Category Archives: Medicine

Genetic Testing Can Gauge Your Risk of Developing 5 Common Diseases

Genetic Testing Can Gauge Your Risk of Developing 5 Common Diseases

With genetic testing becoming easier, less expensive, and more widely accepted, a growing number of people are undergoing screening in order to determine their risk for developing certain diseases, as well as to identify and diagnose the underlying causes of particular symptoms that they are already experiencing. Using DNA samples—typically from blood tests or inner… Continue Reading

A Look at 3 Amazing Cures for Blindness

A Look at 3 Amazing Cures for Blindness

Over the past decade, our understanding about what causes different vision problems has dramatically improved, as has the sophistication of the technological tools and techniques available to help us solve those problems. Today, three cutting-edge methods of treating blindness—treatments that were scarcely imaginable even just a few years ago—are currently either in the experimental phase,… Continue Reading

5 FAQs That Will Boost Your Knowledge About Genetic Testing

5 FAQs That Will Boost Your Knowledge About Genetic Testing

Although genetic testing is becoming an increasingly common medical practice, many people are still unfamiliar with how these types of tests work, what they are used for, and what their advantages and disadvantages may be. Read on to get some answers to your frequently asked questions about genetic testing. What is genetic testing? Simply put,… Continue Reading

Innovative Medical Materials Inspired by the Natural World

Innovative Medical Materials Inspired by the Natural World

Nature is an excellent designer. Today, faced with ever more complex challenges, scientists and researchers are increasingly turning to the natural world for inspiration when designing and creating new technologies. This is known as “biomimicry,” which is essentially a scientific approach that imitates natural models, systems, or elements in order to solve human challenges. While… Continue Reading

How to Make Portable, On-Demand Biopharmaceuticals

How to Make Portable, On-Demand Biopharmaceuticals

Just add water. That’s the simple but game-changing premise behind an innovative technique, developed by researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, which allows biomolecular medicines to be produced on-site and on demand. To develop this method, which is known as “portable biomolecular manufacturing,” Wyss Institute researchers fabricated tiny, freeze-dried… Continue Reading

Inside the Amazing World of Molecular Diagnostics

Inside the Amazing World of Molecular Diagnostics

Molecular diagnostics is one of the major driving forces of the incredible transformation currently sweeping the medical landscape. Thanks to the wealth of disruptive, personalized innovations that this state-of-the-art field has made possible—including early cancer detection, liquid biopsies, next-generation sequencing, and direct-to-consumer testing—our whole approach to health care and medicine is changing dramatically. Read on… Continue Reading

7 Common Clinical Trials Myths and the Facts You Need to Know

7 Common Clinical Trials Myths and the Facts You Need to Know

Although more and more clinical trials are being launched by public and private researchers every year, there are still a great many misconceptions among patients regarding how clinical trials work and what they entail. Read on to learn the facts behind some of the most common myths surrounding clinical trials. Myth Number 1: Clinical trials… Continue Reading

A Look at the Pharmaceutical World’s Amazing 3D Future

A Look at the Pharmaceutical World’s Amazing 3D Future

With the first FDA-approved, 3D-printed drug now on the shelves at pharmacies around the country (the drug in question is SPRITAM, epilepsy medication tablets produced by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals), it’s clear that the pharmaceutical industry is on the brink of dramatic change. While 3D printing has been in use in the health care industry for some… Continue Reading

How to Get a Job in the Biotech Industry

How to Get a Job in the Biotech Industry

With the biotechnology industry poised to grow significantly over the next decade, more and more scientific researchers, particularly PhD or post-doctoral students, are considering making the leap from an academic position to an industry job. But sometimes, the transition from academia to industry can be a challenging one to negotiate. Are you a good fit… Continue Reading

A Look at the Facts and Figures of Personalized Medicine

A Look at the Facts and Figures of Personalized Medicine

As personalized medicine becomes increasingly important to our health care system, both as a specific area of clinical research and as a paradigm shift in our approach to treating patients, a number of different groups are working to ensure that patients, policymakers, and the general public can easily understand what this complex and innovative field… Continue Reading