Implantable ion pump delivers cancer drugs directly to the brain

Scientists at Sweden's Linköping University have developed a new tool to tackle risky remnants of malignant brain tumors, demonstrating how an ion pump can take highly effective chemotherapy drugs directly to the source of the problem.

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Injectable gel found to help reinforce and resurface joint cartilage

Once it's been injured, the protective cartilage in our knees and other joints heals very slowly – if at all. A new injectable gel, however, could both reinforce the tissue after it's been damaged, and encourage new cartilage to grow over top of it.

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Twin study reveals how obesity can dull the function of mitochondria

Scientists have used 49 pairs of identical twins to delve into the metabolic changes that can take place in fat tissue as a result of obesity, teasing out some distinct biological processes that were linked to adverse health effects.

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AI identifies three subtypes of multiple sclerosis in MRI brain scans

Scientists may have identified three new subtypes of multiple sclerosis. Analyzing thousands of MRI scans, AI algorithms uncovered patterns regarding which areas of the brain are affected first, which could lead to more focused treatment options.

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Blood test for depression & bipolar disorder one step closer to reality

Researchers are closer to an objective blood test for mood disorders, with a new study describing a panel of blood-based biomarkers that can distinguish between depression and bipolar disorder, and measure the future risk of developing these conditions.

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Under-skin sensor uses bits of gold to show bloodstream drug levels

When a patient is receiving medication, it can be difficult to determine how much of the drug is actually making its way into their bloodstream. A new subdermal "tattoo" could help, thanks to its color-changing gold nanoparticles.

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Boron-loaded hydrogel halves the recovery time for injured muscles

Scientists in Spain have made a promising breakthrough in the field of regenerative medicine, developing a hydrogel that releases the chemical boron at the site of an injury to dramatically accelerate the formation of new muscle fibers.

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Attacking early proves a promising path for a better malaria vaccine

Researchers at the Burnet Institute have examined the potential to attack malaria infection before it gets to the liver – as soon as it enters the bloodstream from a mosquito bite – and they've identified an important mechanism for vaccines to target.

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Hydrogel mimics body tissue to turn cancer cells back into stem cells

Scientists have come up with a new tool to study the way cancerous cells can hide away in body tissues and spring back into action once the danger appears to have passed, with a new hydrogel that turns different cancer cells into cancer stem cells.

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Germ-killing, wound-healing, low-cost bandage made from durian husks

Although not a huge seller everywhere, durian fruit is consumed in great quantities in countries like Singapore. Scientists there have now developed a method of using its husks to create cheap, eco-friendly, antibacterial hydrogel bandages.

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