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Jun 16, 2016

Novel Brain Cancer Treatment Taps Into Sound Waves

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WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Brain cancer patients might benefit from an implantable ultrasound device that appears to enhance chemotherapy treatment, a small study says.

Researchers from the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris and other French institutions tested the experimental device on 15 patients with recurrent glioblastoma, a particularly deadly brain cancer. When the so-called SonoCloud was activated, sound waves opened the blood-brain barrier, letting in more chemotherapy, they said.

“The walls of the blood vessels in the brain are very difficult to cross for certain molecules,” said Frederic Sottilini, CEO of Paris-based CarThera, the company developing SonoCloud.

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Jun 16, 2016

Foundation Medicine wants to find ‘software bugs’ in your genome to fight cancer

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How Foundation Medicine is creating shareholder value.

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Jun 16, 2016

New analytical technology could improve cancer treatment

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University of Oklahoma researchers will apply a new analytical technology that could ultimately provide a powerful tool for improved treatment of cancer patients in Oklahoma and beyond. Using mass spectrometry, an analytical instrument for sensitive detection and accurate identification of molecules, the team will quantitate the amount of anti-cancer drugs present in individual cancer cells, including those in bladder cancer cells isolated from patients undergoing chemotherapy. The method will provide a means to establish ideal dosing regimens that delivers effective chemotherapeutic concentrations to patients with minimal toxicities.

Anthony Burgett and Zhibo Yang, assistant professors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the OU College of Arts and Sciences, and affiliates of the Stephenson Cancer Center, in collaboration with Jonathan E. Heinlen, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Urology at the OU Health Sciences Center and a Stephenson Cancer Center researcher, will fully develop the novel first-in-class mass spectrometric technology—the Single Probe—capable of performing single-cell mass spectrometry of compounds inside of living single cancer cells as a bioanalytical method to improve efficacy and toxicities of chemotherapy in patients.

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Jun 16, 2016

New technology aims to keep astronauts safe from hidden threats

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Technology invented in the Bay Area could help keep American astronauts safe from dangerous microbes on far away missions like a journey to Mars. (KGO-TV)

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Jun 16, 2016

Applied DNA Sciences to grow its cosmetics, fragrances, and personal care business

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I told many people that this was coming a few years ago; so glad. Wait until you see smart meds that people can never become addicted or overdose on because the smart med reads your system and knows when enough is enough.

The security solutions company uses botanical-DNA based tools to tag, track, and trace products for an array of industries. Now with the hire of a personal care supply chain management expert, the company is set to expand its engagement with the industry.

This week the Stony Brook, New York–based company announced that Barbara Brockway has accepted the role of Director of Personal Care.

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Jun 16, 2016

University of Surrey Professor and BBC presenter receives Stephen Hawking Medal

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Renowned physicist, author and broadcaster, Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE, has been awarded the inaugural Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication.

Professor Jim Al-Khalili is the first person to be honoured for his contribution to science with this, first medal of its kind, at STARMUS International Science and Arts Festival in Tenerife on 29 June 2016.

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Jun 16, 2016

LIquidPiston’s tiny but powerful rotary engine could usher in a new era for drones

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LiquidPiston’s X Mini engine hopes to pick up where the rotary engine left off.

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Jun 16, 2016

DARPA Eyes ‘Very Low Frequency’ Signals For PNT Systems as GPS Backup

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Government GPS now has a new backup approach.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to demonstrate a positioning, navigation and timing system that will use very low frequency band signals as backup in case military forces lose access to GPS networks.

Lin Haas, DARPA strategic technology officer, discussed the Spatial, Temporal and Orientation Information in Contested Environments project at DARPA Demo Day, the U.S. Army said May 19.

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Jun 16, 2016

Aust’n researchers discover immune cells to fight Legionella bacteria

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A team of Melbourne researchers believe they have discovered a new immune cell which is able to fight the infectious and potentially lethal bacteria, Legionella.

A team of specialist immunologists and microbiologists from the University of Melbourne and the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity conducted a study which was able to determine a new cell type responsible for combating the attack of the bacteria.

The team was able to break down the impact of the legion of immune cells in the lung, which communicate to destroy the legionella bacteria.

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Jun 16, 2016

First Tools 3D Printed Aboard Space Station

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Cool — 1st tools 3D printed in space.

The Additive Manufacturing Facility, or 3D printer, on-board the ISS has made its first tool.

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