Multiple Sclerosis Research Identifies Role of Problem T Cells and Potential Treatments

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May 20, 2015 - I have previously written about autoimmune diseases of which multiple sclerosis (MS) is one.

Colorectal Cancer, Colonoscopies and Clinical Trials

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May 13, 2015 - Back in April I had my five-year colonoscopy examination. I have to have it every five years because polyps have been detected during two tests. They were not cancerous or even pre-cancerous. But the presence of polyps, particularly adenomas, could be an early warning sign of risk for getting colorectal cancer.

Cosmetics Giant to Partner with 3D Printer to Create Skin for Product Testing

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May 13, 2015 - L'Oreal, the cosmetics company is into 3D printing seeing it as the future for skincare product testing.

New Stem Cell Discovery Could Speed Up Growing Replacement Organs

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May 10, 2015 - At the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California, developmental biologist

Aging Knees - Advances in Stem Cell Therapy and Blood Platelet Procedures

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May 8, 2015 - A close friend of mine this week told me he is going in for knee replacement surgery next month. Also known as arthroplasty it involves replacing the knee joint (seen in the image below) with artificial materials.

Gizmos & Gadgets: DNA Testing Goes into the Field

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May 7, 2015 - It is called MinION and you pack the device in your overnight bag along with a laptop computer. When you arrive at your destination get set up in the field and start DNA testing right away with results in as little as 48 hours. Portable, inexpensive and fast, this is a revolutionary step in the evolution of gene sequencing.


3D Printing Revolutionizing Dentistry

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March 31, 2015 - Look at the picture below. These hyper-real teeth were produced using a 3D printer. The disruptive impact of 3D printing on dentistry is just starting.

The Mayo Clinic Saves Victims of Stroke Remotely

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March 10, 2015 - I have the greatest of respect for the role Mayo Clinic has played in my family's life.

Biomedical Advances Continue to Make Headlines

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February 4, 2015 - In looking at recent journal articles that have significant biomedical implications I have selected four to talk about today.

New Advances Bringing Lithium-Air Batteries Closer to Commercial Application

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January 28, 2015 - The promise of electric vehicles (EVs) is very much dependent on improvements to battery technology. Today's lithium-ion batteries consist of a series of cells that contain layers of lithium separated by cobalt-oxides. Lithium salt is the anode. Lithium cobalt oxide is the cathode. Ions travel between the two to create an electric charge.

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