February Monthly Archives

Paper Strip Test- A New, Easy and Convenient Method to Diagnose Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is usually diagnosed using chest X-rays, which need costly, huge equipment or phlegm sample culture, which would be time consuming. Such tests are beyond the reach of people in remote areas in resource-limited countries. Healthcare workers in these places resort to a simple TB tests which works like a home pregnancy test. It diagnoses TB by detecting the presence of a biomarker called LAM …

A Revolutionary Breath Test Replaces Blood Test in Athletes and People Seeking Weight Loss

Scientists from ETH Zurich, a STEM university in Zürich, Switzerland, have come up with a sensor attached with a breath analyzer for testing the condition of athletes and people seeking weight loss. When an individual blows into this sensor, just like the way police ask vehicle drivers to do in order to screen them for alcohol intoxication, it detects the time when body starts burning …

The Mechanism Behind Potassium’s Role in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases

Potassium is a mineral nutrient which is very much needed for one’s good health. Your daily diet can provide you with sufficient amount of potassium, but sometimes an increased need for this nutrient can create insufficiency. This condition arises due to the intake of certain medications or higher amount of sodium. Previous researches have shown that increasing one’s intake of potassium can lower his or …

Hydrogel Burn Dressing – A New and Painless Solution for Treating Second-Degree Burns

Patients with second-degree burns experience immense pain daily during the long hours of re-bandaging. The pain is even more severe in case of third degree burns where nerves are burnt away. A revolutionary solution has been brought to this by Boston University’s Grinstaff Group, a team of postdoctoral and PhD students pursuing biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, pharmacology and chemistry. VIA They have developed the hydrogel …

Coupling DNA Cages and Light Beams for Targeted Delivery of Smaller Doses of Drugs

Taking high doses of drugs can affect unintended organs or tissues and lead to toxic side effects. But, getting smaller doses of drugs to go exactly where you intend them inside the human body is a real difficult thing. Researchers have been working for a long time to solve this issue. VIA Often drugs are big molecules with different locations on their surfaces which allow …

The Mechanism Behind Potassium’s Role in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases

Potassium is a mineral nutrient which is very much needed for one’s good health. Your daily diet can provide you with sufficient amount of potassium, but sometimes an increased need for this nutrient can create insufficiency. This condition arises due to the intake of certain medications or higher amount of sodium. VIA Previous researches have shown that increasing one’s intake of potassium can lower his …

Acid Reflux Medications can Lead to Liver Inflammation and Damage

Your liver plays an important role in food digestion, and processing and distribution of nutrients. You need a healthy liver for survival. Although your liver has the potential to regenerate itself post a damage, recurrent or long-lasting injury can lead to the formation of scar tissue. This scarring of the liver can cause cirrhosis, a condition which disrupts the normal functioning of the liver. Liver …