Swiss researchers have been studying people with a rare and unusual condition called broken heart syndrome. This weakening and failing of the heart happens suddenly, often after a stressful or emotional event such as bereavement. It is little understood but the work in the European Heart Journal suggests the mind’s response to stress plays a part. Also
A British scientist has developed innovative technology that is able to deliver drugs deep into the brain, which could aid treatment of neurological diseases including Parkinson’s and cancer. The technology was designed by Steven Gill, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Bristol, and has shown encouraging results in its first controlled clinical trial.
The first map of great whites sharks’ DNA has revealed “mutations” that protect the animals against cancer and other illnesses. Scientists hope that more research could help apply the findings to treating age-related illnesses in humans, as the great white’s ability to repair its own DNA has evolved in ways ours hasn’t. Unstable genes in
The research led by scientists at the MRC Toxicology Unit based in Leister suggests that by analysing levels of DNA in the blood, the early detection of lung cancer could be improved. Published in the journal Disease Models and Mechanisms, the study found that in preliminary tests using mice a blood test could measure the circulating levels
First child with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) receives CAR-T therapy on the NHS, treatment to be made available to adult patients.
There has been with two significant developments in the use of CAR-T therapies, marking a historic time for blood cancer treatments, as recent headlines announced that the first child with ALL had successfully received CAR-T therapy on the NHS. CAR-T therapies are a revolutionary treatment that take samples of immune cells from the patient and genetically modify
In a first, neuroengineers from Columbia have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. By monitoring someone’s brain activity, the ground-breaking technology can reconstruct the words a person hears with unprecedented clarity. This breakthrough, which harnesses the power of speech synthesizers and AI, could lead to new ways for computers to communicate
Swiss scientists state we may be able to one day ingest tiny robots that deliver drugs directly to diseased tissue, thanks to research being carried out at EPFL and ETH Zurich. The scientists – led by Selman Sakar at EPFL and Bradley Nelson at ETH Zurich, drew inspiration from bacteria to design smart, biocompatible microrobots
Scientific researchers have potentially developed a new test, described as being “game-changing” to predict a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Cancer Research UK has stated that the test combines information on family history and hundreds of genetic markers with other factors, such as weight, to give the most comprehensive assessment possible. However the test is
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German scientists have built an artificial synapse from nanowires that is able to replicate functions of biological synapses. The component, which was developed by a team at Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen Universities, has the ability to save and process information and receive numerous signals in parallel, making it suited to bio-inspired “neuromorphic” processors in