More to Alzheimer’s disease than just amyloid plaques
Victoria Tan, 05 Sep 2017 The amyloid hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has dominated AD discussions and research, since its conception in the mid-1980s. Could there be more behind AD pathogenesis than the presence of amyloid plaques? The search to unravel the mysteries of AD have revealed several other mechanisms of disease.
Encapsulating faecal microbiota transplant (FMT)
Hezne Ezaty Abu Hasan, 03 Sep 2017 Ingesting good bacteria found in the intestines of a donor into a diseased patient’s body is administered through an enema; essentially a procedure called faecal microbiota transplant (FMT). While the procedure has a high success rate of curing patients with intestinal problems, it is done through an evasive practice. Scientists have since come up with an alternative method – administering FMT orally.
Failure is success: The harsh reality of being a medical start-up
Zayani Bhatt, 29 Aug 2017 Entrepreneurs are revolutionising the way work is done across every industry, except healthcare. Although there are many with ideas and technology that have the power to save and improve lives, change is slow and failure, inevitable.
The Midnight Scan Club: Understanding brain networks, one brain at a time
Hezne Ezaty Abu Hasan, 29 Aug 2017 In a quest to better understand individual brain networks on a stringent budget, researchers from Washington University utilised the university’s MRI scanners after hours – forming the Midnight Scan Club. Their findings have proven that each brain’s circuitry is different, challenging the conventional spatial averaging methodology.
Neuroprosthetics: Medicine of the future
Victoria Tan, 28 Aug 2017 What happens when man merges with machine? Society has already toyed with this concept with pop culture characters like Marvel hero Iron Man and movies like Pacific Rim. Artificial but ‘intelligent’ prosthetic limbs that learn a user’s gait enables amputees to regain near-normal functions have already been invented. Cue neuroprosthetics – the vanguard of medical technology. This article aims to explore the concept of neuroprosthetics and its ability to change the practice of medicine.
News Bites: OCPs may prevent arthritis in later life, Tweaking genes for a new tuberculosis vaccine
Brenda Lau, 25 Aug 2017 This week, a Harvard educated physician-scientist has 3D printed a medical supply in space that could address the lack of access to proper medical equipment in remote and rural areas as well. Scientists from the University at Buffalo have also managed to control the minds of mice using “magneto-thermal” stimulation. A solenoid coil has also been proposed to combat prosthetic infections through alternating magnetic fields.
Deater Disease: Numbness that hurts
Jenny Maganran Goh, 25 Aug 2017 For decades, members of the Deater family – spanning six generations – have been haunted by debilitating symptoms of nerve damage. Nonetheless, despite gnarled fingers and damaged feet, these disabled members are pushing for a breakthrough.
4 ways smartphones can help patients and doctors save valuable time
Nilufer Hajra, 24 Aug 2017 When it comes to technology and apps, there are so many apps that have been and are being developed for the purpose of making both the lives of doctors and patients easier. Several advanced technologies have been launched to help patients address their health issues—at the comfort of their home—before they visit a doctor.
Scientists encode computer virus into DNA
Leon Kan, 23 Aug 2017 A team of researchers from the University of Washington has successfully managed to encode a computer virus into DNA sequences that is active and able to infect computer systems which read it.