Diseases, Health & Medicine, Nanotechnology, News

Google plans Magnetic Nanoparticle pill that detects diseases like Cancer

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On Tuesday, Google’s head of life sciences inside the company’s Google X research lab reported a new exciting project that involves using nanoparticles that magnetically attach to key molecules and cells in the bloodstream to detect diseases, including cancer. The particles – ingested under the form of a pill – would later be gathered, scanned and monitored through a non-invasive wearable…

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Heart Disease affects Urban and Rural Dwellers Alike

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According to a study from Women’s College Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Canada, it doesn’t matter whether you live in a rural or urban setting when it comes to heart disease – the risk if the same for both environments. The general consensus is that those living in rural areas are at a disadvantage as far…

Diseases, Health & Medicine, News

New Hookwork Vaccine Passes Clinical Trials in Brazil

Hookworms affect over 600 million people worldwide. Image via Shutterstock.

A permanent vaccine for hookworm has passed clinical trials. The hookworm is one of the most pervasive parasites, affecting over 600 million people worldwide. The virus is also known for affecting mostly poor populations. The hookworm is a parasitic nematode (round worm) that lives in the small intestine of its host, which may be a mammal such as a dog,…

Diseases, Genetics, News

Scientists revive 700 year old virus to see if it still “works”

An image of frozen caribou feces. Image credits: Brian Moorman.

Scientists have resurrected a 700 year old virus form Canadian permafrost and showed that even after several centuries of lumbering, viruses can remain… well. virulent. This could have significant implications, because as global warming continues melt more and more permafrost, unknown viruses could be released into the environment – and there’s currently no way of telling what the effects will be…

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How you get Ingrown Toenails, explained by Science

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Having a ingrown toenail could ruin your day and a lot after if you don’t have it fixed. Yet, even though ingrown nails and other nail-related conditions are common and pesky, very little is known about them. Now, a team at University of Nottingham have published a mathematical model that explains what forces are tugged beneath your finger nails and what exactly happens when…

Diseases, News

The 1918 Spanish flu killed between 50 and 100 million people. This man is recreating it in a lab

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Yoshihiro Kawaoka has caused massive uproar in the scientific community when he announced he is attempting to recreate the world’s most lethal virus. Biologists are polarized on the issue, with some claiming that it is reckless, while others approving that it will help us better understand pandemics and how we can protect ourselves against them. Kawaoka is a veterinary researcher….

Diseases, Health & Medicine, News, Physics

Cancer may be an Ancient ‘Safe Mode’ Mechanism that Evolved to Protect Us

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An innovative research posits that cancer may actually be a sort of ‘safe mode’ mechanism, akin to how a computer’s operating system reverts back to safe settings to preserve itself, which evolved shortly following the first single celled organisms. The research was made by an unlikely team of scientists: an oncologist, an astrobiologist and a cosmologist. If the findings are right, then cancer may be fought off more effectively using oxygen treatments and infection with viral or bacterial agents….

Anatomy, Biology, Diseases, News

Heart rate variability keeps the body in optimal shape

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The heart regularly speeds up or down its beating frequency to adjust to the body’s needs. Even in stable conditions (when you’re not particularly active or your active for a constant time), the amount of time between heart beats is variable. A team of doctors and engineers at Caltech’s Division of Engineering and Applied Science have now found a better way to assess…

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Children needlessly prescribed antibiotics at an alarming rate

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In many cases, doctors prescribe antibiotics to children, but most of the time, those viruses don’t even respond to antibiotics, a study finds. When you have a cold, or a headache, there’s a good chance you might just shrug it off, or fight it with an aspirin or some Tylenol – but if your child is suffering, the odds are you…

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Hepatitis C drug in India to cost 1% of the US price

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Sofosbuvir is a very effective drug against Hepatitis C, effectively curing the disease in over 90 percent of all cases. Sofosbuvir is a component of the first all-oral, interferon-free regimen approved for treating chronic hepatitis C.Interferon-free therapy for treatment of hepatitis C reduces the side effects associated with use of interferon. However, a 24 week treatment in the US costs $84,000 –…