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A Simple Urine Test Could Detect Brain Tumors

Researchers in Japan have developed a new device to identify proteins – which are diagnostic biomarkers of brain cancer – in urine. The study is published in ACS Nano.
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New Blood Test Detects and Profiles Prostate Cancers

A nanotechnology-based "liquid biopsy" has been shown to detect and profile prostate cancers, even when tiny amounts are present.
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New mRNA Delivery Method Using Extracellular Vesicles

A novel method of delivering mRNA using extracellular vesicles has been developed that could overcome many of the hurdles faced by other promising mRNA therapies.
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Blood Protein Panel Can Predict Placenta Accreta

A new study aimed to create a targeted test for predicting placenta accreta spectrum during pregnancy, thus better preparing patients and practitioners for the delivery day.
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Answer to Why Upper Respiratory Infections Are More Common in Colder Temperatures Uncovered

Researchers have discovered an immune response inside the nose that fights off viruses responsible for upper respiratory infections, but which is inhibited in colder temperatures, making an infection more likely to occur.
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“Virtual Pillars” Separate and Sort Blood-Based Nanoparticles

Engineers at Duke University have developed a device that uses sound waves to separate and sort the tiniest particles found in blood in a matter of minutes.
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RNA-Targeting Strategy for Treating Genetic Causes of Dementia

A small molecule has been designed that can pass through the blood–brain barrier and bind to disease-causing RNA, which causes it to be degraded. Researchers propose it could be used to treat ALS and genetic causes of dementia.
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HIV Infection Leaves a "Memory" in Cells

New study reveals why comorbidities persist in people living with HIV, despite suppressing the virus through treatment.
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New Technique Enables Earlier Detection of Damage to Children’s Kidneys

A new technique analyzing extracellular vesicles in urine samples identifies changes in the kidneys earlier than conventional methods and can also predict renal function decline.
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Why Shingles Can Sometimes Cause Strokes

Shingles can increase the risk of stroke for a year after infection, and researchers have identified how in a new study.