Research will look at 999 calls by people with dementia

A project led by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in partnership with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is going to look at calls to emergency services by older people with multiple health problems that include dementia (University of the West of England, 2016). Working with East of England Ambulance Service … Continue reading Research will look at 999 calls by people with dementia

Scientists develop the world’s smallest extracellular needle-electrodes

A research team at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Information Engineering and the Electronics-Inspired Interdisciplinary Research Institute at Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan has developed 5μm diameter needle-electrodes on 1 mm × 1 mm block modules (Scienmag, 2016). The neuron networks in the human brain are extremely complex. Microfabricated silicon needle-electrode devices are … Continue reading Scientists develop the world’s smallest extracellular needle-electrodes

First proposed human test of CRISPR passes initial safety review

A cancer study that would represent the first use of CRISPR in people passed a key safety review on June 21st (Science, 2016). The proposed clinical trial, in which researchers would use CRISPR to engineer immune cells to fight cancer, won approval from the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) at the US National Institutes of … Continue reading First proposed human test of CRISPR passes initial safety review

Doctors move closer to creating babies with DNA from three people

Doctors are a step closer to creating babies with DNA from three people after research on healthy embryos found the procedure was likely to produce normal pregnancies (The Guardian, 2016). Studies on embryos made with extra DNA showed that the majority were indistinguishable from standard IVF embryos, although further tests hinted that the procedure still … Continue reading Doctors move closer to creating babies with DNA from three people

Wearable device could help with rehab in acute knee injury

A wearable device that records the sounds of knees cracking could reveal clues about the condition of the joint (Scientific American, 2016). The device has been developed by Omer Inan, an electrical engineer at Georgia Tech, who said “I actually feel like there’s some real information in them that can be exploited for the purposes … Continue reading Wearable device could help with rehab in acute knee injury

Magic mushrooms could be used to treat depression

Researchers at Imperial College London have given twelve people psilocybin, the active component in magic mushrooms, to combat depression (Nature, 2016, BBC, 2016). At the start of the trial, nine of the participants had at least severe depression and three were moderately depressed. All had been clinically depressed for a significant amount of time, on … Continue reading Magic mushrooms could be used to treat depression

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