Bioengineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Arlington, in collaboration with Austin’s Shani Biotechnologies, LLC, have developed a new noninvasive technology that may help real-time monitoring of key blood parameters, such as hemoglobin, especially in Black patients. George Alexandrakis, bioengineering associate professor, said the idea is to develop a wearable device, such as […]
Could an app help kids with severe ear condition avoid surgery?
A pair of special headphones plus a free app might help kids with hearing difficulty due to “glue ear,” a new, small study suggests. Glue ear is slang for a condition called otitis media with effusion (OME), where thick fluid builds up in the middle ear. It’s very common in young children but strikes older […]
Blood marker could help ID those at risk of debilitating peripheral artery disease
To track cardiovascular health, doctors measure blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood sugar, among a number of other cardiovascular disease risk factors. Such measures can help predict whether a person is at risk of heart attack or stroke. But there is no blood test that can accurately assess the degree to which a person’s arteries […]
DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Could statins help beat long-Covid?
DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Could statins help beat long-Covid? It’s just one of the new treatments, along with a very low-calorie diet, being tested for a condition that affects 2million Britons There are some things you never fully appreciate until they are gone, such as your sense of smell and being able to walk upstairs without […]
Findings could change the way concussions are diagnosed
Two research professors at George Mason University, in collaboration with global partners, have discovered the same protein biomarkers in the saliva of youth and collegiate athletes who have experienced concussive and sub-concussive impacts. The findings, if validated in larger, independent studies, could be used to develop a new, rapid, noninvasive, saliva-based test for concussion diagnosis […]
Immunosuppression drug could reduce chemotherapy resistance
A drug currently used to prevent organ rejection in transplants could also reduce chemotherapy resistance in glioblastoma, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in Brain. The drug prevents glioblastoma cells from using molecular plasticity to circumvent chemotherapy, and Northwestern Medicine investigators are currently working to translate these findings to the clinic, according to Atique […]
Use of E-cigarettes could cause increased risk of contracting Covid
Lung cells exposed to e-cigarette liquid are at greater risk of being infected with COVID-19, study finds E-cigarette users are more likely to contract Covid, likely because of the nicotine in devices Researchers exposed lung cells to e-cigarette juice, and then to the virus to test results Devices have become common among teens and young […]
Could COVID-19 trigger chronic fatigue syndrome in the young?
Although older adults are among the most vulnerable to the ravages of COVID-19, new research warns that young patients can develop long-lasting fatigue and concentration problems, even if their COVID-19 infection was mild. That’s the troubling takeaway from three COVID-19 cases involving patients between the ages of 19 and 30. Investigators said they all developed […]
This chain reaction could explain rare blood clots linked to some COVID-19 vaccines
A research group in Germany has presented a possible explanation for why the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines sometimes trigger rare blood-clotting events. But not all experts are convinced the explanation is correct. The group, led by Dr. Andreas Greinacher, head of the Institute of Immunology and Transfusion Medicine at University Hospital Greifswald, […]
Jab-free dengue immunity could be just a click away
A dengue virus vaccine candidate has passed an important milestone, with promising results in animal model testing providing hope to the 390 million people infected every year. The University of Queensland-developed vaccine candidate, applied to the skin via the high-density microarray patch (HD-MAP), has produced a protective immune response in dengue-infected mice. UQ Ph.D. candidate […]