New technology may significantly reduce diagnostic time of coronavirus

Diagnosing coronavirus takes approximately one hour using current methods. A new technology, based on a combination of optics and magnetic particles, can rapidly test 100 samples of patients potentially infected with the virus and reduce the diagnostic time to approximately 15 minutes. The time it currently takes to diagnose coronavirus poses one of the greatest…

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Vitamin E effective, safe for fatty liver in HIV patients

A type of fatty liver disease that commonly affects patients with HIV can be safely treated with vitamin E, a McGill-led study has found. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a severe form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and is characterized by liver inflammation and cell damage. It is a potentially dangerous condition that can progress…

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Low-cost ‘smart’ diaper can notify caregiver when it’s wet

For some infants, a wet diaper is cause for an instant, vociferous demand to be changed, while other babies may be unfazed and happy to haul around the damp cargo for lengthy periods without complaint. But if worn too long, a wet diaper can cause painful rashes, and miserable babies — and parents. Now MIT…

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Trace Matters Scientific introduces SPion™ technology to enable in vivo mass spectrometry

Somerville, Massachusetts-February 11, 2020-Trace Matters Scientific today introduced SPion ™ -a revolutionary technology that enables the world’s most sensitive and versatile remote analysis with mass spectrometry. Until now, a lack of proper instrumentation for efficient ion transfer from a remotely located sample to the mass spectrometer made sensitive in situ analysis for such a sample…

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CDI laboratory explores pathway to open up blood cancer treatments

February 12, 2020, Nutley, NJ — Reversing runaway inflammation in the bone marrow could lead to major breakthroughs in treatments for some blood cancers, according to a new publication by scientists at Hackensack Meridian Health’s Center for Discovery and Innovation. The CDI team’s findings could ultimately improve cancer treatments for people of advanced age, like…

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Researchers wake monkeys by stimulating ‘engine’ of consciousness in brain

MADISON, Wis. — A small amount of electricity delivered at a specific frequency to a particular point in the brain will snap a monkey out of even deep anesthesia, pointing to a circuit of brain activity key to consciousness and suggesting potential treatments for debilitating brain disorders. Macaques put under with general anesthetic drugs commonly…

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Advancing an oral drug for pulmonary arterial hypertension

In pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), high blood pressure in the lungs’ arteries causes the heart to work extra hard to pump blood to the lungs and around the rest of the body. The condition is rare but deadly, and current treatments are expensive and have side effects and inconvenient modes of delivery. There is no…

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Wayne State University team developing new treatments for Barth syndrome

DETROIT — Barth syndrome (BTHS) is a rare and life-threatening, X-linked genetic disorder that primarily affects males and is passed from mother to son; women who are carriers do not show symptoms of the disorder. Fifty percent of children born to a mother who is a carrier will inherit the defective gene, and all daughters…

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New CRISPR-based tool can probe and control several genetic circuits at once

Every cell in our body has a computer-like control system that sends biological signals through thousands of circuits to monitor the cell’s needs and regulate its responses. But when diseases such as cancer arise, these regulatory circuits often go awry, resulting in unnatural signals and responses. The ability to accurately detect these abnormal disease signals…

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Bile duct cancer treatment potential boost from tailored medication — study

Treatment of patients suffering from bile duct cancer could be improved by tailoring medication to the levels of a key protein in people with the disease, according to new research. Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a deadly disease with few treatments, but researchers in the UK and Thailand have discovered that the PRH/HHEX protein is a key…

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