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'Tree man' of Bangladesh 'cured' after 16 operations to fight rare skin condition, potentially making medical history

A Bangladeshi man who made news around the world because of a rare skin condition has been "cured", doctors have said.<p>Abul Bajandar was dubbed "tree …

Gene therapy is here, and it could radically change modern medicine

So what is gene therapy, anyway? The US Food and Drug Administration says it's any treatment in which a replacement gene is added to a person's body or a disease-causing one is inactivated. That's usually done by adding­­­­­­ new instructions to cells via billions of viruses stuffed with correct …

Genetics

Pregnant women's stem cells could treat osteoporosis, say scientists

People with fragile bones could have their skeletons beefed up with infusions of stem cells harvested from pregnant women, researchers say.<p>Scientists proposed the unusual therapy after studies showed that the treatment led to 78% fewer fractures in animals that were bred to have a brittle bone …

Stem Cells

Bacteria in your mouth may trigger arthritis - Futurity

Investigators have identified a common denominator in gum disease and in many people with rheumatoid arthritis: a bacterium called A. …

Doctors restored a woman's fertility using an ovary she had frozen when she was 9

Moaza Al Matrooshi, a 24-year-old from Dubai, had one of her ovaries frozen as a nine-year-old and is thought to be the youngest to have had the tissue stored for future use in a pregnancy.<p>Doctors delivered her baby at the Portland hospital in London on Tuesday where they said the treatment would …

Pregnancy

No Doctor Should Work 30 Straight Hours Without Sleep

The American medical system requires dangerous feats of sleep deprivation. It doesn’t have to.<p>When Larry Schlachter was a 31-year-old neurosurgeon, he was driving to the hospital early one morning and “just blacked out.” He crashed his car and crushed his chest; broken ribs punctured his thorax, …

Data Protection

HoloLens, MD: Why this medical school will teach doctors anatomy with Microsoft's augmented reality, not cadavers

One US university is planning on teaching the next generation of medics with the next generation of virtual reality technology.<p>Every doctor, no …

Augmented Reality

This Bengaluru-based startup can treat vertigo and stroke with a unique gadget

The gadget, named 'Balance Eye', primarily has an application in neurology, ENT as well as in emergency care.<p>Cyclops Medtech, a Bengaluru-based …

6 Realities Of Having My Life Saved By A Poop Transplant

Medical science is advancing so rapidly that we expect bionic genitals any day now, but one decidedly low-tech procedure has been making quite a …

Doctor uses iPad to conduct remote surgery in Gaza

<b>(CNN) —</b> In countries ravaged by conflict, providing international medical expertise on the ground can be almost impossible.<p>But a new software, called Proximie, is enabling surgeons to provide help from wherever they are in the world, all through the screen of an iPad.<p>"I see on my screen the …

Medicine

Tamping Down Epilepsy With Electricity

Implanted stimulators act like a circuit breaker for the brain<p>By age 32, Sheri Finstad’s epileptic seizures had become unbearable. She frequently fell, injured herself, and got concussions. Her doctors tried neuro­surgery to better understand her condition, and a special diet and medication to …

European Union

This Intelligent Mirror Can Diagnose Everything Wrong With You From Your Reflection

This mirror has sensors that go beyond skin deep to find out how healthy you really are.<p>The Wize Mirror knows if you’ve been drinking too much or eating foods you shouldn’t. It can sense if you’ve got high cholesterol or are on the way to getting diabetes. And it does all of this without ever …

This 16-year-old hacked a printer to come up with a cheaper way to detect heart disease

The 16-year-old says the trait runs in the family: His grandfather, who died of a heart attack before Sumanthipala was born, also loved to build things too.<p>Once Sumathipala learned that he and his family were also at risk for the disease that caused him to know his grandfather solely through …

Personalized Medicine

A Scientist Deploys Light And Sound To Reveal The Brain

Lihong Wang creates the sort of medical technology you'd expect to find on the starship Enterprise.<p>Wang, a professor of biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has already helped develop instruments that can detect individual cancer cells in the bloodstream and oxygen …

Imaging

Prosthetic electrodes will return amputees' sense of touch

For all the functionality and freedom that modern prosthetics provide, they still cannot give their users a sense of what they're touching. That may soon change thanks to an innovative electrode capable of connecting a prosthetic arm's robotic sense of touch to the human nervous system that it's …

Lab-grown blood, artificial organs – the science transforming our health

After the news that scientists have developed blood that can be grown in a laboratory, here are more discoveries that are redefining medicine<p>The news that scientists have developed blood that can be grown in the laboratory raised hope last week that a powerful weapon had been created to tackle …

Medicine

One step closer to artificial intelligence: Scientists create cells replicating human brain processes

Australian scientists have for the first time developed an electronic long-term memory cell that mimics the work of a human brain. Researchers say …

HIV immunity: rare gene differences offer hope for treatment

Seven years after the ‘Berlin patient’ was cured of HIV, scientists are looking to natural immunity through genetic variation to create vaccine and gene therapies<p>“I believe it’s possible to develop a mass-market single-shot treatment for HIV,” says Dr Gero Hütter. “If we can overcome a few …

Genetic Engineering

Meet The Machine That Could Replace Anesthesiologists

It can only be used for simple procedures for now, but that's changing quickly<p>Say hello to the hunk of plastic that could replace your anesthesiologist.<p>Right now, only four U.S. hospitals are using the Sedasys anesthesiology machine to sedate patients before surgery. Johnson & Johnson has been …

The Cure for Brain Diseases Is in Your Gut

Researchers are just now starting to link inflammation in your gut with some of the most deadly and debilitating diseases we have.<p>Why are we making …

Researchers Chemically Control A Mouse’s Mind For Science

The first results from Obama’s BRAIN initiative<p>One minute the mouse was starving, and the next it turned away from its food, leaving it untouched. Its sudden bursts of activity were counteracted with just as sudden bouts of lethargy. This mouse was acting strange, and it wasn’t by accident--it was …

Neuroscience

Scientists Are Figuring Out How To Change Blood Types

All thanks to a little enzyme<p>At some point in your life, you’ve probably been asked to donate blood. If your blood is type O, you may have been asked to donate even more, because your blood type is the most useful and is less common. The difference between blood types may seem small--people with …

Your Next Prescription Could Be A Genome Sequence

At Advances in Genome Biology and Technology, a conference for genomic scientists held earlier this year, one speaker told attendees that the use of genome sequencing to improve patient care is no longer a far-off goal—it’s happening today. While you won’t encounter genome sequencing on an average …

Genetics

In The Future, Spider Silk May Help Grow Your Replacement Heart

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how spider silk is this crazy wonder material that may soon find its way into everything from electronics to …

Breath test to predict risk of stomach cancer developed by scientists

Researchers suggest the technology could be used to check patients' risk of stomach cancer<p>A breath test which can predict the chance of developing stomach cancer has been developed by scientists in the hope it could save thousands of lives.<p>Currently symptoms of stomach cancer are often mistaken for …

Google to build robot surgeons with Johnson & Johnson

Pair have entered collaboration to develop robotic tools for surgeons<p>Google is to team up with healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson to build robotic surgeons in the Silicon Valley giant's latest foray into healthcare.<p>The tech giant will work with J&J medical device division Ethicon to develop new …

UK medical first as girl with huge birthmark undergoes pioneering 'balloon treatment' to grow new skin

Surgeons put balloons under Jessica Brett's scalp to stretch skin before removing mole covering half her head amid fears in could be untreatable if it turned cancerous<p>A schoolgirl grew new skin after medics inflated four balloons under her scalp to replace a huge birthmark in a UK medical …

Cancer

Quadriplegic woman flies F-35 with nothing but her thoughts

Arati Prabhakar—director of the Pentagon's advanced research arm DARPA—has revealed a breakthrough achievement in machine mind control. Jan …