Making lab-grown brain organoids ‘brainier’
Key takeaways:In recent years, mini –brain organoids have been used in the lab to model a variety of diseases, from Alzheimer’s to COVID-19.With no standard process for creating these organoids, some more accurately mimic thebrain ’s structurethan others, which can lead to inconsistent scientific findings.A new studyoffers guidelines and methods for consistently generating high-quality, well-structured organoids.By using stem cells to grow miniature brain-like organs in the lab, scientists have opened a new avenue for studies of neurological development, disease and therapies that can ’t be conducted in living peop...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 29, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Breakthrough brings potential glioblastoma drug into focus
Glioblastoma, the most common cancerous brain tumor in adults, is an aggressive disease - patients survive an average of just 15 months once they are diagnosed. Despite more than two decades of research on the causes and treatments of glioblastoma, that prognosis has hardly improved. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - September 28, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

How to Tell If Your Health Concerns Are Normal —Or a Sign of Something More
Is that sniffle a sign of seasonal allergies or COVID-19? It’s a question you’ve likely asked yourself at least once—and perhaps lots of times—over the last few years. Especially during a pandemic, it’s normal to analyze your health. But for some people, those thoughts can cross a line into more problematic territory. At least 4% of the U.S. population lives with what’s known as health anxiety, or an excessive preoccupation with health and illness—and symptoms of the condition may have emerged or worsened for certain people during these virus-dominated recent years, experts say. [t...
Source: TIME: Health - September 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Mental Health Source Type: news

Does Tc-99m SPECT damage DNA?
A common laboratory test called a "comet assay" shows that radiation from technetium-99...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: SPECT/CT proves value over CT diagnosing renal cancer Tc-99m SPECT/CT imaging detects COVID-19 SPECT/CT augmented reality may help visualize metastatic melanoma SPECT scans identify high-risk heart failure patients SPECT predicts outcomes in brain surgery for epilepsy (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 20, 2022 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

I ’m a parent of two children with a brain cancer diagnosis. We’re in the middle of a long and tiring journey | Dominic Santangelo
There are many story angles surrounding childhood cancer, but rarely mentioned is the burden of illness on everyday lifeAs a parent of two young children with a high-risk brain cancer diagnosis, it ’s wonderful to see donation drives soar and yellow ribbons promote empathy for my family’s situation during childhood cancer awareness month.However, I ’m also acutely attuned to important story angles that seem conspicuously absent.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 20, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Dominic Santangelo Tags: Cancer Health Children Parents and parenting Hospitals Medical research Australia news Doctors Source Type: news

Newly identified small molecules break amyloid tangles that cause Alzheimer ’s
Key takeaways:In lab experiments, researchers observed a molecule called EGCG break up tau tangles extracted from Alzheimer ’s disease brain tissueEGCG does not, however, easily penetrate the human brainThey found two other molecules — CNS-11 and CNS-17 — that work like EGCG to stop tangles spreading cell to cell but are better leads for drugsScientists at UCLA have used a molecule found in green tea to identify additional molecules that could  break up protein tangles in the brain thought to cause Alzheimer’s and similar diseases.The green tea molecule, EGCG, is known to break up tau fibers — long, multilayered...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 19, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Monteris Medical, maker of tumor-destroying lasers, raises $13.7M
Minnetonka-based brain surgery company Monteris Medical Inc. raised $13.7 million in a recent funding round, according to a securities filing. The company, which makes laser technology to destroy tumors, secured the financing in exchange for equity, the filings says. There were three investors, with the first date of sale Sept. 2. Monteris did not respond to requests for comment. The company ’s central business is its NeuroBlate System, which is a neurosurgical tool that uses lasers to remove… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 16, 2022 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Caitlin Anderson Source Type: news

Risk Index Better Predicts Brain Tumor Resection Complications Risk Index Better Predicts Brain Tumor Resection Complications
The Risk Analysis Index is better at forecasting in-hospital complications than the often-used frailty index. The study was published as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed.First Look (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 13, 2022 Category: Neurology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Biden Hopes Ending Cancer Can Be a ‘ National Purpose ’ for U.S.
BOSTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday urged Americans to come together for a new “national purpose”—his administration’s effort to end cancer “as we know it.” At the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Biden channeled JFK’s famed moonshot speech 60 years ago, likening the space race to his own effort and hoping it, too, would galvanize Americans. “He established a national purpose that could rally the American people and a common cause,” Biden said of Kennedy’s space effort, adding that “we can usher in the same unwillingness to post...
Source: TIME: Health - September 13, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zeke Miller and Carla K. Johnson/AP Tags: Uncategorized Cancer wire Source Type: news

Channeling JFK in Boston visit, Biden breathes new life into cancer'moonshot '
The commitment to battling cancer is deeply personal to President Biden, who lost his son Beau to brain cancer in 2015. #beau #jfk (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 13, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yale neurosurgeons remove tumor from patient with rare brain condition
A 17-year-old girl without a corpus callosum, which coordinates between the brain ’s hemispheres, had a blastoma removed by Yale surgeons. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - September 12, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Ask the Mayo Mom: Tumor type, grade determine treatment for pediatric brain tumors
Treatment for brain tumors in children can differ from treatment for brain tumors in adults, so it is important to seek care from specialists in pediatric cancer and neurology. Pediatric brain tumors are masses or growths of abnormal cells that occur in a child's brain, or the tissue and structures near the brain. Of the many types of pediatric brain tumors, some are noncancerous, or benign, and some are cancerous, or malignant. Common brain tumors… (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 9, 2022 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Therapeutic Effect of Continuous Blood Purification Combined with Humanized Nursing in Patients with Severe Sepsis
This work aimed to explore the effect of humanized nursing on the patients ' recovery from severe sepsis based on continuous blood purification (CBP). 90 patients with severe sepsis were randomly and equally divided into a control group (basic intensive nursing + CBP) and a therapy group (humanized nursing + CBP). Before treatment and on the 7th and 14th days after treatment, indicators of patients were compared, including white blood cell (WBC), tumor necrosis factor (TNF- α), hepatic and renal function, C-reactive protein (CRP), brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), procalcitonin (PCT), and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ES...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 5, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Causes Sudden Vision Loss?
Discussion Vision loss, whether chronic or acute, is distressing at any time for patients and families. Prompt evaluation and treatment are important as maintenance of any acuity and light or movement is considered paramount. Most vision loss is due to chronic problems and aging issues but the differential diagnosis is broad. For any age, but especially children, uncorrected refractive errors can cause problems in not only in childhood but throughout someone’s lifetime. Visual impairment for distance vision is considered mild if worse than 6/12 in meters = 20/40 in feet or 0.3 LogMAR and for moderate impairment is 6/...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 5, 2022 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

More than half of UK adults can’t name a single symptom of blood cancer – signs to spot
CANCER can affect any cell in the body, mutating it from one used to maintain overall health to one which can be used to destroy it. As a result, cancer can appear anywhere, from the brain to the bowel, from the tips of one's toes to the blood that flows through them. New research suggests Britons are still unaware of the symptoms of some cancers. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 2, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news