Category Archives: Medical

First gene-editing in human body attempt

Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California. Brian Madeux, 44 from Arizona, was given the experimental treatment to try to correct a defect in his DNA that causes Hunter’s syndrome. … Continue reading

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This little robot pill can replace painful injections

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Here Are The Top 10 Most Unnecessary Medical Treatments, According to Scientists

A recent literature study on medical care in the US has put forward ten diagnostic procedures and treatments that were overused in 2016, with the intention of highlighting ways that the medical system could be made more effective and more … Continue reading

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Flexible organic batteries could fit pacemakers

Thanks to Jacki Thomas for suggesting this post. A new kind of flexible “organic battery” could provide a more comfortable alternative to people fitted with pacemakers, say researchers. Currently, heart devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators are powered by rigid … Continue reading

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New device accurately identifies cancer in seconds

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Gray’s Anatomy

Gray’s Anatomy is an English-language textbook of human anatomy originally written by Henry Gray and illustrated by Henry Vandyke Carter. Earlier editions were called Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical and Gray’s Anatomy: Descriptive and Applied, but the book’s name is commonly … Continue reading

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Gut bacteria could be affecting the body’s response to a new type of cancer treatment

Cancer immunotherapy – treatments that harness the body’s immune system to fight cancer – has been gaining traction in recent years as a new approach to treating the disease. But one of its major drawbacks is its variability: for some … Continue reading

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Smartphones are revolutionising medicine

Researchers are finding new benefits to smartphone features such as camera and flash, which can help examine and diagnose patien

Smartphones are revolutionising the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, thanks to add-ons and apps that make their ubiquitous small screens into medical devices, researchers say: “If you look at the camera, the flash, the microphone… they all are getting better … Continue reading

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Scientists have figured out how to make wounds heal without scars

Whether it’s from a surgical procedure, clumsy shaving, or that traumatic biking incident that happened when you were five, just about everyone has a scar they wish would just fade away. And while there’s not a whole lot that can … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence Helps Diagnose Cancer

Identifying cancer based on blood samples can be surprisingly challenging. Often, doctors add chemicals to a sample that can make the cancerous cells visible, but that makes the sample impossible to use in other tests. Other techniques identify cancerous cells … Continue reading

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The Silent Disease

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Prick Free Glucose Monitoring for Diabetics

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The future of medical learning

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Scientists have finally figured out how cancer spreads through the bloodstream

In what could be a major step forward in our understanding of how cancer moves around the body, researchers have observed the spread of cancer cells from the initial tumour to the bloodstream. The findings suggest that secondary growths called … Continue reading

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A new invisible film made from healthy corneal cells could restore vision to millions

Scientists in Australia have developed a technique for growing corneal cells on a thin layer of film in the lab, which can then be implanted into the eye to restore vision lost to corneal damage. The method, which has so … Continue reading

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What is Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)?

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Scientists have found one tactic that can change anti-vaccers’ minds

An increasing number of parents these days have concerns about vaccines. And as anyone who’s tried to rationally debunk these concerns with science will be aware, it’s frustratingly hard to change people’s minds, despite the overwhelming amount of evidence backing … Continue reading

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Here’s how diamonds can help scientists to fight cancer

They say diamonds are forever, but while ‘forever’ remains to be seen, they could certainly one day help people fighting cancer live longer lives, thanks to new Australian research. Physicists at the University of Sydney have developed a way of … Continue reading

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DARPA develops a way for humans to produce their own lifesaving vaccines

The next factory for lifesaving drugs could be the human body itself. Scientists are developing a new vaccine-making method that co-opts the human body’s ability to quickly create antibodies, its main weaponry for fighting disease, say researchers with the Defense … Continue reading

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A new type of bandage will draw out bacteria and speed up healing

Australian researchers are developing a new type of nanofibre mesh bandage that attracts bacteria, and will hopefully help to speed up the healing process. The mesh has already been successfully tested on bacterial colonies and engineered skin models in the … Continue reading

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