Feb. 4 is World Cancer Day, an annual opportunity to raise awareness of cancer and encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. In the area of detection, Faith Lapidus reports that researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Maryland, are developing a blood test that screens for eight different types of cancer.
For dentists, a cavity is a conundrum—in order to save the tooth they must further damage it. Currently, the primary way to treat a cavity is to excavate the decay and the surrounding area before filling the resulting crater with a durable surrogate material such as metal, plastic or glass cement. But what if instead […]
Women suffer painful cramps during their periods, which can affect their normal functioning in many ways. Menstrual cramps are common and they appear in lower belly or back, which can range from mild to severe. These cramps also have a medical term called “dysmenorrhea” and they tend to get less painful with age or may […]
The fight against malaria has been improving, but there’s still lots more work to do. For one thing, anti-larval sprays are both expensive and time-consuming — you can’t always afford to spray an entire area. Thankfully, a mix of technology is making that mosquito battle more practical. Wales’ Aberystwyth University and Tanzania’s Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Programme have partnered on […]
It could save millions of lives. Contrary to what you may have heard, there is actually a way to mend a broken heart – but the solution might not be entirely what you’re expecting. Scientists have developed a soft implantable robotic device that wraps around the heart and squeezes it to help damaged or failing […]
Two breast cancer drugs have been recommended for use by the NHS in England. In draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has approved palbociclib (Ibrance) and ribociclib (Kisqali) for patients with advanced breast cancer. The drugs are thought to slow the growth of the disease and delay the need for […]
PHOTO CREDIT: DailyMailUK Online An affordable and effective device for detecting skin cancer has picked up an award of £30,000 ($40,000) from Britain’s best-known inventor. This year’s James Dyson prize for engineering was given to a group of four Canadian graduates, for their sKan system. The gadget picks up on subtle changes in the skin’s […]