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Image: Computer generated graphic of red blood cells inside a blood vessel; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Jelena Jovanovic

How blood can be rejuvenated

01/03/2017

Our blood stem cells generate around a thousand billion new blood cells every day. But the blood stem cells’ capacity to produce blood changes as we age. This leads to older people being more susceptible to anaemia, lowered immunity and a greater risk of developing certain kinds of blood cancer.
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Tiny fibers open new windows into the brain

01/03/2017

For the first time ever, a single flexible fiber no bigger than a human hair has successfully delivered a combination of optical, electrical, and chemical signals back and forth into the brain, putting into practice an idea first proposed two years ago.
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Image: Nurse is vaccinating a young boy; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Andriy Popov

Italy adopts gender-neutral HPV vaccination program

28/02/2017

The Italian government has changed its policy to allow both boys and girls to be vaccinated against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) following advice from Kingston University London's Business School academic Prof. Giampiero Favato.
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Image: Physician is holding a pacemaker in his hand; Copyright: panthermedia.net/PicsFive

Pacemakers and defibrillators safe for MRI using new protocol

28/02/2017

The MagnaSafe Registry, a new multicenter study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), has demonstrated that appropriately screened and monitored patients with standard or non-MRI-conditional pacemakers and defibrillators can undergo MRI at a field strength of 1.5 tesla without harm.
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Image: Hands of a physician who is performing a urine test with a test strip; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Esben Hansen

Diabetic kidney disease is decoded

27/02/2017

Diabetes is a leading cause of kidney disease, a serious, often fatal complication that is difficult to diagnose in early, potentially treatable stages. Now, a research team at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has revealed biological pathways involved in diabetic kidney disease, providing hope that both early diagnostic tests and targeted treatment can be designed.
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Image: Two men look at a tablet that shows an image of two footprints; Copyright: Wolfgang Schmidt

Healthy hiking in smart socks

27/02/2017

Often, a one-sided weight loading is the reason for hurting feet. But only few notice while walking. That is where the "Smart Sock", developed by the Professorship of Sports Equipment and Technology of the Chemnitz University of Technology and in cooperation with the textile producer Lindner from Hohenstein-Ernstthal, starts.
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Photo: woman tipping on a virtual 'Stop Multiple Sclerosis' Sign Copyright: panthermedia.net / j.dudzinski

MS treatment that 'resets' immune system may halt disease progression for at least 5 years

24/02/2017

In a new study, led by Imperial College London, the treatment prevented symptoms of severe disease from worsening for five years, in 46 per cent of patients. However, as the treatment involves aggressive chemotherapy, the researchers stress the procedure carries significant risk.
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Photo: Old woman makes blood sugar test; Copyright: panthermedia.net/imagepointfr

Sitting not linked to incident diabetes

24/02/2017

Sitting may not be as deadly as previously thought, with new research led by the University of Sydney ruling out sitting as a direct cause of diabetes.
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Image: I-Wire Heart-on-chip; Copyright: VIIBRE Vanderbilt University

Organ-on-a-chip mimics heart's biomechanical properties

23/02/2017

The human heart beats more than 2.5 billion times in an average lifetime. Now scientists at Vanderbilt University have created a three-dimensional organ-on-a-chip that can mimic the heart's amazing biomechanical properties.
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Image: graphic of kidney with tabletts and pills in it; Copyright: Michael Worful/Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Popular heartburn drugs linked to gradual yet 'silent' kidney damage

23/02/2017

Taking popular heartburn drugs for prolonged periods has been linked to serious kidney problems, including kidney failure.
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