How a pregnant mouse's microbes influence offspring's brain development – new study offers clues

Microbes in the gut aren't just important for digesting your food. In pregnant women, these gut microbes are producing chemicals that are essential for proper brain development of the fetus.

Helen Vuong, Postdoctoral Scholar of Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles • conversation
Sept. 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health medicine biology microbiome microbes viruses pregancy virome vaginal-microbiome

How machine learning can help to future-proof clinical trials in the era of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest global healthcare crisis of our generation, presenting enormous challenges to medical research, including clinical

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: machine-learning medicine artificial-intelligence covid-19 coronavirus ai clinical-trial


COVID-19 vaccines: Open source licensing could keep Big Pharma from making huge profits off taxpayer-funded research

Governments must embrace policies that promote sharing and collective invention to create and distribute a vaccine quickly.

Timothy Ford, Professor and Chair of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  health  medicine  covid-19  pandemic  vaccines  sars-cov-2  open-source  innovation-and-invention  process-of-innovation

Rapid test for Covid-19 shows improved sensitivity

A CRISPR-based test developed at MIT and the Broad Institute can detect nearly as many cases as the standard Covid-19 diagnostic.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: medicine crispr public-health covid-19 pandemic broad-institute viruses research school-of-engineering school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences biological-engineering mcgovern-institute

What’s in your medicine may surprise you – a call for greater transparency about inactive ingredients

There are ingredients in your pills other than the one designed to treat your ailments. Those unnamed ingredients can alter how you respond to a medicine or even make you sick.

Yelena Ionova, Postdoctoral Fellow in Quality of Medical Products, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
Sept. 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: drugs medicine generic-medicines generic-drugs patient-safety cares-act adverse-drug-reactions

Monitoring sleep positions for a healthy rest

Wireless device captures sleep data without using cameras or body sensors; could aid patients with Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, or bedsores.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent • mit
Sept. 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health medicine research wireless school-of-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs computer-science-and-technology computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing

Live bacteria spray is showing promise in treating childhood eczema

Can a naturally occurring skin microbe help millions who suffer from eczema?

Ian Myles, Head, Epithelial Therapeutics Unit, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  health  medicine  skin  microbiome  eczema  skin-microbiome  rash

MIS-C is a rare but dangerous illness striking children weeks after they get COVID-19 – here's what we know about it

Even kids who were asymptomatic when they had COVID-19 have developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a new review of hundreds of cases shows.

Ritu Banerjee, Associate Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health medicine children covid-19 coronavirus heart pandemic lungs childrens-health kawasaki-disease pediatric-care

More dengue fever and less malaria – mosquito control strategies may need to shift as Africa heats up

A warming climate may change the types of viruses that thrive. A new report suggests that the threat of malaria may be replaced by dengue, for which there is no treatment and no cure.

Jason Rasgon, Professor of Entomology and Disease Epidemiology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  health  medicine  global-health  malaria  viruses  mosquitoes  sub-saharan-africa  dengue  aedes-aegypti  genetically-modified-mosquitoes

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