Monthly Archives: July 2021

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 31)

ROBOTICS This Robot Made a 100,000-Domino ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Mural in 24 HoursI. Bonifacic | Engadget “Created by YouTuber and former NASA engineer Mark Rober, the Dominator is the result of more than five years of work. …[Rober’s team] programmed more than 14,000 lines of code, and outfitted it with components like omnidirectional wheels and […]

FDA’s accelerated drug approval process plagued by missing efficacy data and questionable evidence

Since the US Food and Drug Administration established its accelerated approval pathway for drugs in 1992, nearly half of the 253 drugs authorized have not been confirmed as clinically effective, an investigation by The BMJ has found.

LondonOC develops new, non-invasive technique to apply Xen stent into the eye

The London Ophthalmology Centre (LondonOC) has developed a new, non-invasive technique for the application of Xen stent into the eye to treat acute glaucoma. The micro device and new technique was successfully used to save the sight of former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen.

New advice: Antibiotics should not be given to kids as a preventative measure to avoid UTIs

Antibiotics shouldn’t be given to children as a preventative measure to try to avoid another urinary tract infection for kids who have already had one infection, as it’s unlikely to prevent another UTI and also contributes to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

Study paves the way to a new drug design concept

Hydrogen peroxide reacts with copper to produce hydroxyl radicals with strong antibacterial properties. However, this requires high copper concentrations because two copper atoms have to come close together, which occurs by chance.

Study: 7 in 10 chronic pain sufferers delayed seeking medical advice during the pandemic

7 in 10 UK chronic pain sufferers delayed seeking medical advice during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving them feeling increased levels of stress, anxiety and worry, new research from Boston Scientific has revealed.

Melanoma mutations result from a chemical conversion in DNA fueled by sunlight, study reports

The mutations that give rise to melanoma result from a chemical conversion in DNA fueled by sunlight -; not just a DNA copying error as previously believed, reports a study by Van Andel Institute scientists published today in Science Advances.

Study shows safety and efficacy of radio-wave therapy for liver cancer patients

Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine have shown that a targeted therapy using non-thermal radio waves is safe to use in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer.

UT Southwestern discovers the Achilles’ heel in ovarian cancers and potential biomarkers

UT Southwestern faculty have discovered what appears to be an Achilles’ heel in ovarian cancers, as well as new biomarkers that could point to which patients are the best candidates for possible new treatments.