With more than 25% of high school seniors reporting recent use and 6.5% of 12th graders being daily users, marijuana (MJ) is the most frequently used illicit substance among adolescents. … Continue Reading Neuroimaging shows that young starting age of marijuana causes arrested neurodevelopment.
Synthetic biology uses natural molecules and assembles them into a system that acts unnaturally. The ability to control the transfer of molecules through cellular membranes is an important function in … Continue Reading New ‘nanoneedles’ puncture cell membrane to release payload on command.
The liver plays a critical role in how the body metabolizes drugs and produces key proteins. This is why liver models are increasingly being developed in the lab as platforms … Continue Reading Researchers successfully 3D-print biomimetic liver tissue for drug screening.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the most common neurodegenerative disease affecting motor neurons. This fatal disease is characterized by progressive muscular atrophy and doesn’t have an effective treatment. Patients with … Continue Reading Study provides first definitive evidence and description of protein clump toxicity in ALS.
Expanded use of engineered nanoparticles in consumer products and drug delivery increases the potential for environmental release, overexposure or unintended biological exposure. As a result, extraction techniques with integrated measurement … Continue Reading New technique can remove nanoparticles unaltered from blood with ease.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition caused by a deficiency in the ability to make insulin, a hormone that regulates glucose levels. According to the Center for Disease Control, diabetes affects … Continue Reading Oral formulation of insulin successful in animal model.
Statins are a popular and easy-to-swallow option for people looking to lower their cholesterol. However, for a quarter of patients, statins come with muscle pain, stiffness, cramps, or weakness without … Continue Reading Researchers link statins to disruption of muscle mitochondria.
Morphine mediates its euphoric and analgesic effects by acting on the μ-opioid receptor (MOR). MOR belongs to the family of G-protein coupled receptors whose signaling efficiency is controlled by the … Continue Reading Researchers identify key morphine regulator in the brain.
Sickle cell disease is inherited. It primarily affects people of African descent, including about one in every 500 African Americans born in the U.S. The defect causes the oxygen-carrying red … Continue Reading Researchers validate non-chemotherapy based cure for sickle cell in adults.
Thousands of women are living with ovarian cancer in Canada. It is estimated that this year, 2,800 Canadian women will be newly diagnosed with this disease. Even though ovarian cancer … Continue Reading Researchers discover new molecule responsible for ovarian cancer proliferation and drug resistance.
A team of researchers from Washington University, National Institutes of Health and University of Illinois have developed a wireless device the width of a human hair that can be implanted in … Continue Reading Microfluid device can control neurons and delivery drugs wirelessly.
A group of researchers from Kyoto University have successfully visualized RNA behaviour and its response to drugs within the living tissue brain of live mice by labeling specific RNA molecules … Continue Reading Researchers have visualised changes made to RNA in the brain by administered drugs.
Painful insulin injections could become a thing of the past for the millions of Americans who suffer from diabetes, thanks to a new invention from researchers at the University of … Continue Reading World’s first smart insulin patch could replace painful injections for diabetes.
A new collaborative study led by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute provides new insight into the molecular changes that lead to resistance to a commonly prescribed group of drugs … Continue Reading Researchers identify new epigenetic pathway in drug-resistant melanoma.
First report of world’s first implantable chip capable of measuring metabolites and drugs in real-time.
The future of medicine lies in ever greater precision, not only when it comes to diagnosis but also drug dosage. The blood work that medical staff rely on is generally … Continue Reading First report of world’s first implantable chip capable of measuring metabolites and drugs in real-time.
Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a gel filled with toxin-absorbing nanosponges that could lead to an effective treatment for skin and wound infections caused by … Continue Reading Study shows nanosponge cleans up MRSA infections without the use of antibiotics.