Health Problems

Eye scan sheds new light on Alzheimer’s disease

New research by Australian scientists has demonstrated that a quick, non-invasive eye scan can identify changes in the retina that could be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. In a world-first, the team led by Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden and Dr. Xavier Hadoux from the Centre for Eye Research Australia and University of Melbourne, has […]

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Pioneering hair transplant therapy gets Government green light

Government gives green light for firm to BANK people’s frozen hair follicles for pioneering transplant therapy to combat baldness A company has been given permission by the Human Tissue Authority  Cells within the follicles can be multiplied in the lab and stored for future use The cells are injected back into the scalp to produce […]

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Microneedle technology gets green light

Innovators at Cardiff Medicentre have pioneered microneedle technology that could end certain types of injections. Picofluidics Ltd – based at Cardiff University’s medtech incubator—has completed rigorous proof of concept tests. Working with scientists from Coventry University and backed by funding from Innovate UK, Picofluidics is preparing to go to market. Thinner than human hair, microneedles […]

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Woman lives in the DARK for 11 years as she is allergic to light

‘The sun could kill me’: Charity worker, 54, is forced to spend all day inside due to a one-in-a-million condition that makes her ‘allergic’ to UV light Fatima Perez, 54, from Conneticut, has Xeroderma Pigmentosum Her condition baffled family growing up in the Dominican Republic She’s suffered a lifetime of skin cancer, hair and eyesight […]

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Novel genetic study sheds new light on risk of heart attack

Loss of a protein that regulates mitochondrial function can greatly increase the risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack), Vanderbilt scientists reported Oct. 3 in the journal eLife. The study illustrates how “integrative genomics,” a combination of basic research, a human biobank linked to electronic health records and novel computational genetic approaches can identify genetically determined […]

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Safe’ UV light may prevent infections in catheters, cardiac drivelines

A specific wavelength of ultraviolet light, now delivered through light-diffusing optical fibers, is highly effective at killing drug-resistant bacteria in cell cultures, according to a new study led by David J. Brenner, Ph.D., a professor of radiation biophysics at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. The technology is designed to prevent infections around […]