This fly’s hearing could inspire better hearing aids

A small, yellow parasitic fly called the Ormia ochracea has a sense of directional hearing that is unsurpassed to any other creature in the animal kingdom, according to new University of Toronto Scarborough research. That spectacular hearing could one day be a model for new hearing aids. “These flies have highly specialized ears that provide

10 innovative diagnostic tests to combat diseases

This is an exciting time for medical diagnostics, with recent innovations allowing for faster disease diagnosis than ever before. From cancer to diabetes to heart disease, here are 10 diagnostic tests that could change the game when it comes to catching diseases earlier. Next >> [Want to stay more on top of MDO content? Subscribe to our

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Airgas creates new healthcare focused brand

Airgas has created a new brand called Airgas Healthcare that will integrate existing healthcare and life sciences activity of Airgas and Air Liquide Healthcare. Airgas Healthcare will provide a wide range of medical gasses and related products and services to customers with the integration of Air Liquide Healthcare. Those who will benefit from the new

Your brain doesn’t navigate like a GPS after all

Neurons were once considered the brain’s GPS, and they were subject of a Nobel Prize in 2014 that outlined the discovery of grid cells and specialized neurons that help animals keep track of their location in environments. New Stanford University research suggests that the brain and neurons just might be more complex than that. Lisa

9 cardiology breakthroughs you need to know

Cardiology breakthroughs couldn’t come soon enough because heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. About 610,000 Americans die of heart disease per year, and an additional 735,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack. The statistics terrify. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking are some of the top

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This 3D heart tissue beats—and is made from multiple cardiac cell types

Scientists at Toronto’s York University have created 3D heart tissue that has a synchronized beat. They think the tissue could improve understanding of cardiac health as researchers develop new treatments. Muhammad Yousaf, a York University chemistry professor, and his graduate student team stuck three types of cardiac cells together to get a 3D heart tissue

New material illuminates when exposed to chemicals on the body

MIT engineers and biologists teamed up and designed a living-cell-injected hydrogel that can illuminate when exposed to certain chemicals. The MIT team made wearable sensors using the hydrogel with living cells that lit up after touching a surface with certain chemicals. The new material has the potential to detect chemicals in the environment and the

Genetically engineered T-cells treat leukemia in babies

Researchers in London have successfully treated leukemia in two babies, in what they are touting as the world’s first treatment of cancer using genetically engineered immune cells from donors. Doctors treated two British infants, 11 and 16 months old, using Cellectis’s CAR T-cell product, UCART19, which is an allogeneic CAR T-cell product candidate for the

Non-invasive brain stimulation proven to improve memory

Scientists at Northwestern University have successfully used a non-invasive brain stimulation for the first time that can be used like a scalpel to make specific improvements in precise memory. Precise memory, for example, is used to recall specific colors, shapes and locations of buildings, versus just knowing the name of the town that the building is

Lubrizol LifeSciences to highlight complex product development capabilities of Particle Sciences at 2016 AAPS Conference

The Lubrizol Corporation’s LifeSciences business, a leading supplier of services and advanced materials for the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, announces it will showcase its expanded range of solutions for the pharmaceutical industry at the 2016 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) annual meeting and exposition November 14 -17 at the Colorado Convention Center in