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HIV slower to develop into AIDS

December 6th, 2014
by Tania

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) evolves to try and defend itself against treatment, but these new strains are less virulent and take longer to trigger AIDS symptoms, a new study has suggested. 

Research from Oxford University has triggered claims that this is a 'turning point' for the treatment of HIV. Campaigners announced on Monday (December 1st) that now is the first time in the epidemic's 30-year history that the number of new HIV infections is lower than the amount of HIV-positive people seeking treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

Copper important for maintaining a healthy resting brain

December 5th, 2014
by Tania
Rich sources of copper
Rich sources of copper: oysters, beef or lamb liver, Brazil nuts, blackstrap molasses, cocoa, and black pepper.
(Credit: Photo by Keith Weller)

A new study has indicated that copper could be more important than previously thought.

Other studies have linked the metal to the health of the human brain, while improper copper oxidation is thought to be involved in the onset of several neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Read the rest of this entry »

Nanotubes could replace damaged retinas

December 4th, 2014
by Tania

Nanotubes could replace damaged retinasA team from Tel Aviv University (TAU) has developed a new groundbreaking wireless material, which is able to activate neuronal activity in response to light.

Their study, published in Nano Letters, could help the number of elderly people that lose their eyesight because of retinal degeneration. Read the rest of this entry »

STEMI heart attack at risk of additional clogged arteries

December 2nd, 2014
by Tania

Elderly man with chest painSTEMI is a heart attack that originates from a blocked artery, which demands a rapid response and medical intervention to remove the obstacle and ensure patient survival.

However, new research has suggested that some of these heart attack patients could be at further risk of suffering additional clogged arteries. Read the rest of this entry »

Tumour-analysis technology delivers speedier treatment

November 30th, 2014
by Tania

doctor with patient during diagnosisNew technology is able to detect bowel cancer at an earlier stage, and with more accuracy than previous methods.

The novel medical-imaging technology – TexRAD – was developed at the University of Sussex and could lead to clinicians being able to make better decisions in terms of treatment and survival assessments. Read the rest of this entry »