SUTD researchers develop a hydrogel for enhanced cell encapsulation and delivery

IMAGE: Characterization of CNF thixotropy. (a) Stimulus responsiveness of CNF hydrogel for stress, sonication, pH, and cation factors (white spots in the hydrogel are micro-bubbles formed by cavitation during vortex agitation)…. view more  Credit: SUTD Tissue engineering is a medical solution that uses living cells to repair or replace structural tissue, such as blood vessels, bone,…

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Drug diversity in bacteria

Phenazines are widespread and chemically diverse bacterial natural products that can fulfil various biological functions. Like antibiotics, some derivatives kill bacteria; others are toxic to fungi and/or cancer cells. There are also derivatives that allow the bacteria to survive in an environment that is hostile to them, such as the human body. These virulence factors…

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Cesarean deliveries in India: Too many and yet too few

Had India fallen prey to the epidemic of cesarean currently affecting many countries in the world? Thanks to the data issued from the latest National Family and Health Survey, Christophe Z. Guilmoto and Alexandre Dumont, both IRD researchers, have been able to chart some of the main trends and differentials. What do we know about…

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Genetic variants may influence poststroke recovery

IMAGE: This is Annie Pedersen, PhD student at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, one of the lead authors of the study. view more  Credit: Photo by Sven-Ojvind Swahn Our genes may have a bearing not only on our stroke risk, but probably also on how well we recover after stroke. For the first time, in international…

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Can you ‘catch’ cancer?

Billions worldwide are infected with tropical worms. Unsurprisingly, most of these people live in poor countries, kept poor by the effects of worm-related malnourishment. What may surprise many is that worms also cause the majority of cases of some cancers in these countries. Published in Frontiers in Medicine as a special article collection on parasite-associated…

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Alessandro Mendini, Designer Known for Splash, Is Dead at 87

“I have, sometimes, problems with my objects,” Alessandro Mendini, the Italian designer, architect and editor, once admitted. “Sometimes my objects are aggressive even to me.” Aggressive, brash, free-spirited — those words and more have been applied to Mr. Mendini’s work, large and small. There was, for instance, the Sirfo table (1986), a small side table…

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The Internet’s Endless Appetite for Death Video

The video of the Christchurch mosque killings portrays the murder of innocent people from the perspective of their killer, who also used it to disseminate his racist motivations and genocidal worldview. The recording was made with that intention — to spread. This, Facebook said, was among the reasons the company couldn’t quickly eliminate the footage…

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Medical News Today: Cystic fibrosis: Existing drug may improve lung function

Researchers say a drug that is already available on the market can help those affected by cystic fibrosis. An antifungal medication may help people with cystic fibrosis. Amphotericin, which is an antifungal medication, might help people with cystic fibrosis fight the chronic bacterial lung infections that tend to occur with this disease, according to a…

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Depressed and Anxious? These Video Games Want to Help

In the coming adventure video game Sea of Solitude, the main character — a young woman named Kay — navigates a partly submerged city as she faces a multitude of red-eyed scaly creatures. None are as terrifying as her own personal demons. As the game progresses, Kay realizes the creatures she is encountering are humans…

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