Around the world, lists of patients in need of an organ transplant are often longer than the lists of those willing (and able) to donate — in part because some of the most in-demand organs for transplant can only be donated after a person has died. By way of example, recent data from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) showed that the number of patients waiting for a heart transplant in the United Kingdom has grown by 162 percent in the last ten years.
Researchers at Queen’s University in Canada have managed to get a special type of bacteria to swim against a strong current, opening up the possibility of using the organisms as drug delivery vehicles. The team is using magnetotactic bacteria which have magnetic crystals within them and naturally orient themselves with the Earth’s magnetic field. By setting up the external magnetic field, the researchers were able to coax the bacteria to move in predictable ways and directions.
Sometimes even the experts need a little help staying holly and jolly. Research shows holiday season stress can feel insurmountable. No one is immune. Mental health professionals, who are usually helping others manage emotions, put their own advice into practice as the year winds down.
Boehringer Ingelheim has initiated GioTag, a real-world study to assess the impact of sequential therapy in patients with EGFR mutation-positive (M+) advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Data from approximately 190 patients who received tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) – afatinib* in first-line, followed by second-line osimertinib**as part of standard clinical practice – will be analysed to determine total time on treatment.
A DNA double helix is seen in an undated artist's illustration released by the National Human Genome Research Institute to Reuters on May 15, 2012. REUTERS/National Human Genome Research Institute/Handout.
The light-sensitive layer found at the back of a person's eyes contains more than just cells that detect shadows and light — it also contains information about the health of a person's entire body. And now, artificial intelligence can glean this information from a single snapshot, new research suggests.
Medical researchers are increasingly turning to mobile devices such as smartphones and watches as a way to monitor patients in trials, an approach they hope improves participation and accuracy but that also has limitations.
Down's syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is one of the most common genetic diseases. Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and ETH Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland, have recently analysed the proteins of individuals with trisomy 21 for the first time: the goal was to improve our understanding of how a supernumerary copy of chromosome 21 could affect human development. Published in the journal Nature Communications, the research shows that trisomy 21, far from only affecting the proteins encoded by the chromosome 21 genes, also impacts on the proteins encoded by the genes located on the other chromosomes.
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