For many of the 13 million Americans currently at risk for non-melanoma skin cancers, the VivoSight® Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanner will be a blessing in their dermatologists' tool closet. The device, just approved for clinical use by the FDA, offers real-time laser imaging of a patient's skin, enabling better, and sometimes immediate, treatment of basal or squamous cell cancers.
Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine just achieved a scientific breakthrough that has the potential to revolutionize the design of neurological drugs: they captured the first high resolution images of the acetylcholine receptor (AChR), the α7 molecule responsible for transmitting signals between neurons, particularly those associated with learning and memory.
It's so great to find innovations for disabled people on design websites, rather than buried in disability association files. "Design" says the world is paying attention to disability needs, and it cares that the latest technologies are employed in the tools and that they look pretty cool too. The Finger Reader is at least the second design for blind and visually impaired persons by Hansub Lee and it's a great accessibility creation for finding exactly what you want while shopping.
Historically, surgical removal or oral and throat cancers have not allowed patients to go back to living their normal daily lives. Oral cancer removals caused severe pain, particularly ugly scarring, and an inability to eat, speak, or swallow normally. Even breathing problems might result. But now along comes TORS, the robot with the right stuff.
Canadian researchers have made cancer treatment history with the success of an intravenous infusion of a virus, JX-594. The virus was injected into 23 patients with advanced and metastasized cancers who had not responded to traditional therapies. Not only was this the first test of viral therapy on human cancer patients, but the first trial to introduce a targeted virus intravenously.
Biochemistry research at Georgia State University has led to the discovery that an extract of whole ginger has both preventative and curative properties for prostate cancer. Serious research began on the tails of a project of an undergraduate chemistry major who read scientific papers about selected compounds of the ginger plant, but...
Research can be 'bought,' but when that happens the money (or prestige) tends to pour from a political or business pitcher. Now, I'm beginning to think that fat couch potatoes have a money pitcher too, in this case, to tell them that it's okay to sit around eating and just lifting a few fingers every once in awhile.
Natural metals are proving very effective identifiers of diseased tissue and are even used as treatment carriers in today's nanotherapies. These compounds are known as theranostic agents because of their ability to both diagnose and deliver treatment to a tumor or other diseased site. Two Virginia universities have recently published the results of their theranostic discovery and its use for brain cancer treatment on animal models.
Every month more studies are published that demonstrate that if there is to be successful avoidance of, or limitation to, the ravages of Alzheimer's disease, intervention needs to begin as early as possible. Several suggest that treatments begin before Alzheimer's symptoms appear. One study, published online just yesterday in the Archives of Neurology, shows the benefits of doing such.