New use of imaging technique could allow early detection of aortic aneurysms

Ascending thoracic aortic aneurisms (aTAAs) occur when the walls of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body, weaken and begin to bulge. This can result in rupture or dissection (a tear in the aortic wall), leading to life-threatening bleeding and death. Sometimes these complications can occur before any symptoms of the aneurysm appear. However, an international team led […]

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New technique for ultrafast tumor therapy

For the first time, researchers at the Center for Proton Therapy at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Switzerland have tested ultrafast, high-dose irradiation with protons. This new, experimental FLASH technique could revolutionize radiation therapy for cancer and save patients many weeks of treatment. In nature, lightning strikes with a short, strong flash of light and a high energy discharge. […]

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New technique lays foundation for regenerative cardiac therapies

Scientists have devised a technique to sort out which heart cells can replicate and which cannot, a critical step toward treatments that may one day help the heart heal itself after injury. The method, published in the journal Circulation Research, removes a significant roadblock to developing ways to regrow healthy cardiac muscle tissue, a feat not currently possible. “This new […]

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Buzz off: breakthrough technique eradicates mosquitoes

Anopheles gambiae mosquito, feeding on blood. Credit: James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention A breakthrough technique harnessing two methods to target disease-carrying mosquitoes was able to effectively eradicate buzzing biters in two test sites in China, according to research published on Thursday. The mosquitoes targeted are a type that is particularly difficult to control called Aedes albopictus—more popularly […]

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Gene-editing technique opens door for HIV vaccine

The human body cannot naturally defend itself against HIV—not usually, at least. But in very rare cases, infected individuals generate broadly neutralizing antibodies, or bNAbs, that fight the virus. Now, Rockefeller scientists have devised a way to grant this HIV-fighting power to otherwise average immune cells. Michel C. Nussenzweig, whose work on bNAbs has produced new HIV treatments showing promise […]

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Stop Everything! Training Guru Tracy Anderson Has a New Technique

Fitness guru Tracy Anderson Opens a New Window. has changed a seemingly endless list of celebrities’ bodies — turning already-in-shape humans into long, lean, toned, aesthetically balanced superhumans. Now the trainer who has whipped everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow Opens a New Window. to Jennifer Lopez Opens a New Window. to Robert Downey Jr. Opens a New Window. into shape with […]

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Novel technique accurately assesses cardiovascular risks

A new noninvasive technique for imaging the carotid artery offers advantages over other imaging methods and could provide an earlier, more accurate assessment of cardiovascular disease risk, according to a study published in the journal Radiology. The carotid arteries are the blood vessels located on the left and right side of the neck that bring oxygenated blood to the head. […]

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Novel technique can potentially improve success of ovarian cancer treatment, study reveals

Novel Technique Can Potentially Improve Success of Ovarian Cancer Treatment, Study Reveals Instead of destroying a tumour’s blood supply, a first-ever University of Guelph study has proven that opening up the vessels is potentially more effective when it comes to fighting ovarian cancer. This is because open vessels provide a clear pathway for treatment to attack the tumour. “There hasn’t […]

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