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Laser shoes prevent "freezing" in Parkinson patients
Freezing of gait, an absence of forward progression of the feet despite the intention to walk, is a symptom of Parkinson's disease. Laser shoes that project a line on the floor to the rhythm of the footsteps help trigger the person to walk.
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Novel chip-based gene expression tool analyzes RNA quickly and accurately
A University of Illinois and Mayo collaboration has demonstrated a novel gene expression analysis technique that can accurately measure levels of RNA quickly and directly from a cancerous tissue sample while preserving the spatial information across the tissue - something that conventional methods cannot do.
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New method to map miniature brain circuits
In a feat of nanoengineering, scientists have developed a new technique to map electrical circuits in the brain far more comprehensively than ever before.
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'Decorated' stem cells could offer targeted heart repair
Although cardiac stem cell therapy is a promising treatment for heart attack patients, directing the cells to the site of an injury - and getting them to stay there - remains challenging.
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3D printing creates super soft structures that replicate brain and lungs
A new 3D printing technique allows researchers to replicate biological structures, which could be used for tissue regeneration and replica organs.
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3-D imaging of fat reveals potential targets for new obesity treatments
Stunning three-dimensional images of fat cells, the first of their kind, are the latest tactic in the ongoing fight against the global obesity epidemic. A movie, produced by The Rockefeller University's Laboratory of Molecular Metabolism, is part of a new report that reveals the inner workings of fat tissue in mice.
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Queen's University Professor's Skin Patch Offers Solution to Antibiotic Resistance Crisis
A team of researchers from Queen's University Belfast, led by Professor Ryan Donnelly, Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology are developing a new type of skin patch (microarray patch) that administers drugs directly into the bloodstream through thousands of individual "microneedles" which are being tested as a possible answer to the antibiotic resistance crisis.
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Phase III clinical trials for stem cell-based cartilage regeneration therapy have started
A group of researchers at Osaka University developed a synthetic tissue using synovium-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for treating damaged cartilage, which had previously been incurable and had no effective therapies.
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Bionic reconstruction – restoration at the psychological interface
Bionic reconstruction, whereby a patient's lifeless hand is replaced by a mechatronic hand, restores hope following accidents. However, not everyone is suitable for this programme – certain psychological preconditions must be fulfilled.
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Fewer laboratory animals thanks to secondary nanobodies
Antibodies are indispensable in biological research and medical diagnostics. However, their production is time-consuming, expensive, and requires the use of many animals.
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