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Could a light-listening photonics device detect skin disease? An interview with Prof. Vasilis Ntziachristos

Could a light-listening photonics device detect skin disease? An interview with Prof. Vasilis Ntziachristos

Detection of malignant skin alterations is currently aided by optical microscopes such as dermoscopes or optical microscopes. While the latter offers high resolution, it comes with a major disadvantage, just like any other purely microscopic method: it only provides a partial view of the skin due to the low penetration depth. [More]
Tel Aviv University researchers unravel how melanoma spreads to distant organs

Tel Aviv University researchers unravel how melanoma spreads to distant organs

In a landmark discovery, researchers at Tel Aviv University have unraveled the metastatic mechanism of melanoma, the most aggressive of all skin cancers. [More]
Targeted therapy for melanoma could help accelerate healing of acute, chronic wounds

Targeted therapy for melanoma could help accelerate healing of acute, chronic wounds

A type of targeted therapy that has shown promising results treating advanced melanoma could also be used to help speed up how the skin repairs itself from injury, UCLA researchers have found, providing a potential new way to accelerate healing of acute and chronic wounds. [More]
Researchers develop new microneedle system to painlessly monitor drugs in bloodstream

Researchers develop new microneedle system to painlessly monitor drugs in bloodstream

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland have created a microneedle drug monitoring system that could one day replace costly, invasive blood draws and improve patient comfort. [More]
Scientists detect first cell from which tumour grows in skin cancers

Scientists detect first cell from which tumour grows in skin cancers

Scientists have identified for the first time the 'cell of origin' - in other words, the first cell from which the cancer grows - in basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, and followed the chain of events that lead to the growth of these invasive tumours. [More]
Study reveals distribution of toxic arsenic in cell nuclei of plants

Study reveals distribution of toxic arsenic in cell nuclei of plants

Toxic arsenic initially accumulates in the nuclei of plants' cells. This has been revealed by an X-ray examination of the aquatic plant rigid hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum) using DESY's X-ray source PETRA III. [More]
About 30% of iPSCs not safe for clinical use, report multi-institutional researchers

About 30% of iPSCs not safe for clinical use, report multi-institutional researchers

As the promise of using regenerative stem cell therapies draws closer, a consortium of biomedical scientists reports about 30 percent of induced pluripotent stem cells they analyzed from 10 research institutions were genetically unstable and not safe for clinical use. [More]
Enhancing motility of skin cells could help promote wound healing

Enhancing motility of skin cells could help promote wound healing

Skin cells typically spend their entire existence in one place on your body. But Washington State University researchers have seen how the cells will alter the proteins holding them in place and move to repair a wound. [More]
Clinical study finds two topical skin creams as effective noninvasive treatments for low-risk superficial BCC

Clinical study finds two topical skin creams as effective noninvasive treatments for low-risk superficial BCC

Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common cancers and its incidence is increasing worldwide, putting a significant burden on health services. Topical treatments are available for superficial basal cell carcinoma (BCC) but there has a lack of long-term follow-up data to guide treatment decisions. [More]
Scientists identify cellular mechanisms of altered skin wound repair in elderly patients

Scientists identify cellular mechanisms of altered skin wound repair in elderly patients

Each injury means a little more as individuals age -- more impact and more healing time. [More]
Researchers identify potential therapeutic target against oncogenic viral infection

Researchers identify potential therapeutic target against oncogenic viral infection

A benign virus normally found in the skin can lead to a type of rare, lethal skin cancer. Specifically, infection by the Merkel cell polyomavirus can lead to Merkel cell carcinoma in immune-compromised individuals. [More]
Researchers develop new drugs for melanoma

Researchers develop new drugs for melanoma

Finding new, more effective and personalised treatments for cancer is the challenge of many researchers. A challenge that has been successfully met by a team from Inserm led by Stéphane Rocchi, which has just synthesised and developed new drugs for melanoma. [More]
Scientists discover underlying mechanisms of nerve damage

Scientists discover underlying mechanisms of nerve damage

Recent research by Sandra Rieger, Ph.D., of the MDI Biological Laboratory identifying the underlying mechanisms of peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage, has raised the prospect that drug therapies can be developed for the treatment of this condition, which causes pain, numbness and/or tingling in the hands and feet. The research was published March 28 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [More]
Psoriasis patients experience widespread bone loss

Psoriasis patients experience widespread bone loss

Researchers from the Genes, Development and Disease Group, headed by Erwin Wagner at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre have discovered that psoriasis patients experience a widespread bone loss as a result of the disease. [More]
Researchers reveal how butterfly disease patients develop cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas

Researchers reveal how butterfly disease patients develop cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas

Fragile skin that blisters easily: 90 percent of the patients that suffer from the skin condition recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) develop rapidly progressing cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas, a type of skin cancer, by the age of 55. 80 percent of these patients will die due to metastasis within five years after the cancer has been first detected. [More]
Rockefeller University researchers identify new mechanism involved in early stem cell development

Rockefeller University researchers identify new mechanism involved in early stem cell development

Stem cells work throughout our lives as a sort of handyman, repairing damaged tissues and renewing some normal ones, like the skin we shed. Scientists have come to understand much about how stem cells function when we are adults, but less is known about where these stem cells come from to begin with, as an embryo is developing. [More]
Researchers reveal causal association between aneuploidy and cancer

Researchers reveal causal association between aneuploidy and cancer

Publication in Nature Cell Biology: researchers at the Université libre de Bruxelles - ULB Cancer Research Center, U-CRC - show the causal link between aneuploidy and cancer. [More]
New funding for Centenary's life saving research

New funding for Centenary's life saving research

The Centenary Institute has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of funding for 9 new and innovative medical research projects via the latest round of NHMRC grant rounds funding, officially confirmed today. [More]
Michelson Diagnostics’ VivoSight OCT scanner provides accurate diagnosis of early-stage BCC, reduces skin biopsies by 36%

Michelson Diagnostics’ VivoSight OCT scanner provides accurate diagnosis of early-stage BCC, reduces skin biopsies by 36%

Michelson Diagnostics, a medical device company focused on applications of multi-beam Optical Coherence Tomography technology, today announces data showing that use of its VivoSight OCT scanner significantly improves diagnosis of basal-cell carcinoma at an earlier stage and reduces diagnostic biopsies by 36%. [More]
New Tel Aviv University study sheds light on precise trigger of deadly melanoma

New Tel Aviv University study sheds light on precise trigger of deadly melanoma

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, and melanoma, which accounts for 2% of skin cancer cases, is responsible for nearly all skin cancer deaths. Melanoma rates in the US have been rising rapidly over the last 30 years, and although scientists have managed to identify key risk factors, melanoma's modus operandi has eluded the world of medical research. [More]
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