News Bites: Tracking patient adherence through urine tests, Hair loss linked to metabolism
Brenda Lau, 08 Sep 2017 This week, researchers at the University of Edinburgh have developed a light-sensitive camera that can “see” through the human body. In the US, researchers suggest using a “tamer” version of the Zika virus to shrink targeted aggressive brain tumours. Researchers also suggest that the lack in libido in early menopausal women can be addressed with an oestrogen patch.
Sanofi calls it quits on Zika vaccine collaboration with US Army
Brenda Lau, 07 Sep 2017 French drug manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, has recently ceased its Zika vaccine project on 2 September. Announcing the decision through a statement on its website at 3.00pm, the collaborative project with the US Army was cut off due to lack of funds. What would this mean for other Zika vaccine candidates?
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.