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When VR is your health treatment option

When VR is your health treatment option
Nicolette Emmino takes a look at the role virtual reality (VR) can play within medical applications. Virtual reality - we’ve been hearing a lot about the computer technology that reproduces entire environments and simulates a user’s presence to artificially create sensory experiences, especially with recent releases like Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR devices.
6th May 2016

Discovery may indicate possible revolutionary antibiotics

Discovery may indicate possible revolutionary antibiotics
An international team including the Lomonosov Moscow State University researchers have determined which enzyme enables Escherichia coli bacterium (E. coli) to breathe. The study is published in the Scientific Reports. Scientists discovered how the E. coli bacterium can survive in the human gut, resolving the mystery of how they breathe. Vitaliy Borisov, senior researcher, explains that E. coli uses special enzymes that are absent in the human body.
26th April 2016

Photoswitchable agents might reduce chemotherapy side effects

So far, PhotoDynamic Therapies (PDTs) have been dependent on oxygen in the tissue. But hardly any oxygen exists in malignant, rapidly growing tumours. A group of researchers of KIT and the University of Kiev has now developed a photo-switchable molecule as a basis of an oxygen-independent method. Their successful laboratory tests on tumours are reported in the journal “Angewandte Chemie” (Applied Chemistry).
26th April 2016


Cochlear implants will help deaf people hear again

Cochlear implants will help deaf people hear again
Cochlear implants should be an alternative for patients with long-term deafness as well. This was found in a new study at Uppsala University. Previously, patients with an extended deafness duration were thought to derive limited benefit from cochlear implants. ‘We have looked at people who were deaf for at least 20 years before having cochlear implants. Previously, long-term deafness was considered a reason to forego cochlear implants, as the auditory nerve atrophies from lack of use.
22nd April 2016

Wristwatch device helps treatment for Parkinson’s disease

An innovative tool that resembles a wristwatch could improve the quality of life for patients with Parkinson's disease and better inform neurologists who treat them. A Cedars-Sinai research team is one of the first in the nation to test the PKG data logger, which tracks the movements of Parkinson's patients every two minutes over a period of six to 10 days. The information enables neurologists to generate reports showing the fluctuations of Parkinson's symptoms throughout the day and the timing of when patients take their medication.
21st April 2016

SI-2 could improve cancer treatment

SI-2 could improve cancer treatment
  Baylor College of Medicine researchers are fighting cancer with a different approach. Instead of blocking messenger molecules, they accelerate their destruction. Their results, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, have the potential for improving cancer treatment.
18th April 2016

The adaptation of drugs for the treatment of type 2 diabetes

Researchers have developed a light-activated tool to show how drugs need to be adapted to combat type 2 diabetes. The study, published in Angewandte Chemie, provides insight into the signalling process of receptors in cells. The team behind the research believe their findings could pave the way for the next-gen of anti-diabetic drugs that are activated by the presence of either blue or ultra-violet light.
11th April 2016

Computer-assisted approaches to combat Zika virus

Computer-assisted approaches to combat Zika virus
  The recent epidemic of Zika virus infections in South and Latin America has raised serious concerns on its ramifications for the population in the Americas and spread of the virus worldwide. The Zika virus disease is a relatively new phenomenon for which sufficient and comprehensive data and investigative reports have not been available to date.
11th April 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

Engineers develop a pill for long-term drug release

Engineers develop a pill for long-term drug release
Researchers from MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have designed a type of pill that, once swallowed, can attach to the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and slowly release its contents. The tablet is engineered so that one side adheres to tissue, while the other repels food and liquids that would otherwise pull it away from the attachment site.
11th April 2016


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