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Lab-grown neurons improve breathing in rats after spinal cord injury

Lab-grown neurons improve breathing in rats after spinal cord injury
Researchers from Drexel University College of Medicine and the University of Texas at Austin improved respiratory function in rodents with spinal cord injuries after successfully transplanting a special class of neural cells, called V2a interneurons. Their results, published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, indicate that these lab-grown cells have the potential to one day help paralysed patients breathe without a ventilator.
11th June 2018

Inflammatory response to ceramic scaffolds promotes bone regeneration

Inflammatory response to ceramic scaffolds promotes bone regeneration
In their mission to design biomaterials that promote tissue regeneration, Drexel University researchers have identified how inflammation, when precisely controlled, is crucial to bone repair. Their findings, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, show that a new type of ceramic scaffold causes inflammatory cells to behave in a way that is more regenerative than scaffolds that are currently used clinically.
29th July 2016

Weight-loss technologies train the brain to resist temptation

Weight-loss technologies train the brain to resist temptation
Drexel University researchers have developed a computer game and smartphone app to help people control unhealthy eating habits and ultimately lose weight. The game is designed to improve a person's "inhibitory control," the part of the brain that stops you from giving into unhealthy cravings—even when the smell of French fries is practically begging you to step inside a fast food restaurant.
7th July 2016


An extra layer for tumour-penetrating cancer medications

An extra layer for tumour-penetrating cancer medications
Nanoparticles are now being used to transport chemotherapy medicine through the bloodstream, to the doorstep of cancerous tumors. Drexel University researchers believe that the trick to gaining access to the pernicious cellular masses is to give the nanoparticles a new look - and that dressing to impress will be able to get them past the tumor's biological bouncers.
11th April 2016


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