Articles tagged with ‘Health’

Female-immune-responce
21 May 2015
An understanding of natural immune suppression mechanisms in the female reproductive tract could lead to new ways to combat cancer. Just after menstruation, the immune response of the female genital tract is “up and running” to stave off sexually transmitted infections. A...
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Gastric cancer – the second deadliest cancer worldwide – has a particularly high prevalence among Asian populations. Copyright : 123rf.com
19 May 2015
Researchers in Singapore have developed an ultrasensitive method to detect micro-RNAs: tiny molecules that can indicate the presence of tumours. They are applying the technology toward a non-invasive screening test for gastric cancer. In 2012, 8.2 million lives were lost to cancer...
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KAIST’s protein detection platform can be used with paper substrates. Copyright : Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
19 May 2015
Researchers in Korea have succeeded in making a new protein detection platform using low-cost plastic and paper substrates. Their work could help reduce the cost and improve the accuracy of infectious disease diagnosis. Healthcare researchers are increasingly focused on the early detection...
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19 May 2015
Prisons are common settings for tuberculosis (TB) outbreaks, yet screening and prevention services can be extremely limited. As the spread of drug-resistant TB increases, understanding and monitoring levels of the disease among vulnerable populations can minimise the delay of much-needed treatment.  ...
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Copyright : Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University
14 May 2015
Japanese researchers are studying quail to understand the underlying mechanisms involved in their breeding behaviours. At Nagoya University and the National Institute of Basic Biology, researchers have found a brain receptor that helps to initiate quail breeding. Meanwhile, researchers at Waseda and...
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Aseptic loosening is most challenging in the femoral component of a knee implant because it interfaces with all of the other components of a knee prosthesis. Image: 123rf.com
3 July 2014
Researchers in Malaysia, Iran and the UK have designed a new biomaterial that could significantly extend the life span of total knee replacements by addressing the most common cause of their failure. Led by Marjan Bahraminasab of Universiti Putra Malaysia, the researchers...
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3 July 2014
Researchers in Malaysia are using derivatives from old-world toothbrushes to treat gum disease. Records show that as early as 3,500 BC, chewing sticks were used for purposes of oral hygiene. To Arabs, the chewing stick is known as the miswak. To make...
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Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
3 July 2014
Researchers in China and Japan have tested a novel process for coating titanium implants with bioactive composites. Their research suggests that titanium implants coated with calcium phosphate and gelatine have great potential in clinical joint replacements or dental implants. Surface staining of...
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MIF is highly expressed in immune cells and in the hippocampus, an area of the brain responsible for memory function. Image: 123rf.com
3 July 2014
The long-term health benefits of regular exercise for preventing heart disease, obesity and mood disorders are well established. However, until now, the underlying mechanisms linking exercise and depression remained elusive. Depression affects around 121 million people worldwide. The social and economic consequences...
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Micrograph of the 100-channel neural recording integrated circuit chip. Image: Nanyang Technological University and A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics
3 July 2014
Neural recording systems are vital tools for acquiring and processing brain signals. Scientists at the A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics, Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore have developed an integrated circuit chip that offers record-low power consumption for direct recording...
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