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Gov't approves test using iPS cells to treat spinal cord injuries

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A team of Japanese researchers will carry out an unprecedented trial using a kind of stem cell to try to treat debilitating spinal cord injuries, the specialists said on Monday. The team at Tokyo's Keio University has received government approval for a trial using so-called induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells… Read

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Researchers discover how sleep helps the body fight germs

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It looks like your mother was right: when you've got a cold, sleep may be the best medicine. German researchers have discovered one way sleep improves the body's ability to fight off a cold. Sleep, it seems, strengthens the potency of certain immune cells by improving their chances of attaching… Read

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AI system spots childhood disease like a doctor

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An artificial intelligence (AI) program developed in China that combs through test results, health records and even handwritten notes diagnosed childhood diseases as accurately as doctors, researchers say. From the flu and asthma to life-threatening pneumonia and meningitis, the system consistently matched or out-performed primary care paediatricians, they reported in… Read

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Blood sugar tied to fracture risk in type 1 diabetes

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People with type 1 diabetes are more likely to break a bone when their average blood sugar levels are dangerously high, a large study suggests. Researchers examined data on more than 47,000 people with diabetes, including 3,329 with type 1, the less common form, which typically develops in childhood or… Read

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Turn down the volume: WHO takes aim at harmful smartphone use

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More than one billion young people risk damaging their hearing through excessive use of smartphones and other audio devices, the U.N. warns, proposing new safety standards for safe volume levels. In a bid to safeguard hearing, the World Health Organization and International Telecommunications Union has issued a non-binding international standard… Read

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Deadly drug-resistant TB a 'blinking red' global threat

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Deadly, drug-resistant tuberculosis -- as lethal as Ebola and tough to treat in even the best hospitals -- is a "blinking red" worldwide threat, the head of a global health fund warned in an interview with AFP. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is on a mission… Read

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Women overlooked and undervalued in medicine

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Women are overlooked by medical researchers and undervalued in health-related careers, a series of reports in the British medical journal the Lancet has found. Women working to build careers in health face significant barriers, according a series of papers in the special issue of the journal looking at gender diversity… Read

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Tests suggest scientists achieved 1st 'in body' gene editing

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Scientists think they have achieved the first gene editing inside the body, altering DNA in adults to try to treat a disease, although it's too soon to know if this will help. Preliminary results suggest that two men with a rare disorder now have a corrective gene at very low… Read

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Telemedicine's challenge: Getting patients to click the app

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Walmart workers can now see a doctor for only $4. The catch? It has to be a virtual visit. The retail giant recently rolled back the $40 price on telemedicine, becoming the latest big company to nudge employees toward a high-tech way to get diagnosed and treated remotely. But patients… Read

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Most parents know good hygiene, not folklore, helps prevent colds

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Ninety-nine percent of parents said they reinforced principles of good hygiene, like frequent hand-washing and avoiding contact with people who are ill, to prevent their kids from getting sick during cold season, according to a nationally-representative U.S. poll. Still, half of the participants also said they gave their kids supplements,… Read

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