Why Head and Face Pain Causes More Suffering

People consistently rate pain of the head, face, eyeballs, ears and teeth as more disruptive, and more emotionally draining, than pain elsewhere in the body. Duke University scientists have discovered how the brain’s wiring makes us suffer more from head and face pain. The team found that sensory neurons that serve the head and face … Continue reading “Why Head and Face Pain Causes More Suffering”

Using artificial intelligence to improve early breast cancer detection

Model developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory could reduce false positives and unnecessary surgeries. Every year 40,000 women die from breast cancer in the U.S. alone. When cancers are found early, they can often be cured. Mammograms are the best test available, but they’re still imperfect and often result in false positive results that … Continue reading “Using artificial intelligence to improve early breast cancer detection”

Virtual reality tool developed to untangle genes

Researchers from Oxford have been using virtual reality software to compile genetic data to create models which explain how genes are controlled within their natural chromosomal environments. The team from the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) have been working in collaboration with physicists from Universita’ di Napoli and software developers and artists at … Continue reading “Virtual reality tool developed to untangle genes”

New Microchip Technology Could Be Used to Track Smart Pills

Researchers at Caltech have developed a prototype miniature medical device that could ultimately be used in “smart pills” to diagnose and treat diseases. A key to the new technology—and what makes it unique among other microscale medical devices—is that its location can be precisely identified within the body, something that proved challenging before. “The dream … Continue reading “New Microchip Technology Could Be Used to Track Smart Pills”

MasSpec Pen Accurately Identifies Cancer in Seconds

A team of scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin has invented a powerful tool that rapidly and accurately identifies cancerous tissue during surgery, delivering results in about 10 seconds—more than 150 times as fast as existing technology. The MasSpec Pen is an innovative handheld instrument that gives surgeons precise diagnostic information … Continue reading “MasSpec Pen Accurately Identifies Cancer in Seconds”