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Tech Solutions for Drinking Water Analysis
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Improved access to clean and safe drinking water is key for health and survival and has been classified as a human right. Here, we take a look at some of the novel solutions, both hi-tech and low-tech, that scientists are designing to help monitor drinking water source safety.

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Blood Tests for Brain Diseases
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Definitive diagnosis for many neurodegenerative diseases – such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) – frequently comes far too late. The “true gold standard” for diagnosis of both Alzheimer’s and CTE is through direct postmortem examination of brain tissue. Now, both researchers and athletes are working to change that.

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Detecting Cancer Earlier: The Importance of Collaboration, Funding and Technology
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We recently spoke to Dr David Crosby, Head of Early Detection Research, Research and Innovation, Cancer Research UK, to learn more about the importance of early cancer detection.

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Are Carbon Nanotubes a New Asbestos?
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Used in myriad applications and showered with praise by researchers, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are hailed as a "wonder material" for materials science. This lofty position may be jeopardized by a new study that shows CNTs can induce the fatal cancer mesothelioma in the same way as asbestos.

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The Wearable Brain Scanner: New MEG helmet
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Scientists and engineers have developed a wearable MEG brain scanner.

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Cancer Stem Cells Redefine How We Think About Cancer
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Cancer stem cells (CSC) can be difficult to define, even for biologists. In order to understand CSCs, cancer itself must be thought of as highly organized – comprised of cancer cells that have a cellular hierarchy.

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The Challenge of Diagnosing Rare Diseases
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We spoke to Dr Jayne Spink, Chair of Rare Disease UK and Chief Executive of Genetic Alliance UK, to learn more about the challenges of diagnosing rare diseases, and how this may improve in the future.

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Why Gold Nanoparticles Offer a Bright Future for Diagnostics and Healthcare
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Today, nanoparticle research is one of the fastest-growing scientific fields, and one in which exciting new discoveries abound.

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Making Medicine More Precise Using Metabolomics
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The metabolome is exquisitely sensitive to our physiology, sitting at the interface of our genome and environment. Developing handheld devices that enable people to monitor themselves for changes in their metabolites that can predict future disease will empower them to take charge of their own healthcare, transforming medicine.

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The Changing Role of Pathologists in the Age of Precision Medicine
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We spoke to Dr Philippe Taniere, Consultant Histopathologist/Molecular Pathology, and Dr Matthew Evans, Specialist Registrar at University Hospitals Birmingham, to learn how the role of pathologists is changing, what this means for oncologists and cancer patients, and some of the challenges these changes may present.

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