Joseph Townsend

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Researchers 3D print a soft artificial heart that works a lot like a real one

The science of prosthetics has been advancing by leaps and bounds over the last few years, and research into soft robotics has been especially complementary. The same techniques that go into making a robot arm that flexes and turns like a real one can go into making more complex, subtle organs — …

Robotics

Gene-Editing Technology Has Successfully Targeted Cancer's "Command Centre"

CRISPR is killing it.<p>The CRISPR gene-editing tool has already shown a lot of potential for helping doctors treat the most stubborn diseases, and now …

Genetics

Cryogenically frozen brains will be 'woken up' and transplanted in donor bodies within three years, claims surgeon

People who have had their brains cryogenically frozen could be 'woken up' within three years, a pioneering Italian surgeon has claimed.<p>Professor Sergio Canavero, Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, is aiming to carry out the first human head transplant within 10 months and then …

A Japanese Man Just Got Another Person's Stem Cells Transplanted in His Eye

It's a world first.<p>In what's reported to be a world-first, last Tuesday, a Japanese man received a pioneering retinal cell transplant grown from …

F.D.A. Approves First Drug to Treat Severe Multiple Sclerosis

The Food and Drug Administration approved on Tuesday the first drug to treat a severe form of multiple sclerosis, offering hope to patients who previously had no other options to combat a relentless disease that leads to paralysis and cognitive decline.<p>The federal agency also cleared the drug to …

Multiple Sclerosis

Scientists Have Created an Artificial Retina Implant That Could Restore Vision to Millions

Clinical trials set to begin this year.<p>Scientists have developed a retinal implant that can restore lost vision in rats, and are planning to trial …

Anticancer drugs breakthrough as neural network computers help create new medicines

Computer scientists prove artificial intelligence can drastically reduce time spent researching new drugs.<p>An international group of computer …

Strange New World: Scientists Create Human-Pig Embryos

The experiment is an early step in growing human organs.<p>In a chilling experiment seemingly out of science fiction, scientists created two human-pig embryos — then destroyed them after a few weeks of growth.<p>The creations included human stem cells grown inside pig embryos, with the cells constituting …

Human Rights

Bye-bye fillings! Alzheimer’s drug lets teeth repair themselves

Dentistry has come a long way since the bad old days when they’d whip out all your teeth at the slightest excuse. But while that may true, many of us …

Intricate 3D model predicts when heart patients will die​

Scientists in the UK have developed an artificial intelligence system that can analyze the medical test results of patients with a heart disorder and …

Outer layer of human heart regrown using stem cells

A multidisciplinary team working at Pennsylvania State University claim to have used human stem cells to regenerate the cells that cover the external …

Penn State

Scar-Free Healing Is Almost Here

Scientists have figured out how to make scars heal like regular skin.<p>Scars have been a persistent problem for people healing from injuries and surgery for all of human existence. But that might be about to change. New research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, …

A startup trying to get the human body to fight cancer just filed for an IPO

Cancer drug developer Jounce Therapeutics filed for an initial public offering on Dec. 30.<p>The filing includes a target of $75 million in the public offering, though that's a placeholder and likely to change.<p>The filing is coming off a busy year for Jounce. In July, biotech company Celgene invested …

Immune System

Cure For Cancer Found? Brain Tumors Disappear In Patient Receiving CAR-T Cell Therapy

2016 brought along a bevy of medical research breakthroughs among the international scientific community, from HIV and AIDs prevention to new …

Simple breath test can detect cancer and 16 other diseases

Ancient Greek physicians figured that our breath was a strong health indicator, but researchers from the Israel Institute of Technology have proven just how true that is. They developed a device that uses nanoparticles to identify 17 different diseases, including lung cancer and Parkinson's …

Single Shot at Doctor's Office May Be Future of HIV Prevention

Truvada, the other “little blue pill,” is taken daily to prevent HIV and has been touted as a miracle drug responsible for lowering HIV rates across the United States. But soon, the daily pill may be overshadowed by an even simpler method—a single flu shot-like injection at the doctor’s office, …

Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study

<b>Predatory bacteria - that eat others of their kind - could be a new weapon in the fight against superbugs, say UK researchers.</b><p>Experiments showed a dose of <i>Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus</i> acted like a "living antibiotic" to help clear an otherwise lethal infection.<p>The animal studies, published in Current …

Biology

CRISPR Gene Editing Used to Treat Patient for the First Time

For the first time, researchers at West China Hospital in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province have injected a patient with cells modified through …

Genetics

Paralysed people could walk again instantly after scientists prove brain implant works in primates

Paralysed people could walk again instantly after scientists developed a brain implant which turns thought into electrical signals in the spine so that lost feeling can be restored after injury.<p>Currently people who break their backs or suffer a spinal trauma are unable to stand or move even though …

Researchers find protein target to knock out herpesvirus RNA transport

A new approach has been developed to combat diseases caused by herpesvirus infections, including everything from cold sores to cancer.<p>Researchers at …

In a first, US trial to test Cuban lung-cancer vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first clinical trial to test a Cuban drug in the United States - a lung-cancer vaccine developed in …

Cancer

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques – structures that …

Dementia

Scientists 3D print 'live' blood vessels

It's no longer a rare feat to 3D print blood vessels. Printing vessels that act like the real deal, however, has been tricky... until now. Lawrence Livermore researchers have successfully 3D printed blood vessels that deliver nutrients and self-assemble like they would in a human body. The key is …

Human Anatomy

Scientists Have Determined The Exact Composition of Your Poo

A whole lot of skin cells and bacteria.<p>The mere mention of a 'faecal transplant' might be something that makes a lot of us squirm, but the truth is …

Scientists Restore Vision In Blind Mice

Optical surgery has come a long way since the farmer’s wife took a carving knife to the tails of those three blind mice. In contrast to this rather …

This Should Be Your Approach to Hiring

<i>The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

Autism-Like Behavior In Mice Reversed After Treatment With A Common Gut Bacteria

In an incredible new study, mice with social behavioral deficits similar to those seen in humans with autism were able to overcome their symptoms …

Autism

Groundbreaking Skin Cancer Treatment Given Approval In Record Time

A groundbreaking combination of skin cancer drugs that encourage the patient’s own immune system to destroy tumors is going to be made available by …

Polymer repairs nerve damage in animals with spinal injuries

February 2000<p>WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A brief application of a polymer commonly used in medicine and cosmetics has been shown to immediately repair …

Scientists Have Developed a Blood Test That Detects Early Alzheimer's Disease

With 100 percent accuracy.<p>What makes Alzheimer's disease such a terrifying prospect is the inevitability of it all. We have no vaccines or preventive …