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Treatment for Obesity and Overweight: Noninvasive Method of Controlling Obesity and Diabetes

Obesity, a global problem, is associated with a number of life threatening diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, liver problems and certain types of cancer. Obese individuals are far more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus making it a serious concern in the current pandemic situation. Currently there are no pharmacological solutions for this global health…

The new treatment for diabetes: A less painful and non-invasive treatment for diabetes

Managing diabetes has always been a painful ordeal something every diabetic would want to get away with. The patients undergo the lifelong cumbersome decade old treatment. The conventional method has the inconvenience of monitoring blood glucose level continuously and then administering the required dose of insulin. Professor Zhen Gu, PhD, of bioengineering at the UCLA…

New advances in glaucoma treatment to relieve patients from daily use of eye drops and surgery

New developments in glaucoma treatment are gaining a lot of attention. Scientists are constantly trying to develop a glaucoma treatment that improves drainage. Globally one of the major causes of irreversible blindness is Glaucoma. Approximately 75 million people worldwide suffer from this chronic disease. Block in drainage of aqueous humor from the eye increases the…

Treatment for obesity and overweight: Wireless device to treat obesity with minimally invasive surgery

Obesity is not just a cosmetic concern it leads to severe health issues. Rapidly spreading obesity is the cause of a number of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and other chronic diseases. For individuals with body mass index higher than 35 or suffering from at least two obesity caused disease surgery is the last…

New wastewater treatment method: Simple Cheaper Greener

Wastewater or sewage contain pollutants which if released untreated into water bodies will contaminate them. The process of removing contaminants from wastewater making it fit for release into the environment with minimal impact is called wastewater treatment. The obvious result of increase in world population is the production of more wastewater. So undoubtedly there is…

Avocado Benefits: Avocado can improve gut health

Avocadoes are highly nutritious. Unlike other fruits which are rich in carbohydrates avocadoes are rich in heart healthy fats. This nutrient rich fruit is high in dietary fibers as well. Recent studies have shown avocado can improve gut health. Consuming fiber will not only help us it is good for the gut microbes as well.…

An alternative to Chemotherapy: Targeted approach to cancer treatment

Conventional chemotherapeutic treatment which involves administering toxic drugs at high levels has severe side effects. Chemotherapeutic drugs have adverse effects since they are toxic to both normal and malignant cells. In a scientific breakthrough researchers have developed novel colloidal amorphous nanoparticles which can be used to kill cancer cells in a targeted manner. As an…

Treatment for diabetes and obesity: Improving blood glucose control and reducing weight gain with new drug combination

Approximately 422 million people worldwide being affected by diabetes the chronic metabolic disease has become almost a global epidemic. The lifelong disease is characterized by high blood sugar levels. Over time this non communicable disease severely damages the eye, kidney, nerves, blood vessels and heart. Researchers have shown that a combination of drugs can together…

Bioplastics from wastewater and sewage sludge

Low cost and efficient production of bioplastics from waste Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) is a biodegradable, renewable polymer which has the potential to replace non-biodegradable synthetic plastic as a sustainable option. Bioplastics are a better alternative for a sustainable future. However bioplastic production is expensive mainly due to the costly raw materials required for its production. Researchers…

Implantable bioelectronic device to monitor and treat cardiovascular disease

Current pacemakers and other implantable devices which are used to monitor and treat cardiac problems have major limitations. They do not posses cardiac tissue like mechanical softness and deformability. Existing implantable cardiac devices are either made of rigid electronic materials or intrinsically soft materials. The disadvantage of rigid material implantable cardiac device is that it…

Targeted approach to cancer treatment: Nanogels for chemotherapeutic drug delivery

In a ground breaking discovery, Tianhu Li, Teck-Peng Loh and team have developed cancer biomarker based disintegrable nanogels. These nanogels will pave way for targeted delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs to cancer cells while minimizing the impact and effect on normal cells. This intelligent cancer biomarker based nanogel has the potential to reduce side effects and…

Products for a sustainable future: Spider silk production from bacteria

With depleting non renewable energy sources such as fossil fuels, increase in climate change and global warming, global crisis of food and water resources the need of the hour is to find a solution. Thus scientists are constantly trying to develop eco-friendly and sustainable bioprocesses for the production of valuable bioenergy, biopolymers, biochemicals and biocompounds…

Self Watering Soil for Sustainable Agriculture

Major hurdles for agriculture in drought and underdeveloped areas are irrigation and power supply. With water resources becoming increasingly scarce a complex irrigation system is required to get water from distant supplies for agriculture.  Researchers from Texas have developed a novel soil for sustainable agriculture which will play an important role in areas where there…

Plantmade’s “Vegetarian Egg” could be a good source of vegan protein

A plant based diet has a number of advantages over an animal based diet with respect to prevention and management of chronic diseases. Vegetarians tend to have lower rates of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and hypertension. Nutritionists and clinicians emphasize that an important reason for switching to plant protein sources is that…

Brown fat as a therapy for obesity and diabetes: CRISPR-based therapeutic genome editing has the potential to generate brown-fat-like cells

Obesity, a complex disorder involving excessive body fat, is not just a cosmetic concern but a medical problem which accelerates the risk of other health problems and diseases. Obese individuals are highly susceptible to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and certain cancers. Scientists from Joslin diabetes center have developed a potential CRISPR based novel…

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Forget gastric endoscopy: Painless, non-invasive, low cost technology for early gastric ulcer diagnosis

A research team from S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences (SNBNCBS), Kolkata led by Dr. Manik Pradhan has recently developed a non-invasive, robust, simple, easy to use, low cost diagnostic method ‘Pyro-Breath’ for detection of gastric ulcer causing Helicobacter pylori infection. This can help in early gastric ulcer diagnosis relieving the patient from…

What if you could predict a disease with a non-invasive technique even before its symptoms appear?

Presently as such there are no analytical tests or algorithm driven biomarkers available for detection of early signs of a disease even before the occurrence of a specific diagnosable symptom. For detecting early signs of a disease the creation of an algorithm driven biomarker from biospecimens that can be collected regularly and noninvasively would pave…

Insect Wings Inspired Bioengineered Antimicrobial Surface Could Pave Way for Antibiotic Independent Biomedical Devices

Scientists from University of Bristol have discovered unidentified ways in which nanoprotrusions on wings of insects such as dragonfly can kill or damage bacteria. The findings by the University of Bristol team have been published in Nature Communication in April 2020.With the rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria adding to public health concerns the findings by…

A Wearable, Low-cost, Portable Alternative Treatment for Antibiotic-Resistant Wound Infections

The rise in infections caused by antibiotic- resistant bacteria has added to the already existing challenges of wound associated infections. With very few effective forms of treatment available these infections are a major health and financial concern for millions of people around the world. Antibiotic resistant bacteria have the ability to withstand the effects of…

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