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Why healthcare needs a space race of its own

August 2, 1955. This day marked the start of a fascinating 20-year long game of one-upping each other between the United States of America and the Soviet Union—more commonly known as the space race. The competition rallied scientists, engineers, teachers, students and pretty much the entire country to work together towards one common goal: being the pioneer in spaceflight achievements. A combination of more than 25 billion dollars, 400 000 people and over 20 000 companies and universities ultimately culminated in the unprecedented lunar landing of mankind on July 20, 1969. In a mere 20 years, it showed a glimpse of the astonishing progress the human species can achieve when everyone puts their efforts towards one desire, one aspiration, one...

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MIT neural implant enables precision delivery of drugs

Researchers at MIT have developed an ultrathin neural implant to deliver small volumes of medicine to specific target structures deep in the brain. Precision delivery could make it possible to treat diseases that effect very specific brain circuits,  without interfering with the normal function of the rest of the brain, researchers say. A study using implanted  drug delivery systems in rodents illustrate the technology’s ability to remotely control behavior and the importance of volume in modulating brain regions. This is important progress in the development of new, more effective methods of drug delivery. Although specific medicines to treat many neurologic and neuropsychiatric diseases can cross the blood-brain barrier, they diffuse to non-target areas of the brain”, says Khalil Ramadi, Postdoctoral...

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We only begin to understand diabetes

Around 10% of people develop diabetes worldwide, in some Asian countries such as India, it‘s up to 20%. The numbers are increasing. Even after so many years studying the disease, we just begin to understand the underlying cause. Leif Groop, MD, PhD is one of the most successful diabetes researchers in the world. Since 1993, he is a professor at Lund University, Sweden and research director at the Finnish Institute for Molecular Medicine, FIMM, at Helsinki University where he focuses on the genetics and metabolism of diabetes. He recently realized a major breakthrough by defining five diabetes subclasses, which is the first step towards personalized diabetes treatment. He discovered his passion for unlocking diabetes secrets during his very first job as a...

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