Can a tasty high fat, high carb Western diet do harm to our bodies by unnecessarily activating the immune system? A study published this year in Cell shows that this could in fact be true. Read on here for more…
Seems like we are thinking a lot about sleep lately. Here, we take a look at obstructive sleep apnea and the new FDA-approved, surgically implanted medical device that is promising to offer effective treatment for this disorder by upper air-way stimulation.
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….
This September marks the 7th World Alzheimer’s month. In this article, biomarkers for Alzheimer’s are reviewed and we learn more about the innovative game Sea Hero Quest, the crowdsourcing neuroscience project supporting Alzheimer’s research.
Is patent drafting an art form and are patents an underused resource for scientists? What criteria must be satisfied to be granted one? Read here to also learn about pivotal patent cases in biotechnology and the consequences for the patenting culture in this industry.
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.
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.
By combining the versatility of 3D printing and the diverse metabolic activity of bacteria, a novel method has been developed to make functional living materials. Read on here for an brief summary of a study recently published in Science Advances…
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…
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.
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.
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.
Diabetes is one of the top deadly diseases in the world. Innovation in health tech is addressing the need for better ways to monitor and manage blood glucose levels. Read on here for updates on how wearable tech and AI are being applied to diabetes patients....
Is there a link between depression and inflammation in the brain? And what could this discovery mean for treating depression? Read on for more insights on the connection between the immune system and mental health.
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 (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.
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.
We all find one way or another to enhance our daily performance. What is the biology behind the methods we use? How do these methods affect healthy versus unhealthy individuals? In this article we bring you all you need to know about neuroenhancement.
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.
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.