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Novel urine tests helps with early diagnosis of brain tumours

June 22, 2021

A research team at Nagoya University, Japan, has demonstrated how a simple urine test can detect aggressive brain tumours, which is particularly helpful for efficient, early diagnosis of cancer. Urine tests are a non-invasive option that can detect cancers of the bladder, prostate, pancreas and even the lungs. In order to expand these capabilities to […]

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“Bionic” vulture is first bird to receive a permanent prosthetic foot

June 16, 2021

A groundbreaking procedure performed at the Medical University of Vienna (MedUni Vienna), Austria, has successfully created the world’s first “bionic bird” – the large bird of prey was given a new foot using the famed osseointegration (direct skeletal attachment) technique; it is now reportedly in peak health. The Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery […]

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Positive vaccination messages influence behaviour

June 15, 2021

A social experiment by Washington State University (WSU) has found that wording of vaccination messages influences people’s attitudes and behaviour. The vaccine concerned, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, has been shown to help prevent cancer – young adults studied were less inclined to learn about the HPV vaccine when they were exposed to negatively-worded or […]

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Miraculous bacteria reduces dengue cases by 77%

June 10, 2021

Using mosquitoes infected with a “miraculous” bacteria that reduces the insect’s ability to spread dengue, researchers in Yogyakarta city, Indonesia, have managed to cut down dengue cases by an impressive 77% in part of the city. The groundbreaking technique is to be adopted across the whole city and surrounding areas in the hopes of eradicating […]

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Bacteria in infected food may spread through sexual contact

June 8, 2021

A common foodborne infection – caused by the Campylobacteria – may also be spread through sexual contact, said infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Katrin Kuhn, an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Hudson College of Public Health, the University of Oklahoma (OU). Campylobacter infections usually occur when people eat poultry that […]

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Scientists discover new method to boost muscle regeneration and rebuild tissue

June 1, 2021

One of the most obvious effects of aging is loss of muscle mass – scientists at the Salk Institute in California, US, may have found a way to overcome this problem and enable more effective tissue regeneration in aging adults as well as athletes. Using a combination of molecular compounds, the scientists showed that regeneration […]

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Enzyme regulation may protect the brain against oxygen deprivation damage

May 27, 2021

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), US, have identified an enzyme that may be a potential therapeutic target to protect the brain from oxygen deprivation damage, or hypoxia. Severe hypoxia may cause devastating side effects from a stroke or heart attack due to either tissue or brain damage. In this study, the researchers set out […]

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Select cognitive exercises help children improve math skills

May 21, 2021

Visual memory and reasoning tasks helped children improve their math skills more than spatial rotation exercises, according to a recent study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The findings highlight that the type of training matters when it comes to math, over overall academic performance – “[…] cognitive training transfers to an ability that […]

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Novel ultrasound therapy helps reduce blood pressure

May 17, 2021

Researchers led by Columbia University have demonstrated that an experimental ultrasound treatment – delivered to nerves near the kidney – successfully produced clinically meaningful reductions in blood pressure. Called renal denervation, the brief pulses of ultrasound reportedly worked for people whose hypertension did not respond to a triple cocktail of medications. In a 2019 clinical […]

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Stressed people found to process information differently

May 5, 2021

Researchers at the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), US, have discovered similarities between the resting brains of highly sensitive people and the overwhelming feelings faced by most of us currently – after months of a pandemic, compounded by economic issues and social unrest. This common characteristic, researchers found, […]

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