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Chinese team to pioneer first human CRISPR trial

CRISPR (= Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) + DNA fragment, E.Coli. Credit: Mulepati, S., Bailey, S.; Astrojan/Wikipedia/ CC BY 3.0 (Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers at Sichuan University’s West China Hospital has announced plans to begin a clinical trial where cells modified using the CRISPR gene editing technique will…

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Alzheimer’s breakthrough: Vaccine developed by Australian and US researchers may reverse dementia and Alzheimer’s

Experts at Adelaide’s Flinders University have made an Alzheimer’s breakthrough that may result in world’s first dementia vaccine. Developed by Australian and US scientists, this vaccine may not only prevent but also reverse early stages of Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia. Source: Alzheimer’s breakthrough: Vaccine developed by Australian…



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Chronic opioid use risks increase with knee surgery, cesarean 

  The risk of chronic opioid use increases with the most common types of surgery, researchers say. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, was led by Dr. Eric Sun and co-authored by Prof. Beth Darnall, from the Stanford University School of Medicine in California. According to the Centers for Disease…


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Gut bacteria unleash anti-aging power of pomegranates – Medical News Today

In uncovering a compound’s potential anti-aging properties, researchers reveal a fascinating result of the co-evolution of plants, bacteria, and animals over millions of years. They show the compound enables muscle cells in animals to protect themselves against one of the major causes of aging. The compound – called urolithin A…



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3D Printing of a Living Tissue with Stem Cell Bio-Ink

Scientists at the University of Bristol have developed a new kind of bio-ink. This discovery could allow the production of complex tissues for surgical implants. The new stem cell-containing bio-ink allows 3D ing of a living tissue, also known as bioing. This bio-ink contains two different polymer-based components. One, extracted from seaweed,…


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Viral hepatitis has become a leading global killer

Compared with most other communicable diseases, hepatitis has risen in global importance since the 1990s. It is now a leading cause of death and disability worldwide and kills at least as many people as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, or malaria. At 1.45 million deaths a year, viral hepatitis now ranks among the…


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Almost half of highly rated sunscreens do not meet AAD guidelines 

New research finds that while consumers rate sunscreens that absorb well and smell nice most highly, many of these products do not adhere to American Academy of Dermatology guidelines. Many popular sunscreens do not adhere to the water-resistant AAD criteria. Skin cancer is currently the most common cancer in the United States, and…


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Medical marijuana linked to reduced prescription drug use 

Legalization of medical marijuana in some American states has reduced the use of prescription drugs, equating to a saving of more than $165 million in 2013. This is the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Health Affairs. Research suggests the legalization of medical marijuana in some U.S. states…