Why working the Night Shift can pose a Cancer Risk

A handful of large studies of cancer risk factors have found that working the night shift, as nearly 15 percent of Americans do, boosts the chances of developing cancer. MIT biologists have now found a link that may explain this heightened risk. In humans and most other organisms, a circadian clock governed by light regulates … Continue reading “Why working the Night Shift can pose a Cancer Risk”

Portable device produces Biopharmaceuticals on demand

For medics on the battlefield and doctors in remote or developing parts of the world, getting rapid access to the drugs needed to treat patients can be challenging. Biopharmaceutical drugs, which are used in a wide range of therapies including vaccines and treatments for diabetes and cancer, are typically produced in large, centralized fermentation plants. … Continue reading “Portable device produces Biopharmaceuticals on demand”

Scientists develop painless and inexpensive Microneedle System to monitor drugs

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and PSI in Switzerland have created a microneedle drug monitoring system that could one day replace costly, invasive blood draws and improve patient comfort. The new system consists of a small, thin patch that is pressed against a patient’s arm during medical treatment and measures drugs in their … Continue reading “Scientists develop painless and inexpensive Microneedle System to monitor drugs”

Portable test rapidly detects Zika in saliva for $2

Anxiety over the Zika virus is growing as the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro approach. To better diagnose and track the disease, scientists are now reporting in ACS’ journal Analytical Chemistry a new $2 test that in the lab can accurately detect low levels of the virus in saliva. The World Health Organization (WHO) … Continue reading “Portable test rapidly detects Zika in saliva for $2”

Heart in BackPack: This 25-year-old lived for more than a year without a Heart

All transplant patients are exceptional, but Stan Larkin’s successful heart transplant comes after living more than a year without a human heart and relying on a heart device he carried in a backpack. Back in 2014, Stan became the first patient in Michigan to be discharged with the artificial heart device, which is known as … Continue reading “Heart in BackPack: This 25-year-old lived for more than a year without a Heart”