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Researchers find way to screen blood samples to detect presence of precancerous polyps in the colon

Researchers find way to screen blood samples to detect presence of precancerous polyps in the colon

Canadian researchers have found a way to screen blood samples for molecular traces that indicate the presence of precancerous polyps in the colon, a key warning sign for colon cancer. Their results, published this week in the journal Biomedical Optics Express, from The Optical Society, may yield a cheaper and less invasive initial screening test for colon cancer that could complement colonoscopy, though further clinical trials will need to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the blood test before it is routinely used. [More]
Three projects that focus on improving global health win DEBUT Challenge

Three projects that focus on improving global health win DEBUT Challenge

Three unique projects focused on improving global health won the National Institutes of Health's Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge. The winners showed exemplary initiative in designing tools for a less expensive, portable device to monitor HIV treatment, a new surgical clamp to treat drooping eyelids, and a low-cost patient monitor. [More]
Novel technique may lead to therapies for pain relief in individuals with intractable pain

Novel technique may lead to therapies for pain relief in individuals with intractable pain

A team of scientists at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) has developed a novel technique using tiny gold rods to target pain receptors. [More]
MRI scanners can steer cell-based, tumour busting therapies to exact target sites in the body

MRI scanners can steer cell-based, tumour busting therapies to exact target sites in the body

Scientists from the University of Sheffield have discovered MRI scanners, normally used to produce images, can steer cell-based, tumour busting therapies to specific target sites in the body. [More]
Einstein and Montefiore researchers receive $1.2 million grant to advance spinal cord injury research

Einstein and Montefiore researchers receive $1.2 million grant to advance spinal cord injury research

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System have received a $1.2 million grant from New York State to advance their promising technology for treating paralysis and other effects of spinal cord injuries (SCI). [More]
Molecular packaging enhances cancer drug’s effectiveness at destroying tumors

Molecular packaging enhances cancer drug’s effectiveness at destroying tumors

Researchers have packaged a widely used cancer drug into nanoparticles, more than doubling its effectiveness at destroying tumors. [More]
Vaccine containing virus-like nanoparticles could be novel treatment option for RSV

Vaccine containing virus-like nanoparticles could be novel treatment option for RSV

A vaccine containing virus-like nanoparticles, or microscopic, genetically engineered particles, is an effective treatment for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), according to researchers at Georgia State University. [More]
First biodegradable gene delivery system efficiently penetrates human airway mucus barrier of lung tissue

First biodegradable gene delivery system efficiently penetrates human airway mucus barrier of lung tissue

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil have designed a DNA-loaded nanoparticle that can pass through the mucus barrier covering conducting airways of lung tissue — proving the concept, they say, that therapeutic genes may one day be delivered directly to the lungs to the levels sufficient to treat cystic fibrosis (CF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and other life-threatening lung diseases. [More]
New method helps determine titanium nanoparticles in sunscreen products

New method helps determine titanium nanoparticles in sunscreen products

Loads of cosmetics like sunscreen lotions contain titanium dioxide. These nanoparticles are contentious. Experts suspect they may have harmful effects on people and the environment. [More]
Taiwanese scientists propose advanced solution that can be applied to thermal cancer therapy

Taiwanese scientists propose advanced solution that can be applied to thermal cancer therapy

Precise targeting biological molecules, such as cancer cells, for treatment is a challenge, due to their sheer size. Now, Taiwanese scientists have proposed an advanced solution, based on a novel combination of previously used techniques, which can potentially be applied to thermal cancer therapy. [More]

UO-led effort on fractal-based nerve connections granted U.S. patent

Richard Taylor's vision of using artificial fractal-based implants to restore sight to the blind -- part of a far-reaching concept that won an innovation award this year from the White House -- is now covered under a broad U.S. patent. [More]
TWi releases generic version of MEGACE ES (megestrol acetate oral suspension) 625mg/5ml

TWi releases generic version of MEGACE ES (megestrol acetate oral suspension) 625mg/5ml

TWi Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that it launched its generic version of Par Pharmaceutical's MEGACE ES (megestrol acetate oral suspension) 625mg/5ml after the United States District Court for the District of Maryland reinstated its finding that United States Patent No. 7,101,576 (the '576 Patent) is invalid. [More]
Study: New material that mimics coral could help remove toxic heavy metals from the ocean

Study: New material that mimics coral could help remove toxic heavy metals from the ocean

A new material that mimics coral could help remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the ocean, according to a new study published in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. The researchers, from Anhui Jianzhu University in China, say their new material could provide inspiration for other approaches to removing pollutants. [More]
Trends, R&D progress, and predicted revenues in RNAi therapies

Trends, R&D progress, and predicted revenues in RNAi therapies

When will RNAi therapies reach the market? Visiongain's brand new report shows you potential revenues to 2025, assessing data, trends, opportunities and prospects there. [More]
Scientists report new way to mimic the body's natural approach to programming stem cells to treat muscular dystrophy

Scientists report new way to mimic the body's natural approach to programming stem cells to treat muscular dystrophy

Stem cells hold great potential for addressing a variety of conditions from spinal cord injuries to cancer, but they can be difficult to control. Scientists are now reporting in the journal ACS Nano a new way to mimic the body's natural approach to programming these cells. [More]
RepliCel obtains two important approvals to conduct RCS-01 phase 1 human clinical trial

RepliCel obtains two important approvals to conduct RCS-01 phase 1 human clinical trial

RepliCel Life Sciences Inc., a clinical stage regenerative medicine company focused on the development of autologous cell therapies, today announced it has received two important approvals required to conduct its RCS-01 phase 1 human clinical trial. [More]
Leading scientists to meet in Southampton to discuss new technologies to create living tissues

Leading scientists to meet in Southampton to discuss new technologies to create living tissues

Leading scientists from the UK and around the world will meet at the University of Southampton next week (20 and 21 July) to discuss new technologies to create new, living tissues in the lab and to help our bodies regenerate themselves. [More]
Nitric oxide released through nanotechnology may be a new way to treat, prevent acne

Nitric oxide released through nanotechnology may be a new way to treat, prevent acne

GW researcher and dermatologist, Adam Friedman, M.D., and colleagues, find that the release of nitric oxide over time may be a new way to treat and prevent acne through nanotechnology. [More]
Magnetic nanoparticles may hold key to bringing immunotherapy into successful clinical use

Magnetic nanoparticles may hold key to bringing immunotherapy into successful clinical use

In recent years, researchers have hotly pursued immunotherapy, a promising form of treatment that relies on harnessing and training the body's own immune system to better fight cancer and infection. Now, results of a study led by Johns Hopkins investigators suggests that a device composed of a magnetic column paired with custom-made magnetic nanoparticles may hold a key to bringing immunotherapy into widespread and successful clinical use. [More]
Duke University researchers devise new method for making potential nanoscale cancer treatment

Duke University researchers devise new method for making potential nanoscale cancer treatment

In a move akin to adding chemical weapons to a firebomb, researchers at Duke University have devised a method for making a promising nanoscale cancer treatment even more deadly to tumors. [More]
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