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Better mini brains could help scientists identify treatments for Zika-related brain damage
UCLA researchers develop improved technique for creating brain tissue from stem cells.
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Flexible sensors can detect movement in GI tract
Ingestible devices could diagnose gastrointestinal slowdown or monitor food intake.
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A self-propelled catheter with earthworm-like peristaltic motion
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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Breath instead of a blood test
Experts advise anyone looking to shed extra kilos to eat less and exercise more. One way is with endurance training, during which the body burns not only carbohydrates such as sugar, but also fat. When exactly the body begins burning fat can now be determined by analysing, for example, biomarkers in the blood or urine.
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New drug hope for rare bone cancer patients
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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New proton 'starter' for optogenetics
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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Meeting an unmet need: A surgical implant that grows with a child
A novel, growth-accommodating implant could revolutionize cardiac repair.
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Liquid biopsy may be new way to detect liver cancer earlier, easier
Researchers discover blood-based DNA test for effective, minimally invasive diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma.
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Watertight capsules for target drug delivery
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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Biomarkers in the blood prove strong role of food for type 2 diabetes
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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