An Unexpected New Lung Function Has Been Found – They Make Blood

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Researchers have discovered that the lungs play a far more complex role in mammalian bodies than we thought, with new evidence revealing that they don’t just facilitate respiration – they also play a key role in blood production. In experiments involving mice, the team found that they produce more than 10 million platelets (tiny blood […]

Emotions mapped in the human brain

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By applying an algorithm to functional magnetic resonance imaging, scientists have been able to see emotions at work in the human brain. Picture Credit: MNT The findings – recently published in the journalPLOS Biology – could enable better assessment of emotional states, which may help individuals who struggle to convey their feelings. According to the research […]

New asthma pill reduces troublesome symptoms

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Asthma is a burdensome disease of the lungs that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. But for the estimated 39.5 million people in the United States who have been affected by this disease, hope may come in pill form. Credit: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/312188.php According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the 39.5 […]

Zika Vaccines Offer Full Protection to Monkeys

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The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), in collaboration with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, has completed a second round of preclinical studies on a promising Zika vaccine candidate and found it to completely protect rhesus monkeys from experimental infection with Zika virus. The Pilot Bioproduction Facility at WRAIR […]

‘Hacking nerves can control disease’

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Controlling human nerve cells with electricity could treat a range of diseases including arthritis, asthma and diabetes, a new company says. Galvani Bioelectronics hopes to bring a new treatment based on the technique before regulators within seven years. GlaxoSmithKline and Verily, formerly Google, Life Sciences, are behind it. Credit: http://pulpbits.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/human-neuron-HD-wallpaper.jpg Animal experiments have attached tiny silicone cuffs, containing […]

Breastfed preterm babies may have better IQs, working memory, motor function

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Preterm infants fed breast milk within the first 28 days of life have better brain development and neurocognitive outcomes, finds a new study. The study, led by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, followed 180 preterm infants from birth to 7 years old. The results showed that the preterm babies that received more breast milk within the […]

Most accurate map of the human cortex unveiled

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The most complete map of the cerebral cortex ever to be charted has been unveiled this week in Nature. No less than 97, distinct, previously undescribed regions have been found. The cerebral cortex – the outer portion of the mammalian brain – is a 2-4-millimeter thick layer of gray matter. This densely folded formation of cells […]

Double hand transplant: UK’s first operation ‘tremendous’ success

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The UK’s first double hand transplant operation has taken place at Leeds General Infirmary and the patient says his new hands look “tremendous”. Chris King, from Doncaster, lost both his hands, apart from the thumbs, in an accident involving a metal pressing machine at work three years ago.The 57-year-old received two new hands from a donor […]

Scientists restore key parts of vision in blind mice for first time

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For the first time, scientists have been able to restore key parts of vision in mice blinded by loss of nerve connections between the eye and the brain. The achievement is a significant step forward in finding ways to restore or improve sight in people with glaucoma and eye injuries that affect the optic nerve. […]

Scientists created a cyborg stingray powered by the heart of a rat

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Researchers have developed a new kind of synthetic creature, using the heart cells of a rat to make a robotic stingray that follows light. Could this one day be a reality? Credit: http://www.tedxvienna.at/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Cyborgs-vs-Humans.png While the rat-ray hybrid certainly sounds like a bit of a Frankenstein mish-mash, it’s serious research that could help pave the way […]

Novel insight into metastasis could offer new treatments

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Researchers from the United Kingdom may have made a breakthrough in cancer treatment, after discovering an unusual mechanism by which cancer cells spread and survive in the body. In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers reveal how two molecules join forces to help cancer cells survive as they metastasize. Researchers have uncovered a new […]

Obesity linked to abnormal reward response to sugary foods

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An unhealthy diet is considered a key contributor to obesity. When it comes to cravings for sweet treats, however, impairments in the brain’s reward system might be to blame. Researchers say the reward system in the brains of obese individuals appears to be impaired in response to sweet foods. In a new study published in […]

Parkinson’s connection to faulty mitochondria investigated

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Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have gleaned new insights into the cellular biochemistry that underpins Parkinson’s disease. The team hopes that these new clues will help design effective drugs in the future. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a degenerative condition that affects the dopamine-producing cells in the human brain. Credit: http://bit.ly/22Zjynk Affecting […]

Window into the ‘gut’s brain’

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Real-time view of enteric nervous system provides new way to study gastrointestinal disorders https://kin450-neurophysiology.wikispaces.com/file/view/gut.jpg/187924395/gut.jpg Duke researchers have developed a system that allows real-time optical and electrical observations of the gut’s nervous system in a live animal. And if you weren’t aware that the gut had its own nervous system, don’t worry, you’re not alone. “The […]

Mental Disorders – Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia & Depression

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Mental disorders are often a taboo discussion topic as many people shy away from either the admission of having one or having to support someone with a mental condition. Unfortunately, mental disorders are on the rise, especially as we develop more and more medication that extends the human lifespan. We may be able to fix […]

Stroke patients able to walk again after stem cell transplant

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The results of a small clinical trial offer hope for people left with motor impairment following a stroke, after finding that an injection of adult stem cells into the brain restored motor function for such individuals, to the extent that some patients regained the ability to walk. Researchers found that injecting SB623 stem cells into […]

Stents may help bowel cancer patients

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Bowel cancer patients may avoid the need for colostomy bags if they are first treated by having an expandable tube inserted at the site of their blockage, cancer doctors have said. Credit: SPL The new approach, presented at the world’s biggest cancer conference, showed that the tube, or stent, cut the risk of complications from surgery. […]

MRIs, CTs, X-rays and Ultrasound scans – how do they work and what do they tell us?

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If you’ve ever been pregnant, broken a bone or had a bad concussion – you’ve more than likely had to have one of 4 possible scans. These are known as an MRI scan, a CT scan, an X-ray or an Ultrasound scan. But what do these scans do? How do they work? What do they […]

3D printing – what is it & and why is it relevant to healthcare?

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The medical field already grows incredibly fast. We are discovering new technologies and research methods every day. On top of this rapidly evolving sector, the rate of discovery is also increasing. Basically the time it takes to discover something is becoming much quicker. A huge development that has taken off in the last decade has […]

Why Getting NeuroCranial Restructuring® Is Like Repairing The Structure of a Building?

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The following article was authored by Dr. Dean Howell, N.D Creator Of NeuroCranial Restructuring Imagine a building made of the finest materials and impeccably maintained. Nevertheless, it constantly develops cracks and leaks. Even the most meticulously installed features crumble. All because the overall structure the skeleton of the building is faulty. In the human body we often forget […]

‘Kidney-on-a-chip’ could save lives in the ICU

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Many lifesaving drugs can be dangerously toxic to the kidneys. Because there are a number of factors that change the way kidneys process drugs, it is very difficult to predict how they will affect each patient. Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed a “kidney-on-a-chip” that promises to make testing the effects of drugs […]

This five-fingered robot hand learns to get a grip on its own

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Robots today can perform space missions, solve a Rubik’s cube, sort hospital medication and even make pancakes. But most can’t manage the simple act of grasping a pencil and spinning it around to get a solid grip. Intricate tasks that require dexterous in-hand manipulation — rolling, pivoting, bending, sensing friction and other things humans do […]