Can Printing Organs Shorten Transplant Waiting Lists?
While the list of people who need organ and tissue transplants keeps growing, the rapid development of 3D printing technology may provide a solution to this issue, hopefully leading to a day with 100% organ availability.
The Quest for Safer Painkillers
Researchers are exploring different approaches to reducing the addictive affects of opioids used for medical purposes.
Zinc-ing Outside the (Tissue) Box: Can Lozenges Help Fight Colds?
From runny noses to hacking coughs, the common cold is a yearly visitor that we all know too well. While an immediate cure has not been discovered yet, researchers are pointing to zinc acetate lozenges as a solution to expedite the recovery process.
Treating Hemophilia Using Genetically Modified Lettuce
Researchers are exploring the use of genetically modified lettuce in pills to deliver needed clotting factor to hemophilia patients.
A Specialized Diet A Day Keeps Inflammation at Bay
A lab at Yale is using a fat-based diet to treat painful inflammation in patients whose immune system has gone awry.
How Creepy-Crawly Maggots Could Someday Save Your Limb
Every 30 seconds, a lower limb is amputated somewhere in the world with 84% of these amputations caused by diabetic foot ulcers (DFU)s. To improve current treatment methods for DFUs, a team of researchers headed by Dr. Max Scott is genetically engineering maggots. These eat away at your skin to save your limbs!
Using Algae to Manufacture a Malaria Vaccine
Malaria is a deadly disease transmitted by mosquitoes carrying the plasmodium parasite. To prevent the parasite from infecting mosquitoes, researchers at the University of California- San Diego look to a special toxic substance. Despite its rarity, scientists have shown that algae can be used as a mini-factory to produce the substance in large quantities.
Better Matchmaking Redefines Rules of Organ Compatibility
Organ transplants are lifesaving, but are sometimes rejected due to mismatched antibodies. Enter Dr. Prakash Rao of the NJ Sharing Network, who is developing tests to create better matches between patients and transplant organs.
Alligator Pie: A Secret Recipe to Fight Infection?
“Alligator pie, alligator pie, If I don't get some I think I'm gonna die.” Sound far-fetched? Based on new research from George Mason University, this rhyme from Dennis Lee's children's book, "Alligator Pie," may not be so far from the truth. Learn how the American alligator is fighting infection, one peptide at a time.
Look Over Here! Owls Teach Us About Brain Processing
Did you know that your attention is controlled in two ways in your brain? An extreme of either method can lead to mental disorders, including ADHD & schizophrenia. Johns Hopkins University is examining brain activity in owls to shed light these disorders and our thought process in general.