Scientists develop implantable device to treat overactive bladder

A beam of light may one day be the solution to an overactive bladder or urinary incontinence. An implant that uses LED lights to stimulate nerves has been found to restore bladder control in rats. People with bladder dysfunction experience frequent and uncontrollable urges to urinate before their bladder is full. The condition is caused […]

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Gene editing tool may inadvertently raise cancer risk, caution scientists

Researchers 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, […]

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Being overweight or underweight can shorten your lifespan by four years

  The study, published Wednesday in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology and conducted by scientists at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, revealed that BMI that’s either too high or too low is tied to increased morbidity from a range of major diseases. Krishnan Bhaskaran, lead author of the study and associate professor of […]

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

There 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 […]

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Scientist discover new ‘micro-organ’ which plays a key role in immune response

Researchers from Australia’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research identified a structure that ‘remembers’ past infections and vaccinations, and is filled with immune cells of many kinds which respond to pathogens that the body has encountered before. The structure is strategically positioned on the outside of lymph glands to detect infections early, according to researchers. It […]

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With new research, a liver transplant may be unnecessary

The liver has a natural regenerative ability, due to some illnesses, it becomes non-functional. The new therapy works on renewing this regenerative ability. The team has started to observe why they lose their ability to regenerate itself by examining people’s livers. The scientists have discovered that severe injuries start the process of senescence throughout the […]

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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 […]

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