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Biotic Antibiotics – Phages to the Rescue ?

Posted on: Sunday, July 13th, 2008 in: Aging topics, Antibiotics, Hospital Care, Treatment modalities

Thousands of hospitals and communities are now grappling with the fruits of our success with antibiotics… deadly bacterial resistance. Some people think methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) and its terrifying descendant vancomycin resistant staph aureus (VRSA) are threatening to return the world to the dark ages before penicillin and sulfa were discovered. Now, some researchers [...]

Snakes on a (Surgical) Plain

Posted on: Sunday, April 6th, 2008 in: Cardiology, Treatment modalities

Laparoscopic and robotic surgery has been the standard for a number of abdominal and pelvic surgical procedures for some time, but researchers are now pushing the envelope further with “keyhole” and “pinhole” surgery using ever smaller and more flexible robotic tools. One recent advance, called CardioARM(tm), is being developed jointly by Carnegie Mellon University and [...]

An Implantable Pharmacy

Posted on: Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 in: Cancer, Pharmaceuticals, Treatment modalities

Kris Wood, Paula Hammond and Dan Schmidt at MIT (photo – Donna Coveney) Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a nanotechnology film that has the potential to deliver drugs for cancer, diabetes, epilepsy and many other conditions “on-demand”. The film can be remotely activated by applying a small electric field and release medication [...]