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UK man receives the world’s first ‘bionic penis’

Surgeons in the UK have implanted an 8-inch (20-cm) ‘bionic penis’ into 43-year-old Mohammed Abad, a Scottish man who lost his own penis and left testicle in a car accident when he was six. And although headlines are calling this a … Continue reading

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Could a digital pen change how we diagnose brain function?

For all of the advances in medical technology, many of the world’s most widely-used diagnostic tools essentially involve just two things: pen and paper. Tests such as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) and the Clock Drawing Test (CDT) are used … Continue reading

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First 3D-printed pill approved by US authorities

In a world first, the US Food and Drug Administration has given the go-ahead for a 3D-printed pill to be produced. The FDA has previously approved medical devices – including prosthetics – that have been 3D printed. The new drug, … Continue reading

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Scientists have developed an eye drop that can dissolve cataracts

Researchers in the US have developed a new drug that can be delivered directly into the eye via an eye dropper to shrink down and dissolve cataracts – the leading cause of blindness in humans. While the effects have yet to … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Acupuncture Partly Explained In Rat Study

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A biological mechanism explaining part of the mystery of acupuncture has been pinpointed by scientists studying rats. The research showed that applying electroacupuncture to an especially powerful acupuncture point known as stomach meridian point 36 (St36) affected a complex interaction … Continue reading

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This new insulin patch could soon replace injections for diabetics

A new ‘smart patch’ lined with painless microneedles full of insulin has been developed by researchers in the US in an effort to do away with the uncomfortable injections that have become a part of life for the millions of … Continue reading

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Potential new anti-malarial drug developed

Professor Ian Gilbert and Dr Kevin Read explain how a new compound developed at the Drug Discovery Unit at the University of Dundee has the potential to treat malaria sufferers with just a single dose and also prevent the spread … Continue reading

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Scientists figure out how to restore vision in blind mice

Scientists have engineered a biocompatible, light-sensing protein, which they’ve used to restore daylight vision in mice blinded by an inherited and degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. Millions of people around the world suffer from retinitis pigmentosa and other age-related … Continue reading

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Scientists discover an enzyme that can change a person’s blood type

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Scientists have discovered that a particular type of enzyme can cut away antigens in blood types A and B, to make them more like Type O – considered the ‘universal’ blood type, because it’s the only type that can be … Continue reading

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First non-beating heart transplant performed successfully in the UK

Surgeons in Cambridge have successfully installed a new type of heart transplant in a 60-year-old patient who is reportedly doing great, leaving the hospital just four days after the procedure. Prior to this procedure, heart transplants have only ever been … Continue reading

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New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memories back. Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques – structures that are responsible for memory loss and … Continue reading

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Recipient Of World’s First Penis Transplant Able To Have Sex

The operation was performed at Cape Town’s Tygerberg Hospital by surgeons from the hospital and Stellenbosch University. Although the operation was performed last December, the team waited until they could determine the long-term success of the procedure before declaring it … Continue reading

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Experimental anti-cholesterol drug shows promise

People taking an experimental drug called Repatha (evolocumab) for high cholesterol were half as likely to die or suffer a heart attack or stroke as those taking conventional statins, researchers said Sunday. The findings were based on 4,465 patients who … Continue reading

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Mobile scanner detects disease from a drop of blood

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New contact lenses will help people see with inbuilt telescope

AMD is the biggest cause of sight loss in Britain with sufferers losing their ability to see in the centre of their field of vision, making it difficult to read and recognise faces. Sufferers, therefore, need to use their peripheral … Continue reading

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New self-administering ‘smart’ insulin could revolutionise diabetes treatment

This new form of ‘smart’ insulin remains in the blood stream for 24 hours, and maintains blood sugar levels on its own. Which means no more finger pricks or insulin pens. Researchers in the US have developed a new type … Continue reading

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Early evidence shows common antibiotics also kill cancer cells

Following a suggestion from an eight-year-old, scientists have found that some of the world’s cheapest and most common antibiotics can eradicate cancer stem cells across multiple tumour types in the lab. Antibiotics aren’t just good at treating infections – they … Continue reading

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Breakthrough pill can CURE diabetes

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Diabetes could be cured by simply taking a pill that “rewires” the body, researchers have claimed. Handing hope to the millions of sufferers in the UK, the new study suggests that a “probiotic pill” – one containing live bacteria – … Continue reading

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A breakthrough treatment is set to halt pain of arthritis

An injection given just once a year could banish the agony of painful joints for millions of arthritis sufferers. It would reduce the need for painkillers and boost patients’ quality of life. Scientists behind the idea believe it has the potential … Continue reading

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Copper bed rails kill hospital-related infections on contact

You know what’s not cool? Checking yourself into hospital for one illness, only to contract another illness purely by virtue of the fact that you’re currently in a hospital. That’s bad news for everyone, because you have to stay in … Continue reading

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