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A radiation-free approach to imaging molecules in the brain

A radiation-free approach to imaging molecules in the brain
Scientists hoping to get a glimpse of molecules that control brain activity have devised a probe that allows them to image these molecules without using any chemical or radioactive labels. Currently the gold standard approach to imaging molecules in the brain is to tag them with radioactive probes. However, these probes offer low resolution and they can’t easily be used to watch dynamic events, says Alan Jasanoff, an MIT professor of biological engineering and brain and cognitive sciences.
5th December 2016

Biomarker could help guide cancer therapy

Biomarker could help guide cancer therapy
MIT biologists have identified a biomarker that can reveal whether patients with a particularly aggressive type of breast cancer will be helped by paclitaxel (commercially known as Taxol), one of the drugs most commonly used to treat this cancer. The findings could offer doctors a new way to choose drugs for this type of breast cancer, known as triple-negative because it lacks the three most common breast cancer markers: estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, and Her2 protein.
22nd November 2016

Supercomputer simulations help fight antibiotic resistance

Supercomputer simulations help fight antibiotic resistance
Supercomputer simulations at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have played a key role in discovering a new class of drug candidates that hold promise to combat antibiotic resistance. In a study led by the University of Oklahoma with ORNL, the University of Tennessee and Saint Louis University, lab experiments were combined with supercomputer modeling to identify molecules that boost antibiotics' effect on disease-causing bacteria.
18th November 2016


Smart insulin-pen cap enables dosage data tracking

Smart insulin-pen cap enables dosage data tracking
MIT spinout Common Sensing aims to solve the nation’s diabetes-management issues by going digital. The startup’s smart insulin-pen cap logs insulin intake data on an app and in the cloud, to help patients better manage their regimen. Moreover, the cap gives doctors a detailed view into patients’ insulin habits and how they affect blood-glucose levels, for more targeted care. Invented by co-founders James White ’10, SM ’12 and Richard Whalley ’10, the Gocap is now going through clinical studies to test its viability.
17th November 2016

Capsule achieves long-term drug delivery

Capsule achieves long-term drug delivery
Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a drug capsule that remains in the stomach for up to two weeks after being swallowed, gradually releasing its drug payload. This type of drug delivery could replace inconvenient regimens that require repeated doses, which would help to overcome one of the major obstacles to treating and potentially eliminating diseases such as malaria.
17th November 2016

Light ventilator offers patients greater mobility

Light ventilator offers patients greater mobility
By reducing the weight of its life-saving ventilators, EOVE has improved the market, with the help and contribution from ASCO. EOVE designs, manufactures, and markets medical and surgical devices used during home care. Launched in 2015, the EO-150 weighs just 1.8kg, which the manufacturer claims is the lightest ventilator on the market and allows patients greater mobility.
16th November 2016

Project investigates tissue-engineered arteries for transplant

Project investigates tissue-engineered arteries for transplant
The prospect of creating artery “banks” available for cardiovascular surgery, bypassing the need to harvest vessels from the patient, could transform treatment of many common heart and vascular ailments. But it’s a big leap from concept to reality. The Morgridge Institute for Research and the University of Wisconsin–Madison will address both the engineering and biomedical hurdles in this process through a five year, $8 million project funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
16th November 2016

Invention helps diabetics with safer insulin injections

Invention helps diabetics with safer insulin injections
  Insulin injection, if you’ve never done it, takes two hands. One hand holds the insulin injector. The other hand pinches the skin, to form a bulge so the hormone enters fat under the skin while avoiding muscle, where it can be absorbed quickly enough to cause a seizure. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that regulates sugar in the blood.
15th November 2016

Tiny super magnets could be the future of drug delivery

Tiny super magnets could be the future of drug delivery
Microscopic crystals could soon be zipping drugs around your body, taking them to diseased organs. In the past, this was thought to be impossible - the crystals, which have special magnetic properties, were so small that scientists could not control their movement. But now a team of Chinese researchers has found the solution, and their discovery has opened new applications that could use these crystals to improve - and perhaps even save - many lives.
14th November 2016

Atlas of DNA-binding molecule could advance precision therapies

Atlas of DNA-binding molecule could advance precision therapies
Biochemists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have created the first atlas that maps where molecular tools that can switch genes on and off will bind to the human genome. It is a development they say could enable these tools to be targeted to specific parts of an individual’s genome for use in precision medicine, developing therapies and treating disease. The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
14th November 2016


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