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Ruairi J MacKenzie

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Latest Content From Ruairi J MacKenzie

5 Reasons To Be Optimistic About Alzheimer’s Research
Listicle

News of research into the progressive dementia Alzheimer’s disease (AD) often makes for grim reading. But this doesn’t mean significant progress hasn’t been made. To mark World Alzheimer’s Day 2020, we have highlighted five areas of AD research which have seen notable advances.

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How the Loss of a Single Protein Leads to a Relentless Neuromuscular Disease
News

A new study has laid out the steps that connect the neuromuscular disorder spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) to the mutations in the gene SMN1 that cause the condition. The research may explain how the mutations affect motor neurons and points the way to a better understanding of SMA.

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How Can Healthcare Workers Keep Up With the Latest Research?
Industry Insight

Between caring for patients and battling global pandemics, healthcare workers have a lot on their plate. How can healthcare workers make time to keep abreast of the latest literature in their field?

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Portable 90-Minute COVID-19 Test CovidNudge Matches Labs for Accuracy
News

Since the emergence of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, scientists, physicians and key workers have all been calling for more rapid diagnostic testing. A new study from Imperial College London details a device that can give test results in just 90 minutes.

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Opinionated Science Episode 13: Connecting the Brain: “Thought Tetris”, Brain Privacy and Neuralink
Podcast

In this episode, the team discuss efforts to let your brain communicate beyond the limits of your head. Whilst much of this research is still in early stages, scientists have shown how individuals can share thoughts through brain wave-based games of Tetris, and tech entrepreneurs have looked to a future where brains can be directly joined with computers. We look into these technologies’ potential to help paralysis patients and the ethical implications of a network of interconnected brains.

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Opinionated Science Episode 12: Green Labs: Sustainable Science and Exploding Microscopes
Podcast

In this episode, the team discuss the growing movement for sustainable science. Research has a yeti-sized ecological footprint, and here we follow the tracks from ozone-destroying CFCs and energy-guzzling freezers through to a new future for science that promises to make labs eco-friendly at last.

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The Gut-Brain Connection
Infographic

Biology is beginning to wake up to the importance of the links between our gut and our brain. In this infographic, we review how the gut and the brain are connected and the implications these links have for treating neurological and gastrointestinal diseases.

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Cutting Through the Headlines: Are Morning People at a Higher Risk of Alzheimer’s?
Article

A new study has investigated the links between Alzheimer’s disease (AD), major depressive disorder (MDD) and sleep. This study, armed with a huge cohort of over half a million people, has become the latest in a series of studies to find no causal link between sleep and dementia.

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Exploring the Technology Behind a Blood Test for Alzheimer's Disease
Industry Insight

Technology Networks recently spoke to Quanterix's Kevin Hrusovsky to hear more about how the company's technology is being applied in the pursuit of a biomarker for Alzheimer's disease, a progressive neurodegenerative condition for which diagnosis often occurs after the onset of symptoms.

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Opinionated Science Episode 11: Biohacking: DIY Gene Editing, Fluorescent Beer and COVID-19
Podcast

In this episode, the team take a deep dive into the world of biohacking. Practitioners of this DIY biology have big goals: making genetic technologies available to all, bypassing government regulation of drugs and (on the fringes of the movement) achieving immortality.

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