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Physical plasma – the future of skin therapy?

Photo: Title of MEDICA video Chronic wounds, allergies and recurrent infections of the skin are a continuous burden for patients. Physical plasma is able to bring relief and is an alternative to already established therapies.Physical plasma – the future of skin therapy? - Read more

Multi-resistant bacteria want to conquer the world

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[01/08/2014] Bacteria lurk everywhere: on the skin, in the intestines and in every puddle. Most of them that are hanging out in the human body are good bacteria. But not all of them. Those pathogens that exhibit resistance and are thus very hard to combat are the most dangerous kind. Their spread threatens people all over the world.Multi-resistant bacteria want to conquer the world - Read more

Injected vaccine could help eradicate polio

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Photo: a syringe is filled with vaccine [14/07/2014] Re-introducing a type of polio vaccine that fell out of favor in the 1960s could hasten eradication of the disease, according to new research. The study suggests that the injected polio vaccine (IPV) could provide better and longer lasting protection against infection if used in combination with the more commonly used live oral polio vaccine (OPV). Injected vaccine could help eradicate polio - Read more

Seeing your true colors: standards for hyperspectral imaging

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Photo: Hyperspectral imaging [03/07/2014] Today, doctors who really want to see if a wound is healing have to do a biopsy or some other invasive technique that can really only offer information about a small area. A technology called hyperspectral imaging offers doctors a noninvasive, painless way to discriminate between healthy and diseased tissue.Seeing your true colors: standards for hyperspectral imaging - Read more

Cultured skin makes large-scale transplantations possible

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[01/07/2014] Large burns require skin grafting. Surgeons remove split-thickness skin grafts and apply them to the injured areas. Now skin that has been made in a laboratory is meant to help in covering burns as well as chronic wounds and thus promote the healing process. Researchers in Zurich have been working on this for more than 13 years.Cultured skin makes large-scale transplantations possible - Read more

Diagnosing Parkinson’s: the skin is revealing

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[01/07/2014] In patients with Parkinson’s, neural cells in the brain die off that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. Certain physical symptoms that can indicate the disease follow years later. But a reliable diagnosis can only be made through examination of the brain after the patient’s death, and not during his or her lifetime.Diagnosing Parkinson’s: the skin is revealing - Read more

Fat is the best medicine: ”Adipose tissue contains many multipotent stem cells, approximately 500 times more than bone marrow“

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[01/07/2014] The not so popular “love handles“ could revolutionize medicine in the near future. In cooperation with the University of Rostock (Professor Hermann Seitz), the human med AG Company currently seeks to develop a device that is able to gently remove adipose tissue during surgery and subsequently isolate stem cells. Fat is the best medicine: ”Adipose tissue contains many multipotent stem cells, approximately 500 times more than bone marrow“ - Read more

Functional nerve cells from skin cells

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Photo: Mature nerve cells generated from human cells [22/05/2014] A new method of generating mature nerve cells from skin cells could greatly enhance understanding of neurodegenerative diseases, and could accelerate the development of new drugs and stem cell-based regenerative medicine. Functional nerve cells from skin cells - Read more

Understanding aspirin's effect on wound healing offers hope for treating chronic wounds

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Photo: Doctor treats a wound on an arm [20/05/2014] In addition to its known capacity to promote bleeding events, aspirin also inhibits wound healing. New research now describes how aspirin acts on key skin cells called keratinocytes, delaying skin repair at wound sites. A better understanding of this process offers hope for the development of drugs to encourage wounds to heal.Understanding aspirin's effect on wound healing offers hope for treating chronic wounds - Read more

Hands: Human Microbiome More Diverse than Previously Thought

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Photo: Hand with compost [13/05/2014] Microbial samples taken from populations in the U.S. and Tanzania reveal that the microbiome of the human hand is more varied than previously thought, according to new research. The findings suggest that the microbiome varies depending on location and lifestyle.Hands: Human Microbiome More Diverse than Previously Thought - Read more

Skin Cancer: Successful Blockade

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Photo: The word [06/05/2014] Using a new active substance, scientists from the University Hospital of Würzburg have managed to stop the growth of skin cancer cells. Further tests are now required to see whether this inhibitor can be used in treatment and whether it also has a growth-inhibiting effect on the tumor cells of other types of cancer. Skin Cancer: Successful Blockade - Read more

Tissue Engineering: Scientists Grow Cartilage to Reconstruct Nose

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Foto: Reconstructed cartilage [16/04/2014] Scientists at the University of Basel report first ever successful nose reconstruction surgery using cartilage grown in the laboratory. Cartilage cells were extracted from the patient’s nasal septum, multiplied and expanded onto a collagen membrane. The so-called engineered cartilage was then shaped according to the defect and implanted.Tissue Engineering: Scientists Grow Cartilage to Reconstruct Nose - Read more

Skin: Sweat Glands Heal Injuries

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Photo: Skin [05/02/2014] Our body’s sweat glands are a source of stem cells particularly suited to healing wounds – stem cells that form new skin cells and manage the healing process. They are not rejected by the body and can be obtained without a hospital stay.Skin: Sweat Glands Heal Injuries - Read more

Skin Cells: Blood and Lymphatic Capillaries Grown for the First Time in the Lab

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Photo: (Graphic) Cross-section through the skin [31/01/2014] Researchers at the University Children’s Hospital Zurich and the University of Zurich have engineered skin cells for the very first time containing blood and lymphatic capillaries. They succeeded in isolating all the necessary types of skin cells from human skin tissue and engineering a skin graft that is similar to full-thickness skin.Skin Cells: Blood and Lymphatic Capillaries Grown for the First Time in the Lab - Read more

Sun: Exposure to UVA Lowers Blood Pressure

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Photo: Sun bath [22/01/2014] Exposing skin to sunlight may help to reduce blood pressure and thus cut the risk of heart attack and stroke.Sun: Exposure to UVA Lowers Blood Pressure - Read more

Skin: Artificial Tissue Grown from Stem Cells

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Photo: Skin [25/11/2013] Spanish scientists have been able to grow artificial skin using stem cells from the umbilical cord. This breakthrough from the University of Granada will aid the immediate use of artificially-grown skin for major burn patients.Skin: Artificial Tissue Grown from Stem Cells - Read more

Skin: Important Wound-Healing Process Discovered

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[01/10/2013] Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered an important process by which special immune cells in the skin help heal wounds.Skin: Important Wound-Healing Process Discovered - Read more

Infections: Microneedle Patch for Tuberculosis Skin Test

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Photo: Microneedle Patch [28/08/2013] A team led by University of Washington engineers has created a patch with tiny, biodegradable needles that can penetrate the skin and precisely deliver a tuberculosis test. Infections: Microneedle Patch for Tuberculosis Skin Test - Read more

Immune System: Lymph Nodes with Location Memory

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Photo: Cells [15/08/2013] Regulatory T cells (or Tregs for short) guide all of the other immune cells. How Tregs become Tregs in the first place has been only incompletely understood – until now. Scientists have recently gleaned important new insights into the workings of these cells.Immune System: Lymph Nodes with Location Memory - Read more

Tuberculosis Patients: Vitamin D Benefits Breathing

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Photo: Vitamin D [27/03/2013] Maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D can help people breathe better and may even protect against tuberculosis (TB), according to a study.Tuberculosis Patients: Vitamin D Benefits Breathing - Read more

Infections: Revolutionary Dressing To Save Children

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Photo: Dressing on an arm [26/03/2013] Chemists at the University have developed a prototype medical dressing that detects the first signs of the lethal Toxic Shock Syndrome along with other burn wound infections and could potentially save the lives of children with serious burns.Infections: Revolutionary Dressing To Save Children - Read more

Materials: Touch-sensitive Plastic Skin Heals Itself

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Photo: Skin with scar [13/11/2012] Professor Zhenan Bao and her team of he Stanford School of Engineering has succeeded in making the first material that can both sense subtle pressure and heal itself when torn or cut.Materials: Touch-sensitive Plastic Skin Heals Itself - Read more

Stem Cells: Moving Toward Regeneration

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[03/09/2012] Stowers scientists show how pluripotent stem cells mobilize in wounded planarian worms, to better understand stem cell behaviour in regeneration and disease. Stem Cells: Moving Toward Regeneration - Read more

Kinesio Tape: Well stuck on is half the cure

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[01/08/2012] Colorful, elastic, sticky – we are not talking about a new chewing gum here, but about Kinesio tapes. Physiotherapists increasingly use the colorful soft tape for pain treatment. MEDICA.de took a closer look.Kinesio Tape: Well stuck on is half the cure - Read more

Immune System: Protective Role of Skin Microbiota

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[27/07/2012] A research team at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that bacteria that normally live in the skin may help protect the body from infection. As the largest organ of the body, the skin represents a major site of interaction with microbes in the environment.Immune System: Protective Role of Skin Microbiota - Read more

Hormonal Balance: Feel-good Glass for Windows

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[04/07/2012] Daylight acts on our body clock and stimulates the brain. Fraunhofer researchers have made use of this knowledge and worked with industry partners to develop a coating for panes of glass that lets through more light. Above all, it promotes the passage through the glass of those wavelengths of light that govern our hormonal balance.Hormonal Balance: Feel-good Glass for Windows - Read more

Skin Cancer: Cause of Pain in the Treatment

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[21/06/2012] Apply the ointment, light on, light off – that is how easy it is to cure various forms of non-melanoma skin cancer. However, the majority of patients suffer severe pain during the so-termed photodynamic therapy. Why the treatment can be so painful has now been uncovered.Skin Cancer: Cause of Pain in the Treatment - Read more

Auxiliary Means: Until the Prosthesis Fits

After accidents and amputations, prosthetics help in replacing missing body parts. However, for the devices to function optimally, they have to be fitted well to the wearer. A comprehensive process – from manufacturing to walking training. Auxiliary Means: Until the Prosthesis Fits - Read more

Skin Disease: Psoriasis Increases Risk of Diabetes

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[20/06/2012] Psoriasis is an independent risk for Type 2 Diabetes, according to a new study by researchers of the University of Pennsylvania, with the greatest risk seen in patients with severe psoriasis.Skin Disease: Psoriasis Increases Risk of Diabetes - Read more

Nerve Cell Production: “We can convert skin cells into nerve cells more efficiently”

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[22/05/2012] Until now, curing neurological disorders has been a vision of the future. Scientists at the LIFE & BRAIN Centre in Bonn, Germany, however have come a bit closer to achieving this with a new procedure and are now able to convert skin cells into nerve cells.Nerve Cell Production: “We can convert skin cells into nerve cells more efficiently” - Read more

Indoor Tanning Bed: Dramatic Rise in Skin Cancer in Young Adults

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[02/04/2012] Even as the rates of some cancers are falling, Mayo Clinic is seeing an alarming trend: the rise of skin cancer, especially among people under 40. According to a study by Mayo Clinic researchers, the incidence of melanoma has escalated, and young women are the hardest hit.Indoor Tanning Bed: Dramatic Rise in Skin Cancer in Young Adults - Read more

Biomedicine: Somatic Stem Cells Obtained from Skin Cells

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[23/03/2012] Breaking new ground, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Münster, Germany, have succeeded in obtaining somatic stem cells from fully differentiated somatic cells. Stem cell researcher Hans Schöler and his team took skin cells from mice and have managed to induce the cells' differentiation into neuronal somatic stem cells.Biomedicine: Somatic Stem Cells Obtained from Skin Cells - Read more

Monkey pox: Novel Compound to Halt Virus Replication

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[04/01/2012] Scientists of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have identified a novel compound that inhibits viruses from replicating. The findings could lead to the development of highly targeted compounds to block the replication of poxviruses, such as the emerging infectious disease Monkey pox.Monkey pox: Novel Compound to Halt Virus Replication - Read more

Full Face Transplants: An Inside Look at Face Transplantation

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[29/12/2011] In March 2011, a surgical team at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) performed the first full face transplantation (FFT) in the United States and went on to complete a total of three FFTs this year. Full Face Transplants: An Inside Look at Face Transplantation - Read more

Psychology: Childhood Hypersensitivity Linked to OCD

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[28/12/2011] In childhood, rituals like regular schedules for meal, bath, and bed times are a healthy part of behavioural development. But combined with oral and tactile sensitivities, such as irritation caused by specific fabrics, these rituals could be an early warning sign of adult Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Psychology: Childhood Hypersensitivity Linked to OCD - Read more

Neuropathic Pain: “Nerves cannot be compared with telephone wires“

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[22/11/2011] Chronic neuropathic pain has many reasons and is often poorly diagnosed - at the same time, the origin of the pain has not been fully understood. Therefore scientific pain research has been trying to analyse specific neuropathic pain for some time.Neuropathic Pain: “Nerves cannot be compared with telephone wires“ - Read more

Chronic Wounds: "Among experts we focus far too little on the basics"

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[02/11/2011] If a wound does not heal within four to twelve weeks after emergence, doctors call it a chronic wound. In many cases underlying diseases such as venous or vascular disease or diabetes mellitus are the cause. A successful therapy, however, still presents a challenge and requires an interdisciplinary cooperation.Chronic Wounds: "Among experts we focus far too little on the basics" - Read more

Better Living: A well-cared for and lovingly furnished home also benefits your health

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[02/11/2011] Few people likely wonder whether their apartment and its furnishings are also good for their health. At best, such questions are normally asked when mold and mildew ruin the walls or water runs down the windows on the inside.Better Living: A well-cared for and lovingly furnished home also benefits your health - Read more

Canadians': Skin Colour Matters When it Comes to Health

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[13/10/2011] A new University of British Columbia study finds that Black Canadians with darker skin are more likely to report poorer health than Black Canadians with lighter skin. The study also suggests that a mismatched racial identity can negatively affect health.Canadians': Skin Colour Matters When it Comes to Health - Read more

Attack of the microorganisms: Medical Science and Technology against hospital-acquired Infections

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[01/09/2011] Time and again it sweeps through the media and we hear of serious diseases, like for instance MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), which attack patients in hospitals. Needless to say these diseases happen, but they have long ago come to the forefront of hygiene experts, who fight with a vengeance to prevent essentially “man-made” infections in clinics and hospital facilities.Attack of the microorganisms: Medical Science and Technology against hospital-acquired Infections - Read more

Acne-treating: Antibiotic Cuts Catheter Infections in Dialysis Patients

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[22/08/2011] Antibiotics can help ward off serious bacterial infections in kidney disease patients who use tubes called catheters for their dialysis treatments. But if antibiotics are used too often, "super bugs" may crop up that are resistant to the drugs.Acne-treating: Antibiotic Cuts Catheter Infections in Dialysis Patients - Read more

New Therapy: Own Skin Cells May Treat Multiple Diseases

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[08/08/2011] The possibility of developing stem cells from a patient's own skin and using them to treat conditions as diverse as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and cancer has generated tremendous excitement in the stem cell research community in recent years. Such therapies would avoid the controversial need for using stem cells derived from human embryos.New Therapy: Own Skin Cells May Treat Multiple Diseases - Read more

Intelligent Machines: Scientists Develop Sensitive Skin for Robots

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[05/07/2011] Robots will soon be able to feel heat or gentle touching on their surfaces. Researchers of the Excellence Cluster CoTeSys at the Technical University Munich are now producing small hexagonal plates which when joined together form a sensitive skin for “machines with brains.” This will enable robot self-perception for the first time. Intelligent Machines: Scientists Develop Sensitive Skin for Robots - Read more

Glass Fibers: Speed Healing in Initial Venous Stasis Wound Trial

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[04/05/2011] Imagine a battlefield medic or emergency medical technician providing first aid with a special wad of cottony glass fibers that simultaneously slows bleeding, fights bacteria, stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms, resists scarring, and-because it is quickly absorbed by surrounding tissue - may never have to be removed in follow-up care.Glass Fibers: Speed Healing in Initial Venous Stasis Wound Trial - Read more

Diabetes mellitus: A disease that makes your skin crawl

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[02/05/2011] Hyperglycemia can lead to severe skin changes, which immediately require treatment. Yet special therapies for diabetes are rare, in many cases dermatologists treat independent of diabetologists. Diabetes mellitus: A disease that makes your skin crawl - Read more

Knee Protectors: Allergenic Substances on the Skin

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[02/05/2011] Common rubber products can form isothiocyanates in contact with skin and cause contact allergy. This is the conclusion of research carried out at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Isothiocyanates are a group of reactive substances that are potent contact allergens.Knee Protectors: Allergenic Substances on the Skin - Read more

Dyshidrosis: “A diagnosis and classification is still difficult“

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[02/05/2011] Multifaceted clinical patterns hide behind skin blistering. The different types of skin rashes can be caused by infections, allergies as well as internal diseases and are often beyond a reliable diagnosis. Dyshidrosis: “A diagnosis and classification is still difficult“ - Read more

Melanoma: Blood Test Could Predict Metastasis Risk

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[18/04/2011] Scientists at Yale University have identified a set of plasma biomarkers that could reasonably predict the risk of metastasis among patients with melanoma.Melanoma: Blood Test Could Predict Metastasis Risk - Read more

Countryside: Prevention Is Better Than Cure for Zoonotic Diseases

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[31/03/2011] The risk of contracting zoonotic diseases that pass from animals to humans appears to be on the increase in the UK, but encouraging countryside users to take simple precautions to protect themselves is the best response, according to research undertaken by the UK research councils’ Rural Economy and Land Use Programme.Countryside: Prevention Is Better Than Cure for Zoonotic Diseases - Read more

Complication by Medication Reactions: Tanning Bed Exposure Can Be Deadly

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[03/03/2011] Tanning bed exposure can produce more than some tanners may bargain for, especially when they self-diagnose and use the radiation to treat skin eruptions, according to research conducted by the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Dermatology. Complication by Medication Reactions: Tanning Bed Exposure Can Be Deadly - Read more

Children's Skin Wounds: Careful Cleaning Is Key to Healing

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[22/02/2011] When it comes to curing skin infected with the antibiotic-resistant bacterium MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), timely and proper wound cleaning and draining may be more important than the choice of antibiotic.Children's Skin Wounds: Careful Cleaning Is Key to Healing - Read more

Epithetics: “What always counts is a holistic view of the human being“

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Photo: Artificial nose [22/02/2011] In case of a tumor disease, a deformity or an accident, parts of the body or face of a person need to be reconstructed, often an epithetics specialist/ anaplastologist comes into play. His craft does not just require high empathy, but also the highest degree of technical skills.Epithetics: “What always counts is a holistic view of the human being“ - Read more

Skin Test: Unhealthy Lifestyle Will Be Detected

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[11/02/2011] Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin has developed a unique measuring method which permits medical personnel, within minutes, to say whether the lifestyle of a person is healthy or unhealthy. Skin Test: Unhealthy Lifestyle Will Be Detected - Read more

MicroRNA: Cocktail Helps Turn Skin Cells into Stem Cells

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[04/02/2011] Stem cells are ideal tools to understand disease and develop new treatments; however, they can be difficult to obtain in necessary quantities. MicroRNA: Cocktail Helps Turn Skin Cells into Stem Cells - Read more

Cell Binding: Hope to Those with Skin and Heart Problems

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[21/01/2011] A University of Manchester scientist has revealed the mechanism that binds skin cells tightly together, which he believes will lead to new treatments for painful and debilitating skin diseases and also lethal heart defects.Cell Binding: Hope to Those with Skin and Heart Problems - Read more

Crohn’s Disease: Vitamin D Absorption Diminished

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[19/01/2011] Researchers have for the first time shown that reduced vitamin D absorption in patients with quiescent Crohn's disease (CD) may be the cause for their increased risk for vitamin D deficiency. The findings also showed that the only way to determine absorption efficiency is to perform a vitamin D bioavailability test.Crohn’s Disease: Vitamin D Absorption Diminished - Read more

Rare Genetic Disease: Skin Provides Australia’s First Adult Stem Cells

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[14/01/2011] Scientists have developed Australia’s first adult induced pluripotent stem cell lines using skin biopsies from patients with the rare genetic disease Friedreich Ataxia (FA).Rare Genetic Disease: Skin Provides Australia’s First Adult Stem Cells - Read more

Flushing: Preventing Heart Problems While Keeping a Cool Head

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[29/07/2010] Cholesterol influences our health. Conventional treatment attempts to reduce the level of "bad" cholestero. The opposite approach, increasing the concentration of "good" cholesterol using nicotinic acid, has proven unpopular among patients. Flushing: Preventing Heart Problems While Keeping a Cool Head - Read more

Summer: Beach Umbrellas Do Not Block Out All Solar Radiation

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[22/07/2010] A team of researchers from the University of Valencia has proven that 34 percent of ultraviolet radiation filters through under beach umbrellas. Summer: Beach Umbrellas Do Not Block Out All Solar Radiation - Read more

Engineering: Creating Bone Replacements

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[14/07/2010] Scientists are using the engineering technology behind the creation of high-performance aircraft components to design 3-D models for the replacement of delicate and complex facial bones lost to cancer surgery or trauma. Engineering: Creating Bone Replacements - Read more

Childhood Cancer: Increased risk for having a malignant tumour in later life

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[08/06/2010] Childhood cancer survivors diagnosed later with non-melanoma skin cancer may be at increased risk for having a malignant tumor within 15 years, according to research led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators.Childhood Cancer: Increased risk for having a malignant tumour in later life - Read more

Disinfection: “Plasma Makes Bacteria Cell Walls Burst“

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[22/03/2010] Never wash without using soap – this is a slogan that surgeons should keep in mind at work. Hygiene of the future may look quite differently though, according to recent physicist’s findings. Disinfection: “Plasma Makes Bacteria Cell Walls Burst“ - Read more

Skin Cancer: Infrared System Looks for Melanoma

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[10/03/2010] Researchers have developed a non-invasive infrared scanning system to help doctors determine whether pigmented skin growths are benign moles or melanoma, a lethal form of cancer.Skin Cancer: Infrared System Looks for Melanoma - Read more

Skin: Hidden Sensory System?

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[11/12/2009] Researchers report that the human body has an entirely unique and separate sensory system aside from the nerves that give most of us the ability to touch and feel.Skin: Hidden Sensory System? - Read more

 
 

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