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The ‘Gesundheit Machine’ collects campus cooties in race against a fierce flu

The ‘Gesundheit Machine’ collects campus cooties in race against a fierce flu

If a student is sick enough, they get sent around the corner, to a room with a crazy-looking, Rube-Goldberg-like contraption known as the “Gesundheit Machine.” For half an hour, the student sits in the machine. As they breathe, the machine collects whatever virus they’ve got from the droplets in the breath they exhale.

February 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
What is CRISPR gene editing, and how does it work?

What is CRISPR gene editing, and how does it work?

Scientists discovered some bacteria can cut the DNA of invading viruses as a defense mechanism. They realized they could use this to cut human DNA.

January 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
How a shutdown might affect your health

How a shutdown might affect your health

A government shutdown would have far-reaching effects for public health, including the nation’s response to the current, difficult flu season. It could also disrupt some federally supported health services.

January 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Neuroscience in pictures: the best images of the year from the Queensland Brain Institute

Neuroscience in pictures: the best images of the year from the Queensland Brain Institute

To understand how the healthy brain works and what occurs in brain disease, neuroscientists use many microscopy techniques, ranging from whole-brain human MRIs to imaging within a single neuron (brain cell), creating stunning images in the process.

December 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Unregulated herpes experiments expose ‘black hole’ of accountability

Unregulated herpes experiments expose ‘black hole’ of accountability

Recent revelations that a U.S. researcher injected Americans with his experimental herpes vaccine without routine safety oversight raised an uproar among scientists and ethicists. Not only did he vaccinate Americans offshore, he injected other participants in U.S. hotel rooms without Food and Drug Administration oversight or even a medical license.

December 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Years before heading offshore, herpes researcher experimented on people in U.S.

Years before heading offshore, herpes researcher experimented on people in U.S.

Three years before launching an offshore herpes vaccine trial, an American researcher vaccinated patients in U.S. hotel rooms in brazen violation of U.S. law.

November 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Exposure to pet and pest allergens during infancy linked to reduced asthma risk

Exposure to pet and pest allergens during infancy linked to reduced asthma risk

Children exposed to high indoor levels of pet or pest allergens during infancy have a lower risk of developing asthma by 7 years of age. While previous studies have found that reducing allergen exposure in the home helps control established asthma, the new findings suggest that exposure to certain allergens early in life, before asthma develops, may have a preventive effect.

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Minoans and Mycenaeans shared common ancestry ancient DNA reveals

Minoans and Mycenaeans shared common ancestry ancient DNA reveals

Since the discovery of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete and the Mycenaean civilization on the Peloponnesian peninsula of mainland Greece, there have been many theories about where these people came from and whether they were related.

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seniors miss out on clinical trials

Seniors miss out on clinical trials

More than 60 percent of cancer patients are older adults — and that will rise to 70 percent by 2040.  Yet seniors continue to be underrepresented in clinical trials, making it difficult to assess how treatments are likely to help or harm them.

July 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stalking the ‘Unknown Enemy’: Doctors turn scope on rare diseases

Stalking the ‘Unknown Enemy’: Doctors turn scope on rare diseases

Andrew has never had a clear diagnosis. He and his family are in a torturous state of suspense, hanging their hopes on every new exam and evaluation. Recently, they have sought help from the Undiagnosed Diseases Network, a federally funded coalition of universities, clinicians, hospitals and researchers dedicated to solving the nation’s toughest medical mysteries.

May 2, 2017 | By | Reply More