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Dr. Abraham Badu-Tawiah, assistant professor at Ohio State University, is out to revolutionize the world of diagnostic testing. By making paper strips that can detect malaria and well as certain types of cancers, he hopes to make testing more practical and affordable. People would be able to simply apply a drop of blood to the paper test strip at home, much like diabetics do when testing their blood sugar, and then mail it to the laboratory. This new method would make medical diagnostics much more accessible for those who can't easily get to a lab for testing.Read More
Over the past 15 years, the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cincinnati has grown immensely. Starting out with only a few researchers and physicians, the center has continuously grown in amount of faculty members, and funding received. Since its founding, more than $60 million has been donated to the institute, helping it become the leading neuroscience research and care center in the Cincinnati area.Read More
At the University of Cincinnati, researchers have developed a way to reduce the number of antibodies in a patient’s body. This may seem counterproductive without a complete understanding of what antibodies are good (and bad) for. Just ask E. Steve Woodle, MD, a researcher at UC who is also the director of the division of transplantation at the UC College of Medicine. He’ll tell you that antibodies view transplanted organs as threats and attack the organs instead of accepting them.Read More
Life science research has brought us the realization that one does not simply “age.” In the eyes of biotechnology researchers, the aging of the human body is a complicated, multifaceted process made up of several subprocesses. Some of these subprocesses can be delayed, stopped and even reversed. We saw one such example last month with a UCLA study on cell autophagy. Today, researchers from Ohio State University bring us another aspect of aging and show that it is reversible.Read More
If a malicious bacterium seems particularly hardy in the face of current treatments, it’s probably only because we haven’t discovered its secret weakness. This seems to be the prevailing ideology at Ohio State University: earlier this month we saw how deactivating a single gene starves Salmonella and renders it essentially harmless. Now OSU researchers have pinpointed a protein in E. coli that, when inhibited, causes the bacteria to explode.
Despite our best efforts to eat fully cooked, virus-free food, 42,000 Americans fall victim to Salmonella infections each year. Once it’s inside you, there’s nothing you can do except for wait it out and miserably resolve never to make the same mistake twice. This utter helplessness inspired bioresearchers at Ohio State University to develop a secret weapon against the bacteria that targets a rather surprising weakness.
Summer is just around the corner, and for many this means more time to spend on outdoor activities. This last Sunday saw an excellent incentive to start the summer biking with the Ride Cincinnati event, an effort to raise money for breast cancer studies while encouraging the public to be active. This annual event awards grants to select cancer researchers in the area; this year five researchers from the University of Cincinnati won a combined $200,000 in grants for their outstanding research.
The human mouth is filled with all sorts of bacteria, some of which are essential to our survival and some of which can cause some rather nasty diseases. Unfortunately, telling the difference has been a massive challenge for oral biology, since the majority of the bacteria found in the mouth do not grow in laboratory dishes. Now, though, bioresearchers at Ohio State University have sequenced the genome of one such bacterium linked to the gum disease periodontitis.
Though the rate of depression is increasing in this country, the exact causes of the disorder are still unknown. That’s why life science researchers at Ohio State University are investigating the causes of depression from the biological perspective. Most recently, they’ve discovered unexpected perpetrators in the form of concussions and similar types of head trauma.