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.


Science is often perceived as something inaccessible to the layman—advancing so quickly and with so many variables—that it daunts and discourages understanding. But, storytelling could change that.


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.


Internet-connected "smart" pill boxes does not show a positive effect, as far as improving medication adherence, a study shows. The results indicate non-adherence is a multi-factorial—and complex—issue that warrants in-depth investigation of the underlying psychological and behavioural factors.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.
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