Google Invents Fake Skin To Test Its Cancer-Detecting Wristband
Gizmodo India BureauFeb 2, 2015, 06.20 PM IST
Cancer is easier to cure and treat if diagnosed earlier. And for this, researchers have come up with different imaging techniques, endoscopy, tissue samples, and cancer screening to detect this deadly disease at an early stage. But have you ever wondered that cancer be detect by just wearing a wristband? And for that to become a reality, tech giant Google has invented a fake skin.
In the past, the popular search engine has quietly set up a health research facility that has provided employment to more than 100 doctors and scientists.
This health research facility is part of the research and development division Google X, which has also come up with innovative inventions like self-driving cars as well as Google Glass.
The other project, which is currently in the developmental stage, adds magnetic nanoparticles into a bloodstream of the patient to detect cancerous cells. And it’s these luminous nanoparticles that measure nearly one-thousandth the width of a red blood cell.
According to researchers, the nanoparticles collect information as they pass through the red blood cells. Using light signals transmitted from the veins through the skin in the wrist, the same information is picked up by a wristband.
These nanoparticles will communicate with the magnetic wristband through light signals in order to identify early cancer cells.
Therefore, Google needs to test its process using a range of scarily realistic fake arms. Certainly these give you goosebumps as they offer the same “auto-fluorescence and biochemical components” which is similar to realistic fake arms. The tech giant is inventing different types of arms which can suit different skin tones and types.
Revealing more about this project, Andrew Conrad, the head of Google’s Life Sciences division, told the Atlantic, “It’s important for us to understand how these nanoparticles and the perception of these nanoparticles perform with people with very different characteristics.”
He further added, “It is way weirder to have cancer cells floating through your body that are constantly trying to kill you.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 26,000 stillbirths in the United States each year. Stillbirth is defined as a fetal death that occurs any time after 20 weeks of pregnancy until date of birth.
Read More “ASU researchers study impact of yoga on PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) associated with Still Births”
January 23, 2015 Pam. Medscape news:
Researchers have found excessive levels of formaldehyde, an established carcinogen, in the vapor produced by e-cigarettes when the devices are used at high voltage. The cancer risk from this unexpected finding is much greater than from conventional cigarettes.
Read More “Cancer Risk Greater From e-Cigs Than Regular Cigarettes?- May be yes!”
The decision of multinational pharmaceutical major, Gilead Sciences, to appeal against the decision of the Indian Patent Office (IPO) to reject a patent application for its blockbuster drug sofosbuvir, is likely to witness a long-drawn legal battle.
Sofosbuvir is used to treat Hepatitis C, a viral infection affecting the liver. Left untreated, the infection can lead to liver cirrhosis or liver cancer and has a high mortality rate.
Last week, the IPO rejected Gilead’s patent application covering the metabolites of sofosbuvir, although the main patent application covering sofosbuvir is still pending.
Gilead said it will approach the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) or file a writ petition in the Delhi High Court. The legal battle could be protracted as the one involving Novartis’ blood cancer drug Gleevec in India.
“We believe the Patent Office’s Section 3(d) decision to be improper,” Gregg Alton, Executive Vice President, Corporate & Medical Affairs, Gilead Sciences, said in a statement.
“Gilead strongly defends its intellectual property. The company will be appealing the decision as well as exploring additional procedural options,” he said.
Zee: Monday, January 12, 2015 – 14:25
Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena
New Delhi: Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in India, with approximately 1.32 lakh new cases being diagnosed and about 74,000 deaths occur annually, accounting for nearly one-third of cervical cancer deaths across the world.
Here are a few facts you should know to keep the disease at bay:
-Cervical cancer is caused by infection by a virus called the Human Papillomavirus or HPV.
-Early signs of cervical cancer are vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odour, or tinged with blood, and lower abdomen pain.
-It is now possible to prevent cervical cancer in women by vaccination.
-The chances of developing cervical cancer rises if a person is involved in sexual activity in early age and has multiple sexual partners.
-Cervical cancer can be treated by extensive surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy depending on the stage of the disease.
Oncology is the study of tumors, both benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancerous). An oncologist is a specialist in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of tumors or cancers.
“The signs and symptoms of cancer are manifestations of how cancer cells replace the functions of healthy tissue. Some examples include anorexia (lack of appetite), bruising, leukocytosis (slight increase of white blood cells), fatigue, cachexia (wasting), and thrombocytopenia (deficiency of clotting cells).”
Read More “Understanding cancer terms”
Among patients with T3N0 (stage II) colon cancer, gene expression tests such as the 12-gene recurrence score assay are used to refine prognostic stratification and aid in decision making about adjuvant chemotherapy.
The utility of gene scores for prognostication in rectal cancer patients was evaluated in a clinical trial ( Validation of the 12-gene colon cancer recurrence score as a predictor of recurrence risk in stage II and III rectal cancer patients, published by Reimers MS, Kuppen PJ, Lee M, Lopatin M, Tezcan H, Putter H, Clark-Langone K, Liefers GJ, Shak S, van de Velde CJ).
Read More “GASTROINTESTINAL CANCER 12-gene recurrence score for resected rectal cancer (January 2015)”
You certainly have every right to keep your thoughts to yourself; however, what you withhold from your oncologist may interfere with reaching your goal of being cancer-free. If you are unhappy with us or our staff, please speak out. We would not be in this field if we did not want to improve our skills. If you feel dissatisfied with the consultation, share your frustrations with us. Remember—you are the most important person in the room. You are the one who deserves our respect and needs our encouragement. Your future, with you in it alive and well, is our mission. It would be deplorable if mistrust, confusion, or anger festered to the point of hampering your remission or even your peace of mind. In order for success to occur, you and your oncologist must journey together in a partnership of complete honesty. Speak now, tomorrow, and always your mind.
Read More “7 Tips for a Successful First Visit to Your Oncologist – Cancer Network”
In its early stages, cancer may have no symptoms, but eventually a malignant tumor will grow large enough to be detected.
As it continues to grow, it may press on nerves and produce pain, penetrate blood vessels and cause bleeding, or interfere with the function of a body organ or system.
The Seven Warning Signs of Cancer
The American Cancer Society uses the word C-A-U-T-I-O-N to help recognize the seven early signs of cancer:
Change in bowel or bladder habits
A sore that does not heal
Unusual bleeding or discharge
Thickening or lump in the breast, testicles, or elsewhere
Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
Obvious change in the size, color, shape, or thickness of a wart, mole, or mouth sore
Nagging cough or hoarseness
Read More “incunabula- the earliest stages or first traces of anything.”
Cancer patients’ unfortunate concern
Source: Flickr user Paul Falardeau.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: few, if any, diagnoses are scarier than being told you have cancer.
While this is not something I have myself faced, I was by my mother’s side when she received her diagnosis for stage 3b adenocarcinoma of the lung right after New Year’s Day in 2010. Acting as her caretaker throughout this process, and never missing an appointment, I can fully understand how taxing cancer can be from a physical, emotional, and spiritual perspective.
Along with all of that, cancer is also a monstrous financial burden.
Cancer patients’ unfortunate concern
Read More “The Unfortunate Concern That Nearly Half of All Cancer Patients Face”