The leading cause of death worldwide, cancer killed at least 7.6 million people in 2008, accounting for a staggering thirteen percent of all deaths globally. With no signs of abating, … Continue Reading Non-invasive blood test can detect cancer four years before diagnosis.
In the vast microscopic world contained within the human body, a universal component of all cell membranes is known as a lipid bilayer, a biological membrane consisting of two layers … Continue Reading Synthetic DNA nanopore selects and transports macromolecules across cell membranes.
In mobile health, the next desirable evolution in this discipline is a wearable capable of monitoring the health of a person through the exchange of information via the internet without … Continue Reading Nextgen wearable can measure single molecules from a nanolitre of blood.
Membrane proteins are a basic component of every cell in the human body, playing a vital role in the cell’s structure, metabolism, and transport. They ensure substances, such as proteins, … Continue Reading New nanosensor can live-track a proteins’ pathway through the cell.
Biomolecular monitoring in the gastrointestinal tract could offer rapid, precise disease detection and management, however, it is impeded by access to the remote and complex environment. Now, a study from … Continue Reading Researchers develop an ingestible bacteria-on-a-chip to diagnose disease.
Unchanged for decades, breast screening technology such as mammograms can be painful and generally rely on anatomical differences with several limitations. These include the lack of phenotyping to identify aggressive … Continue Reading Researchers use non-invasive ‘diagnostic pill’ to detect breast cancer in mice.
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder as well as the leading cause of senile dementia worldwide, with no effective treatment and limited functionality for early diagnosis. Now, a … Continue Reading Noninvasive eye scan can detect key signs of Alzheimer’s Disease in humans.
Amyloidosis is a general term for several different types of disease. Aggregates of amyloid proteins form and deposit in different tissues which can affect the normal function. As the disease … Continue Reading Towards a new sensitive method for the early detection of amyloidosis.
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe infectious disease which caused an epidemic in West Africa in 2013-2015, and has resulted in at least 10,000 confirmed deaths. Early diagnosis of … Continue Reading Cell-free microRNA identified as biomarker for early diagnosis of Ebola.
Over the past century, the most reliable method of diagnosing diseases has been the microscopic visualization of thinly sectioned tissues mounted on glass slides. This practice of histopathology is universally … Continue Reading Pen-sized microscope which identifies cancer cells in the operating room, out of animal studies.
Currently, more than 6 million children in the United States, or 11% of all children aged 4 to 17, have received attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnoses. The disorder is characterized … Continue Reading Neuroimaging shows interactions in attention-based brain networks weaker in children with ADHD.
Biomarkers, such as those sought for Alzheimer’s disease, are benchmarks in the body that can be reliably measured to indicate the presence or absence of a disease, or the likelihood … Continue Reading Earliest-ever diagnosing tool for Alzheimer’s becomes international standard.
Colon cancer is often detected in its earliest stages thanks in part to screening technologies like colonoscopy. By snaking a camera through a patient’s intestines, doctors can identify polyps and … Continue Reading New nanotech contrast enables blood test for precancerous growth in colon cancer.
Another step forward has just been taken in the area of synthetic biology. Research teams from Inserm, CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), Montpellier Regional University Hospital and Stanford … Continue Reading Intelligent bacteria, bactodetectors, have been programmed to successfully detect disease.
Microbes in the human body are estimated to outnumber human cells by 10 to 1, yet research on how they affect health is still in its infancy. A perspective article … Continue Reading Swallowable gas capsule could be used to measure intestinal gas to diagnose disease.
Glucose values obtained during routine blood tests are often overlooked, but could provide valuable insight into whether someone is at risk for having type 2 diabetes, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers … Continue Reading Large-scale study finds previously ignored blood-glucose value is a predictor for type 2 diabetes.