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microRNAs could protect the brain from developing epilepsy

microRNAs could protect the brain from developing epilepsy
On December 16, 1997, hundreds of Japanese children were brought to hospital suffering from epilepsy-like seizures. They all had one thing in common: they had been watching an episode of the Pokemon TV show when their symptoms began. Doctors determined that their symptoms were triggered by five seconds of intensely bright flashing lights on the popular TV program. But why did the lights affect a few hundred children while thousands of other viewers were unharmed?
6th June 2017

Project could lead to gene-based cancer treatments

Project could lead to gene-based cancer treatments
A breakthrough in understanding the role of a specific lymphoid cell gene has been achieved thanks to an EU Marie Curie research grant. The findings could lead to new targeted treatments for leukaemia and other types of cancers. The body’s immune system is a true marvel of biological engineering, made up of structures and processes that cooperate to identify and attack viruses, bacteria and parasites while sparing the body itself.
10th February 2017

Scientists 'break the ice' on organ banking

Scientists 'break the ice' on organ banking
After decades of studies, scientists now believe that a breakthrough in preserving body organs for the purpose of saving lives is close at hand. A heart or lung is kept viable for transplantation for only six hours before deterioration begins. Pancreas or liver would go to waste after 12 hours in storage, and a kidney could be kept outside the body for less than 30 hours. These time constraints pose a tremendous logistical challenge for the procedure of transplanting donated organs.
2nd March 2016


Smart socks help with diabetic neuropathy

Smart socks help with diabetic neuropathy
Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage associated with the development of foot ulcers in patients with diabetes. Resulting from anatomical deformation, excessive pressure and poor blood supply, it affects over 130m individuals worldwide. It is also the leading cause of amputation, costing the United States economy alone more than $10bn annually.
28th January 2016


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