All that physiotherapist Liz Williams wants is for baby pumpkins to be able to move their heads on their own. If that sounds odd, it's because Mrs. Williams likens young babies' heads to pumpkins because that's how many new parents treat them – as inanimate objects
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A team led by the University of California San Diego has developed a chip that can detect a type of genetic mutation known as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and send the results in real time to a smartphone, computer, or other electronic devices. The chip is at least 1,000 times more sensitive at detecting an SNP than current technology.
According to a study, researchers developed a way to peer inside proteins to see how they are wired. The technique could help scientists develop methods for switching on or off specific proteins associated with diabetes and other diseases. Understanding how a protein is wired could help researchers develop ways to control its activity, and scientists believe they have come up with a reliable way to determine this. The study was published in eLife.
A research team led by a UCLA bioengineer has developed a model to predict the extent to which new laboratory-designed antibodies will be able to combat specific human diseases.
A study examines an alternative splicing plays a crucial role in maintaining adult muscle mass, which has implications in aging and chronic disease. Despite the importance that changes in muscle mass have in aging, overall body metabolism and chronic disease, they still do not fully understand the mechanisms that contribute to the maintenance of adult muscle mass. The study was in the journal Cell Reports.
Researchers used network analysis to investigate the relationship between anatomical and functional connectivity among 36 muscles. Human motor control requires the coordination of muscle activity under the anatomical constraints imposed by the musculoskeletal system. Interactions within the central nervous system are fundamental to motor coordination, but the principles governing functional integration remain poorly understood.
A first-in-human study presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) demonstrates the benefits and safety of a new, long-lasting type of radionuclide therapy for patients with advanced, metastatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs)
Antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most serious threats to public health, forcing the use of medications that are more toxic, more expensive and not always effective. There are several causes, including over-prescription of antibiotics in both humans and in livestock.
Hospital staff pays dramatically less attention to hand hygiene when they feel no one is watching, a new study reveals. The research suggests government reported compliance rates are overstated.
A study conducted at Lund University is now published in one of the leading hematology journal, Blood Advances, and reveals a previously unknown link between the bacteria in the gut and acute lung injury after blood transfusions.
Paramedics face violence on a daily basis, so a new law which will bring in tougher sentences for those who attack emergency workers when they are on duty is most welcome. It is hoped it will act as a deterrent because offenders currently escape what many would see as meaningful justice (attackers are charged with common assault resulting in a maximum sentence of six months). The new law will double this with an option for a longer sentence, dependant on the seriousness of the case.