In this week's edition of Healthy Tech, we look at a bag that goes from bicycle handlebar bag to carry all purse, a 15-year old might have changed the way we diagnose cancer and a Kotaku blogger shares how he lost 80 pounds in six months.
If you've ever had a problem with some of Google's frivolity, it'll all be forgiven after hearing this: researchers have used Google's webpage algorithm to find cancer biomarkers, which can lead to early diagnosis and better treatment.
Did you know that trained dogs can identify breath samples from patients with lung cancer with 98 percent accuracy? We can't yet match the nozzalicious expertise of our canine companions, but we're getting closer, and a company has been able to create a breathalyzer that can chemically sniff out lung cancer almost as well.
Tracheae (aka windpipes) don't grow on trees. In fact, they don't grow anywhere, which is problematic when it comes to tracheal cancer, but recently surgeons in Switzerland managed to replace a cancerous windpipe with a plastic one made in a laboratory and covered in the recipient's stem cells.
Today is World AIDS Day — a day dedicated for people around the world to unite in spreading awareness about the disease and to contribute towards education and finding a cure. Tech companies are joining the effort, too, painting a lot of their tech a fetching shade of red.
We always knew gamers had serious smarts, but now the rest of the world knows it, too. Gamers have been listed alongside scientists as responsible for cracking the code of how an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus is put together.
A promising new treatment for blood cancers uses a disabled form of HIV-1 to seek out and kill cancer cells. If the treatment holds up under further study, it could revolutionize how cancer is treated.
Treating cancer is difficult because there's no easy way for a treatment to differentiate between healthy cells and cancerous cells. Somehow, you need to know if a cell is cancerous, then treat it, or else don't touch it. It would be great if we could program cells themselves with that logic, and as it turns out, we can.
Researchers from Ohio State University have figured out how the enzyme responsible for repairing tissues damaged by radiation does its work. Specifically, we're talking about the type of the radiation burns that we all get from time to time: sunburns, and this discovery could mean a lotion that doesn't just make sunburns feel better, but actually cures them.
The stem cell research debate included lots of promises about how we would be able to get new body parts grown in a lab, and now it's actually happening. Last month a Swedish cancer patient had this rather gross looking artificial trachea implanted, just after it had been grown in a lab using the man's own stem cells.