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U.S. researchers are now testing the first Zika virus vaccine in humans

U.S. researchers are now testing the first Zika virus vaccine in humans Just days after a local outbreak of the Zika virus began in Miami, infecting at least 15 people so far, U.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said their remaining Zika funding could vanish by late September without congressional action.

The gene therapy revolution is coming. Will the US get left behind?

The gene therapy revolution is coming. Will the US get left behind? Last year, the United States federal budget included a rider banning certain types of gene therapy research, and that has some in the scientific community worried.For one, embryonic stem cell research was mostly opposed through funding bans, but more importantly the arguments against it centered on moral and religious arguments, not practical or scientific ones.

In routing around paralysis, researchers may have found an amazing way to treat it

In routing around paralysis, researchers may have found an amazing way to treat it Second, their regimen of step-wise training, including a virtual reality component, seems to be crucial to inducing the neural sprouting effect.After the VR component, patients graduate to a partial exoskeleton on a treadmill.

AI beats doctors at visual diagnosis, observes many times more lung cancer signals

AI beats doctors at visual diagnosis, observes many times more lung cancer signals ” But in a busy hospital, there isn’t always time to find such a perfect human to review your results.” For instance, take a look at these stained breast cancer slides.

In mice, a possible means to counteract multiple sclerosis

In mice, a possible means to counteract multiple sclerosis In either case, the length of the cell, the connection between the in-point and the out-point, is called the axon.It is responsible for carrying signals over whatever distance the signal must travel to get to the next neuron, or its ultimate destination.

How the sugar industry bought out scientists for decades, and how to stop it from happening again

How the sugar industry bought out scientists for decades, and how to stop it from happening again ” They found a group of Harvard nutrition scientists who would take their money, and started making plans.Complete with a codename, Project 226 was designed to protect the interests of the sugar industry by “recapturing” the 20% of American calorie intake they expected to lose once this whole sugar-isn’t-great-for-your-heart thing percolated through into public awareness.

Expert panel to Washington: Here’s how we cure cancer

Expert panel to Washington: Here’s how we cure cancer A panel of cancer experts has released its list of recommendations for the government’s big Cancer Moonshot program, a bid to bring the success of the Silicon Valley model to bear on cancer, the emperor of all maladies.This moonshot project, officially referred to as The Vice President’s Cancer Moonshot, was originally going to be priced at a cool billion dollars, but in the time since cancer authorities have asked for about $650 million.

Surgeon plans first human head transplant in 2017

Surgeon plans first human head transplant in 2017 That’s science fiction right now, but Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero (pictured, top) says he plans to do the first human head transplant next year.According to Canavero, the donor body will come from someone who is brain dead and whose organs would be considered acceptable for transplantation.

Switzerland is holding the world’s first Cyborg Olympics

Switzerland is holding the world’s first Cyborg Olympics Now there’s the Cybathlon: the world’s first competition for disabled athletes using bionic assistive technology.“Although people are at the centre of our event, technology also plays a relatively large role,” said founder Robert Reiner in an interview.

Drug-resistant bacteria tricked into dropping their shields become vulnerable once again

Drug-resistant bacteria tricked into dropping their shields become vulnerable once again In search of another way to manage the endless slog against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, scientists just figured out how to bait bacteria into developing an Achilles’ heel.Not all drug resistance works the same: It depends on the type of antibiotic the bacteria have evolved to resist.

Researchers find no evidence ‘brain training’ games offset aging, cognitive decline

Researchers find no evidence ‘brain training’ games offset aging, cognitive decline Several years ago, so-called “brain training” games from companies like Luminosity were all the rage.One group argued there was no benefit to using this type of brain-training, while another group of scientists later claimed there was evidence that brain training could provide a benefit.

Theranos will stop operating labs and fire 40% of its workers, plans to sell devices instead

Theranos will stop operating labs and fire 40% of its workers, plans to sell devices instead Embattled medical testing firm Theranos has made the decision to get out of the laboratory testing industry.This is a major reversal for the company, following government scrutiny that resulted in a 2-year ban on CEO Elizabeth Holmes running a laboratory.

Brain implant used to restore paralyzed man’s sense of touch

Brain implant used to restore paralyzed man’s sense of touch In a new study, doctors have used a brain implant to return the sense of touch to a paralyzed man.By placing electrodes inside Copeland’s brain, doctors have basically created a new path for the electrical impulses associated with the sense of touch.

Cheaper, longer-lasting epinephrine pills could soon replace overpriced EpiPens

Cheaper, longer-lasting epinephrine pills could soon replace overpriced EpiPens For people with severe allergies, having a ready supply of epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) can be the difference between a mild inconvenience and death.Scientists are close to developing an epinephrine pill.

Security firm claims implantable cardiac devices can be hacked

Security firm claims implantable cardiac devices can be hacked Now a security firm says that a connected implantable cardiac device made by Minnesota-based healthcare company St.After implantation, it uses small flexible wires to detect your heart rate and applies an electric current to stop abnormal cardiac rhythms.

Researchers develop 'breathalyzer' that can detect diabetes

Researchers develop 'breathalyzer' that can detect diabetes Breathalyzers to detect alcohol intoxication have existed for years, as the relationship between blood-alcohol content and alcohol in the breath is well understood.A team of researchers from Oxford University have succeeded in building a device that can flag patients as diabetic without the need for a blood test.

Microscopic magnets could revolutionize drug delivery

Microscopic magnets could revolutionize drug delivery In theory, superparamagnetic particles can be ideal for drug delivery because an external magnetic field could essentially drag them around the body.The development of larger superparamagnetic crystals could allow doctors to create special crystals for drug delivery.

Drug delivery implants could change the way we approach chronic conditions

Drug delivery implants could change the way we approach chronic conditions There’s a trend in medicine toward using implants to deliver medication over long periods of time.They eliminate the possibility that a patient’s pain meds could be sold, stolen, or otherwise fall into the wrong hands.

Homeopathic solutions now have to be labeled to disclose that there's no science behind them

Homeopathic solutions now have to be labeled to disclose that there's no science behind them Their latest comments contend (PDF) that the standard disclaimer isn’t enough to dissuade consumers from buying this crap, so now not only do homeopathic products have to carry the standard disclaimer, they also have to say there’s no science behind them.But the only reason I can’t make a blanket statement that homeopathy provides no benefit whatsoever is the placebo effect.

MDMA rolls onto the psychotherapy scene as FDA greenlights Phase III clinical trial

MDMA rolls onto the psychotherapy scene as FDA greenlights Phase III clinical trial And it’s true that the brain changes in response to drug use.In light of what we know, the FDA has just made a controversial decision to greenlight a Phase III clinical trial, using MDMA to treat PTSD.