Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Looking at light radiation to halt viruses in their tracks

Historically, viruses have contributed to the most significant human diseases. They include human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), various influenza viruses and SARS-CoV-2. As one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, ...


Can your kidneys make it to Mars and back?

In returning astronauts, there have been more than 30 reports of kidney stones, a painful and debilitating condition, though until now there has been little research into why this occurs.

Medical research

Effective combination cancer treatment

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have tested various methods to check how effective they are in combatting certain types of cancer. They found a combination of two preparations to be much more effective than ...


Exploring the health benefits of ginseng

Ginseng, a widely popular superfood, has long been used in traditional medicine. The health benefits of ginseng are largely attributed to compounds called ginsenosides, which are present in the roots, stems, and leaves of ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Gamma radiation found ineffective in sterilizing N95 masks

In mid-March, members of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) joined forces with colleagues in Boston's medical community to answer a question of critical importance during the Covid-19 pandemic: Can gamma ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New vaccine strategy identified for explosive emerging diseases

A 'designer' manganese-peptide antioxidant of the world's toughest bacterium, combined with radiation, have shown to be successful in the development of a vaccine to counter Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus (VEEV), a ...

Oncology & Cancer

Simple measurement method improves accuracy in proton beam therapy

Proton beams are new high-precision weapons in the fight against cancer. However, uncertainty with regard to the range of the beams has prevented the full exploitation of the potential of this method until now. Researchers ...

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