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Rotator cuff tears repaired with experimental treatment

August 15, 2022

Researchers from the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine are working on a potential breakthrough treatment for shoulder injuries, one that employs an unusual technique. Shoulder injuries are often caused by tears to the tendons of a niche group of muscles called the rotator cuff. An experimental treatment sees a graphene/polymer matrix embedded into […]

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Mechanically-controlled robotic implant prevents the formation of scar tissue

August 9, 2022

The formation of scar tissue is a hindrance to implantable treatment devices as it blocks essential drug release – this is known as the foreign body response, and is just as likely to interfere with many other types of implantable medical devices, leading to device failure within a year. Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology […]

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Alleviating back pain by “retraining” the nervous system

August 3, 2022

Australian researchers are testing a treatment for chronic low back pain – this one doesn’t rely on drugs or traditional hands-on approaches such as spinal manipulation, injections, or surgery. The novel method called “sensorimotor retraining” challenges how people process sensory information from their back, instead of viewing back pain as only a physical problem. In […]

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Third COVID-19 booster shot helpful to fight new and different variants

July 26, 2022

At least twenty different COVID-19 variants were identified and neutralised after a third booster shot, according to a new collaborative study by the Pirbright Institute (Pirbright), the University of Surrey, Imperial College London, and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). Scientists from the University of Surrey had provided an antigenic map of variants of concern […]

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Promoting a vascular health-friendly lifestyle

May 24, 2022

Apart from exacerbating existing medical conditions, COVID-19 has been shown in several studies to increase the risk of heart disease. In Asia, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) accounted for 35% of deaths in 2019. Research also shows that tobacco use is one of the primary causes of CVD deaths – more than one in five CVDs result […]

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Novel preclinical drug appears to combat depression and impaired cognition

May 24, 2022

An experimental drug which targets and inhibits a brain signaling enzyme could potentially combat symptoms of depression, brain injury, and diseases that impair cognitive function. Scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) describe a brain-permeable drug that influences neuropsychiatric behaviour: mice on the drug became more resilient to stress and had enhanced cognition. […]

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New discovery could restore aging-associated hearing loss

May 23, 2022

Northwestern Medicine scientists have figured out how to program ear hair cells to form either outer or inner ones, rendering the problem of irreversible hearing loss due to aging, obsolete. At present, scientists can produce an artificial ear hair cell, but it is unable to differentiate into an inner or outer cell, which provide different […]

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Paralysed mice walk again after injection with “dancing molecules”

November 15, 2021

Researchers at Northwestern University have found a breakthrough way to reverse paralysis resulting from spinal cord injuries after treatment with a single injection containing “dancing molecules” allowed paralysed mice to walk again in just four weeks. The injectable liquid contains two types of modified peptides that repair damaged neurons within the spinal cord by triggering […]

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WHO Director-General “appalled” over global COVID-19 vaccine inequity

September 20, 2021

Global vaccine-sharing initiative COVAX – launched in 2020 to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for low-income nations – is reportedly falling short of its vaccine distribution milestones for this year. COVAX initially aimed to deliver two billion COVID-19 doses to 92 low- and middle-income countries by the end of 2021. A new supply forecast […]

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Isometric resistance training shown to safely reduce high blood pressure

September 2, 2021

Isometric resistance training (IRT) is a type of strength training exercise that involves applying tension to muscles without movement of the surrounding joints, examples of which include wall sits or planks. IRT is different from traditional exercises where joints are put under strain and muscles lengthen/shorten – it can increase blood pressure during exercise, and […]

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