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Scientists discover link between gut microbes and Parkinson’s disease

Scientists discover link between gut microbes and Parkinson’s disease

Medical researchers in California have made a breakthrough in understanding Parkinson's disease. The discovery was made while performing animal research and a direct link between the brain disorder and a bacteria living in the gut has been found. The scientists hope that the discovery could someday lead to new treatments for the disease by focusing drugs on killing the gut bacteria or via the use of probiotics.

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Chinese researchers inject human with cells editing using CRISPR-Cas9 technique

Chinese researchers inject human with cells editing using CRISPR-Cas9 technique

Testing of new medical breakthroughs in the US take a very long time to move from animal trials into human trials. In China a group of researchers led by oncologist Lu You at Sichuan University in Chengdu have become the first in the world to inject cells into a person that were edited using the CRISPR-Cas9 technique. The person who was injected with the cells is suffering from an aggressive lung cancer and the injection was part of a clinical trial at West China Hospital in Chengdu.

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Brain implant allows paralyzed monkeys to use legs again

Brain implant allows paralyzed monkeys to use legs again

Researchers have been working on ways to help the paralyzed regain control over their bodies for a very long time and a team has now made an potentially life changing breakthrough for paralyzed humans. Researchers at the Ecole polytechnique federale de lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have been able to give paralyzed monkeys control over their legs again using brain implants. So far testing has been conducted on two rhesus macaques that underwent implantation within two weeks of being injured.

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Harvard researchers create 3D printed heart-on-a-chip with sensors inside

Harvard researchers create 3D printed heart-on-a-chip with sensors inside

Researchers at Harvard University have created the very first entirely 3D printed organ-on-a-chip and the technique could open the door for more complex and customizable devices in the future. The heart-on-a-sensor chip has integrated sensing and was constructed using fully automated digital manufacturing procedure that allows for fast fabrication and customization.

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This patch could save the life of a person with a peanut allergy

This patch could save the life of a person with a peanut allergy

This tiny patch is something that could mean the difference between life and death for people who suffer from a peanut allergy. The wearable patch has shown great promise and recently completed a clinical trial and has performed very well for young children. The patch is the Viaskin Peanut Patch and it gives small amounts of peanut protein through skin of the wearer.

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Researchers use iPhone to develop mobile cancer detection lab

Researchers use iPhone to develop mobile cancer detection lab

A group of researchers at Washington State University have developed a mobile lab that allows cancer detection tests to be conducted in the field. What makes it interesting, as well as small and portable, is that the unit uses a smartphone as its central component, and not the most advanced model on the market now, but an aging iPhone 5. Also impressive is that it's said to be up to 99% accurate, while still providing almost instant results from scans.

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Scientists feed silkworms graphene to create super strong silk

Scientists feed silkworms graphene to create super strong silk

Graphene is the subject of all sorts of experiments and is hailed as a wonder material. Graphene has the potential to be used in all sorts of devices from gadgets to medical gear in the future. A group of researchers have taken a new tact on graphene experiments by adding graphene to mulberry leaves fed to silkworms to see what would happen.

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Diabetics warned that insulin pump has security vulnerability

Diabetics warned that insulin pump has security vulnerability

Johnson & Johnson has told people using one of its insulin pumps that there is a vulnerability in the device's security that could allow hackers to gain access to the pump and make the device deliver an overdose of insulin. An overdose of insulin could be fatal. Despite the vulnerability and risk of death if the vulnerability were exploited, Johnson & Johnson says that the risk to users of the pump is low.

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British man may have been cured of HIV

British man may have been cured of HIV

The medical community is abuzz after a new experimental therapy may have cured a 44-year-old British man of HIV. Scientists working on the experimental therapy say that the HIV virus is completely undetectable in the man's blood. The research team investigating the new therapy consists of a team from five UK universities and the trial they are conducting currently has 50 people involved.

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3D Printed synthetic bone grafts aim for human trials in five years

3D Printed synthetic bone grafts aim for human trials in five years

Researchers are currently working with a new 3D printed synthetic bone that the scientists say overcomes some of the issues that surgeons have with current bone grafting materials. In trials, the surgeons on the research team have used the substance to fuse the spines of rats and repair a skull defect in a monkey. The 3D printed material is strong, elastic, and capable of helping the body grow its own new bone to fix an injury.

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Apple HealthKit to morph into diagnostic tool

Apple HealthKit to morph into diagnostic tool

Apple has had its HealthKit service for a while now and back during WWDC 2014 Apple talked about how it would involve major health providers in the use of HealthKit. So far, the service has not been particularly embraced by the healthcare providers around the world and has mostly been used for collecting data from devices like wearables and pucks placed in shoes. That may be about to change as Apple is building improved health record software better able to analyze and understand patient data.

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Walk Again Project uses machines to help people regain mobility

Walk Again Project uses machines to help people regain mobility

One of the most devastating types of injuries that a person can suffer is a spinal injury that makes them unable to walk again. An international collaboration of scientists is working with robotic equipment under the umbrella of a project dubbed "Walk Again Project" to use non-invasive brain-machine interfaces to allow people to walk again. The process involved having people with injuries perform brain training while interacting with robot-like machines.

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