Tag: medicine

Carbon nanotube-based sensor can detect SARS-CoV-2 proteins

Using specialized carbon nanotubes, MIT engineers have designed a novel sensor that can detect SARS-CoV-2 without any antibodies, giving a result within minutes. Their new sensor is based on technology that can quickly generate rapid and accurate diagnostics, not just for Covid-19 but for future pandemics, the researchers say. “A rapid test means that you […]

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At MIT, Nobel laureate Frances Arnold describes innovation by evolution

“As engineers, we want to create things that don’t necessarily exist on the planet, or may have never existed, but that solve real problems,” said Frances H. Arnold at the 2021 Hoyt C. Hottel Lecture in Chemical Engineering on Oct. 1. Harnessing the process of evolution to optimize and create enzymes, Arnold, the Pauling Professor […]

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Five with MIT ties elected to the National Academy of Medicine for 2021

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has announced the election of 100 new members for 2021, including two MIT faculty members and three additional Institute affiliates. Faculty honorees include Linda G. Griffith, a professor in the MIT departments of Biological Engineering and Mechanical Engineering; and Feng Zhang, a professor in the MIT departments of Brain […]

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How diet affects tumors

In recent years, there has been some evidence that dietary interventions can help to slow the growth of tumors. A new study from MIT, which analyzed two different diets in mice, reveals how those diets affect cancer cells, and offers an explanation for why restricting calories may slow tumor growth. The study examined the effects […]

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New cancer treatment may reawaken the immune system

Immunotherapy is a promising strategy to treat cancer by stimulating the body’s own immune system to destroy tumor cells, but it only works for a handful of cancers. MIT researchers have now discovered a new way to jump-start the immune system to attack tumors, which they hope could allow immunotherapy to be used against more […]

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Fox News Couldn’t Wait to Politicize Colin Powell’s Death

Fox News Couldn’t Wait to Politicize Colin Powell’s Death G/O Media may get a commission Save $35 Clearstem Clear Kit Target breakouts and wrinkles at the same timeEach item is also free of all possible pore-cloggers and contains zero hormone disruptors. From HuffPost: Cain used the news of Powell’s death to rail against President Joe […]

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Study shows fragile X treatment can incur resistance, suggests ways around it

Mark Bear, Picower Professor of Neuroscience at MIT, recalls the “eureka moment” 20 years ago when he realized that a severe developmental brain disorder — fragile X syndrome — might be treated with drugs that inhibit a neurotransmitter receptor called mGluR5. The idea, that mGluR5 stimulates excessive protein synthesis in fragile X neurons that disrupts […]

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Putting artificial intelligence at the heart of health care — with help from MIT

Artificial intelligence is transforming industries around the world — and health care is no exception. A recent Mayo Clinic study found that AI-enhanced electrocardiograms (ECGs) have the potential to save lives by speeding diagnosis and treatment in patients with heart failure who are seen in the emergency room. The lead author of the study is […]

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Making a Martyr: Kyrie Irving Is Prepared to Die on His $186 Million Hill

Kyrie Irving Is Prepared to Die on His $186 Million Hill As we’ve previously reported at The Root, New York City imposed COVID-19 vaccine mandates that require proof of vaccination in order to enter arenas, gyms, restaurants, and other indoor venues. As a result of these protocols, players from the New York Knicks and Brooklyn […]

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Enabling AI-driven health advances without sacrificing patient privacy

There’s a lot of excitement at the intersection of artificial intelligence and health care. AI has already been used to improve disease treatment and detection, discover promising new drugs, identify links between genes and diseases, and more. By analyzing large datasets and finding patterns, virtually any new algorithm has the potential to help patients — […]

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Weighing cancer cells to personalize drug choices

Researchers at MIT and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have developed a new way to determine whether individual patients will respond to a specific cancer drug or not. This kind of test could help doctors to choose alternative therapies for patients who don’t respond to the therapies normally used to treat their cancer. The new technique, which […]

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The Black-White Vaccination Gap May Be Gone but Republicans, Whites Still Hesitant

Black-White Vaccine Rate Closes. Republicans, Whites Still Most Hesitant G/O Media may get a commission It was never true. Many media outlets didn’t care enough to know that the difference in vaccination rates between African Americans and whites was a reflection of healthcare disparities, economics and—most of all—access. There are simply more health facilities in […]

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Genetic Tests Won’t Predict Your COVID-19 Risk

By Meredith Salisbury  |  September 30, 2021, 2:44 PM  |  Techonomy Exclusive Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko Years from now, our current age of genetic testing will be remembered as one of innovation and excitement — as well as a time when a host of misleading claims about genetic tools were targeted at consumers. Unfortunately, that […]

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Sage Steele Calls ESPN’s COVID-19 Mandate ‘Sick’ and ‘Scary’

Sage Steele Calls ESPN’s COVID-19 Mandate ‘Sick’ and ‘Scary’ The fact that Steele is only willing to take the vaccine to keep her job, instead of using it as a preventive measure from endangering her friends, family, and colleagues is telling. But then again, we’re talking about somebody who bitched and moaned on Instagram about […]

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Using AI and old reports to understand new medical images

Getting a quick and accurate reading of an X-ray or some other medical images can be vital to a patient’s health and might even save a life. Obtaining such an assessment depends on the availability of a skilled radiologist and, consequently, a rapid response is not always possible. For that reason, says Ruizhi “Ray” Liao, […]

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Trailblazing Ophthalmologist Dr. Patricia Bath To Be Posthumously Inducted Into National Inventors Hall Of Fame

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Ben Gabbe / Getty Trailblazing ophthalmologist, Dr. Patricia Bath’s indelible influence within the realm of STEM has inspired generations of changemakers whose work sits at the intersection of innovation and medicine. Her legacy will be honored with a posthumous induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Dr. Bath—the woman behind […]

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Toward a smarter electronic health record

Electronic health records have been widely adopted with the hope they would save time and improve the quality of patient care. But due to fragmented interfaces and tedious data entry procedures, physicians often spend more time navigating these systems than they do interacting with patients. Researchers at MIT and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center […]

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Lessons from the Pandemic: Technology Disrupting (and Improving) Chinese Healthcare

Local doctors walking in downtown Xiamen, China during the Covid-19 emergency. We have learned many lessons from the pandemic – but three stand out as drivers for how to improve healthcare. First, it is painfully apparent that certain segments of the population lack access to care, resulting in huge gaps in healthcare outcomes. Second, it […]

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Statistical model defines ketamine anesthesia’s effects on the brain

By developing the first statistical model to finely characterize how ketamine anesthesia affects the brain, a team of researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and Massachusetts General Hospital have laid new groundwork for three advances: understanding how ketamine induces anesthesia; monitoring the unconsciousness of patients in surgery; and applying a new method […]

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Vaccinating the Unvaccinated Is Better Than Giving People Covid Booster Shots

In his speech last week, Biden said, “The decision of which booster shots to give, when to start them, and who will get them will be left completely to the scientists at the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention].” But setting the September date made some observers worry about political pressure on […]

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Biologists identify new targets for cancer vaccines

Over the past decade, scientists have been exploring vaccination as a way to help fight cancer. These experimental cancer vaccines are designed to stimulate the body’s own immune system to destroy a tumor, by injecting fragments of cancer proteins found on the tumor. So far, none of these vaccines have been approved by the FDA, […]

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