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Gene therapy could restore hand function after spinal cord injury

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Editorial Team
Jun 20

Researchers have tested a new gene therapy that has shown potential to help people with spinal cord injuries to re-learn skilled hand movements. People with spinal cord injury often lose the ability to perform everyday actions that require coordinated hand movements such as writing, holding a toothbrush or picking up a drink.

In the study published in the journal Brain, researchers tested the new gene therapy on rats for regenerating damaged tissue in the spinal cord that could be switched on and off using a common antibiotic. “What is exciting about our approach is that we ca...

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New Blood Test Could Predict Preterm Labor 2 Months Before It Happens

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Editorial Team
Jun 19

Two newly developed blood tests may help moms-to-be accurately answer this ever-popular question: When is your baby due?

One blood test can predict gestational age and delivery date, while the other can flag some women who are at risk for premature delivery, according to a new study.

However, both tests are still in the beginning stages of research and aren't yet available to the public, according to the study, which was published online today (June 8) in the journal Science.

If these potentially low-cost tests are available for public use someday, they could "hold p...

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A journey from death to life

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Editorial Team
Jun 18

Life was a dream for Amit Vaidya, who soared high financially and professionally till he was diagnosed with cancer when he was 27
Amit Vaidya lived the American dream. A Gujarati, born and brought up in the US, with a Ph.D. in economics, he worked in the entertainment industry’s business department. “It was an active but not a healthy lifestyle as I was an overachiever,” says Amit. His dreams “were shattered” when a few months after his father’s death he was diagnosed with first stage gastric cancer. “The fall was great as I had risen to great ...

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Laparoscopic Liver Re-sectioning Surgery at Singapore- an alternative approach to liver re-sectioning

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Editorial Team
Jun 13

LLR surgery is a minimally invasive procedure where the surgeon removes a benign or malignant liver tumour through three or four keyhole-sized incisions. These tiny incisions are a stark contrast to the one large wound and scar when the same procedure is carried out via open surgery.

The advantages of LLR include reduced pain after surgery, less intraoperative blood loss and patients can quickly return to their previous level of activities. With a faster recovery time and fewer post-operative complications, patients require a shorter hospital stay,which in turn leads to reduced hosp...

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Beware, injectable drug users are at risk of superbug infections

Medisense Team
Editorial Team
Jun 09

A type of superbug bacteria is spreading rapidly among people who inject drugs, says a new government report. Due to it, users of heroin and other injectable drugs were 16 times more likely than other people to develop severe illnesses, said the report.

“Drug use has crept up and now accounts for a substantial proportion of these very serious infections,” said Dr William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University, one of the study’s authors.

The US is in the midst of its deadliest drug epidemic ever. While overdose deaths have been the main concern, studies have no...

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