A new blood test could indicate multiple conditions with one sample

By aptamers, blood test, cardiovascular, diabetes, diagnostics, disease, engadget, health, machine learning, medicine, plasma, proteins, risk, risk factors, tomorrow

A new blood test could use a single plasma sample to assess health and predict the likelihood of developing a range of diseases. Thanks to Theranos, this may sound familiar, but unlike that debacle, this proof-of-concept is backed by research …

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CDC warns against vaping until it figures out what’s making people sick

By cdc, disease, e-cigarette, e-cigarettes, e-cigs, engadget, fda, gear, illness, investigation, lung, medicine, politics, public health, vaping, warning

Until the Center for Disease Control can figure out what’s causing the mysterious lung illness associated with vaping, it’s cautioning people against e-cigs. Last week, it launched a joint investigation with the Food and Drug Administration into a re…

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Gene editing tool could treat many diseases created by mutations

By biology, crispr, crispr-cas9, disease, dna, engadget, gear, gene-editing, genetics, health, medicine, mutation, salk institute, sati, science

The use of gene editing to eliminate diseases has numerous challenges, including the not-so-small problem of dealing with mutation-based conditions like Huntington’s. Existing approaches that replace the gene could cause damage. Salk Institute scie…

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DeepMind AI can predict kidney illness 48 hours before it occurs

By acute kidney injury, AI, aki, algorithm, app, deepmind, deepmind health, detection, disease, engadget, gear, google, google health, illness, medicine, predict, prediction, preventable, prevention, streams, tomorrow, veterans affairs

Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) kills 500,000 people in the US and 100,000 in the UK annually, often because it’s not detected soon enough. Researchers want to use AI to change that. DeepMind, the Alphabet-owned AI company, partnered with the US Department…

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VR and microscopy help scientists see ‘inside’ diseases

By biology, biopsy, carnegie mellon university, cell, disease, engadget, exmicrovr, gear, medicine, microscopy, science, tomorrow, video, Virtual Reality, VR, wearables

You can only learn so much about cells by studying 2D pictures, and 3D microscope technology can produce an abundance of data that might be hard to decipher. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Virginia Mason have an answer, though: …

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Scientists design ‘decoy platelets’ that reduce risk of blood clots

By antiplatelets, blood clot, cancer, chemotherapy, disease, engadget, harvard, heart, medicine, platelets, stroke, tomorrow, tumor

Heart disease, stroke, sepsis and cancer are incredibly serious conditions which together cause the greatest number of deaths around the world. They’re unique illnesses, but they have something in common — they’re all associated with activated plate…

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3D gel stacks can grow enough stem cells to treat brain disease

By disease, engadget, gear, gel, health, injury, medicine, science, stanford, stanforduniversity, stemcell, stemcells, tomorrow

Programmed stem cells promise to tackle all kinds of illnesses, but there’s one catch: making them. It’s hard to cultivate large numbers of them, and the need to grow them on 2D surfaces isn’t very practical. That’s where researchers might come to th…

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Navajo Nation may undo genetic research ban in hopes of better care

By cancer, diagnosis, disease, dna, engadget, ethics, gear, genetictesting, medicalresearch, medicine, navajo, oncology, Research, treatment

The Navajo Nation banned genetic studies in 2002 due to concerns over how its members’ genetic material would be used, but, as Nature News reports, the Navajo are considering a reversal of that policy. An oncology center is set to open next year on N…

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Alphabet starts collecting health info to better predict disease

By alphabet, baseline, disease, engadget, gear, google, health, illness, medicine, projectbaseline, Research, science, smartwatch, study, studywatch, verily, wearables

It didn’t take long for Alphabet’s Verily to get its watch-based health study off the ground. The life sciences company has launched its 4-year research initiative, Baseline, to potentially spot early signs of diseases before obvious symptoms appear….

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AI predicts the layout of human stem cells

By AI, alleninstitute, alleninstituteforcellscience, cancer, cell, crispr, deeplearning, disease, engadget, geneediting, health, machinelearning, medicine, science, stemcell, video

The structures of stem cells can vary wildly, even if they’re genetically identical — and that could be critical to predicting the onset of diseases like cancer. But how do you know what a stem cell will look like until it’s already formed? That’s w…

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