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New test detects autism in very young children

November 14, 2018
New test detects autism in very young children

Scientists have developed method to detect autism in younger by testing their saliva, Researchers found a set of 32 RNA factors in saliva that can accurately distinguish children with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. The factors could potentially develop an objective biomarker-based test. Steven Hicks, of the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, and Frank Middleton, [...]

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Fish oil and vitamin D don’t stop cancer or heart trouble

November 13, 2018
Fish oil and vitamin D don’t stop cancer or heart trouble

A widely anticipated study has concluded that neither vitamin D nor fish oil supplements prevent cancer or serious heart-related problems in healthy older people, according to research presented Saturday at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Researchers defined serious heart problems as the combined rate of heart attacks, stroke, and heart-related deaths. Although hundreds of [...]

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Burn victims regrow skin faster with own cells

November 12, 2018
Burn victims regrow skin faster with own cells

Human trials are set for early next year on burn victims to test the regrowth of burnt skin. Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine found live stem cells in the discarded dermis layer of the skin of human burn victims and apply them for faster skin regrowth in animals. An estimated 180,000 [...]

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Little pacemaker for little kids: prototype avoids open heart surgery

November 12, 2018
Little pacemaker for little kids: prototype avoids open heart surgery

Researchers have tested an almond-sized pacemaker protype – designed to make procedures for infants less invasive, less painful –on piglets. Dr. Rohan Kumthekar, a cardiologist at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, believes the process will lead to shorter surgeries, faster recovery times and reduced medical [...]

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New cell ‘kill switch’ could potentially cure cancer

November 9, 2018
New cell ‘kill switch’ could potentially cure cancer

A new study has found that RNA molecules, originally developed as a means of studying genes, can trigger a hidden mechanism that prompts cells to commit suicide, potential being used as a new method of cancer treatment. “It’s like committing suicide by stabbing yourself, shooting yourself and jumping off a building all at the same [...]

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No blind mice: Retinal transplant successfully restores sight in rats

November 7, 2018
No blind mice: Retinal transplant successfully restores sight in rats

Scientists have successfully restored vision in blind rats by transplanting fetal retina cells to regenerate neurons in the vision centres of their brains. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine found that sheets of fetal cells integrated into the retina can generate nearly normal visual activity in their brains. The findings were [...]

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How dogs could prevent the spread of malaria

November 7, 2018
How dogs could prevent the spread of malaria

Several years ago, British entomologist Steve Lindsay landed at an American airport and was intrigued by the sniffer dogs searching for fruits and vegetables in the baggage claim area. Seeing as studies have shown that malaria releases a signature scent, Lindsay, who studies malaria at Durham University in the UK, wondered if dogs could smell [...]

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New chemical solution may assist scientists with brain tumour operations

November 5, 2018
New chemical solution may assist scientists with brain tumour operations

Brain tumours are some of the most complicated tumours to operate on. However, scientists have been testing a drink containing 5-ALA, a substance known to accumulate in fast-growing cancer cells, on people with suspected glioma. The chemical makes brain tumours glow pink and could help surgeons to remove the cancer safely. The pink glow the [...]

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The appendix may contribute to the development of Parkinson’s

November 2, 2018
The appendix may contribute to the development of Parkinson’s

The appendix, once a mystifying organ, may now increase a person’s chances of developing Parkinson’s disease. A study consisting of nearly 1.7 million Swedes found that those who’d had their appendix removed had a lower overall risk of Parkinson’s disease. Samples of appendix tissue from healthy individuals also revealed protein clumps similar to those found [...]

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Self-lubricated condoms developed for comfort and functionality

October 24, 2018
Self-lubricated condoms developed for comfort and functionality

Scientists have created self-lubricating latex condoms that become slippery on contact. The researching team, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, designed a special, durable coating that should last throughout intercourse.They hope it will make condoms more appealing to use and thereby prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as unwanted pregnancies.Lack of lubrication [...]

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