal cells. This will be the first trial
“Cancer tends to stick around because it’s practically invisible to the body’s own defenses: The immune system doesn’t recognize the rogue cells because they aren’t foreign invaders. To activate the immune system to attack cancer, scientists have tried all sorts
“The White House is giving a big boost to proponents of a federal Right to Try law that they contend would give terminally ill patients easier access to medicines that haven’t won approval from the Food and Drug Administration.” From
“An international study, led by Macquarie University researchers Dr Edwin Lim and Professor Gilles Guillemin, has discovered the first blood biomarker – a chemical identifier in the blood – for multiple sclerosis (MS), a debilitating disorder of the central nervous
This is a fantastic development, since many of the low hanging problems in healthcare are caused by human error. From Wired: “What had taken Patient Number Two’s doctors 16 years to find took Face2Gene just a few minutes. Face2Gene takes
From Mashable: “The stem cells in our teeth can be energized to fill in chips, cracks, and cavities, researchers say, and the findings could one day make dental cement obsolete. The work has been conducted just in mice so far,
I’d like to see more of these kind of wearables: “Kyocera Corporation (President: Goro Yamaguchi) announced that it has developed one of the smallest known optical blood-flow sensors, which measures the volume of blood flow in subcutaneous tissue. With the
A great article from Nicholas Wade at the NYT: “At the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif., scientists are trying to get time to run backward. Biological time, that is. In the first attempt to reverse aging by reprogramming the
AI is set to trigger a revolution in medicine. In this article from IEEE, you can read about how researchers “recently applied machine learning based on deep neural networks to the task of segregating sounds.” Great stuff!
“Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have made an important discovery toward the development of drugs to treat age-related memory loss in diseases like Alzheimer’s. They found that reduced levels of a protein called Rheb
I love stories like this one from the WSJ. It’s never too late to pick up a healthy habit! “Anne Garrett, 82, runs four days a week, often with the children she meets as an anti-obesity advocate.”
“The legislation would give the Food and Drug Administration new powers to more rapidly approve drugs and medical devices. The measure would also include additional funding for the agency as well as more money for the National Institutes of Health.”
“Chinese oncologists at Sichuan University were the first in the world to insert CRISPR-modified cells into a patient suffering from an aggressive form of lung cancer, according to Nature. The journal reports that this first round of treatment in a
A super-interesting discovery: “New research on the brains of individuals 90 years and older who had superior memories until their deaths revealed widespread and dense Alzheimer’s plaques and tangles in some cases, considered full-blown Alzheimer’s pathology.” Read the story here.
Here’s a very interesting article about circadian rhythms and maintaining health. Another reason to not eat late at night. “All life on a rotating planet is ruled by circadian rhythms. Chronobiology research has brought the importance of healthy sleep to
“Regenerative medicine investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to test a novel combination stem cell-gene therapy they’ve developed to stall amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) progression. Enrollment in the trial is expected
Some great innovations on Pop Sci’s list.
From the BBC: “Madeleine’s team is at work on a task so absurd it seems more wizardly than scientific: they’re transforming human skin into brains. “The brains develop in the same way you would see in an embryo,” says Madeleine.
“Good news for people with type 1 diabetes. The first “artificial pancreas” has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Innovative medical technology company Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G is the first device to combine an automated glucose monitor