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diseaseArtificial pancreas shows improved results but longer studies needed to show cost effectiveness

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Artificial pancreas treatment, also referred to as closed loop glucose control, is an emerging treatment option combining an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring with a control algorithm to deliver insulin in a glucose responsive manner (that is, a single …

alzheimer'sGene APOE4 causes Alzheimers disease in humans and a fix has been created

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Researchers have found differences in how Alzheimers disease originates and develops in mice and humans. They determined which gene causes Alzheimers in humans and have developed a fix for it. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease aren’t the same. Dementia is an …

diseaseGene therapy for common blood disorders

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In a landmark study that could lead to new therapies for sickle cell anaemia and other blood disorders, UNSW Sydney-led researchers have used CRISPR gene editing to introduce beneficial natural mutations into blood cells to boost their production of foetal …

diseaseBathroom Hot-Air Hand Dryers spread of lot of Bacteria onto your hands

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New research identifies the kinds and amounts of bacteria from bathroom hand dryers. This follows up work from the University of Leeds Airborne germ counts were 27 times higher around jet air dryers in comparison with the air around paper …

controversialHuman head-body transplant is expected in 2018

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Sergio Canavero and Chinese surgeon Ren Xiaoping are expected to announce a date for body transplant in 2018. Canavero says head-body transplants are the next step for transplants. People have now been living for years with donated hearts, lungs, livers, …

diseaseMicroscopic view into the living tissue corrects mistaken understanding of 20% of the body

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Standard methods to slice and fix tissues for close-up exams end up draining the interconnected chambers. The collagen-based supports around those spaces then collapse and stick together, creating the appearance of a dense, supportive tissue. Looking at the tissues live …

asiaReplicating Bangladesh toilet success in poor countries would save over 500,000 lives each year

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Bangladesh remains one of the poorest countries in the world. On a per person basis, Bangladeshi’s have half the income of people in India or Pakistan. Bangaldesh was able mostly defeat diarrhea because they built latrines for the poorest and …

asiaBangaldesh beat diarrhea by making latrines for the poorest and shamed the rest to make their own

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In areas of Bangladesh with good data, the deaths from diarrhea and dysentery have dropped by about 90% since the early 1990s. It is one of Asia’s poorest countries, with only half the GDP per person of India. Bangladesh now …

cancerPersonal cancer vaccines eliminated HPV tumors in mice

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Harvard researchers describe a vaccine approach that uses an injectable scaffold loaded with a selection of tumor-expressed peptides. It is a path to a personalized anti-cancer vaccine. The strategy proved more effective at stimulating anti-tumor responses and, importantly, a tumor-specific …

diseaseScience on track to save us from 10 million deaths per year in 2050 from antibiotic resistant bacteria

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Super bacteria have evolved resistance to dozens of drugs in doctors’ arsenals, leading to infections that are increasingly difficult to treat. Global deaths from antibiotic-resistant infections are predicted to hit 10 million a year by 2050 unless new effective antibiotics …