2D Nanosheets Show Promise For Stopping Cancer Cells

The development of a 2D nanosheet 1,000 times smaller than a strand of hair could advance cancer treatment and regenerative medicine, say researchers. The new class of 2D nanosheets called molybdenum disulfide can adsorb near infrared (NIR) light and modify cell behavior[1]. These nanosheets are an emerging class of materials…Continue reading2D Nanosheets Show Promise For Stopping Cancer Cells

Scientists Around The World Are Already Fighting The Next Pandemic

If a two-year-old child living in poverty in India or Bangladesh gets sick with a common bacterial infection, there is more than a 50% chance an antibiotic treatment will fail. Somehow the child has acquired an antibiotic resistant infection – even to drugs to which they may never have been…Continue readingScientists Around The World Are Already Fighting The Next Pandemic

The Fascinating History Of Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are under way around the world, including in Australia, testing COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. These clinical trials largely fall into two groups. With observational studies, researchers follow a group of people to see what happens to them. With experimental studies, people are assigned to treatments, then followed. These…Continue readingThe Fascinating History Of Clinical Trials

Now Closer To Reality: Prosthetics That Can Feel

Humans do a lot of things with their hands: We squeeze avocados at the grocery story, scratch our dogs behind the ears and hold our significant others’ hands. They are things that many people who have lost limbs can’t do. Biomedical engineer Jacob Segil at the University of Colorado at…Continue readingNow Closer To Reality: Prosthetics That Can Feel

Tumor Evolution: Finding The Mutations That Drive Resistance

Despite being a major cause of death, cancer is still far from being fully understood. Most cancer treatments target mutations that happen during the very early stages of the disease, as these genetic variants will be present in the majority of tumor cells (Bailey et al., 2018). However, not all…Continue readingTumor Evolution: Finding The Mutations That Drive Resistance

Celiac Disease Linked To Common Chemical Pollutants

Raised blood levels of toxic chemicals found in pesticides, nonstick cookware, and fire retardants have been tied to an increased risk for celiac disease in young people, new research shows[1]. According to New York University Grossman School of Medicine researchers who led the study, people with the immune disorder have…Continue readingCeliac Disease Linked To Common Chemical Pollutants

Vitamin D Linked To Low Virus Death Rate

New research has found an association between low average levels of vitamin D and high numbers of COVID-19 cases and mortality rates across 20 European countries. Previous observational studies have reported an association between low levels of vitamin D and susceptibility to acute respiratory tract infections. Vitamin D modulates the…Continue readingVitamin D Linked To Low Virus Death Rate