Can Herpes Unravel the Mysteries of Alzheimer’s Disease?
Feb19

Can Herpes Unravel the Mysteries of Alzheimer’s Disease?

In Brief In recent years, researchers have confirmed a surprising link between Alzheimer’s disease and the herpes simplex virus. The finding led a team at Tufts University to create a 3-D model that mimics similar components of the human brain and shows a possible causal relationship between the herpes simplex virus and sporadic Alzheimer’s. The inventors believe the model can be used to better understand the devastating disease and...

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From Insult to Injury: Pollution and the Brain
Jan13

From Insult to Injury: Pollution and the Brain

In Brief 90% of the U.S population is exposed to high levels of air pollution. Some researchers are studying how synthetic chemicals found in common household items enter the ocean and spread throughout the food web. For example, they’ve found pollutants in tissue samples taken from seabirds. One pollutant, diesel exhaust (DE), can spread throughout internal organs, including the brain, through inhalation and circulation. The...

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The Future of Prosthetics: Replacement Limbs That Mimic Real Ones
Dec15

The Future of Prosthetics: Replacement Limbs That Mimic Real Ones

In Brief Robotic prostheses can already restore some level of function, but they don’t often feel natural. Researchers at the MIT Biomechatronics Lab have been developing lower limb prostheses that feel like a natural extension of the human body. These robotic limbs use a variety of different techniques to ensure comfort as well as restoration of function to an amputee. Imagine you’re a rock climber on the icy slopes of Mount...

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CRISPR: Cutting its way across the scientific world
Dec03

CRISPR: Cutting its way across the scientific world

STORY UPDATE: In 2020, CRISPR pioneers Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for pioneering the CRISPR technology.  In Brief CRISPR/Cas9 is a relatively new, multifaceted gene editing technology. Prior to the advent of this technology, other scientific tools were available to achieve this goal. However, they were less efficient, less accurate, more challenging and more expensive. CRISPR...

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Going From “iSmoke” to No Smoking With Wearables
Oct26

Going From “iSmoke” to No Smoking With Wearables

IN BRIEF Mobile technologies to help smokers quit have gained popularity over the years as the technology behind them continues to improve. The combined power of health-tracking sensors, wearable monitors and smartphones is helping people track their smoking habits and counter their addictions. These technologies can be used to encourage those who wish to quit while at the same time, countering the urge to smoke. Researchers are...

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Printers and Organs: How 3-D Bioprinting Might End the Organ Donor Crisis
Jun30

Printers and Organs: How 3-D Bioprinting Might End the Organ Donor Crisis

In Brief Organ donation shortages are a critical issue around the world. 3-D bioprinting is a recent technology with great potential, particularly with the advancement of biomodeling. Ethical and legal considerations will need to accompany the progression of bioprinting techniques. On average, 20 Americans die each day due to challenges surrounding organ availability. Around the world, people with the economic means will even buy...

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