Mini-kidneys grown from stem cells provide new insights into kidney disease and potential therapies

An international team of researchers led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has grown ‘miniature kidneys’ in the laboratory that could be used to better understand how kidney diseases develop in individual patients. The mini kidneys, known as kidney organoids, were grown outside the body from skin cells derived from a single patient who has polycystic kidney disease, one […]

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Schoolchildren from affluent families TWICE as likely to drink alcohol

Schoolchildren from the most affluent families are TWICE as likely to drink alcohol as those from poorer backgrounds – and they use drugs more often, reveals major NHS report A total of 12 per cent of children from affluent families had drunk in the last week The figure was seven per cent for youngsters from less affluent families One in […]

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Vaccines, routines and screens: Tips for a healthy school year from a physician mom

It’s back-to-school time, the time of year that often has parents rushing to buy school supplies, new clothes and healthy snacks to stock the pantry. It also tends to bring stress around homework, earlier bedtimes and an influx of colds and coughs. Dr. Tina Ardon, a family medicine physician and mom of three, provides some back-to-school tips to keep parents […]

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People Are Getting Second-Degree Burns On Their Feet From Hot Pavement

With summer comes all sorts of warnings about staying safe in the sun: Wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, reach for a comically-large, wide-brimmed straw hat when you can. But while you're protecting any and all skin that could come into contact with those rays, you should also be paying attention to one part of your body where the sun doesn't hit: your […]

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Student’s headaches from ‘exam stress’ caused by a BRAIN TUMOUR

Student whose crippling headaches were dismissed as ‘exam stress’ discovers she has a golf ball-sized BRAIN TUMOUR during an eye test at Vision Express Rhiannan Harris had just graduated from university when symptoms appeared She never imagined regular headaches and blurred vision were due to a tumour Opticians referred her to hospital during a check-up in July 2018 Doctors believed […]

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Proposed gene therapy for a heart arrhythmia, based on models made from patient cells

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital report creating the first human tissue model of an inherited heart arrhythmia, replicating two patients’ abnormal heart rhythms in a dish, and then suppressing the arrhythmia with gene therapy in a mouse model. Their work, published in two papers in the July 30 print issue of the journal Circulation, opens the possibility of developing single-dose […]

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Hand-prostheses from the 3D printer?

Missing limbs can affect the quality of life. Prostheses are useful, however are also expensive and difficult to handle. At the University of Hiroshima in Japan has now been in the 3D printing process, a lightweight hand prosthesis is developed that responds so well to movement intentions, with your "Scissors-Stone-Papier" can play. How this prosthesis works, explains study author Professor […]

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Blood test that detects ovarian cancer could save women from surgery

Blood test that can detect ovarian cancer ‘may save lives and stop women having unnecessary surgery’ to spot the killer disease Women with ovarian cysts endure surgery to help doctors spot any tumours  For every one cancer that is detected, five women are operated on Blood test identifies 11 proteins that are higher in women with ovarian cancer  A blood […]

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Happy Father's Day! Celebs Share Best Advice From Their Fathers

Words of wisdom! While raising kids of their own, celebrities like O’Shea Jackson and Ike Barinholtz have looked to their own dads for help. But not all famous fathers just enjoy receiving advice — some of them like to share it. In February 2019, for example, Prince William opened up to a group of future dads about parenting. “It’s very daunting how […]

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Two Meningitis B Vaccines Have Been Approved in the US. So Why Are Young People Still Dying From It?

When it came to her sons’ medical care, Aracelly Bibl did everything right. She prioritized the health of her three boys, knew their pediatrician's phone number by heart, and made sure they were up to date on their recommended vaccinations. But all of her diligence still didn't protect her oldest child, Joseph Clouse, from meningitis B, which killed him this past […]

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