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New surgical tool assesses progression

October 13th, 2014
by Tania

A new tool has been used to help track the performance and progression of trainee surgeons as they develop their skills in robot-assisted microsurgery.

Published in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' (ASPS) journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the study evaluated the effectiveness of the Structured Assessment of Robotic Microsurgical Skills (SARMS). Read the rest of this entry »

New genes key for development of severe childhood epilepsies

October 12th, 2014
by Tania

Doctor with infant childA new study, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, has identified hundreds of novel genes that play a key role in the development of severe epilepsy in children.

In the largest collaborative study to date, an international team of researchers identified novel causes for severe childhood epilepsies. Read the rest of this entry »

Gene therapy solves symptoms in rare enzyme disorder

October 11th, 2014
by Tania

A new report has outlined two new gene therapies that could be used to treat a rare disease called MPS I.

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania analysed ways to deliver a vector to replace the enzyme IDUA, which patients with the disorder are deficient in.  Read the rest of this entry »

New insight about Parkinson’s disease protein

October 10th, 2014
by Tania

Active neuronsA protein – alpha-synuclein – is known to play a role in the development of Parkinson's disease, as well as other neurological conditions, such as dementia with Lewy bodies.

However, much has been unknown about the protein's functions and insight in this area could lead to new therapies. Read the rest of this entry »

Fisher Scientific bakers rise to the challenge

October 10th, 2014
by Lee

Some of the cakes for sale in aid of Macmillan CancerThe bakers at Fisher Scientific Loughborough office dusted off their aprons and have been busy baking as part of the biggest coffee morning campaign to raise money for Macmillan Cancer charity.

On Monday 29th September a vast array of scrumptious cakes and biscuits were on sale in their staff restaurant a long with a tombola (prizes donated by employees). Read the rest of this entry »