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Scientists convert skin cells into placenta-generating cells

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Image: A trophoblast stem cell [15/10/2015] Regenerative medicine aims to replace lost or damaged cells in the human body through cellular transplantation. Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are pluripotent cells that are capable of long-term growth, self-renewal, and can give rise to every cell, tissue and organ in the fetus's body. Two major bottlenecks to realizing such potential are allogenic immune rejection by recipients and ethical issues.Scientists convert skin cells into placenta-generating cells - Read more

A second life for more people

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Photo: Colorful drawing of a heart [09/10/2015] People who talk about their "Second Life" sometimes refer to an online game. Others talk about their "second life" with a donated organ. Transplantation has been the only therapy for them to make them independent again from expensive and chronic care and life supporting machines. Transplantation often has saved their lives, too.A second life for more people - Read more

Biologist leads research shedding light on stem cells

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Photo: Scientist looks at a test tube [09/10/2015] A Johns Hopkins University biologist has led a research team reporting progress in understanding the mysterious shape-shifting ways of stem cells, which have vast potential for medical research and disease treatment. Biologist leads research shedding light on stem cells - Read more

Fighting myomas with ultrasound

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[01/10/2015] A proper diagnosis is a part of great therapy. However, it can also be beneficial to be able to quickly respond to changes during a treatment. One example of this is the treatment of uterine myomas. Female patients at the University Hospital Bonn are treated using so-called high-intensity focused ultrasound, HIFU in short. Prof. Holger Strunk explains this procedure. Fighting myomas with ultrasound - Read more

Earlier diagnosis of chest tumors

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Photo: Two women in front of a computer monitor [24/07/2015] Researchers led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have developed new diagnostic criteria to enable clinicians to distinguish malignant cancerous chest cavity masses from those caused by fungal histoplasmosis infection.Earlier diagnosis of chest tumors - Read more

Iron-containing inflammatory cells in Alzheimer's brains

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Graphic: Tree with a face looses it's leaves [24/07/2015] Examining post-mortem tissue from the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease, Stanford University School of Medicine investigators identified what appear to be iron-containing microglia -- specialized scavenger cells that sometimes become inflammatory -- in a particular part of the hippocampus, a key brain structure whose integrity is critical to memory formation.Iron-containing inflammatory cells in Alzheimer's brains - Read more

New material forges the way for 'stem cell factories'

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Photo: Man holding a vial [23/07/2015] If you experience a major heart attack the damage could cost you around five billion heart cells. Experts at The University of Nottingham have discovered the first fully synthetic substrate with potential to grow billions of stem cells. The research could forge the way for the creation of 'stem cell factories' - the mass production of human embryonic (pluripotent) stem cells.New material forges the way for 'stem cell factories' - Read more

Mini synthetic organism: When the heart beats on a chip

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Photo: Mini organ chip [08/06/2015] Replicating the human organism in a mini format – researchers at the Fraunhofer IWS braved this challenge. They developed a compact system where different physical processes can be imitated on a chip. It is also possible to copy cardiac and pulmonary functions.Mini synthetic organism: When the heart beats on a chip - Read more

Stents: Braiding versus cutting

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Photo: Stents [22/05/2015] Braided stents are nothing new in medicine, but their manufacturing process is still time-consuming. This is why Professor Stefan Jockenhövel from the RWTH Aachen University and his team want to make machine production possible. Stents: Braiding versus cutting - Read more

Statutory Skin Cancer Screening: "This is not just about mortality rates"

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[04/05/2015] Since the end of April 2015, the long-awaited evaluation report on the skin cancer screening programs offered by German health insurance providers is now finally available. We spoke with Dr. Ralph von Kiedrowski, Board Member of the German Dermatologist Association (German: Berufsverband Deutscher Dermatologen) on what the screening can accomplish and his take on the G-BA report.Statutory Skin Cancer Screening: "This is not just about mortality rates" - Read more