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Could electrode ‘pulses’ cut back, leg pain without drugs?

A new approach to spinal cord stimulation may drastically reduce chronic back pain, a small pilot study suggests. The study, of 20 patients with stubborn low back pain, tested the effects of implanting electrodes near the spinal cord to stimulate it with “ultra-low” frequency electrical pulses. After two weeks, 90% of the patients were reporting

Could bats hold the secret to healthy ageing?

In the fictional links he drew between immortal vampires and bats, Dracula creator Bram Stoker may have had one thing right. “Maybe it’s all in the blood,” says Emma Teeling, a geneticist studying the exceptional longevity of bats in the hope of discovering benefits for humans. The University College Dublin researcher works with the charity

Filter could curb airborne spread of COVID-19 virus

A filter made from polymer nanothreads blew three kinds of commercial masks out of the water by capturing 99.9% of coronavirus aerosols in an experiment. “Our work is the first study to use coronavirus aerosols for evaluating filtration efficiency of face masks and air filters,” said corresponding author Yun Shen, a UC Riverside assistant professor

Here’s How Being A Libra Could Affect Your Mental Health

Libras, born between September 23 and October 22, are smart and kind souls who are all about harmony and compromise. Due to their thoughtful and people-pleasing ways, though, these types may struggle with mental exhaustion. According to LoveToKnow, this sign can get very caught up in the decision-making process, wanting to make sure that every

Engineered organism could diagnose Crohn’s disease flareups

In an important step toward the clinical application of synthetic biology, Rice University researchers have engineered a bacterium with the necessary capabilities for diagnosing a human disease. The engineered strain of the gut bacteria E. coli senses pH and glows when it encounters acidosis, an acidic condition that often occurs during flareups of inflammatory bowel

Therapy on ecstasy could treat severe PTSD

MDMA-assisted therapy is safe and effective for the treatment of people with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a phase 3 clinical trial published in Nature Medicine. This study was granted an FDA Breakthrough Therapy designation and provides a new treatment option for people who suffer from PTSD. Selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors are the FDA-approved

'Jelly' that could renew damaged knee joints

‘Jelly’ that could renew damaged knee joints: Scientists hope jab will stimulate the growth of cartilage once injected An injection of jelly could help treat worn-out joints. Scientists hope the jab, using jelly found in donated umbilical cords, will stimulate the growth of cushioning cartilage once injected into the knees of patients with osteoarthritis. Tests

New urine test could detect aggressive form of prostate cancer

New urine test could detect aggressive form of prostate cancer often missed by as many as one in five diagnostic scans The University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center has developed a new test called Urine Prostate Seq test (UPSeq) It analyzes 15 specific strands of RNA together and looks for specific genes that are ‘overexpressed’

Cytosponge-AI combo could help doctors diagnose Barrett’s esophagus

Cancer Research UK-funded researchers have developed a new technique to help experts diagnose Barrett’s esophagus—a pre-cancerous condition that can increase the risk of developing oesophageal cancer. Published today in Nature Medicine, the study explored how artificial intelligence could help free up pathologists time and allow them to focus on diagnosing the trickiest cases of Barrett’s

Could your smartphone hold clues to early Alzheimer’s disease?

The development of a wearable to detect early Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases years before symptoms show has taken a step closer to reality today, as UK charity Alzheimer’s Research UK announces a partnership with Boston University that will see the first digital data flowing into its global Early Detection of Neurodegenerative diseases (EDoN) initiative.