Researchers have designed a thin polymeric sensor platform on a radiofrequency ablation needle to monitor temperature and pressure in real time. The sensors integrated onto 1.5 mm diameter needle tip have proven their efficacy during clinical tests and expect to provide a new opportunity for safer and more effective medical practices. The research was reported in Advanced Science as the frontispiece on August 5.
- Advanced Science
A new way to detect early signs of harmful blue-green algae, which bloom in lakes, rivers and reservoirs around the world, has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham together with researchers at the Culture Collection of Algae & Protozoa (CCAP), based at the Scottish Association of Marine Science.
- Analytical Chemistry
The findings of a study, headed by the University of Huddersfield’s Dr Hamid Merchant from the Department of Pharmacy, is one of the first meta-analyses carried out on multiple independent lactoferrin research studies. The study has made evident that the administration of lactoferrin, of which has proven to be a key ingredient for our natural defence systems against invading viruses, shows promising efficacy in reducing the risk of RTIs and also has the potential to be used adjunct to COVID19.
- Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
A new deep learning algorithm created by researchers from the University of Warwick can pick up the molecular pathways and development of key mutations causing colorectal cancer more accurately than existing methods, meaning patients could benefit from targeted therapies with quicker turnaround times and at a lower cost.
- The Lancet Digital Health
Implementation of WHO’s recommended public health policies on alcohol, unhealthy foods and tobacco has been slow globally, according to a study led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, published in the journal The Lancet Global Health. The study found particularly low implementation in poor, less democratic countries and where corporations had more influence for example through corruption and political favoritism.
- The Lancet Global Health
Men who inherit an increased risk of cancer through ‘Lynch syndrome’ could benefit from regular PSA testing from age 40 to detect early signs of prostate cancer, researchers believe. Annual PSA tests were eight times more likely to spot cancer in men with genetic hallmarks of Lynch syndrome than those without. Experts say evidence could be incorporated into a targeted screening programme in future.
- The Lancet Oncology
Canada has an alarmingly high rate of forceps use during childbirth and a correspondingly high number of preventable injuries to mothers, according to new research from incontinence experts who are calling for better education for both clinicians and mothers on how to avoid injury when forceps are needed.
- Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica
From birds in the sky to fish in the sea, nature has inspired innovation for centuries. Studying traits these creatures have naturally perfected over millennia leads engineers to create new technologies that improve our lives today. Michigan Tech researchers share how they built a tiny, self-powered robot inspired by water-skimming insects and the Marangoni effect.
- Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
In a new Concordia-led paper published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics, researchers describe a new liquid biopsy method using lab-on-a-chip technology that they believe can detect cancer before a tumour is even formed. Using magnetic particles coated in a specially designed bonding agent, the liquid biopsy chip attracts and captures particles containing cancer-causing biomarkers. A close analysis can identify the type of cancer they are carrying. This, the researchers say, can significantly improve cancer diagnosis and treatment.
- Biosensors and Bioelectronics
SEATTLE — October 19, 2021 — A team of research experts from the COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN), headquartered at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has demonstrated that through robust community engagement, equitable inclusion in vaccine clinical trials can make a powerful impact in the health of underrepresented communities.
- PLoS ONE
New research from the University of Notre Dame suggests that experts from varying fields need to work together to overcome the public health crisis and that science can benefit by using marketing strategies with vaccine holdouts, much like brands do with customers.
- Journal of Consumer Affairs