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New Pills Deliver Bacteria, Not Drugs, To Cure Us

New Pills Deliver Bacteria, Not Drugs, To Cure Us | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

It seems that nearly every day, scientists connect another medical condition to atypical gut bacteria populations. Researchers have claimed that gut bacteria play a role not just in digestive health but even in basic brain function and mental health.
Certain bacteria are so clearly good for us that several companies are looking to market pills filled not with chemical drugs, but with bacteria.
A few pharmaceutical startups have already begun testing bacterial medicines in hopes of finding the right strain or stains of bacteria to cure widespread and still mysterious illnesses.


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Ji-Wei's curator insight, January 16, 10:02 PM

New pills are being developed that cure us by using something different. These new pills are not using drugs but are using help bacteria. Scientists are testing these new drugs to find cures for widespread and mysterious diseases. I am wondering when these pills will become more widespread?

 

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Electroceuticals: swapping drugs for devices

Electroceuticals: swapping drugs for devices | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Bioelectronics is the field of developing medicines that use electrical impulses to modulate the body's neural circuits as an alternative to drug-based interventions. How far away are we from having these very targeted "electroceuticals"?


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Ajan Reginald's curator insight, May 29, 2013 2:12 AM

fascinating approach goes beyond pain relief

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Twenty years ago, neurosurgeon and researcher Kevin Tracey was studying whether an experimental molecule called CNI-1493 could limit damage to the brain after a stroke. His team was injecting the molecule into the brains of rats during a stroke to see how successfully it prevented swelling -- an immune system response -- of the brain.

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Manufacturing Life with J. Craig Venter

J. Craig Venter, CEO of Synthetic Genomics, talks about finding genomic-driven solutions to address global needs such as new sources of energy, food and vaccines in an interview with James Bennet, Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic


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New drug approach could lead to cures for wide range of diseases

New drug approach could lead to cures for wide range of diseases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A team led by a longtime Oregon Health & Science University researcher has demonstrated in mice what could be a revolutionary new technique to cure a wide range of human diseases -- from cystic fibrosis to cataracts to Alzheimer's disease -- that are caused by "misfolded" protein molecules.


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Will 'big data' prevent disease?

Will 'big data' prevent disease? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Think of ways to improve global health and you might suggest increasing the number of vaccinations, finding new drugs or employing more doctors.
But biologist and genetics entrepreneur Linda Avey, believes the answer is data. Lot of data.
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Envisioning the future of health technology

Envisioning the future of health technology | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Technology is the ultimate democratizing force in society. Over time, technology raises lowest common denominators by reducing costs and connecting people across the world. Medical technology is no exception to this trend: previously siloed repositories of information and expensive diagnostic methods are rapidly finding a global reach and enabling both patients and practitioners to make better use of information.

This visualization is an exercise in speculating about which individual technologies are likely to affect the scenario of health in the coming decades. Arranged in six broad areas, the forecast covers a multitude of research and developments that are likely to disrupt the future of healthcare.


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