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Powerful breakthrough

Vibrations could help us learn, while sound waves stimulate bone cell growth. Now, a research team from Michigan University has developed a strong, microsecond-length ultrasound to combat tumours of the liver. The targeted sound wave creates, accurate to the millimetre, microbubbles within the affected tissue. Through their expansion the bubbles destroy cancer cells before collapsing. In lab tests, up...

Bridging the gap

We can limit our time on social media. Time spent at the laundromat, not so much. Which is why a Philadelphia-based startup is providing meaningful support while people are using community machines. That’s typically 2 hours per visit. Together with partner institutions, the founders are offering free medical provision such as mammograms, hepatitis B tests and blood pressure screenings....

Independent spark

A pulsating bed can ensure newborns have the best start to life. Now, a Nigerian startup is using technology to treat babies with jaundice. Working with a paediatrician and her husband, the female founder has developed a solar-powered bed that emits blue LED light in a special wavelength. The rays help the liver break down excess bilirubin in the...

Targeted removal

Special sponges could remove oil slicks from the ocean. If only treating cancer was as simple. A bioengineering research team from Houston has developed a process that offers hope. First step: ovarian and colorectal cancer. Globule-sized powerpacks of highly-dosed cells are implanted next to tumours and within the peritoneum. A minor procedure that minimises the side-effects of treatment. The...

Sound speedup

Plasters can heal chronic wounds and magnets strengthen weak muscles. But bones can’t regrow by themselves. Typically, new bone cells are made using stem cells extracted from bone marrow, a complex and expensive procedure that is also painful for patients. Now an Australian research team has found a better solution. In their method, stem cells extracted from fat tissue, for...

Influential discovery

Synthetic DNA could replace data centres. Where human information is concerned, however, the placenta is a veritable treasure trove. A research team from the University of California recently discovered an unidentified gene in the placenta that could be crucial for early autism diagnosis. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a condition linked to genetic and environmental factors. If too many free...

Logical looks

Damaged retinal cells can be replaced. But there’s more than meets the eye. A university research team from Bonn has been using images photographed through the pupil to detect early signs of atherosclerosis. An AI was first fed 80,000 images of a disease that attacks the eye vessels as training in logical analytics. Next the system analysed 97 eye...

Advanced perspective

Our needs change as we age. Take our living arrangements, for example, or women going through the menopause. But what about later? Well, a Canadian research institute is dedicating itself exclusively to the health of older women. With both existing research and data sparse, the founding director, a respected geriatrician and scientist, took the decision to establish her own...

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