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AI tool can improve best practises in managing nut allergies

AI tool can improve best practises in managing nut allergies
The UK based technology start-up, Spoon Guru, has released a revealing new study, conducted with assistance from the British Dietetic Association. The study affirms that Spoon Guru’s pioneering AI technology can perform as precisely as qualified healthcare professionals in recommending foods suitable for people with nut allergy. 
14th September 2018

Biomarker analysis for the largest cohort study in Latin America

Biomarker analysis for the largest cohort study in Latin America
Nightingale Health will perform large-scale metabolic profiling of the Mexico City Prospective Study cohort by analysing the biomarker profiles of blood samples from a cohort of 150,000 study participants. Contracted by the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford, Nightingale will provide novel biomarker data to accelerate research into the chronic disease risk of Hispanic populations.
4th September 2018

Facebook and NYU launch collaboration to improve MRI

Facebook and NYU launch collaboration to improve MRI
Facebook and NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology have announced fastMRI, a new collaborative research project that will investigate the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to make magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans up to 10 times faster. If this effort is successful, it will make MRI technology available to more people, expanding access to this key diagnostic tool.
22nd August 2018


Research shows that glaucoma may be an autoimmune disease

Research shows that glaucoma may be an autoimmune disease
Glaucoma, a disease that afflicts nearly 70 million people worldwide, is something of a mystery despite its prevalence. Little is known about the origins of the disease, which damages the retina and optic nerve and can lead to blindness. A study from MIT and Massachusetts Eye and Ear has found that glaucoma may in fact be an autoimmune disorder. In a study of mice, the researchers showed that the body’s own T cells are responsible for the progressive retinal degeneration seen in glaucoma.
15th August 2018

Researching the physical properties of giant cancer cells

Researching the physical properties of giant cancer cells
Polyploidal cancer cells—cells that have more than two copies of each chromosome—are much larger than most other cancer cells, are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation treatments and are associated with disease relapse. A new study by Brown University researchers is the first to reveal key physical properties of these 'giant' cancer cells.
14th August 2018

How 3D printers could improve access to technology

How 3D printers could improve access to technology
3D printers can make just about anything these days, from a pair of running shoes to chocolate, wood, and aircraft parts. And it turns out — even complex scientific gadgets used in cancer research. Cost-efficient tools are essential in life sciences research to understand how cancer cells migrate from one place to another during metastasis, to probe how neurons connect in networks during human development, and to watch how white blood cells respond to infections.
10th August 2018

Method reveals how well cancer drugs hit their targets

Method reveals how well cancer drugs hit their targets
Scientists have developed a technique that allows them to measure how well cancer drugs reach their targets inside the body. It shows individual cancer cells in a tumour in real time, revealing which cells interact with the drug and which cells the drug fails to reach. In the future, the findings, published in Nature Communications, could help clinicians decide the best course and delivery of treatment for cancer patients.
18th July 2018

PPC region transforms seeing into doing

PPC region transforms seeing into doing
A new study in Nature Communications, a team from MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory provides evidence that one crucial brain region called the posterior parietal cortex (PPC) plays an important role in converting vision into action. “Vision in the service of action begins with the eyes, but then that information has to be transformed into motor commands,” said senior author Mriganka Sur, the Paul E. and Lilah Newton Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
3rd July 2018

Major initiative to analyse blood samples to facilitate medical research

Major initiative to analyse blood samples to facilitate medical research
The biomarker profiles of 500,000 blood samples from UK Biobank will be analysed by Nightingale Health. The research initiative was announced at the 2018 UK Biobank Scientific Conference in London. 
25th June 2018

The neurons that rewrite traumatic memories

The neurons that rewrite traumatic memories
Neuroscientists at EPFL have located the cells that help reprogram long-lasting memories of traumatic experiences towards safety, a first in neuroscience. The study is published in Science. Memories of traumatic experiences can lead to mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can destroy a person’s life. It is currently estimated that almost a third of all people will suffer from fear- or stress-related disorders at one point in their lives.
19th June 2018


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