Category Archives: Health

New technology simplifies production of biotech medicines

The final step in the production of a biotech medicine is finishing with the correct sugar structure. This step is essential for the efficacy of the medicine, but it also makes the production process very complex and expensive. Leander Meuris, Francis Santens and Nico Callewaert (VIB/UGent) have developed a technology that shortens the sugar structures whilst retaining the therapeutic efficiency. This technology has the potential to make the production of biotech medicines significantly simpler and cheaper.

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How nature inspired this incredible new technology

(CNN) — When the body comes under attack by flu, dendritic cells rush to the site of infection and identify the alien forms attacking it. Millions raise the alarm and the immune system is fired into action.

It is a reliable and effective response, and what is good enough to protect our health has also proved capable of safeguarding inboxes. Artificial immune systems (AIS) based on the body’s cellular response to disease are being used to target spam.

‘It’s an adaptive system that can be more nuanced in detecting what’s dangerous”, says Dr. Uwe Aickelin, professor of computer science at the university of Nottingham and leading AIS developer. “Millions of pieces of information are gathered so the cells are very accurate.”

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3 Incredible Ways Technology Can Help Treat Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system, affects up to one million Americans and as many as ten million people worldwide. Approximately 60,000 new patients in America are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year.

Parkinson’s disease is characterized by tremors, rigid muscles, slowed movements, slurred speech, and a decrease in involuntary motor functions. There is no cure for Parkinson’s, but several drugs — such as levodopa — can manage the disease by boosting the brain’s supply of dopamine.

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Wearable Technology: The Coming Revolution in Healthcare

The year 2014 may well go down as the year of wearable technology. The impact of wearables is already being felt in education, communication, navigating, and entertainment; but perhaps the greatest potential lies in healthcare. Wearable technology has started to revolutionize healthcare by assisting doctors in the operating room and providing real time access to electronic health records.

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Plant Stem Cells: An Emerging Technology

Although people are living longer lives, it’s clear that most are not happy with the effects of aging. Aging is inevitable and, even though clients can’t stop the clock, they can slow down the signs of aging by eating the right foods, exercising and taking care of the body’s largest organ—the skin.

With aging, skin becomes thinner and dryer, age spots and wrinkles appear, elasticity is lost as collagen production declines, and skin’s overall appearance is more dull—lacking youthful vibrancy. And although there are many tools available to help the fight against aging, science has recently zeroed in on an incredibly powerful anti-aging ally: plant stem cells.

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Basis Science’s sleep-tracking band gets high marks for accuracy

Basis Science is reporting today that researchers have verified its fitness band does a good job keeping track of your sleep patterns, including deep sleep, rapid-eye-movement (REM), and light sleep.

As a result, Basis should be able to offer more insights into sleep patterns and how to improve your snoozing life.

Basis, which Intel recently acquired as part of an expansion into wearable computing, has a fitness band that you wear on your wrist, like a watch.

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My eyesight has always been pretty good, but for a long time I did wear glasses. Several years ago I started practicing “healing my eyes” with some rather simple stuff that I was thinking about at the time. Relax your muscles around your eyes, close your eyes gently and look into the sun absorbing the light (also while relaxing the muscles), and carrying crystals that supposedly had a relationship to the quality of your eyesight.

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