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A DNA-based nanogel for targeted chemotherapy

Current chemotherapy regimens slow cancer progression and save lives, but these powerful drugs affect both healthy and cancerous cells. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Nano Letters have designed DNA-based nanogels that only break down and release their chemotherapeutic contents within cancer cells, minimizing the impacts on normal ones and potentially eliminating painful and uncomfortable side [...]

By |2020-11-19T17:51:55+00:00November 19th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines could be programmed to fight cancer, heart disease and more

The new technology behind Pfizer's and Moderna's coronavirus vaccines could be used to prevent everything from heart disease to cancer, experts say. The breakthrough vaccine 'platform' they use transforms the body into a virus-zapping vaccine factory and could be retooled to run interference on other diseases and speed the development of shots to prevent future [...]

By |2020-11-18T15:33:35+00:00November 18th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

New technology allows more precise view of the smallest nanoparticles

Current state-of-the-art techniques have clear limitations when it comes to imaging the smallest nanoparticles, making it difficult for researchers to study viruses and other structures at the molecular level. Scientists from the University of Houston and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center have reported in Nature Communications a new optical imaging technology for [...]

By |2020-11-16T21:32:03+00:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

The top emerging health technologies to end this pandemic and avert the next one

Virtual patients, vaccines, medicine-making biomachines and microneedles are examples of tech innovation that is meeting the moment to address the global health crisis. Health has been a strong focus for this year’s top 10 emerging technologies. Technology can drive a Great Health Reset, but success will be determined by the willingness of all stakeholders [...]

By |2020-11-16T21:16:09+00:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Vancouver-based biotech company central in development of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

A Vancouver company is central to the news Monday morning that Pfizer is close to developing an effective vaccine against the coronavirus. Pfizer said Monday that an early peek at the data on its coronavirus vaccine suggests the shots may be a surprisingly robust 90 per cent effective at preventing COVID-19. Vancouver-based Acuitas Therapeutics, [...]

By |2020-11-16T10:04:55+00:00November 14th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Is social media ready for a Covid-19 vaccine?

On Monday, Pfizer and BioNTech announced in a press release that their vaccine candidate was more than 90 percent effective at preventing Covid-19 infection, based on initial results from their ongoing phase 3 clinical trial. The company expects to have applied for emergency use authorization with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the end [...]

By |2020-11-10T11:40:41+00:00November 10th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid vaccine: First ‘milestone’ vaccine offers 90 per cent protection

The first coronavirus vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19, a preliminary analysis shows. The developers - Pfizer and BioNTech - described it as a "great day for science and humanity". Their vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries and no safety concerns have been raised. The companies [...]

By |2020-11-09T12:41:46+00:00November 9th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

New Nanomedicine Approach Could Improve Effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccine

Researchers led by the University at Buffalo (UB) have devised a new method that could enhance the effectiveness of vaccines against the novel coronavirus, the virus that is responsible for causing COVID-19. Jonathan F. Lovell, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UB, is the principal investigator of the study titled “SARS-CoV-2 RBD [...]

By |2020-11-03T10:46:11+00:00November 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

The strange ways that coronavirus can affect the brain

On March 17 this year, a man was taken to hospital in Israel suffering from a dry cough and a loss of sense of smell. He developed a fever and felt tired but, after three days as an in-patient, was released to quarantine. Then something strange started happening. His handwriting changed. It became smaller, crabbed [...]

By |2020-10-28T13:11:42+00:00October 28th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Oxford Covid vaccine works in all ages, trials suggest

One of the world’s leading Covid-19 experimental vaccines produces an immune response in older adults as well as the young, its developers say, raising hopes of protection for those most vulnerable to the coronavirus that has caused social and economic chaos around the world. Neither Oxford University nor its commercial partner AstraZeneca would release the [...]

By |2020-10-27T13:03:04+00:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments