Engineered compound shows promise in preventing bone loss in space

From University of California – Los Angeles Health Sciences 19/09/23 A new study published in a Nature Partner Journal, npj Microgravity, finds an engineered compound given to mice aboard the International Space Station (ISS) largely prevented the bone loss associated with time spent in space. The study, led by a transdisciplinary team of professors at […]

Over the limit? Novel lung cancer breath test detects volatile organic compound biomarkers

From International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 13/09/23 Identifying and analyzing volatile organic compounds in exhaled breath of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma showed promise as a screening method for MPM, according to research presented today at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 2023 World Conference on Lung Cancer […]

Innovators grow pig embryo with humanised kidneys inside surrogate sow

From Cell Press 11/09/23 Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health researchers have successfully created chimeric embryos containing a combination of human and pig cells. When transferred into surrogate pig mothers, the developing humanized kidneys had normal structure and tubule formation after 28 days. This is the first time that scientists have been able to grow […]

New blood test detects Alzheimer’s diseases with very high accuracy

From University of Gothenburg 01/09/23 A new blood test called p-tau217 shows promise as an Alzheimer’s disease biomarker, and when used in a two-step workflow very high accuracy to either identify or exclude brain amyloidosis, the most important and earliest pathology. That is an innovation now presented by researchers at the University of Gothenburg, together […]

Gene therapy reduces hearing loss linked to rare disease

From University College London 30/08/23 An international team led by researchers at UCL and the NIHR Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre have developed in mice a gene therapy that significantly reduces the hearing loss associated with Norrie disease. Norrie disease is a rare but devastating genetic disorder that causes blindness and hearing loss, […]

New tool predicts irregular heartbeat condition, reducing stroke risk

From University of East Anglia 28/08/23 Researchers at the University of East Anglia have developed a new way of identifying patients at risk of an irregular heartbeat, known as ‘atrial fibrillation’. While not life threatening, the condition increases people’s risk of having a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or stroke by up to five times. A […]

How being in space impairs astronauts’ immune system

From Karolinska Institutet 28/08/23 A new study led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has examined how T cells of the immune system are affected by weightlessness. The results, which are published in the journal Science Advances, could explain why astronauts’ T cells become less active and less effective at fighting infection. The next steps […]

Implanted cells release insulin when they hear music: No-needle diabetes treatment

From ETH Zurich 23/08/23 Diabetes is a condition in which the body produces too little or no insulin. Diabetics thus depend on an external supply of this hormone via injection or pump. Researchers led by Martin Fussenegger from the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich in Basel want to make the lives […]