New drug produces a tan without causing skin damage

Woman with half a tan

Inspired by the lack of advances in the field of skin cancer, a group of American scientists have recently developed a new drug that provokes the same sun-kissed effects that UV rays has on our skin but creates a tan without the damaging effects of the sun.

Tests have been conducted both on human skin as well as mice and it appears that when ingesting the drug, skin will successfully develop the pigment melanin that produces darkening of the skin. The experimental drug was developed at Massachusetts General Hospital and they have evidence that the darkening effect of the skin could even work on red-heads – many of which will never be able to boast a holiday tan because of their tendency to burn. While for many this new drug could be a vital beauty enhancer, not only to reduce aging caused by the sun and the tan itself; Read more

3D Printer Produces Functioning Ovaries

Family awaiting a baby

The intricate potential that 3D printing has on their field of medicine continues to evolve and many scientists believe that the possibilities are endless. A recent landmark study has taken 3D printing to a whole new level.

The study was conducted by a team of scientists at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering. Their intention was to begin exploring possible fertility solutions that could ultimately be used to restore female cancer victims’ ability to conceive if they become sterile as a result of chemotherapy or radiation. The experiment was conducted on female mice and began by removing an ovary from each of them. The scientists used a 3D printer to create bioprosthetic ovaries to replace those who had been previously removed. The man-made ovaries are printed scaffolds that house immature eggs[1] and the Read more

LOOKING BEYOND THE SIX LETTER WORD: Focus on cancer and the many treatments

Female cancer patient who has undergone chemotherapy

This month we will focus on the dreaded disease, cancer. There are nearly as many treatments for cancer as there are types of cancer, making it one of the most complex and life-changing diagnoses possible.

Cancer can begin in the lungs, the breasts, the colon or even in the bloodstream. It can stagnate in certain areas of the body or spread through the body, and the spreading can happen slowly or very rapidly. While cancers are alike in some ways, they can differ significantly in many others—including how they grow and spread. Oncology research has advanced to the point that more people than ever before lead full lives after cancer treatment, but there is still not a definitive cure for cancer, and the multitude of treatment options further complicates managing the disease. In addition, cancer has Read more