New Alzheimer’s drug leads to brain swelling in one-third of patients

Aducanumab was controversially approved by the FDA in June despite an advisory panel recommending against its approval

A new study published in the journal JAMA Neurology is reporting more than one in three patients trialing the recently approved Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab experienced brain swelling side effects. The data is the first from the controversial drug’s Phase 3 trials to be peer-reviewed and published.

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FarmSense trap tech counts and identifies crop-killing insects

If farmers know what sort of pest insects are present in their crops – and in what numbers – they can avoid excessive use of pesticides. The FarmSense system was created to provide that information, via a network of Smart Traps.Continue ReadingCategory… Continue reading FarmSense trap tech counts and identifies crop-killing insects

DroneDek mailbox designed to securely accept deliveries-by-drone

While there are numerous questions about the logistics of drone delivery technology, here’s one that not everyone thinks of: What if no one is home when the drone shows up? Well, the DroneDek system is designed with that scenario in mind.Continue Readi… Continue reading DroneDek mailbox designed to securely accept deliveries-by-drone

Ventibag home-use “smart” ventilator harvests oxygen from the air

It’s an unfortunate fact that people with severe respiratory illnesses are often confined to hospitals, where they must breathe through ventilators. A new portable device that harvests oxygen from the air, however, may someday allow them to stay at hom… Continue reading Ventibag home-use “smart” ventilator harvests oxygen from the air

Wireless sensor grows into bone to monitor health data in real-time

Researchers at the University of Arizona have developed an ultra-thin device that permanently bonds onto bones, and beams data out wirelessly. The breakthrough could allow doctors to monitor the health of a patient’s bones over time, or how well they’r… Continue reading Wireless sensor grows into bone to monitor health data in real-time

Experimental drugs clear zombie-like cells and apply brakes to diabetes

Zombie-like cells that have stopped dividing in the human body and accumulate as we age, known as senescent cells, continue to find themselves at the center of all kinds of medical breakthroughs. A new study has explored how these damaged, lingering ce… Continue reading Experimental drugs clear zombie-like cells and apply brakes to diabetes

Stem cell microbots travel from nose to brain to treat disease

Researchers in Korea have developed microbots made of stem cells that can be delivered through the nose into the brain. These “Cellbots,” which bypass the blood-brain barrier, could one day be used to treat brain cancers and neurodegenerative diseases…. Continue reading Stem cell microbots travel from nose to brain to treat disease

Pfizer’s COVID vaccine remains 100% effective in kids after four months

New follow-up data from Pfizer’s Phase 3 trial testing its mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in 12 to 15 year olds show robust efficacy up to four months after the two-dose protocol. The data reveals the vaccine is 100 percent effective at preventing symptomatic S… Continue reading Pfizer’s COVID vaccine remains 100% effective in kids after four months

Freezable hydrogel offers a reusable alternative to ice cubes

When it comes to keeping things cold, ice cubes are hard to beat … although the things do melt, never to be used again. Scientists have set about addressing that limitation, with reusable water-based “jelly ice cubes” that hold their shape at all tempe… Continue reading Freezable hydrogel offers a reusable alternative to ice cubes

Wearable device injects antidote when it detects opioid overdoses

Although the drug naloxone can be a lifesaver in cases of opioid overdose, it has to be administered quickly. That’s where a new wearable device comes in, as it’s designed to first detect the effects of an overdose, and then deliver an injection of nal… Continue reading Wearable device injects antidote when it detects opioid overdoses