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Milestone in use of stem cells brings hope to the blind.

Researchers at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute and colleagues who successfully transplanted specialised retinal cells derived from human embryonic stem cells into the eyes of two legally blind patients report that the transplants appear safe and that both patients have experienced modest improvement in their vision, writes Cynthia Lee.
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HEADLINES, Health
It’s important both men and women take charge of their sexual health.

Limpopo Health and Social Development MEC Dr Norman Mabasa has urged women to undergo tests in order to curb illnesses that threaten their reproductive health, writes Silas Nduvheni. Mabasa was addressing the Population Association of Southern Africa (PASA) conference at the University of Venda in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, on Wednesday. The event was held to mark World Population Day.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Health
LUCAS could enhance healthcare in Africa and around the world.

A groundbreaking imaging technology developed by UCLA Engineering professor Aydogan Ozcan that can turn a simple cell phone into a powerful microscope was recently named the top innovation of 2011 by The Scientist, a magazine focusing on the life sciences, research and technology. Ozcan's compact, lightweight and inexpensive microscope has the potential to bring better health care and monitoring to impoverished and underserved areas, such as Africa, writes Wileen Wong Kromhout.
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HEADLINES, Health
New camera is 100 times faster than conventional cameras.

The ability to distinguish and isolate rare cells from among a large population of assorted cells has become increasingly important for the early detection of disease and for monitoring disease treatments, writes Wileen Wong Kromhout.
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HEADLINES, Health
Curry spice, omega-3 fatty acid preserve walking ability following spinal-cord injury.

UCLA researchers have discovered that a diet enriched with a popular omega-3 fatty acid and an ingredient in curry spice helps to preserve walking ability in rats that have experienced damage to their spinal cords. The findings, published 26 June in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, suggest that these dietary supplements help repair nerve cells and maintain neurological function after degenerative damage to the neck, writes Elaine Schmidt.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Health, Poverty
Study shows starving cancer cells of glucose leads to the cells' death.

Compared to normal cells, cancer cells have a prodigious appetite for glucose, the result of a shift in cell metabolism known as aerobic glycolysis or the ‘Warburg effect.’ Researchers focusing on this effect as a possible target for cancer therapies have examined how biochemical signals present in cancer cells regulate the altered metabolic state, writes Jennifer Marcus.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Health
New software amplifies changes in successive frames of video that are too subtle for the naked eye.

Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed new software that amplifies variations in successive frames of video that are imperceptible to the naked eye, writes Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Health
Getting a jab may become less painful in the not-too-distant future.

MIT researchers have engineered a device that delivers a tiny, high-pressure jet of medicine through the skin without the use of a hypodermic needle. The device can be programmed to deliver a range of doses to various depths - an improvement over similar jet-injection systems that are now commercially available, writes Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Health
A simple cooler could help patients battle antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis, now largely controlled in the industrialised world, remains a stubbornly persistent killer in most of Africa, as well as parts of Asia and South America. The spread of multidrug-resistant strains of TB has slowed progress against the devastating disease, which is estimated to strike more than 10 million people annually.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Health
UCLA-created nanoscale protein containers could aid drug, vaccine delivery.

UCLA biochemists have designed specialised proteins that assemble themselves to form tiny molecular cages hundreds of times smaller than a single cell. The creation of these miniature structures may be the first step toward developing new methods of drug delivery or even designing artificial vaccines, writes Kim DeRose, UCLA. The molecular cages are  rather like toy puzzles, but millions of times smaller - and might also have potential as artificial vaccines - and that could have relevance in Africa's fight against disease.
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Discovery could bode well for pain management in humans.

An embryonic stem-cell transplant might quell the hardest-to-treat kinds of pain, scientists report, though such a medical advance could also raise acute ethical dilemmas, according to this article courtesy of University of California - San Francisco and World Science staff.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Health
World No Tobacco Day, 31 May

Today, Thursday 31 May, is World No Tobacco Day, a World Health Organisation (WHO) day dedicated to highlighting why tobacco is harmful to your body, and why quitting is life-saving. Roche’s cancer education platform, Be Cancer Aware, is inviting all smokers in South Africa to quit for the day. You can help promote the campaign and show that you’re “too cool to smoke” by wearing your shades to work on the day.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Health
Healthy drivers are better drivers.

After the successful launch of the Engen Driver Wellness Campaign in the Eastern Cape in October 2011, Engen - in partnership with Trucking Wellness, the Department of Roads and Transport and the Department of Health - continued the wellness drive when they visited the Engen Highway Junction in Harrismith, Free State earlier this month.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Health
Penquin’s next blood donation drive takes place in their new premises

Penquin is appealing to staff, new neighbours, suppliers and clients to support their blood donation drive at their new premises on Thursday 24 May 2012. Current blood stock levels according to the SANBS website are sufficient only for the next 4.2 days. One unit of blood can potentially save up to three people’s lives.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Health
Gaming system a new step for telepathology and other telemedicine fields.

Online crowd sourcing - in which a task is presented to the public, who respond, for free, with various solutions and suggestions, writes Wileen Wong Kromhout - has been used to evaluate potential consumer products, develop software algorithms and solve vexing research-and-development challenges. But what about diagnosing infectious diseases?   Read More...




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Study says disrupted hypothalamus is to blame.

It seems improbable that a baby born underweight would be prone to obesity, but it is well documented that these children tend to put on weight in youth if they are allowed free access to calories. Now, researchers believe they understand why this happens, writes Amy Albin.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Health
Technology could play important role in Africa.

In the fight against emerging public health threats, early diagnosis of infectious diseases is crucial. In addition, in poor and remote areas of the globe where conventional medical tools like microscopes and cytometers are unavailable, rapid diagnostic tests, or RDTs, are helping to make disease screening quicker and simpler, writes Jennifer Marcus.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Health
Purchases will help to raise funds for the hospital.

Dettol has launched its ‘Health for More Touch’ campaign across Unlimited’s TLC platforms for a period of three months. The campaign is encouraging consumers to buy any Dettol product and help raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Trust.   Read More...




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There are 228,000 people in South Africa suffering from lupus - they need support.

Eagle's Flight Ministries is reputed to be the only organisation in South Africa supporting lupus patients and we are taking hands with Hospice South Africa in order to assist patients nationwide. Lupus Awareness Day is on 10 May and we ask that you support this cause by wearing a purple ribbon on the day.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Health
Centre being established at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital.

Dettol South Africa this week donated R1m towards the building of a Centre for Childhood Infectious Diseases at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Globally, approximately 21 000 children under the age of five died every day in 2010, equating to 7.6 million [1] children or more than 20 deaths every five seconds. In South Africa, 5.7% of all live births [2], or one in every 17 newborns, resulted in death in 2010.   Read More...



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