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Injectable tissue bandage can help repair damaged hearts

August 16, 2017
Injectable tissue bandage can help repair damaged hearts

Biomedical engineering Professor Milica Radisic and her colleagues at the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering in Canada have developed a new technique that can repair damaged heart tissues without the need for invasive open-heart surgeries. The technique uses a new biomaterial, an expanding tissue bandage a little smaller than a postage [...]

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Glucosamine does not alleviate knee, hip arthritis pain, study shows

August 11, 2017
Glucosamine does not alleviate knee, hip arthritis pain, study shows

The natural supplement glucosamine, which is often marketed for joint pain, has no effect on either knee or hip pain caused by arthritis, according to a new review of available research. The analysis of randomized controlled trials from which data have been made public found that at both three-month and 24-month follow-up points, the supplement [...]

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Vitamin B3 can reduce miscarriages, birth defects

August 11, 2017
Vitamin B3 can reduce miscarriages, birth defects

Australian scientists said they made a major breakthrough in the field of pregnancy research as they discovered that intake of the dietary supplement vitamin B3, also known as niacin, could cut miscarriages and birth defects worldwide. They found that deficiency in a key molecule among pregnant women stopped embryos and babies’ organs from developing correctly [...]

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Researchers discover protein that tricks heart into growing healthily

August 9, 2017
Researchers discover protein that tricks heart into growing healthily

A Canadian research team from The Ottawa Hospital, the University of Ottawa, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Carleton University has discovered a protein that is capable of tricking the heart into growing in a healthier way and pumping more blood akin to doing exercise or being pregnant. The growth caused by the protein [...]

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Global blindness, vision impairment rates to triple by 2050

August 4, 2017
Global blindness, vision impairment rates to triple by 2050

Blindness and vision impairment rates worldwide are expected to triple, from the current 36 million cases to 115 million cases, within the next four decades if treatment is not improved by better funding. According to the researchers, the aging population is behind the rising numbers. Some of the highest rates of blindness and vision impairment [...]

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Type 2 diabetes drug may be key to stopping Parkinson’s progression

August 4, 2017
Type 2 diabetes drug may be key to stopping Parkinson’s progression

A drug that is normally used to treat type 2 diabetes may hold the key to stopping the progression of Parkinson’s disease, a clinical trial suggests. Current drugs help manage the symptoms, but do not prevent brain cells dying. But a trial conducted on 62 patients by a team from the University College London (UCL) [...]

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Scientists successfully edit embryos to remove disease-causing faulty DNA

August 4, 2017
Scientists successfully edit embryos to remove disease-causing faulty DNA

A team of US and South Korean scientists have, for the first time, successfully removed a piece of faulty DNA that causes deadly heart disease to run in families from embryos in what could be the beginning of the road to preventing 10,000 disorders that are passed down the generations. Science is going through a [...]

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Lutein may not only be good for the eyes, but for the brain as well

August 2, 2017
Lutein may not only be good for the eyes, but for the brain as well

The nutrient lutein – known to help maintain eye, skin and heart health –may also be helpful in keeping the brain healthy, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Illinois in the US. The study, which included 60 adults aged 25 to 45, found that middle-aged participants with higher levels of [...]

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Caffeine helps boost wakefulness, shorten recovery time after anesthesia

August 2, 2017
Caffeine helps boost wakefulness, shorten recovery time after anesthesia

A new study has found that caffeine helps shorten recovery time and boost wakefulness after general anesthesia. Consumed daily by more than 90% of US adults, caffeine appears to alter physiological function in two different ways to shorten recovery time. It raises the body’s level of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), a compound that regulates cell [...]

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New DNA sunscreen gets better the longer it is exposed to UV light

August 2, 2017
New DNA sunscreen gets better the longer it is exposed to UV light

A new skin film coating made out of DNA actually gets better at protecting the skin the more it is exposed to harmful ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. The DNA coating, which also keeps the skin hydrated, was developed by researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York in the US. According to [...]

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