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.
One of the major health concerns for a newborn child is viral and bacterial infection. Prevailing medical belief holds that babies have underdeveloped immune systems and thus are simply unable to fight back. New evidence from the University of Cincinnati overturns this claim and provides insight on a better way to fight these invaders.
Getting blood work done is generally not the most simple or satisfying experience. Often it requires blood to be drawn from a vein, which is uncomfortable even if you don’t have a fear of blood or needles. On top of that, the results of the test take between three and nine months to finally get back to you. A research team at the University of Cincinnati is perfecting a new biosensor that aims to make the process considerably easier to bear.
With the quality of imaging for microscopes, cameras, and even smartphones increasing at a drastic rate, it takes some pretty impressive technology to make a buzz in the imaging world. This is where biotechnology steps in, fusing the creations of nature with cutting-edge technology to produce something brilliant. In this case, bioscientists at Ohio State University have created a new lens that combine the focusing ability of human eyes with the panoramic view of insect eyes.
Cancer is like the supervillain that all the heroes must team up to defeat. University researchers play the heroes in this analogy, always coming up with new tricks and methods to beat back cancer in its various forms. Nowhere is this theme more prevalent than at the University of Cincinnati, where we have seen remarkable improvements to cancer imaging technology and vaccines to enhance immunotherapy in some of our previous blogs. UC’s new superpower appears to be flash freezing as a method of targeting and eliminating tumors.
As life science researchers find more and more applications for laboratory-grown cells, methods for cultivating a large amount of cells quickly are becoming more and more valuable. Looking beyond the basic criteria like temperature and sustenance, bioengineers at Ohio State University are finding that the surface cells are grown on makes a dramatic difference in their rate of growth.
Researchers at Ohio State University have come up with a dependable way to use a finger-stick blood sample to detect fibromyalgia syndrome, a complex pain disorder that often is complicated to diagnose. The test could potentially reduce the wait for diagnosis by five years if it’s someday made available to primary care physicians.
The University of Cincinnati is making great progress in the field of cancer immunotherapy, developing both an oral vaccine for breast cancer and a vaccine for lung cancer in quick succession. Using unique approaches in both solutions, research teams have overcome some previous obstacles in the field to move forward and fight cancer on multiple fronts.
Green chemistry refers to a number of processes and practices that minimize the toxic or hazardous effects of chemicals in the environment, the lab, or the manufacturing plant. One way to go green is to cut down on the use of dangerous solvents in reactive processes, thereby reducing waste and improving lab safety. Though sometimes a less toxic catalyst or reagent can be employed from the outset, reused, or made inert eventually, another way to get a chemical reaction is to apply physical force instead. Called mechanochemistry, it involves the application of mechanical engineering to chemistry. Instead of adding a solvent, agitation is used to achieve chemical synthesis.
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Researchers from Ohio State University have pinpointed a tiny piece of RNA that plays a large role in embryonic tissue formation. Understanding such small, often overlooked pieces can help illuminate the biological processes of the earliest stages of life.