Vaccines to boost immunity where it counts

Monday, 23 January 2012 13:24
Researchers have created synthetic nanoparticles that greatly bolster vaccine responses by targeting lymph nodes, where most immune reaction occurs. Currently, all other adjuvants (compounds added to boost the shots) are believed to bolster immunity at the site where the vaccine…

Harnessing electromagnetic waves for medical scanning

Sunday, 22 January 2012 16:22
A breakthrough in exploiting electromagnetic waves has potentially opened the way for more advanced medical diagnosis. This should allow future terahertz waves (T-rays) systems to be smaller, more portable, easier to operate, and much cheaper than current devices, for medical…

Gold coils could be used in the fight against prostate cancer

Sunday, 22 January 2012 12:22
Doctors led by one of Indian-origin are arming themselves with a precious new weapon in the fight against prostate cancer – gold coils. Gold coils are being used to target radiotherapy more accurately, intensifying the effect of the treatment on…

‘T-ray’ breakthrough may lead to Star Trek-style medical scanners

Saturday, 21 January 2012 13:18
Biomedical detective devices similar to the ‘tricorder’ scanner used in ‘Star Trek’ may be possible someday, say scientists who have developed a new way to create electromagnetic Terahertz (THz) waves or T-rays - the technology behind full-body security scanners. In…

Indian-origin scientists lead fundamental malaria discovery

Saturday, 21 January 2012 12:48
A team led by Indian-origin scientists has made a fundamental discovery in understanding how malaria parasites cause the deadly disease. The researchers led by Kasturi Haldar and Souvik Bhattacharjee of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Rare and Neglected…

Deadly bird flu research paused amid bioterror fears

Saturday, 21 January 2012 12:44
Scientists, who developed a more deadly strain of bird flu, have called for a temporary moratorium on their research on mutations of the H5N1 influenza virus amid fears that that the data could be used by bioterrorists. In a letter…

Now, ankle replacement for arthritis patients

Friday, 20 January 2012 20:30
Providing hope to arthritis patients in the country, a private hospital here Friday performed unique ankle replacement surgery to cure rheumatoid arthritis — a condition causing joint inflamation. “Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR) implant is a new un-cemented technique for…

Statins may help beat breast cancer

Friday, 20 January 2012 18:45
A new research has provided clues as to how cholesterol-reducing statins might help keep breast cancer at bay. The findings also suggest that mutations in a single gene could be used to identify tumors likely to respond to statin therapy.…

New set of nanoparticles ‘may accurately deliver cancer drugs to tumours’

Friday, 20 January 2012 18:24
A new class of nanoparticles, synthesized by scientists to prevent premature drug release, holds promise for greater accuracy and effectiveness in delivering cancer drugs to tumours. In the new study, researchers from UC Davis report on the synthesis of a…