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Sri Lankan Study: Halting Rise of T2DM Ensures Health of The Girl-Child

The battle against Non communicable diseases [NCDs] will be in the spotlight at the 3rd High-Level Meeting as part of the United Nations General Assembly on NCD's in September 27, 2018. It is hoped that progressive, evidence-based methods towards Sustainable Development Goals by the year 2030 will be accepted by over 50 Heads of States for accelerated implementation.

Diabetes, often considered the mother's disease of most NCDs, will be tabled for discussion to reduce the global burden of disease. What is needed immediately is a strong policy commitment to ensure the meaningful prevention and support of people living at risk for diabetes in the response.

Moths and Magnets Could Help Treat Genetic Diseases, Technology

A new technology that relies on a moth-infecting virus and nanomagnets could be used to edit defective genes that give rise to diseases like sickle cell, muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis. Rice University bioengineer Gang Bao has combined nanoparticles with a viral container from a particular species of moth to deliver CRISPR / Cas9 payloads that modify genes in a specific tissue or organ with spatial control.

Ultra-low-power Microchips, New Findings

Researchers have developed a new way of controlling magnetism in materials, which could lead to low-power technologies for memory, computing, and sensing devices. A new approach to controlling magnetism in a microchip could open the doors to memory, computing, and sensing devices that consume drastically less power than existing versions. The approach could also overcome some of the inherent physical limitations that have been slowing progress in this area until now.

Bioresorbable Optical Probe for Brain Implant Developed

A University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineer is working in collaboration with a pioneer in the field to develop an implantable optical probe that can be inserted in the brain and used to monitor brain function after traumatic injuries or surgeries, then be absorbed by the body. If successful, the device would increase patient comfort during recovery and lessen the risks of complications from surgery to remove monitoring devices.