Calcium nanoparticles could help knock out cancer’s drug resistance

Chemotherapy remains one of our best treatments against cancer but, frustratingly, cancer cells can develop resistance to these drugs. Now, researchers have found that calcium can weaken their defense mechanism, making drugs effective once more.

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Previously unknown saliva glands discovered deep inside the human head

A team of researchers has made a surprising new discovery, finding a pair of previously unknown salivary glands. Nestled deep in the back of the nasopharynx, the discovery may help prevent damaging side effects from head and neck cancer radiotherapy.

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Ant farm-like testing platform reveals brain cancer’s deadliest cells

Researchers have developed a new tool that could help form more effective brain cancer treatments, with an ability to classify the deadliest cells to help gauge how aggressive a patient’s disease might be.

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Machine learning tool scans lung X-rays to predict heart failure

One of the ways physicians can gain some forewarning of impending heart failure is through the detection of excess fluid in the lungs, and MIT researchers have developed a new machine learning tool that could offer them a helping hand.

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Promising “molecular tweezer” Parkinson’s therapy looks to human trials

New research reveals a novel drug, designed to break up the aggregations of toxic proteins associated with Parkinson’s disease, can effectively slow the disease in mouse models. The researchers are now looking at moving toward human trials.

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Electronic blood vessels can be tuned to deliver DNA and heal wounds

Scientists in China and Switzerland have teamed up to produce an implantable medical device that mimics the primary function of blood vessels, but goes a number of steps further than its natural counterparts.

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New drug candidate “shreds” cancer-causing protein in early lab tests

Researchers in Germany have developed a new drug that can act like a shredder for proteins implicated in causing cancer. In tests on lab-grown cancer cells, the drug worked to kill the tumors, suggesting a new pathway to a treatment for the disease.

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Atomic-level maps of fine ear filaments shine a light on hearing loss

Scientists at Ohio State University have produced the first ever atomic-level mapping of tiny filaments inside our ears, offering unprecedented insights into a key mechanism of the organ and how hearing loss can result when things go awry.

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Spinal cord stimulation relieves chronic pain and symptoms of Parkinson’s

The authors of a new study have found that spinal cord stimulation can not only reduce pain in Parkinson's subjects where other treatments have failed, but also improved motor symptoms in almost three quarters of the patients tested.

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Point-of-care prototype blood test reveals brain injuries in minutes

A blood test that reveals the severity of brain injuries in hours through a key biomarker was recently approved for clinical use, but researchers are now setting their sights on a point-of-care solution that can deliver results within 15 minutes.

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