Focus on Technology

Wednesday afternoons during Cincinnati Edition, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Ann Thompson reports on the latest trends in technology and their effects on medicine, safety, the environment or entertainment.

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Blood could tell how long brain tumor patients have and how well their treatment is working

Dr. El Mustapha Bahassi, UC Brain Tumor Center
Cindy Starr Mayfield Clinic

The Holy Grail in the brain tumor field, according to Mayfield Clinic neurosurgeon Dr. Ron Warnick, would be a non-invasive test allowing personalized therapy, a way to reliably distinguish if the tumor has grown back, and the ability to make a very specific prognosis. This blood test is still in the research stage. WVXU's Ann Thompson, in "Focus on Technology," reports how it would work and the hope that it carries.

Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Newts may hold the key to human regeneration

This American Red-Spotted Newt may hold the key to regeneration.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Newts have the amazing distinction of being able to regenerate almost any body part. University of Dayton Biology Professor Panagiotis Tsonis does not know exactly why they do it or how they do it, only that they can do it. He wonders if the human body, where regeneration genes have apparently been silenced, can be turned back on. Tsonis thinks studying the newt's eye lens is the key and is involved in a research project now to learn more. Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology."

Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri April 26, 2013

A possible cure for "bubble boy"

Jameson Golliday has Bubble Boy Syndrome, but with gene therapy may be cured.
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Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital are optimistic after their treatment appears to be working on a toddler born without an immune system. Jameson Golliday, who has "Bubble Boy Syndrome," is out of the hospital and now at home in a sterile environment while his white blood cells generate completely.  Ann Thompson, in "Focus on Technology," explains the treatment that could eventually be the standard of care for this very rare and serious disease.

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5:31 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Data Scientist: the sexiest job of the 21st century

NKU's digitorium. The University will begin what it says is the nation's first Data Science Bachelor's Degree this fall.
Sarah Ramsey WVXU

One sure way to get a job these days is to be a "Big Data" specialist. These are the people who can interpret massive amounts of information and tell businesses how to use it to make money. It's a very specialized set of skills involving computer science, business and statistics. The Harvard Business Review says the dominant trait among data scientists is an intense curiosity.   

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Cleaner fuel in the works for military jets

Room of Barrels at the AFRL at Wright Patterson Air Force Base
Ann Thompson WVXU

Alternative fuel is playing an even bigger role in the U.S. government’s aviation plan.  Within the next year the latest National Aeronautics Research and Development Plan will be released and a large portion of it focuses on alternative fuels. Wright Patterson Air Force Base is playing a leading role, in part because it can moderately scale up lab production  for commercial companies. WVXU's Ann Thompson took a tour to see how it's made, where it's tested and what unusual samples the Air Force is storing. She reports in "Focus on Technology."

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