Monthly Archives: December 2016

Smartphones Could Be Game-Changing Tool for Cardiovascular Research

Widespread ownership of smartphones around the world could potentially transform cardiovascular research by providing rapid, large-scale and real-time measurement of individuals’ physical activity, according to a new study by researchers…

Heat-activated penile implant might restore sexual function in men with E.D.

The basic technology for penile implants hasn’t improved much in 40 years. But Brian Le, a new faculty member in the Department of Urology with a background in materials science,…

Ribosome Recycling as a Drug Target

So-called multidrug-resistant bacteria – strains that have become resistant to conventional antibiotics – pose an increasingly serious medical problem, which underlines the urgent need to develop new antibiotics that attack novel targets. “Many of the most effective antibiotics act by inhibiting various steps in protein synthesis on bacterial ribosomes,” as LMU biochemist Daniel Wilson points out.

One Gene Mutation & 2 Diseases Create Insights into Human Heart Function

“Studying what goes wrong in disease can provide us with important insights into basic biology and how it’s supposed to go right,” said Deepak Srivastava, MD, director of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and senior author on the new study. “The lessons we learned about cardiac gene networks from this family and their mutation will inform the development of treatments not only for their form of heart disease, but for many others.”

Routine Blood Test Predicts How Long Cancer Patients Will Survive

A routine blood test can predict how long cancer patients in palliative care will survive, researchers report at the ESMO Asia 2016 Congress in Singapore. “Cancer patients in palliative care…

Silicon pore optics stacks

Stacks of carefully polished, coated and cut silicon wafers – normally used to manufacture integrated circuits – that will focus X-rays inside ESA’s Athena space observatory, due for launch in…

Economics in the real world

The stories of an economy – why it grew or didn’t, why it created jobs or didn’t – are often contested. By politicians, of course, but especially by economists whose job it is to explain an economy’s history and predict its future.

From public outreach to peer review, UW–Madison scientists find value in social media

At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a survey of 372 scientists engaged in biological or physical science research shows that scientists are increasingly using social media to communicate with nonscientific audiences.

Hack-proofing our devices

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags have become almost ubiquitous – look carefully, and you’ll notice them in passports, credit cards, library books, office access passes, and even pet cats.

Gene Test Could Pinpoint Patients Sensitive to New Type of Cancer Drug

Scientists found that defects in a gene called ARID1A caused sensitivity to new drugs targeting the DNA repair process within tumour cells.

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