Tag Archives: Medicine

  • Metabolomics: A potential tool for more personalized medicine

    The past decade has seen remarkable advances in the fields of early disease detection and personalized medicine. These advances have been made possible by “omics” technologies that have facilitated a better understanding of biological processes and associatio .. ... READ MORE

    By: Brett Moreau
  • How pharma and medtech collaborations fuel progress

    Collaboration between medical device and pharmaceutical companies is one of the ... READ MORE

    By: Marta Kubala
  • Novel Microneedle Patch Could Reduce Obesity

    Singaporean researchers have developed a novel approach to reduce bulging tummy fats, providing a new route to convert calorie-storing fats into calorie-burning fats. Obesity, or storage of excess fats, is the leading cause of many diseases, includi .. ... READ MORE

    By: K. Gopi
  • Could virtual reality become a non-addictive painkiller?

    The applications of virtual reality (VR) range from enhanced gaming experience to improved retail and medical training to a weight loss solution. Scientists take VR even further proposing treatments to conditions like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marta Kubala
  • The Successes and Failures of 3D Printed Prosthetics

    The 3D printing industry has expanded rapidly over the last few years, with one of its most notable areas of application being the health and medical industry. Innovations include printing everything from medications to ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • 3D Printing in Healthcare

    3D printing has generated huge interest in recent years. The most well-known uses are  in manufacturing, but over the last fifteen years, 3D printing has slowly expanded into the healthcare industry. 3D printing has already been used to produce medical devices and instrumentation, but it’s uses can expand further to personalized medicine throug .. ... READ MORE

    By: Charles Wright
  • Pharmaceutical R&D Global Spending Trends

    Pharmaceutical industries dedicate a large percent of their budget for internal research and development processes. R&D financing in pharmaceutical markets is a complex mix of private and public funding. The pharmaceutical industry receives tax incentives from multiple countries. Drug development also benefits extensively from the widespread knowledge and innovation in vario .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) and Cancer Detection

    In 2012, cancer caused about 8.2 million deaths and it is the second major cause of mortality in the US. A major factor that leads to more cancer-related mortalities is metastasis. Metastasis means that cancer cells can spread inside the body and tumors occur in other parts of the body. The possibilities of curative treatment are greatly reduced, or often entirely removed, when a cancer has metastasized. What Are Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs)? Circulating tumor ce .. ... READ MORE

    By: Zhixi Qian
  • Technological Advances in the Healthcare Sector

    The healthcare sector is advancing by leaps and bounds thanks to the latest technological developments. Many applications and gadgets are being designed to make the healthcare experience more feasible and convenient. An analysis of some of the most groundbreaking advancements is given below: Mobile Stroke Units ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • New Mutation-Specific Targeted Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening, genetic disease caused by genetic mutations that induce protein misfolding. Cystic Fibrosis affects about 30,000 people in the US and over 75,000 people worldwide. It is the most common fatal genetic disorder in the Caucasian population, occurring in approximately 1 in 3,500 in the US and 1 in 2,500 in the EU. The median predicted age of survival for CF patients is 41 years. What Causes Cystic Fibrosis? Cystic fibrosis is .. ... READ MORE

    By: Soo Jung Kim
  • The Promise of Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-Cell Therapies for Cancer Treatment

    Cancer is a collection of related diseases characterized by the abnormal proliferation of cells and their spreading to surrounding or distant tissues. From a medical perspective, cancer is a very challenging disease because it is caused by the patient’s cells going haywire. This fact further complicates treatment, as the patient’s immune system typically does not mount strong reactions against cancer cells because they are identified as self. At initial developmental s .. ... READ MORE

    By: Andres Lorente
  • Cell Therapy: An Old Therapeutic Strategy Recently Gaining Traction

    Modern medicine relies on the statistical evaluation of new therapies versus placebo or the current standard of care (clinical trials) to identify the best treatments to alleviate or cure diseases. The approaches to understanding and treating disease have evolved significantly over time. Nowadays, the great basic-research advancements in our understanding of human genetics, physiology, biochemistry and cell biology in health and disease have opened the doors to many therapeut .. ... READ MORE

    By: Andres Lorente
  • Polymorphism: Phase Change in Pharmaceutical Compounds

    The word polymorphism is derived from Greek words “poly” meaning many, and “morph” meaning shape. Joining both words together, in Greek, its meaning is a system with many different shapes. Hence, polymorphism is the ability of the chemical molecule to pack in more than one different crystalline lattice phase. Polymorphism has a number of applications in electronics, food, and pharmaceutics. Why Polymorphism Occurs The main cause behind the occurrence of pol .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ashokbhai Patel
  • Could a Pig Save a Human Life?

    The idea of overcoming the limited availability of transplantation organs by using non-human donors is not a new one. Understandably however, the challenges involved as well as the potential life-saving impact are notable. Challenges of cross-species transplantation Already in the 1960s, it was noted that the non-human to human organ transplantation posed immunological challenges far more complex than those seen between individuals of the same species. .. ... READ MORE

    By: Minttu Kansikas
  • Vampires Zapped: Orally Administered Drug Suggests New Approach in Malaria Prevention

    Malaria prevention in under-developed regions, such as Sub-Saharan Africa, has been demonstrated to be both resource-demanding as well as labor intensive. Currently, the methods of prevention mainly focus on the elimination of Anopheles, the definitive host of Plasmodium falciparum, thus breaking the life cycle of the parasitic protozoa. This prevention strategy, albeit being proven effective in many countries such as China and Thailand, requires a large amo .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Pharmaceutical Excipients: Just how “Inactive” are they?

    A classical pharmaceutical formulation consists of an active pharmaceutical ingredient as well as a number of non-active ingredients. The active pharmaceutical ingredient is considered to be the main medicine component in the formulation which is responsible for the therapeutic effect. The non-active ingredients, also known as excipients, are added to the active pharmaceutical ingredient for a variety of applications including, but not limited to, dilution, solubility, compre .. ... READ MORE

    By: Mitulkumar Patel
  • The Nobel Prize 2015: A Resurgence of Neglected Tropical Diseases Research

    In the early hours of October the 5th, Professor Urban Lendahl, secretary of the Nobel committee for physiology or medicine, continued with the century long tradition of announcing the winners of the first category of the Nobel Prizes 2015: The prize in physiology or medicine. This year, the prize will be jointly awarded to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for their discoveries “concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites” .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • A Breakthrough in the Potential Treatment of Obesity

    It should not come as a surprise that there has been a global increase in the rates of obesity. Although there are numerous factors that have led to the spread of this epidemic, some of the more important reasons have been attributed to poor dietary choices and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. To combat obesity, we as a society have taken a number of desperate measures, of which have included taking dietary supplements, which sometimes offer nothing but false hope and pro .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shakir Sayani
  • Rise up and walk: An electronic dura mater talks damaged neural tissues into working again

    Every year, up to 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI), which most likely leads to a life-long disability- or at least, that’s what was thought up until now. A new kind of implant, called “electronic dura mater” or “e-Dura”, recently presented in a paper published in Science, promises to open the way to innovative therapies to help people that have had a SCI walk again. Developed by a group of researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology .. ... READ MORE

    By: Giulia Pacchioni
  • Breakthrough Non-Invasive Treatment for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

    UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA. An affordable, mobile and non-invasive ultrasound technology has successfully been proven to help restore memory loss in mice. This is a medical breakthrough in treating Alzheimer's and dementia since it is the first non-invasive, drug-free treatment. Existing treatments only work to mask the symptoms and not cure the underlying cause of the disease. The researchers at the University of Queensland’s Brain Institute looked .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
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