Scientist in Japan to use ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells to fight Parkinson’s disease  

Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of dopamine made by brain cells and researchers have long hoped to use stem cells to restore normal production of the neurotransmitter chemical

Scientist in Japan to use ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells to fight Parkinson’s disease  Japanese scientists said on Monday they will start clinical trials next month on a treatment for Parkinson’s disease, transplanting ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells into brains, seeking a breakthrough in treating the neurodegenerative disorder. The clinical trials come after researchers at Japan’s Kyoto University successfully used human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to restore functioning brain cells […]

Gene editing tool may inadvertently raise cancer risk, caution scientists

CRISPR-Cas9 is an exciting gene editing tool that scientists hope they will be able to use in preventing cancer. However, a new study warns that the use of this very strategy could actually increase the risk of cancer

Gene editing tool may inadvertently raise cancer risk, caution scientistsResearchers from the Britain’s Cambridge University and Sweden’s Karolinska Institute said more research needs to be done to assess whether using CRISPR-Cas9 – a type of molecular “scissors” that make gene editing a possibility – might lead to the development of treatments that have added cancer risk. The team, led by Jussi Taipale at Cambridge, […]

Scientists reveal the real reason behind why people feel ‘hangry’

What makes someone go from simply being hungry to full-on ‘hangry’? More than just a simple drop in blood sugar, this combination of hunger and anger may be a complicated emotional response involving an interplay of biology, personality and environmental cues, according to research published by the American Psychological Association

Scientists reveal the real reason behind why people feel ‘hangry’There’s a difference between being hungry—a feeling we all get between meals – and being ‘hangry’. If you get hangry, you probably already know it: your hunger pangs put you in a very bad mood that you (and your family and friends) have a hard time ignoring. But is being hangry a real thing, or […]

New study reveals, nearly 80 per cent of schizophrenia risk down to genes

Psychosocial, environmental, and genetic factors are known to contribute to the risk of developing the disease, but to what extent? New research - carried out by scientists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark - suggests that almost 80 per cent of the likelihood of having schizophrenia may be genetic

New study reveals, nearly 80 per cent of schizophrenia risk down to genesThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) define schizophrenia as a “chronic, severe, and disabling mental disorder” that affects 1.1 per cent of all adults in the United States. Although the average age of onset for the disease has not been determined, symptoms of schizophrenia usually appear between the ages of 16 and 30. Psychosocial, environmental, […]

Is your kid hooked on smartphones? Here are 5 tips for parents

Electronic gadgets such as tablets, iPhones, iPads, mobiles phones have become addiction among children. Children as young as two years old are expertly using these devices which are having an adverse impact on their mental and physical health.  Here are five tips from those who have studied kids and technology

Is your kid hooked on smartphones? Here are 5 tips for parentsThere is growing concern among parents, educators and mental health experts that excessive smartphone use may be contributing to the recent surge in adolescent depression and suicide. But what qualifies as “excessive”? At this point, no one’s sure. Specific, evidence-based guidelines take time to determine—years, and sometimes decades. And the pace at which kids have […]

Scientist create ‘mini-tumours’ in laboratory to help fight against cancer

In the study published in the journal Science, researchers treated the lab-grown 'mini tumours' with a range of drugs. They then looked to see how this compared to how successful treatment was in those patients. The approach found a drug that had a chance of shrinking a patient's tumour in almost nine in 10 cases

Scientist create ‘mini-tumours’ in laboratory to help fight against cancerScientists have been able to predict how cancer patients will respond to therapy by growing miniature versions of their tumours in the laboratory. They say the groundbreaking work could lead to ‘smarter, kinder and more effective treatments.’ The study, in the journal Science, was 100% accurate at telling which drugs would fail and this could […]

Scientists discover new antibiotic family in soil

For the first time in 30 years, a new type of antibiotic has been unearthed, buried in dirt. Experiments suggest the antibiotic family, known as malacidins, can kill several 'superbugs'. The antibiotics' unique approach to killing pathogens targets bacteria's cell walls, which did not cause drug resistance in the laboratory

Scientists discover new antibiotic family in soilUS scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics in soil samples. The natural compounds could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections, the team at Rockefeller University hopes. Tests show the compounds, called malacidins, annihilate several bacterial diseases that have become resistant to most existing antibiotics, including the superbug MRSA. Experts say the work, published […]

Daytime wounds heal faster than injuries at night, discover researchers

The key to accelerated daytime wound healing, the scientists found, was that skin cells moved more rapidly to repair the wound and there was also more collagen, the main structural protein in skin, deposited around the wound site

Daytime wounds heal faster than injuries at night, discover researchersOur internal body clocks cause wounds such as cuts and burns sustained during the day to heal around 60 per cent faster than those sustained at night, scientists have discovered in a finding that has implications for surgery and wound-healing medicines. It found burns sustained at night took an average of 28 days to heal, […]

Say goodbye to dialysis, as scientists develop world’s first artificial kidneys

The world’s first bionic kidney can be inserted in a body by a common surgical procedure and it has proved to work efficiently. It is now proving to be the perfect replacement for a damaged kidney. The bionic kidney consists of several microchips which are moved by the heart. The bionic kidney also filters out toxins from the blood in the same way as a normal kidney

Say goodbye to dialysis, as scientists develop world’s first artificial kidneysThe National Kidney Foundation estimates that over 100,000 patients are on the waiting list for a donor kidney, and over 3,000 are added list each year. The average patient spends 3.6 years waiting for a viable transplant, and may be treated with dialysis while they wait, but only one in three dialysis patients survives longer […]

Scientist save ‘butterfly’ boy with life-threatening disease by using experimental gene therapy  

During the pioneering surgery doctors took a sample of skin just four centimetres square from the child and corrected a disease-causing gene defect within its cells. The tissue was then grown into grafts that were used to replace 80 per cent of the boy’s skin over three operations

Scientist save ‘butterfly’ boy with life-threatening disease by using experimental gene therapy  In an induced coma after losing 80 per cent of his skin to a rare genetic condition, seven-year-old Hassan was close to death. But now doctors have saved him after growing an almost completely new skin for him in the laboratory. Hassan, whose family’s full name has not been released, suffered from ‘butterfly disease’, which […]