Life Science

Declaring Biowar on Cancer

Excerpts from Technology Review: In one unusual form of biological attack, researchers are engineering viruses to seek and destroy the cells that run amok in cancer patients. After more than 10 years of lab work, researchers in the field of oncolytic therapy have reached a sort of critical mass, deploying their designer viruses in a number of human trials.

Read More »

Hello. This is your kidney speaking

Technology Review recently caught wind of IBM’s expansion of the Mobile Health Tool Kit. The set up uses a patient’s mobile phone to collect data from devices that constantly monitor heart rate, activity, and even how much medication the patient is taking. The phone keeps records of the data and sends off reports to doctors at regular intervals. Researchers at ...

Read More »

Don't pull my plug!

A good article in BusinessWeek online about the progress being made in implanting devices in the body to regulate body functions and treat some otherwise untreatable conditions. They’ve come a long ways from the first pacemakers and much more is ahead–including drug administration devices for diseases like cancer.  The big hangup? You guessed it…cost. Forty-five years ago, doctors successfully implanted ...

Read More »

Genetic testing–a family affair

From EurekAlert: An article in the recent issue of Family Process presents the family-centered model created to guide the psychological and social implications of genetic testing. The rapidly growing availability of genetic testing to learn about future disease risk poses a number of clinical and ethical dilemmas for patients, their families and healthcare professionals. "The need for a family-based approach ...

Read More »