Researchers discover how cholesterol feeds cancer metastasis

New research led by the Duke Cancer Institute has identified one of the ways cholesterol can enhance the ability of cancer cells to metastasize. The study focused particularly on breast cancer, shedding light on prior observational research linking sta… Continue reading Researchers discover how cholesterol feeds cancer metastasis

Landmark study finds surprising timing of life’s metabolic highs and lows

Putting a little bit of weight on in middle age has often been waved away as a result of slowing metabolism. “I’m not burning those calories as quickly as I did when I was younger,” people often say. But a landmark new study tracking energy expenditure… Continue reading Landmark study finds surprising timing of life’s metabolic highs and lows

Study confirms that beef and its substitutes differ nutritionally

Given how meat-like some plant-based meat substitutes have become, it’s understandable that many people are considering simply switching over to them. According to new research, however, the two food types are far from being nutritionally identical.Con… Continue reading Study confirms that beef and its substitutes differ nutritionally

Smart Toilet uses AI to spot signs of gastrointestinal trouble

There is a lot gastroenterologists can tell about a patient’s gut health by analyzing their stool and looking out for irregularities that could be signs of conditions like inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel syndrome. A new technology develop… Continue reading Smart Toilet uses AI to spot signs of gastrointestinal trouble

Gaze-tracking smartphone app designed to screen toddlers for autism

Although it’s certainly best to start addressing autism as early as possible, the disorder is often difficult to detect in young children. A new iOS app has been designed to help, by tracking a child’s eyes as they watch videos.Continue ReadingCategory… Continue reading Gaze-tracking smartphone app designed to screen toddlers for autism

World-first printable transistor is fully recyclable with water and sound

A huge portion of electronic devices that are discarded at the end of their lives are never recycled, and a big part of the problem is the difficulty in separating out and recovering the valuable materials that make them up. With a view to solving this… Continue reading World-first printable transistor is fully recyclable with water and sound

Robotic dragonfly skims across water to detect oil spills and acidity

From slow-moving machines inspired by sloths to others that burst from the water and soar through the air like flying fish, robots that mimic the behavior of real-world creatures have exciting potential when it comes to environmental monitoring. A new … Continue reading Robotic dragonfly skims across water to detect oil spills and acidity

Bladder vaccines treat UTIs and keep them from coming back

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common and painful infection that can be surprisingly persistent. Now, researchers at Duke University have developed a vaccine that can be delivered via catheter to clear out the bacteria and prevent infections fro… Continue reading Bladder vaccines treat UTIs and keep them from coming back

Exercise drives muscles to fight chronic inflammation on their own

Inflammation in the human body is a complex physiological response to a complex range of triggers, and scientists have just uncovered some useful new details about how it works by experimenting with muscles grown in the lab. By simulating the effects o… Continue reading Exercise drives muscles to fight chronic inflammation on their own

Painkiller-dispensing patch could be an alternative to opioids

In order to keep patients from developing opioid addictions, it’s best if doctors can avoid prescribing the things in the first place. A new surgical patch could help, by gradually releasing painkillers right where they’re needed.Continue ReadingCatego… Continue reading Painkiller-dispensing patch could be an alternative to opioids