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‘Shape-shifting’ material could help reconstruct faces

September 14th, 2014
by Tania

A new report has found a new "self-fitting" material that expands with warm salt water to accurately fit bone defects and could help thousands of patients who are born with birth defects or experience injuries.  Read the rest of this entry »

Stroke victims need prescription at discharge

September 13th, 2014
by Tania

medicationData analysis has found that stroke patients are 70 per cent more likely to still be taking their medication a year on if they have their prescription when they are discharged from hospital, compared to those who have to wait. Read the rest of this entry »

Insight into how children memorise facts

September 12th, 2014
by Tania

School girl doing arithmeticA new longitudinal study has helped to explain how children are able to remember facts, and why some find it easier to pull things from memory than others.

When children begin to learn basic arithmetic, they gradually switch from counting on their fingers to pulling facts from memory, which is easier for some than others, but it is unknown why. Read the rest of this entry »

Scientists create ‘electronic nose’ to detect C. diff infection

September 11th, 2014
by Tania

Researchers have devised a fast-sensitive "electronic nose" that is able to smell the highly infectious bacteria C. diff.

The team at the University of Leicester used a mass spectrometer to show that it is possible to identify the unique 'smell' of C. diff, which could lead to much faster diagnosis of the condition. Read the rest of this entry »

Genetic factors identified in pediatric ulcerative colitis

September 10th, 2014
by Tania

A team from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have helped identify genetic factors that can trigger the onset of the early stages of ulcerative colitis.

Although the condition is rare, it can have severe consequences for young children and infants as it can lead to the early development of colon cancer and increase their risk of liver damage. Read the rest of this entry »