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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 …

crisprGene therapy treatment for blood disease approved in Europe

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Genetically modification of humans has been been approved for the first time in Europe. Swiss-based biotech company Crispr Therapeutics hope to find a way of curing blood disease beta thalassaemia. China has approved similar gene therapy trials. A trial into …

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 …

medicinePetawatt proton beams at Lawrence Livermore

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Nearly 20 years ago, researchers conducting experiments on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Nova Petawatt laser system — the world’s first quadrillion-watt laser — discovered that when the system’s intense short-pulse laser beams struck a thin foil target, an unexpected …

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 …

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, …

alzheimer'sRecording memory patterns and feeding back can boost memory by up to 37% in Alzheimers patients

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Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the University of Southern California (USC) have demonstrated the successful implementation of a prosthetic system that uses a person’s own memory patterns to facilitate the brain’s ability to encode and recall memory. …

medicine79% of health facilities in Venezuela have no running water

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A survey of 104 health facilities in Venezuela, commissioned by the opposition-controlled National Assembly, describes the huge problems with health care in Venezuela. * 79% of them had no running water at all. * 14% of intensive care units have …

educationThere is an Obesity and diabetes epidemic but doctors are not prepared to enable healthy lifestyle or fixing habits

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A leading GP (general practioner – primary care doctor) estimated that up to 80% of his patients had conditions linked to lifestyle and diet but medical students say they currently learn almost nothing about the way diet and lifestyle affect …

futureJapan’s lonely seniors are the tip of a global epidemic of senior loneliness

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Almost 1 in 5 women in Japanese prisons is a senior. Their crimes are usually minor—9 in 10 senior women who’ve been convicted were found guilty of shoplifting. Japan has about 50 to 60 thousand people in prison. The number …