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Researchers from the University of Warwick have developed a machine learning model capable of predicting the interactions between proteins and drug molecules with 99 percent accuracy. Findings have been published in Science Advances.

Belgian researchers have identified a protein formulation that mimics the structure and rigidity of the natural lining in a women’s ovaries, a breakthrough for women with infertility or cancer patients who had radiation or chemotherapy treatments. Findings are published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota used 3D printing to build lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the look, structure, mechanical properties and feel of human organs. Findings were published in Advanced Materials Technologies.

Elderly patients who played 3D-platform games such as Nintendo's Super Mario 64 saw improvements in short-term memory and an increase in gray matter in the brain, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.

A video game that promotes balance by instructing users to hold poses could help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

 

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Lab-grown lung organoids mimic human counterpart

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in New York have successfully grown lung organoids from human pluripotent stem cells. These 3D structures that mimic a fully-grown lung aim to improve research into respiratory diseases.

UT Health cures diabetic mice without side effects

Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center have attempted to eliminate insulin shots for those with type 2 diabetes, focusing on working with mice.

Synthetic retina gives fresh view for visually impaired

The future is bright for visually impaired patients thanks to an Oxford student who has been the first to use synthetic tissue to develop an artificial retina grown in a laboratory. Published in Scientific Reports, the findings show progress in bionic implants to mimic human tissues to treat degenerative eye conditions.

Combination drug therapy cuts ovarian cancer recurrence by 50%

Researchers examining the recurrence rate of women with high-grade serous ovarian cancer, the most common subtype, have found a combination therapy that could reduce recurrence by 50 percent.

Nanoparticle shows potential of shrinking breast cancer tumor, decreasing recurrence

Mayo Clinic researchers have developed a nanoparticle capable of both shrinking breast cancer tumors and preventing new ones from growing. Published in Nature Nanotechnology, a study found a nanoparticle injected in mice could reduce tumor size by 70 to 80 percent. 

Computer-programmed drill slices surgery time from hours to minutes

Drilling into the skull can require years of surgical practice and training. But an automated robotic drill may take the challenge out of surgeons' hands. Researchers from the University of Utah published a study in Neurosurgical Focus that examined a computer-programmed drill's ability to reduce surgery time, cost, infection rates and human error.

3D-bioprinted cartilage undifferentiable from human cartilage

3D printing is now capable of producing prosthetics and generating cartilage tissue from stem cells. Led by researchers at Sweden's Sahlgrenska Academy, a study published in Scientific Reports reviews 3D bioprinting as a nest step in using human cells to print cartilage that is identical to human-harvested cartilage. 

Wireless power gives life to ingestible devices

Powering gastrointestinal tools requires a safe, strong power source capable of being swallowing, but current methods often come up short. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory have developed an ingestible electronic capsule powered wirelessly outside of the body, with findings published in Scientific Reports

Nanoparticle vaccine helps the body attack cancer cells

Vaccinations have effectively eliminated polio, smallpox and rabies from the world's population—and cancer could be next on the list. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have developed nanoparticle vaccine immunotherapy to help the human body fight off a variety of cancers.

Brain stimulation shows promise in improving memory

Neuroscientists from the University of Pennsylvania have published a study in Current Biology on using electrical brain stimulation as a treatment to improve memory in the human brain. 

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