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Scientists develop salivary glands from stem cells

October 16, 2018
Scientists develop salivary glands from stem cells

Researchers have grown three-dimensional salivary gland tissue that produces saliva like normal glands when implanted into mice. Scientists from Showa University and the Riken Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research in Japan used embryonic stem cells, which have the ability to transform into many types of cell to create an organoid. The revolutionary findings were published [...]

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Troubling rate of c-sections around the world, scientists say

October 15, 2018
Troubling rate of c-sections around the world, scientists say

Caesarean sections around the world are rising at a rapid rate, according to a report by an international team of doctors and scientists. Since 1990, C-sections have jumped from about 6% to 21%of all births, three studies report in medical journal, The Lancet. And there are no “signs of slowing down,” the researchers write in [...]

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A curious case of pancake kidneys

October 12, 2018
A curious case of pancake kidneys

After an 18-year-old in India underwent a CT scan due to intestinal problems, doctors encountered condition called “pancake kidney.”. “The extraordinarily rare condition is almost exactly what it sounds like”, said Dr. Steven Chang, an assistant professor of surgery in the division of urology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Chang treats patients who [...]

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Scientists in Philadelphia develop promising vaccine against Ebola

October 12, 2018
Scientists in Philadelphia develop promising vaccine against Ebola

Scientists at The Wistar Institute Vaccine and Immunotherapy Centers have created a synthetic DNA vaccine that is showing immediate and long-term encouraging results against the Ebola virus in preclinical animal research. The vaccine targets a virus surface protein called glycoprotein, according the findings published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. First appearing in 1976, The [...]

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In ability to process manganese linked to scoliosis

October 10, 2018
In ability to process manganese linked to scoliosis

Researchers have linked scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, to the body’s inability to appropriately handle manganese. The study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found children with severe scoliosis are twice as likely to carry a gene variant that makes it difficult for their cells to take in and use manganese [...]

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Biodegradable implant encourages nerve regeneration

October 10, 2018
Biodegradable implant encourages nerve regeneration

In a recent study conducted on rats, a wireless, biodegradable implant proved to be more effective than conventional surgery. Researchers at Northwestern University and Washington University School of Medicine developed a device the size of a quarter and thickness of a sheet of paper that delivers regular pulses of electricity to damaged peripheral nerves. According [...]

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Researches find potential cure for osteoarthritis

October 9, 2018
Researches find potential cure for osteoarthritis

Researchers have found a new molecular target for the treatment of knee and spine osteoarthritis. Scientists at the Krembil Research Institute in Toronto researched rat and human tissue samples, and focused on a molecule called microRNA-181a-5p, which is believed to cause inflammation, cartilage destruction and collagen depletion. The findings were published in the Annals of [...]

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FDA approves HPV vaccines for adults up to ages 45

October 9, 2018
FDA approves HPV vaccines for adults up to ages 45

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the expansion of the HPV vaccine to include men and women between 27 and 45, in an effort to protect more people from several types of cancer caused by the human papillomavirus. The vaccine, Gardasil 9, previously was approved for people ages 9 through 26. It was administered [...]

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Malaysia first regional country to eradicate mother-to-child HIV cases

October 9, 2018
Malaysia first regional country to eradicate mother-to-child HIV cases

Malaysia has become the first country in the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. “Thanks to Malaysia’s efforts over the past several years, parents can now ensure their babies are born free of HIV and syphilis and have a healthy start to life,” said Dr.Shin Young-soo, [...]

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City Cancer Challenge addresses urban cancer issues

October 8, 2018
City Cancer Challenge addresses urban cancer issues

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) recently launched the next phase of its global initiative, City Cancer Challenge, inviting cities from across Asia to take steps to increase access to quality cancer services. Speaking at the World Cancer Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, current President of UICC [...]

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