Articles tagged with ‘Health’

Qing Wan
3 July 2014
Chinese researchers have created a paper-based device that mimics electrochemical signalling in the human brain. The novel device could become a key component in the development of artificial neural networks for use in applications ranging from robotics to computer processing.   Developed...
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2 July 2014
In the absence of intervention, smoking will kill about 250 million current and future cigarette smokers who are alive today in China, India, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Recent tobacco tax increases in India and the Philippines could significantly lower smoking-related deaths in...
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Illustration showing the structure of the rhinovirus. Image: 123rf.com
2 July 2014
Malaysian researchers are investigating the epidemiology of severe viral respiratory infections in young children in hopes of developing rapid diagnostic tools to better control their transmission. Acute respiratory tract infection (ARI) is a major cause of death and disease around the world,...
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2 July 2014
Researchers in Taiwan have developed a simple, colour-based diagnostic approach with the potential to detect target DNA sequences found in tuberculosis-causing mycobacteria — in just a fraction of the time required for established diagnostic tests. More than a century after the identification...
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Sambucus williamsii Image: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
30 June 2014
A traditional Chinese folk medicine used for treating bone fractures and joint diseases may be just as effective for managing osteoporosis as commercially available medications, but without their potential side effects. Epidemiological studies in China suggest that almost 70 million people suffer...
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Colony of human pluripotent stem cells, stained for DNA (blue) and the protein  Oct4 (green). Image: Zandstra Laboratory, University of Toronto
30 June 2014
A new method for testing how human stem cells respond to environmental cues could dramatically improve the ability to harness these cells for regenerative medicine and drug-screening applications. The method was developed by a University of Toronto (U of T) team in...
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Schematic showing how the artificial membranes are formed and their advantages over existing live cell culture methods. Image: ACM Biolabs
27 June 2014
Synthetic cell membranes offer low-cost, easily maintained drug targets that help shorten the drug discovery process. What once took weeks or even months can now be done in a matter of days. Cells communicate with each other and exchange vital molecules through...
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Main: Cancer cells spread and grow through the body via the bloodstream as malignant cells in a human body. Image: 123rf.com Insert: Diagram demonstrating the isolation Image: National University Hospital and CellSievo
27 June 2014
A new non-invasive method in Singapore, involving the harvest of circulating tumour cells, will help doctors monitor the progress of cancer patients to determine the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Circulating tumour cells (CTCs) are cancer cells that have sloughed off from the primary...
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This robotic system is designed to help surgeons insert a radio frequency ablation needle into a breast tumour as demonstrated on this goat. Image: Fujie Lab, Waseda University
27 June 2014
Japanese researchers are harnessing robotics technology to automate a safe and minimally invasive treatment for breast cancer. Researchers at Waseda University’s Fujie Lab, in cooperation with Kyushu University and Tohoku University, are building a robotic surgical assistant that uses radiofrequency ablation to...
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Insulin pens. Image: Sriram Bala/ Flickr
26 June 2014
Researchers are currently investigating whether a naturally occurring human protein that can trigger the death of cancer cells could also be used as a treatment for obesity and diabetes. Called tumour necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL), the protein’s role in promoting apoptosis,...
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