Biomedical researchers in Minnesota will be able to use some of the latest high tech research tools thanks to the latest infrastructure awards from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics. The three projects enable electron microscopy, real-time cell analysis, and antibody research, all of which help scientists seek treatments for multiple diseases. The competitive awards, announced annually, are supported through recurring Partnership funding from the Minnesota legislature.

When benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH, doesn’t cause any symptoms, it’s fine to postpone treatment. If you begin to notice urinary symptoms, though, talk to your doctor. Typically, treatment is based on how bothersome symptoms are and how much they affect your daily activities. Surgery may be necessary to treat BPH in some cases, but medication generally is used first and is often effective in successfully managing this condition.

In an eye exam, the bottom line is the toughest to see. But responsible eye care prescribers and contact lens sellers clearly understand another “bottom line”: They comply with the FTC’s Contact Lens Rule.

The first of five early stage clinical trials to test the safety and ability of an investigational Zika vaccine candidate called the Zika Purified Inactivated Virus (ZPIV) vaccine to generate an immune system response has begun at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Clinical Trial Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. Scientists with WRAIR, part of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), developed the vaccine. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is co-funding the Phase 1 clinical trial with WRAIR, serving as the regulatory sponsor and providing other support.

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have developed a new, less invasive way to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a procedure widely used to treat aortic valve stenosis, a lethal heart condition. The new approach, called transcaval access, will make TAVR more available to high risk patients, especially women, whose femoral arteries are too small or diseased to withstand the standard procedure. The Journal of the American College of Cardiology published the findings.

Patients with high blood levels of a digestive byproduct and narrowing of the arteries away from the heart (peripheral artery disease or PAD) were significantly more likely to die within five years than PAD patients with lower levels, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.