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A new approach for more efficient cartilage repair and regeneration

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments16 October 2013

epfl-cartilage-1Damage to cartilage may no longer have to be irreversible. A team of EPFL scientists has developed a smart hydrogel material that could promote cartilage regeneration. That would be great news for athletes, elderly, and people with conditions which lead to cartilage degeneration and arthritis. The advantage of this method is its ability to release… »

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A new pathway that triggers septic shock has been identified

By Maja Bosanac
13 September 2013

molecule-1Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine investigated have identified internal sensors that detect bacteria and trigger an alarm that signals for response from the immune system. The fidnings could lead to new therapies for septic shock – a medical condition that occurs when the immune system overreacts to a bacterial infection… »

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Silk brain implants may reduce the progression of epilepsy

By Maja Bosanac
One Comment28 July 2013

silk-implant-epilepcy-1A group of researchers at Legacy Research Institute, Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) and Tufts University have developed silk implants that they have placed in the brain of laboratory rats in order to reduce the progression of epilepsy. These silky brain implants are designed to release adenosine (ADO) – a specific chemical compound which… »

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Novel use of ultrasound in medicine and for brain stimulation

By Maja Bosanac
One Comment19 July 2013

brain-1Researchers at the University of Arizona (UA) have discovered that ultrasound vibrations applied to specific areas of the brain may affect patients’ moods. This finding could lead to new treatments for various psychological and psychiatric disorders, such as depression and anxiety. It could pave the way for a broad range of new applications of ultrasound… »

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Researchers found a way to direct stem cells by magnets

By Maja Bosanac
16 July 2013

iron-in-cellsCollaboration between researchers at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) resulted in the development of stem cells that can be directed by magnetic fields. Stem cells could soon be intravenous injected into the patient to treat heart diseases and vascular problems. By loading stem cells with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIOs), scientists… »

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Vaccine based on gold nanorods for respiratory syncytial virus

By Maja Bosanac
30 June 2013

vaccineA team of researchers at the Vanderbilt University has devised a new vaccination method that uses tiny gold particles to mimic a virus and carry specific proteins to the body’s specialist immune cells. Unlike the conventional approach to vaccines, the new technique does not use inactive or dead viruses during the vaccination process, thus eliminating… »

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Bioinspired microneedle adheres 3 times stronger than surgical staples

By Damir Beciri
17 April 2013

adhesive-microneedle-1Inspired by a fish parasitic worm, a group of researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) devised a way to close surgical wounds that appears better than anything currently available for clinical use. Once perfected, the invention could be used as replacement for staples and sutures used in the operating room, as well as to… »

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Study leads to broad spectrum antivirals for deadly viruses

By Maja Bosanac
26 March 2013

filone-chbiol-imageResearchers at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) found a new class of chemical compounds that have the potential to prevent replication of genetically diverse viruses. This could lead to the development of broad-spectrum antiviral drugs which can be used to treat a great deal of viruses, including highly pathogenic Ebola and Marburg viruses…. »