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Highly Targeted Opioid Designed to Avoid Side Effects

A pharmacology team decoded complex opioid proteins in the brain to design a compound that can relieve pain, but avoid the dangerous adverse effects causing addiction and overdoses. . . . → Read More: Highly Targeted Opioid Designed to Avoid Side Effects

Electronic Pulses, Sounds Shown to Reduce Tinnitus

A non-invasive system that combines coordinated electronic pulses and sounds is shown in tests with lab animals and humans to reduce tinnitus, phantom sounds often called ringing in the ears. . . . → Read More: Electronic Pulses, Sounds Shown to Reduce Tinnitus

NIH Grant Funds Synthetic Peptide for Severe Asthma

A synthetic peptide, a short chain of amino acids, is being developed as a treatment for severe cases of asthma that do not respond to conventional drugs. . . . → Read More: NIH Grant Funds Synthetic Peptide for Severe Asthma

Techniques Devised to Speed-Up Plant Breeding

Plant scientists in Australia and the U.K. developed a process that sharply cuts the amount of time needed to produce new breeds of plant crops including commercial varieties of wheat. . . . → Read More: Techniques Devised to Speed-Up Plant Breeding

Microneedle Patch Delivers Anti-Obesity Drugs

A skin patch containing hundreds of tiny porous needles is shown in lab mice to deliver drugs that turn ordinary body fat into calorie-burning brown fat to reduce body mass. . . . → Read More: Microneedle Patch Delivers Anti-Obesity Drugs

Audio-Brain Stimulation Shown to Reduce PTSD Symptoms

A clinical trial shows a non-invasive technique that translates and feeds back brain waves as audio tones reduces PTSD symptoms in current and former military personnel for 6 months. . . . → Read More: Audio-Brain Stimulation Shown to Reduce PTSD Symptoms

FDA Clears Targeted Breast Cancer Radiation Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a device that sends high doses of radiation to cancerous breast tissue while sparing healthy tissue nearby. . . . → Read More: FDA Clears Targeted Breast Cancer Radiation Treatment

Retinal Scanner Detects Early Vision Problems

A Canadian engineering lab designed a retinal scanner that helps diagnose eye diseases in their early stages, often well before vision loss occurs. . . . → Read More: Retinal Scanner Detects Early Vision Problems

Phone Sensors Shown to Monitor Chemotherapy Effects

Catheter for chemotherapy (Rhoda Baer, National Cancer Institute)

21 December 2017. A group of cancer patients was able to monitor the severity of effects of their chemotherapy with built-in sensors on smartphones and fitness trackers. Results of the clinical study, led by researchers at University of Pittsburgh, appear in the 19 December issue of . . . → Read More: Phone Sensors Shown to Monitor Chemotherapy Effects

Cell Engineering Company Launches, Raises $4.7 Million

A company designing biological circuits with techniques derived from computer-assisted design like those used in semiconductors is starting up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. . . . → Read More: Cell Engineering Company Launches, Raises $4.7 Million