Microfluidic environments nurture stem cells on their journey toward commercialization
The name “stem” cells came from plant stems, which, despite their tiny size, have the capacity to produce flowers, leaves, branches, fruit, vegetables and gigantic trees. In the same way, stem cells, although microscopic in size, contain the potential to develop into different body parts – and to replace injured or diseased cells.
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Posted September 2018 on Circle.ufluidics.com


Kids and cancer
Neighbor of nearby, now-closed rocket-fuel-testing facility shines a light on unusual cancer cases near site of decades-old partial nuclear meltdown
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Posted August 2018 on Ventura County Reporter.com


Recent microfluidic advances, on Earth and above it
3D biofabrication on the space station might mean astronauts need not return to Earth for medical treatment, and other more earthly innovations
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Posted August 2018 on circle.ufluidix.com


The “Human Hunger Hormone” might cure alcoholism
Adapting ghrelin, the hormone that makes us want more French fries, could help some people to quell their hunger signals. Could it also curb cravings for alcohol?
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Posted July 2018 on DailyBeast.com


The surprising way fracking microbes could illuminate heart health
As an energy source, it’s controversial, but as a way to understand plaque and heart disease, fracking could be medicine’s most promising bet yet
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Posted July 2018 on Daily Beast.com


As microfluidic systems come of age, both rough waters and smooth sailing lie ahead
Potential for both healing and profit is enormous, if leaving the academic nest proceeds smoothly
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Posted July 2018 on circle.ufluidix.com


Platypus venom could treat diabetes
The ocean’s creatures hold secrets to some of today’s biggest medical mysteries
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Posted July 2018 on DailyBeast.com


More than 20 years after widespread AIDS deaths, HIV infection rates climb
Those who lived through the deadly crises of the 1990s search for answers to the current rise: “Generational forgetting” looms large
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Posted June 2018 on Ventura County Reporter.com


Spearheading Research: Remote-controlled nanospears may attack cancer cells
Unlike ancient spears that delivered injury or death, nanospears may deliver potentially life-saving genetic treatment
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Posted June 2018 on DailyBeast.com


Liver organoid progress brings new perspective
When there is only one transplantable liver and two patients who need it, which patient is most deserving? Organoid advances will banish this scenario to the history books, as organs will be generated for anyone in need
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Posted June 2018 on circle.ufluidix.com


Heart Health
New high blood pressure guidelines show more people are at risk for cardiac disease
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Posted April 2018 on Ventura County Reporter.com


This vegetable could eliminate E-waste
Cobs on the job: Researchers find corn husks and cobs might fight toxic e-waste accumulating from old phones, devices and computers
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Posted April 2018 on DailyBeast.com


Seeing is believing: Tissue chips on the quest to end blindness
Microfluidics engineering bolsters stem cell research with new understanding of how organoids work
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Posted March 2018 on circle.ufluidix.com


About HPV: Cancer vaccine ignored by many
Sexually transmitted papilloma virus infection can become gynecological cancer, but can also now be decreased via vaccine
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Posted February 2018 on Ventura County Reporter.com


Organs-on-chips and animal lovers: Dovetailing on the medical frontier
Animal-testing of new drugs could decrease as organoid research advances
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Posted January 2018 on circle.ufluidix.com


Revolutionary stem cell treatments could eradicate HIV
New research points to generating immune cells that can fend off AIDS/HIV infection like never before
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Posted January 2018 on dailybeast.com


Is the Next Fitbit a Tattoo?
Next-generation fitness trackers may be barely noticeable, as medical researchers miniaturize bio-measuring devices
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Posted December 2017 on dailybeast.com


We Have Liftoff: Organs-on-Chips In Space
Organoid research heads to the International Space Station: Microfluidics in microgravity
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Posted December 2017 on Circle.ufluidix.com


Would You Trust a 3D-printed Mini-Organ to Test Your Drugs?
“Organoids” will revolutionize safety testing of new drugs and treatments
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Posted November 2017 on the Daily Beast.com


Virtual Insanity
How web lies and social media validation are warping our lives
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Posted November 2017 on the Ventura County Reporter.com


Forging a Bio-technology hub
Area start-ups envision an innovation cluster to compete with Bay Area
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Posted October 2017 on the Ventura County Reporter.com


Killer Bacteria
County experts get funding to find solutions to avert antibiotic crisis
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Posted October 2017 on the Ventura County Reporter.com


Nothing Left Unsaid
Ending the stigma of prostate cancer
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Posted September 2017 on the Ventura County Reporter.com


Medical Marvels
Along with new construction, advanced health care shines in area hospitals
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Posted July 2017 on the Ventura County Reporter.com


“This is how we make monsters”
A nurse and a doctor clash over giving painkillers to a dying patient with a history of addiction
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Posted July 2017 on TheFix.com


The Brave New World of Precision Addiction Medicine
New medical techniques can isolate substance-damaged brain tissue, pinpoint cravings and predict relapse: Is this a good thing?
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Posted February 2017 on TheFix.com


Disabled with alcoholism, or drunk on the job?
Some say employers shouldn’t be able to terminate employees for alcoholism because it is a disease. But does claiming addiction as a “disability” fuel negative stigmas?
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Posted January 2017 on TheFix.com


Stem cells not only slow disease, they come with their own safety test
Using organoids as test models is something “not previously possible in humans”
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Posted January 2017 on Center for Health Journalism.com


Uncertain future of anti-pollution laws could invite rise in mercury-poisoned seafood
One woman’s wrong diagnosis spotlights the severity of health threats
Sapphire waters frame lush forests, volcano sunsets and other scenic glories. Beneath the waters, it’s a different story, as Nancy Seagal found out while living in Hawaii in the 1990s. She began to experience dizziness and nausea… READ MORE
Posted November 2016 on Center for Health Journalism.com


FDA holds hearings on stem cell research
The way forward is paved with unknowns — and great hope
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold hearings about stem cell research this month, on Sept. 12-13. In coming months the agency will review ongoing experimental surgeries that the National Institutes of Health has been monitoring.READ MORE
Posted September 2016 on Center for Health Journalism.com


Using Stem Cells to Reverse Vision Loss
One man’s journey out of blindness
Doug Oliver went from legally blind to legal-to-drive within eight weeks. READ MORE
Posted April 2016 on Center for Health Journalism.com