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Image: 3-D Structure of Molecular Scaffold SgK223; Copyright: Onisha Patel and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

3-D 'scaffold' map to help the search for new cancer treatments

17/11/2017

Researchers have produced the first three-dimensional (3D) map of a molecular 'scaffold' called SgK223, known to play a critical role in the development and spread of aggressive breast, colon and pancreatic cancers.
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Image: colorful reconstruction of neurons in the adult fly mushroom body; Copyright: Takemura et al.

Electron microscopy uncovers unexpected connections in fruit fly brain

16/11/2017

What was once thought to be a done-and-dusted map of the fruit fly brain has gotten a second look, and researchers have discovered that it's actually not done at all.
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Image: Nano-CT images of a velvet worm leg; Copyright: Müller, Pfeiffer / TUM /

Novel Nano-CT device creates high-resolution 3D-X-rays of tiny velvet worm legs

15/11/2017

Computer Tomography (CT) is a standard procedure in hospitals, but so far, the technology has not been suitable for imaging extremely small objects. In PNAS, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) describes a Nano-CT device that creates three-dimensional x-ray images at resolutions up to 100 nanometers.
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Graphic: Docking one of the hit compound into human Carbonic Anhydrase II isoform; Copyright: Anton Shetnev

Chemists have created compounds that can treat glaucoma

14/11/2017

Glaucoma is a serious disease associated with increased intraocular pressure which often leads to blindness. One of the ways to treat glaucoma is to reduce aqueous humour secretion in the ciliary body of the eye by suppressing (inhibiting) activity of special enzymes - carbonic anhydrases. Russian scientists have designed new compounds that can effectively reduce intraocular pressure.
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Image: 3D printed element of a bone; Copyright: RMIT University

Just-in-time 3-D implants set to transform tumor surgery

10/11/2017

A major new Australian research project using 3D implants and robotic surgery is set to radically advance the way physicians surgically treat tumours and bone cancer.
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Image: A newborn under EEG monitoring; Copyright: S Vanhatalo

Artificial intelligence to evaluate brain maturity of preterm infants

09/11/2017

University of Helsinki researchers have developed artificial intelligence software, which can evaluate the maturity of a preterm infant’s brain directly from an EEG.
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Image: Lab-grown blood vessel; Copyright: University of Minnesota

New tissue-engineered blood vessel replacements one step closer to human trials

07/11/2017

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a new lab-grown blood vessel replacement that is composed completely of biological materials, but surprisingly doesn't contain any living cells at implantation. The vessel, that could be used as an "off the shelf" graft for kidney dialysis patients, performed well in a recent study with nonhuman primates.
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Image: Distributions of antibiotics and their breakdown products throughout the lung; Copyright: UC San Diego Health

The microbial anatomy of an organ

01/11/2017

New 3-D visualization tool could enable targeted drug delivery for cystic fibrosis and other conditions.
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Image: Missael Garcia and Viktor Gruev; Copyright: L. Brian Stauffer

Mantis shrimp-inspired camera enables glimpse into hidden world

25/10/2017

By mimicking the eye of the mantis shrimp, Illinois researchers have developed an ultra-sensitive camera capable of sensing both color and polarization.
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Image: organoids in comparison; Copyright: UCLA

Better mini brains could help scientists identify treatments for Zika-related brain damage

20/10/2017

UCLA researchers develop improved technique for creating brain tissue from stem cells.
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Image: flexible sensor ; Copyright: MIT/Brigham and Women's Hospital

Flexible sensors can detect movement in GI tract

19/10/2017

Ingestible devices could diagnose gastrointestinal slowdown or monitor food intake.
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Image: Prototype self-propelled catheter; Copyright: Hideyuki Tsukagoshi

A self-propelled catheter with earthworm-like peristaltic motion

18/10/2017

Prof. Yuichiro Takai of Toho University and Prof. Hideyuki Tsukagoshi of Tokyo Tech collaborate in developing the new self-propelled catheter designed to generate travelling waves in multiple chambers just by adding and reducing pressure inside one tube.
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New drug hope for rare bone cancer patients

13/10/2017

Patients with a rare bone cancer of the skull and spine - chordoma - could be helped by existing drugs, suggest scientists from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, University College London Cancer Institute and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust.
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Image: illustration of a cell with an on/off-button; Copyright: MIPT Press Office

New proton 'starter' for optogenetics

12/10/2017

Scientists have examined a protein that will find application in optogenetics and could be used to control muscle and neuronal cells. The paper on the light-sensitive NsXeR protein of the xenorhodopsin class was published in Science Advances by the international team of researchers from MIPT, Forschungszentrum Jülich, and Institut de Biologie Structurale.
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Image: illustration of a heart with a stethoscope on top of it; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Andreus

Meeting an unmet need: A surgical implant that grows with a child

11/10/2017

A novel, growth-accommodating implant could revolutionize cardiac repair.
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Image: male torso, liver highlighted in orange with a visible tumor; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Eraxion

Liquid biopsy may be new way to detect liver cancer earlier, easier

10/10/2017

Researchers discover blood-based DNA test for effective, minimally invasive diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma.
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Image: Hand holding a tiny capsule; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Wavebreakmedia ltd

Watertight capsules for target drug delivery

06/10/2017

Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University and Queen Mary's University of London proposed a new technique for the fabrication of polymeric microcarriers for target drug delivery in the body. They combined a hydrophobic material polylactic acid and a biodegradable polymer calcium carbonate to encapsulate water-soluble drugs.
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Photo: The researchers Ross-Sandberg-Savolainen; Copyright: Johan Bodell/Chalmers University of Technology

Biomarkers in the blood prove strong role of food for type 2 diabetes

05/10/2017

A pioneering method, developed at Chalmers University of Technology, has demonstrated its potential in a large study, showing that metabolic fingerprints from blood samples could render important new knowledge on the connection between food and health.
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Photo: Test person drawing a spiral on a digital drawing tablet; Copyright: RMIT University

New diagnostic tool spots first signs of Parkinson's disease

04/10/2017

Researchers develop first tool that can diagnose Parkinson's disease when there are no physical symptoms
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Photo: small laser device; Copyright: University of Twente

Clinical study: prototype UT equipment can detect rheumatoid arthritis

03/10/2017

According to a first clinical study published in the scientific journal 'Photoacoustics', the University of Twente and various European partners have designed a device that shows the difference between healthy fingers and arthritic fingers.
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Image: female breast, highlighted red; Copyright: panthermedia.net/cliparea

MRI contrast agent locates and distinguishes aggressive from slow-growing breast cancer

29/09/2017

Case Western Reserve University researchers target tumor protein.
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Image: representative PET/CT mouse brain images at days 3, 6 and 10 post-infection with Zika virus; Copyright: US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

PET imaging tracks Zika virus infection, disease progression in mouse model

28/09/2017

For the first time, scientists have used Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging to study brain inflammation following Zika virus infection in mice, according to a study recently published online in the journal Molecular Imaging and Biology. The technology has the added benefit of allowing investigators to study the progression of the disease over time.
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Image: scientists holding the various applications containing ANGPTL4, which included a sponge, filler, gel patch, paste, hydrogel and injection ; Copyright: NTU Singapore

NTU scientists develop patch which could improve healing and reduce scarring

27/09/2017

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a new gel patch prototype that could speed up the healing of a skin wound while minimising the formation of scars. The team unveiled the patch today as a proof-of-concept.
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3-D printed brain allows surgeons to practice

26/09/2017

Plastic printout lets doctors get a feel for the anatomy, for a fraction of the cost of a computer simulation.
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Image: close-up of hands on a smartphone, in the background you can see autumn leaves; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Variant

New software turns mobile-phone accessory into breathing monitor

22/09/2017

Researchers have developed new software that makes it possible to use low-cost, thermal cameras attached to mobile phones to track how fast a person is breathing. This type of mobile thermal imaging could be used for monitoring breathing problems in elderly people living alone, people suspected of having sleep apnea or babies at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
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Image: illustration of a 3D protein structure; Copyright: Zhou et al./Nature 2017

3-D protein structure offers insight into rapid communication by brain cells

21/09/2017

An intricate new three-dimensional protein structure is providing a detailed look into how brain cells communicate rapidly. By visualizing how three neural proteins interact with one another, researchers have revealed how they help groups of brain cells release chemical messages at the same time.
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Image: four different measurements of the test with increased sensibility; Copyright: Xiaohu Xia/Michigan Tech

Test strips for cancer detection get upgraded with nanoparticle bling

20/09/2017

The most common test strip people might think of for diagnosis is a home pregnancy test. Pregnant women have steadily increasing levels of the biomarker human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is easily detectable in urine and a thin, colorful strip of antibodies will appear when hCG is present.
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Image: 3D illustration of an atom model; Copyright: panthermedia.net/ktsdesign

Radioactive metal complexes for tumour diagnosis and therapy

19/09/2017

A team under the direction of chemist Prof. Peter Comba is investigating radioactive metal complexes for use in the diagnosis and treatment of tumours. In their recent studies at Heidelberg University's Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, the researchers demonstrated that developing radiopharmaceutical tracers based on indium and actinium shows great promise for new radiopharmaceuticals.
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Image: finger touching a medical implant; Copyright: Queen's University Belfast

Innovation could mean flexible rechargeable batteries for pacemakers

15/09/2017

Experts at Queen's University Belfast have designed a flexible and organic alternative to the rigid batteries that power up medical implants.
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Image:3-D-print custom-made models of the hip joint; Copyright: University of California San Diego

Smart underwear proven to prevent back stress with just a tap

14/09/2017

Vanderbilt University engineering Ph.D. student Erik Lamers helped develop the design, garnering a Young Investigator Award last month at the Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Brisbane, Australia.
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Image:3-D-print custom-made models of the hip joint; Copyright: University of California San Diego

Engineers harness the power of 3-D printing to help train surgeons, shorten surgery times

13/09/2017

A team of engineers and pediatric orthopedic surgeons are using 3D printing to help train surgeons and shorten surgeries for the most common hip disorder found in children ages 9 to 16. In a recent study, researchers showed that allowing surgeons to prep on a 3D-printed model of the patient's hip joint cut by about 25 percent the amount of time needed for surgery when compared to a control group.
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Image: handshake of a human hand and a robot hand; Copyright: panthermedia.net/vitaliy_sokol

Adoption of robotics into a hospital's daily operations requires broad cooperation

08/09/2017

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland studied the implementation of a logistics robot system at the Seinäjoki Central Hospital in South Ostrobothnia. The aim is to reduce transportation costs, improve the availability of supplies and alleviate congestion on hospital hallways by running deliveries around the clock on every day of the week.
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Image: Digital 3D reconstruction of a healthy human skin biopsy. The spatial arrangement of the blood and lymph vessels can be seen; Copyright: JCI Insight

New method of analysing lymphoedema - Making digital 3D images of tissue

07/09/2017

Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have developed a new method for producing digital 3D reconstructions of blood and lymphatic vessels from tissue samples and then creating images of them for analysis. The study has been published in the JCI Insight journal.
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Image: blue, translucent model of a human heart; Copyright: panthermedia.net/DarioStudios

Personalised medicine: Researchers are developing "smart" heart pumps

06/09/2017

Using an algorithm developed at the Medical University of Vienna together with the Ludwig Boltzmann Cluster for Cardiovascular Research and a recording device that was also designed there, it is now possible, for the first time in the world, to accurately monitor people fitted with cardiac pumps – what the technical jargon refers to as "smart pumping".
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Image: micro chip; Copyright: panthermedia.net/crstrbrt

Gut-on-chip good predictor of drug side-effects

05/09/2017

Research conducted at Leiden has established that guts-on-chips respond in the same way to aspirin as real human organs do. This is a sign that these model organs are good predictors of the effect of medical drugs on the human body. Publication in Nature Communications on 15 August.
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Image: a number of neurons sending electrical signals; Copyright: panthermedia.net/ktsdesign

Robotic system monitors specific neurons

01/09/2017

Success rate is comparable to that of highly trained scientists performing the process manually.
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Artificial intelligence predicts dementia before onset of symptoms

31/08/2017

Imagine if doctors could determine, many years in advance, who is likely to develop dementia. Such prognostic capabilities would give patients and their families time to plan and manage treatment and care. Thanks to artificial intelligence research conducted at McGill University, this kind of predictive power could soon be available to clinicians everywhere.
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New imaging technique spots prostate tumours starved of oxygen

30/08/2017

A new imaging technique uncovers oxygen levels in prostate tumours and could lead to a non-invasive way to determine which tumours are more difficult to treat, according to a Cancer Research UK-funded study published in Theranostics.
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Image: molecule structure; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Andrew Ostrovsky

Cutting-edge technology: research on new drugs at gigahertz magnetic field at the University of Bayreuth

29/08/2017

The University of Bayreuth supports research in the forefront of structural biology applied to molecular medicine, a field that was very successful in recent years. Scientists at this university focus, among others, on the development of antiviral drugs, novel antibiotics, and strategies against allergies.
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Image: the 3-D droplet bioprinter; Copyright: Sam Olof/ Alexander Graham

A new method for the 3-D printing of living tissues

25/08/2017

Scientists at the University of Oxford have developed a new method to 3D-print laboratory- grown cells to form living structures. The approach could revolutionise regenerative medicine, enabling the production of complex tissues and cartilage that would potentially support, repair or augment diseased and damaged areas of the body.
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Image: human skeleton with visible organs in its stomach; Copyright: panthermedia.net/sciencepics

Drug-delivering micromotors treat their first bacterial infection in the stomach

24/08/2017

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated for the first time using micromotors to treat a bacterial infection in the stomach. These tiny vehicles, each about half the width of a human hair, swim rapidly throughout the stomach while neutralizing gastric acid and then release their cargo of antibiotics at the desired pH.
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Image: Properties of the photostable dye; Copyright: ITbM/Nagoya University

Super-photostable fluorescent labeling agent for super-resolution microscopy

23/08/2017

Chemists at ITbM, Nagoya University have developed a super-photostable fluorescent dye, PhoxBright 430 (PB430), to visualize cellular ultrastructure by super resolution microscopy.
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Image: doctor is examining a patient's arm; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Goodluz

New terahertz imaging approach could speed up skin cancer detection

22/08/2017

Researchers have developed a new terahertz imaging approach that, for the first time, can acquire micron-scale resolution images while retaining computational approaches designed to speed up image acquisition. This combination could allow terahertz imaging to be useful for detecting early-stage skin cancer without requiring a tissue biopsy from the patient.
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