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The Biology of Time: Circadian Rhythm

How do animals, plants and even bacteria function without clocks and alarms? We now know this is down to the level of genetics, and humans too have circadian rhythms. But our modern lifetyle is disrupting this, with noticeable consequences. Is there room for innovation to fix the problem? Read here for more….

Brave New Diagnostics: The Convergence of Genomic Sequencing and Machine Learning

Almost a century ago, the novel Brave New World portrayed a future in which technology and medicine are integral parts of our lives. How far have we come? How far will we go? This opinion article discusses our advancement in disease diagnostics, with special focus on the interlinks between genome sequencing and machine learning.

Local injection eliminates existing and prevents future cancer

Researchers at Stanford University injected two substances into cancerous tumours in mice to eliminate the injected tumour and others of the same cancer type in different parts of the body. The injection also stops cancer from spreading in the body and prevents future tumours that might arise due to genetic conditions. Read this review of the study to learn about the promising results and to understand the key concepts of immunotherapy used in this novel cancer treatment.

SIUKatowice: The Power of Poop with Prof. Ted Dinan

SIUKatowice recently hosted Prof. Ted Dinan, currently the Professor of Psychiatry and a Principal Investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork. As an expert in intestinal bacteria, he presented recent findings in the field of psychobiotics- illustrating a pronouced connection between gut microbiota and host mental health. Read here to learn more…

How to treat neurological diseases by optogenetics

Nature Methods has previously considered it as the innovative 'method of the year'. Learn more about the relatively nascent field of optogenetics with this detailed review, which introduces the fundamentals of the technique and its promising applications in treating neurological diseases, spinal cord injuries, blindness and more. 

How are tech giants innovating in the healthcare space?

Innovation in healthcare technology is being spurred on not just by startups, but also by major players in the tech world. How are giants like Apple, Google and Amazon getting involved in the personalised, digital healthcare space? Keep updated with this new review. 

“New Era of Medicine”: Pills with a digital tracking device

Is the healthcare revolution all about digitalization? Check out this article on the first ever digital pill approved by the FDA : Abilify MyCite. How can this help physicians track if patients are adhering to prescriptions? What about data privacy? Find out more here. 

Diagnostic Radiology Guided by Machine Learning

Pneumonia affects hundreds of millions of people a year around the world and early detection of the disease is one of the most important preventative measures to bring the numbers down. CheXNet, a deep learning algorithm developed by scientists in Stanford, is one of the methods we can utilise machine learning for early detection of pneumonia. 

Cell Free Fetal DNA Testing- A non-invasive approach to prenatal screening

Cell free fetal DNA (cffDNA) circulating in maternal blood was discovered back in 1997. It now shows promise in being used for non-invasive pre-natal screening to detect fetal chromosomal abnormalities and more. Read here for insights on the efficacy and advantages of this technique. 

TCAR vs. Traditional Surgeries: Is TCAR A Promising Innovation?

Stroke is considered a pandemic because of the number of people affected every year around the world. Complications arising from methods traditionally used in treatment of blockage of arteries - an underlying cause - have led to the birth of TransCarotid Artery Revascularisation (TCAR) method. This article brings you all you want to know about this promising innovation.

Nanomedicine: A Look At Applications, Commercialisation and Featured Company MagForce

At their minuscule sizes of billionths of a metre, nanoparticles and their use in medicine brings about the field of nanomedicine, a field that carries a potential that is everything but minuscule. Read on to find out just what nanomedicine means and why it's of 'giga' importance.

Microfluidics in Medicine

From diagnosing diseases to growing organs in miniature environments to effective delivery of drugs to their targets, microfludics opens the door to a big world of potential in medicine. Read the last of our microfludics series to discover how the simple process of flowing liquids through microchannels can harbour an explosive innovative potential.

Microfluidics and Biological Research: The perfect partners?

Mimicking and understanding the environment molecules, cells and organs work in requires creative thinking and sublime engineering. Microfluidics technology is a product of such a process and makes it possible for researchers to achieve results that cannot be achieved by other means. Read the first instalment of our new 3-part series on microfluidics here to see what we mean.