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July 27, 2016

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July 27, 2016

Gene Controls Regeneration of Injured Muscle by Adult Stem Cells

July 21, 2016 — A key gene enables the repair of injured muscle throughout life, according to a study in mice. The study results further suggest that this "overlooked" gene may play an important role in ... read more

Regenerative Medicine Improves Strength, Function in Severe Muscle Injuries

July 21, 2016 — Patients with severe muscle loss surgically implanted with bioscaffolds derived from pig tissue showed significant improvement in strength and range of motion, as well as evidence for skeletal muscle ... read more

Chronic Pain Costs Are High to Ontario Health Care System and to Individual Patients

July 6, 2016 — Costs of patients who develop chronic post-surgical pain could range from $2.5 million to $4.1 million a year, in one Ontario hospital alone, according to a new ... read more

Robotic Rectum May Aid Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

July 4, 2016 — A robotic rectum may help doctors and nurses detect prostate cancer. The technology, which consists of prosthetic buttocks and rectum with in-built robotic ... read more

Fine-Tuning Prosthetics for Cyclists

July 4, 2016 — Disabled cyclists will be among those competing at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in September 2016. Ensuring top performance calls for prosthetics of superior design, but tailoring them to ... read more

Risk of Blindness from Spine Surgery Down Significantly

June 30, 2016 — The risk of blindness caused by spinal fusion, one of the most common surgeries performed in the U.S., has dropped almost three-fold since the late 1990s, according to the largest study of the topic ... read more

Stem Cell Treatment for Lou Gehrig's Disease May Be Safe

June 29, 2016 — A phase II clinical trial in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, suggests that transplanting human stem cells into the spinal cord may be done safely. While ... read more

June 29, 2016 — A glutamate receptor GluD2 was responsible for the regeneration of synapses in the cerebellum, researchers report at the conclusion of a recent ... read more

Testicular Cancer Survivors May Have Hearing Loss After Cisplatin Therapy, Study Shows

June 27, 2016 — Many testicular cancer survivors experience hearing loss after cisplatin-based chemotherapy, according to researchers who studied, for the first time, the cumulative effects of cisplatin-based ... read more

June 27, 2016 — Researchers have created nanoscale electronic scaffolds that can be seeded with cardiac cells to produce a 'bionic' cardiac patch. Once implanted, the bionic patch could act similarly to a ... read more

E-Wheelchair Should Weigh Less

June 27, 2016 — Whilst the advantages of a wheelchair with auxiliary drive are self-evident, they do not always outweigh the disadvantages. The weight of the construction can pose a physical burden on a certain ... read more

Self-Learning Arm Controlled by Thought

June 22, 2016 — Scientists are developing a robotic arm prototype and its control algorithm using myoelectric signals. The mechanical limb will independently recognize the motions of its owner and be able to ... read more

Researchers Explore Epigenetic Influences of Chronic Pain

June 21, 2016 — New research shows how the DNA-binding protein MeCP2 can regulate the expression of a large number of genes that modulate pain. This study is a first step in identifying new, non-opioid drugs for ... read more

New Model Predicts Complication Risks in Surgery for Spinal Cord Compression

June 21, 2016 — A simple model consisting of four risk factors can help surgeons to predict the risk of complications after surgery for cervical spondylotic myelopathy -- a common condition causing compression of ... read more

Intervention Helps Newborns Get Screened for Hearing Loss, Study Finds

June 15, 2016 — Targeted intervention helps improve follow-up rates by more than 70 percent for newborns who fail initial hearing screenings at birth hospitals, scientists have ... read more

June 14, 2016 — Although brains -- even adult brains -- are far more malleable than we used to think, they are eventually subject to age-related illnesses, like dementia, and loss of cognitive function. Someday, ... read more

Stroke Damages Blood-Spinal Cord Barrier, Researchers Find

June 13, 2016 — Researchers investigating the short and long-term effects of ischemic stroke in a rodent model have found that stroke can cause long-term damage to the blood-spinal cord barrier, which provides a ... read more

Older Americans With Diabetes Living Longer Without Disability, US Study Shows

June 11, 2016 — Older Americans with diabetes born in the 1940s are living longer and with less disability performing day to day tasks than those born 10 years earlier, according to new ... read more

Nerve-Insulating Cells More Diverse Than Previously Thought

June 9, 2016 — Oligodendrocytes, a type of brain cell that plays a crucial role in diseases such as multiple sclerosis, are more diverse than have previously been thought, according to a new study. The findings ... read more

Mobilizing Mitochondria May Be Key to Regenerating Damaged Neurons

June 7, 2016 — Boosting the transport of mitochondria along neuronal axons enhances the ability of mouse nerve cells to repair themselves after injury, researchers have discovered. The study suggests potential new ... read more

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