Cancer-killing nanoparticles don disguises to sneak into the brain

The brain’s own defense mechanism often prevents treatment of brain cancers. But a new experimental treatment has shown success in mice, with carbon nanoparticles able to sneak through the blood-brain barrier and deliver drugs directly to tumors.

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Scientists uncover metabolic mechanisms behind herbal “hangover cure”

Most people would tackle hangovers with plenty water and some greasy food, rather than a herbal remedy. But dihydromyricetin (DHM) does seem to have some effect, and now researchers from USC have investigated just how it works in the liver.

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Scientists identify a protein that switches on allergic itching

Scientists investigating the biological processes behind allergic itching have uncovered a protein in the skin they say acts as a switch, offering a potential new target in the ongoing search for more effective treatments.

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Fruit peel compound reverses effects of multiple sclerosis in mice

A new study has revealed how a compound found in fruit peels could come to offer relief from multiple sclerosis, with scientists using a purified form of it to halt and reverse some of the effects of the disease in mice.

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Strong results from new Stanford brain stimulation method for depression

Stanford researchers optimized an FDA-approved form of non-invasive magnetic brain stimulation to better treat treatment-resistant depression. A preliminary study achieved a 90-percent remission rate, with larger trials underway.

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Stanford’s smart toilet scans human waste for signs of disease

Scientists are pursuing some interesting technologies that could help us unlock the secrets of our sewage. Among them is a new type of “smart toilet” that automatically scans urine and stool samples for signs of disease.

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Alzheimer’s trial supports high amyloid levels as early sign of disease

A new study presenting the first data from a long-running US government trial is suggesting high levels of amyloid proteins in the brains of cognitively normal older adults can be an effective presymptomatic sign of early stage Alzheimer’s disease.

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Modern iron lung designed to address ventilator shortage

British engineers are developing a modern version of the Negative Pressure Ventilator (NPV), more popularly known as the "iron lung," to provide COVID-19 patients under the care of the NHS with a simple, inexpensive alternative to ventilators.

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Cancer immunotherapy clinical trial shows promise, but dangers remain

A novel form of cancer immunotherapy has shown exceptional promise in a new clinical trial, with 93 percent responding positively. The treatment involves supercharging a patient’s immune cells to fight cancer then reintroducing them to the body.

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Kidney stone drug found to starve pancreatic cancer cells to death

A research team at Columbia University has made an exciting discovery, finding that a compound currently under development for a rare kidney stone disease can starve pancreatic cancer cells of a key amino acid they depend on for survival.

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