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Kids helped by VR through X-rays less fearful, study finds

September 17, 2019

Virtual reality (VR) is increasingly used in today’s society for various purposes and has most recently been seen to reduce children’s anxiety and stress before medical imaging procedures, according to a South Korean study at Seoul National University (SNU). Researchers from SNU’s Medical VR Group conducted the trial at Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, with 100 children, […]

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Fat bubbles in “precision” immunotherapy help calm arthritis

September 16, 2019

The human immune system is remarkable in being able to fight off invading bacteria and prevent infection, but it can sometimes attack healthy cells in the body, leading to painful autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and so on. To prevent these diseases, researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, have […]

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Incurable, deadly kidney disease sees promise with new US drug

September 16, 2019

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a genetic disorder where multiple cysts form on the kidneys and quickly leads to painful swelling and end-stage kidney disease or organ failure. A recent study by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) highlighted a potential treatment for the incurable ADPKD with a drug that showed […]

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European scientists introduce new type of optic nerve stimulation for the blind

September 11, 2019

The sensation of seeing light in the form of white patterns, without actually looking at light, is thought to help overcome blindness. As an alternative to retinal implants or nerve electrodes that stimulate the visual cortex to “see” light, scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and the Sant’Anna School of […]

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American research finds scorpion toxin that may ease chronic pain

September 11, 2019

Pain and inflammation usually tie together to produce a protective/defensive response according to human biology. Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) have recently found a scorpion toxin that triggers pain in a novel way that promotes a better understanding of chronic/acute pain and could even lead to the development of new pain drugs. […]

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Swiss discovery may soon prevent tumour metastasis

September 6, 2019

Cancer metastases – spread through the body’s lymphatic system – account for nearly 90% of deaths in cancer patients. This has guided researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland, along with pharmaceutical company F. Hoffmann-La Roche (Roche), to develop an artificial agent against the metastasis of certain cancers, such as colorectal cancer. In […]

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Women with preeclampsia more prone to kidney failure

September 4, 2019

Women who develop a form of high blood pressure during pregnancy, also known as preeclampsia, are greatly predisposed to end-stage kidney disease later in life compared to women without, according to a new Swedish study. It is similar to previous research that has suggested that preeclampsia might cause women to suffer advanced kidney disease, heart […]

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Study assesses holistic health approaches among different age groups

August 29, 2019

Holistic nutrition is thought to support one’s physical and emotional wellbeing but is surprisingly different in importance across generations of its consumers – Generation Z (1997-2015), Millennials (1981-1996), Generation X (1965-1980) and Baby Boomers (1946-1964). This was looked at in an Innova Market Insights Consumer Survey in the US. Notably, 67% of Generation Zconsumers are […]

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Protein buildup attributed to certain type of schizophrenia

August 28, 2019

Hypotheses abound about the neurodegenerative disorder schizophrenia, with explanations ranging from developmental complications to bacterial infections. However, new studies from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Maryland, US, has found that abnormal protein buildup in the brain, similar to Alzheimer’s, results in the dysfunctional neurodevelopment and neural death characteristic of schizophrenia. When the researchers examined 42 post-mortem […]

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Microbial therapy may be the answer to irritating food allergies

August 26, 2019

Food allergies have become common place in most modernised countries and are quite tricky to keep in check. A new study by Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Massachusetts, US, may however change the onset of food allergies and also reverse existing ones. Upon examining the gut microbiome composition of some 150 […]

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