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Feb 24, 2024

Why Doctors Need to Talk about Death

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Highlighting gaps in communication near the end of life, this podcast episode explores a new approach to preparing patients with serious illness and their families for all possible outcomes.

A full transcript of this episode is available at

Feb 24, 2024

Sounding Out the Blood–Brain Barrier

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, neuroscience

Blood–brain barrier: A physical and biochemical boundary between the bloodstream and the parenchyma of the central nervous system (CNS).

Editorial from The New England Journal of Medicine — Sounding Out the Blood–Brain Barrier.

Feb 24, 2024

Quantum physics makes small leap with microscopic gravity measurement

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience, quantum physics

Experiment records minuscule gravitational pull as a step to understanding how force operates at subatomic level.

Feb 23, 2024

The Genetics of Epilepsy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Our knowledge of the role of genetics in epilepsy is rapidly expanding, and this is enhancing epilepsy diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. Julie Ziobro, MD, PhD is a pediatric epileptologist and research scientist at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. She and genetic counselor, Mallory Wagner, MS, LCGC, discuss some basic principles of genetics, currently available genetic tests, examples of genetic epilepsies, and how genetic test results can impact treatment decisions and prognosis. They also explore the role of genetics in developing precision therapies for epilepsy.

Feb 23, 2024

AI is having a ‘1995 moment’

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

The current AI revolution appears to be having a ‘1995 moment’ like the early days of the internet — and Nvidia is leading that charge, analyst says.

Feb 23, 2024

AEgIS, Freeze! Scientists slow down positronium with laser-cooling

Posted by in category: innovation

Exciting breakthrough at CERN’s AEgIS experiment! Scientists have successfully slowed down positronium using groundbreaking laser technology.

Explore the fascinating world of positronium research. Scientists at CERN have made an incredible breakthrough by slowing down positronium using broadband lasers. %.

Feb 23, 2024

An Innovative Study Shows Kids Learn More on paper Than Screens. Now What?

Posted by in categories: education, innovation

For ‘deeper reading’ among children aged 10–12, paper trumps screens. What does it mean when schools are going digital?

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The Department of Education’s most recent study, declared in June, was surely sensational: it found that text comprehension skills of 13-year-olds had denied an average of four points since the Covid-affected schools in the academic year 2019–2020, and more alarmingly that the average drop was seven points compared with the 2012 figure. The results for the worst-performing students fell below the reading skill level recorded in 1971, when the first national study was conducted.

Feb 23, 2024

Astronomers used JWST to finally solve a 37-year mystery over one of the brightest cosmic explosions ever seen in modern history

Posted by in category: space

Hunting for a neutron star

To discover what lies at the center of SN 1987A, astronomers needed a telescope big enough and advanced enough to detect evidence of radiation from a hidden neutron star.

Enter the James Webb Space Telescope: the largest, most powerful telescope ever launched into space that is already revolutionizing our understanding of the universe within its first two years of operation.

Feb 23, 2024

What You Can Do Now to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, neuroscience

Experts from Michigan Medicine answer questions about brain health and how to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Learn more about the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center at University of Michigan Health:

Continue reading “What You Can Do Now to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease” »

Feb 23, 2024

Chemotherapy method uses patient’s own cells as trojan horse to direct cancer-killing drugs to tumors

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Lung cancer is not the most common form of cancer, but it is by far among the deadliest. Despite treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, only about a quarter of all people with the disease will live more than five years after diagnosis, and lung cancer kills more than 1.8 million people worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization.

To improve the odds for patients with lung cancer, researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington and UT Southwestern Medical Center have pioneered a novel approach to deliver cancer-killing drugs directly into cancer cells.

“Our method uses the patient’s own cellular material as a to transport a targeted drug payload directly to the cells,” said Kytai T. Nguyen, lead author of a new study on the technique in the journal Bioactive Materials and the Alfred R. and Janet H. Potvin Distinguished Professor in Bioengineering at UTA.

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