‘SOMAH’ could buy time for transplant patients.

The 100,000-plus U.S. patients waiting for organ transplants face a perilous race against time. Most organs can only be preserved outside the body for somewhere between four and 24 hours–a problem that aggravates the chronic shortage of donors. In 2008, 6,684 patients died waiting for organs, according to the National Kidney Foundation. A Harvard scientist … Continue reading

A “game-changing” new cancer database announced on 12 June 2013

  The world’s largest single database of cancer patients is being set up by Public Health England in a major step forward to harnessing the power of data to revolutionise care. It will collate all the available data on each of the 350,000 new tumours detected in the country each year. The aim is to … Continue reading

New Multiple Sclerosis Treatment ‘Tricks’ Immune System

  An experimental treatment that involves injecting multiple-sclerosis (MS) patients with their own white blood cells has been shown to be safe, according to a new study. The study also provided some evidence that the treatment was effective in modifying the immune system. MS arises when a person’s immune system attacks myelin, the insulating sheath … Continue reading

Coronavirus

The new virus emerged in 2012 A patient infected with the novel coronavirus has died in France, according to the health ministry. The virus, which is similar to those which cause Sars and the common cold, emerged last year. Out of 44 confirmed cases around the world, 23 people have now died with most infections … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures 2013

Hospital ‘superbug’ – ”carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae” (CPE)

  Sleep Walking in Super bug Crisis   Doctors are unsure how many patients have been killed by carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae. Hospitals in England are not required to officially report infections of a “superbug” capable of resisting our most powerful antibiotics, a BBC investigation has found. Cases of “carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae” (CPE) have shown a sharp rise. … Continue reading

What’s In A Flu Name? Hs And Ns Tell A Tale

In biology, you can’t get much simpler than viruses. They stick onto cells, pop open and then dump their genes inside to reproduce. But the naming of viruses isn’t so easy to follow. There’s the new H7N9 spreading through China. And H5N1 is popping up in Southeast Asia. Last summer, H3N2 sickened dozens of people … Continue reading

Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells

Human cloning has been used to produce early embryos, marking a “significant step” for medicine, say US scientists. The cloned embryos were used as a source of stem cells, which can make new heart muscle, bone, brain tissue or any other type of cell in the body. Scientists say they have, for the first time, … Continue reading

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