Proton therapy for cancer cuts radiation side effects

Compared to traditional radiation, proton therapy for cancer lowers risk of side effects and reduces the need for unplanned hospitalizations.

John Infanti-Penn • futurity
Dec. 27, 2019 ~5 min

Radiation sends brain into overdrive to clip nerve connections

Radiation for brain cancer can kickstart an immune system response that severs connections between nerve cells, research in mice shows.

Mark Michaud-Rochester • futurity
Dec. 17, 2019 ~4 min

Businesses need to rethink where they put cell towers

"...there are ways for us to have our cell phones and minimize potential risk without waiting to find out that putting a cell tower on top of a school was a bad idea."

Allison Mills-Michigan Tech • futurity
Dec. 4, 2019 ~4 min

Test your own blood with this device after nuclear disaster

A self-administered radiation blood test would take some burden off medical systems after a nuclear attack or disaster.

Marian Frank-U. Arizona • futurity
Oct. 23, 2019 ~4 min

Some radiation-drug combos just make side effects worse

Some radiation-drug combinations may not boost chances of survival, but could increase side effects.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
Oct. 15, 2019 ~4 min

Faster method spots anatomy to protect from radiation

CT scans help guide radiation therapy toward tumors, not healthy parts. A new deep-learning method speeds up the process of finding that anatomy.

Brian Bell-UC Irvine • futurity
Oct. 8, 2019 ~2 min

Device microwaves weeds in the field

An invention microwaves weeds to destroy them without herbicies. It penetrates about 5 centimeters into the soil to destroy seeds, too.

Claudia Hooper-U. Melbourne • futurity
Oct. 4, 2019 ~4 min

Zap of radiation eases deadly heart rhythm

Using radiation therapy to treat ventricular tachycardia can be a useful treatment for patients who have few options left.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 18, 2019 ~5 min

Shorter proton therapy can safely treat prostate cancer

Higher doses of proton therapy over a shorter amount of time effectively treats prostate cancer—and is safe for patients, a new study shows.

John Infanti-Penn • futurity
July 10, 2019 ~4 min

Kirigami ‘ribbons’ reveal microscopic twists in tissue

A paper cutting method called kirigami can spin terahertz rays in real time to peer into biological tissue, report researchers.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
July 8, 2019 ~6 min