Carbon nanotubes can act as sensors for up to a year when implanted under the skin or injected into the bloodstream for short-term monitoring, according to new research published at Nature Nanotechnology.
The sensors take advantage of carbon nanotubes’ natural fluorescence, which brightens or dims when coupled to a molecule that binds to a specific target. For this study, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on nitric oxide which is produced during inflammation and has a role in cancer that’s not well understood. Continue reading →
Emory CCU study edges closer to predictive medicine
Doctors at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta are using health IT to combine complex streams of data collected by multiple machines used in critical care into a single report they hope will provide a comprehensive picture of a patient’s condition, Continue reading →
Acne involves the over-production of sebum from the sebaceous glands which results in the blockage of the pores with a sticky mass of the dead cells and oil. This creates a breeding ground for the opportunistic overgrowth of bacteria normally present in the skin. These convert the mass into compounds that cause inflammation and unattractive raised surfaces. Skin irritation may also result Continue reading →
Compelling reasons to stop smoking far outnumber effective ways to do so. Even with recent revelations that tobacco is contaminated with the highly carcinogenic radioisotope polonium-210, the addictive hold it maintains on millions of smokers worldwide who already know it causes premature death and cancer is far more powerful than the desire for self-preservation, Continue reading →