Set of micro-channels etched into a material

Source: Massachusetts General Hospital Summary: A new microfluidic device developed by investigators may help realize the potential of tumor-derived extracellular vesicles (EVs) – tiny lipid particles that carry molecules through the bloodstream. Glioblastoma (A fast-growing, malignant tumor of the brain) is a highly fatal disease with few treatment options. Due to theRead More →

Auto immune disease

Source: Baylor College of Medicine Summary: A group of researchers has found that one of the hundreds of components in scorpion venom can reduce the severity of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, one in which the immune system attacks its own body and affects the joints. Cells called fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) play a major roleRead More →

Drug delivery to treat cancer

Source: University of California Riverside Summary: Researchers have discovered a way for chemotherapy drug paclitaxel to target migrating, or circulating, cancer cells, which are responsible for the development of tumor metastases. Tumor metastasis is a leading cause of patient morbidity and mortality, and no treatments are currently available that specifically targetRead More →

New Neurons involved in sensory learning

Source: Pasteur Institute Summary: Researchers have demonstrated that the new neurons produced in adults react preferentially to reward-related sensory stimuli and help speed up the association between sensory information and reward. Although most neurons are generated during embryogenesis, some brain regions in mammals are capable of regenerating their neurons in adulthood. TheRead More →

Hydrogel

Source: University of North Carolina Health Care Summary: Researchers have created an injectable gel-like scaffold that can hold combination chemo-immunotherapeutic drugs and deliver them locally to tumors in a sequential manner. In our bodies right now, there are normal cells mutating from their typical form and function. Thankfully, as ourRead More →

Brain liquefies after a stroke

Source: University of Arizona Summary: Researchers have discovered that liquefied brain after stroke is toxic and can slowly leak into the remaining healthy portion of the brain and potentially cause harm. Scientists have known for years that the brain liquefies after a stroke. If cut off from blood and oxygen for a long enough period, a portionRead More →

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