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‘Miracle’ stem cell therapy reverses multiple sclerosis

Although it is still too early, as only two dozen patients have taken part in the trial so far, scientists take an optimist view in the results. In the new treatment, specialists use a high dose of chemotherapy to knock out the immune system before rebuilding it with stem cells taken from the patient’s own blood.

2016-12-29T11:13:33+02:00March 3rd, 2015|

Skin may help spot Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

Scientists from the University of San Luis Potosi in Mexico have proposed a new idea for detecting brain conditions including Alzheimer's - a skin test. Their work, which is at an early stage, found the same abnormal proteins that accumulate in the brain in such disorders can also be found in skin. Early diagnosis is key to preventing the loss of brain tissue in dementia, which can go undetected for years.

2016-12-29T11:13:33+02:00February 26th, 2015|

WHO approves 15-minute test for Ebola

The first rapid test for the Ebola virus, which can deliver a result in 15 minutes, has been approved by the World Health Organisation for use in west Africa. A quick and easy test that can be used in rural African settings rather than relying on the transport of samples to distant labs is much needed in the Ebola epidemic, and several companies have been working to produce one. The ReEBOV Antigen rapid test kit, which now has a WHO seal of approval, is made by Corgenix in the US. Instead of testing for the genetic material of the virus – its nucleic acid – the test detects the Ebola protein. It is less definitive, but trials have shown that it can correctly identify about 92% of Ebola-infected patients and clear 85% of those not infected with the virus.

2016-12-29T11:13:33+02:00February 24th, 2015|

Link between powerful gene regulatory elements and autoimmune diseases

Investigators have discovered the genomic switches of a blood cell key to regulating the human immune system. The findings open the door to new research and development in drugs and personalized medicine to help those with autoimmune disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease or rheumatoid arthritis.

2016-12-29T11:13:33+02:00February 17th, 2015|

Doctors store 1600 digital hearts for big data study

Scientists at the Medical Research Council's Clinical Sciences Centre at Hammersmith Hospital are scanning detailed 3D videos of the hearts of 1,600 patients and collecting genetic information from each volunteer. The aim is to develop new treatments by comparing the detailed information on the hearts and the patients' genes.

2016-12-29T11:13:33+02:00February 16th, 2015|

Cerebral palsy: It can be in your genes

It has long been the belief that cerebral palsy occurs when a child experiences a lack of oxygen during pregnancy or at birth. However, the Australian Collaborative Cerebral Palsy Research Group, based at the University of Adelaide's Robinson Research Institute, has found at least 14% of cerebral palsy cases are likely caused by a genetic mutation.

2016-12-29T11:13:33+02:00February 14th, 2015|

Ebola Drug Trial Is Halted for Lack of Patients

The halted trial was testing the antiviral drug brincidofovir at a clinic in Monrovia, Liberia. The developer of the drug, Chimerix, announced late Friday that it would no longer participate in the study.

2016-12-29T11:13:33+02:00February 4th, 2015|