March 24, 2016

Even More Scientific Breakthroughs

By Chelsea German
Continuing our series on the nearly constant stream of scientific advancements that are improving lives, here are some more breakthroughs reported recently. 

New technology can use changes in gravity to “see” underground 

Scientists developed a way to map underground structures in three dimensions. By observing small changes in the gravitational field, a new device can create an accurate picture of a city’s subterranean network of pipes and tunnels. The technology is much more reliable than older devices. It could be highly beneficial for civilian use as well as for national security interests.

New HIV treatment eradicates disease in two weeks 

New antibody-based treatments for HIV were shown to have been extremely effective in two monkeys. After two weeks of treatment, the virus was eradicated. Normally HIV spreads rapidly, inhibiting important bodily functions in a person about one week after being exposed to the virus. The treatment could be highly effective in human infants who are exposed to the virus and could save thousands of lives. 

Affordable Alzheimer’s drink stops the brain from shrinking 

A manufacturer in the United Kingdom created a drink that can slow the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. After clinical trials were conducted, the results showed that the nutrient-rich beverage reduced brain shrinkage by 38 percent over two years. For other diseases like dementia, the drink improved memory function in the patients. More results will be published in the future that will help researchers gain a better understanding of the product’s benefits. 
New therapy kills breast cancer tumors in 11 days 

New intensive breast cancer therapies showed amazing results when tumors in patients were destroyed in just 11 days. Researchers were blown away at the effectiveness of the treatment. The trials took place in the United Kingdom and involved women who had one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer. About nine in 10 women showed a positive response to the treatment, making the treatment a major breakthrough in cancer treatment therapies.