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Maverick Italian surgeon's seventh transplant patient dies

Stockholm - A seventh patient of Italian surgeon Paolo Macchiarini, accused of misconduct after claiming to have carried out groundbreaking synthetic organ transplant work, has died, her father said Monday.

Wearable robotic tools developed for surgery

Bristol - Wearable robotic implements and devices are being developed to aid surgeons when performing complex surgical techniques. The latest developments relate to keyhole surgery where accuracy and precision are key.

Drug against alcoholism works, researchers claim

Paris - French researchers provided fresh evidence Friday to support claims that a drug touted as a miracle cure for alcoholism, and prescribed for this purpose in France, actually works.

Cutting edge: K-pop band praise plastic surgery beauty

Seoul - Rounder eyes, narrower faces, bigger breasts: a South Korean girlband is celebrating the country's obsession with surgically-enhanced beauty by going under the knife to praise the virtues of "Becoming Pretty".

Renewed concern about buying medicines online

London - The international trade in selling medicines over the Internet is increasing and with it the risk of consumers buying substandard and dangerous products, many of which will be unlicensed. A new report highlights the risks.

Medical technologists find cheaper way to make essential medicine

Durham - Medical technologists have found a means to create an anti-fungal medication, designed to combat Cryptococcal meningitis, less expensively. The drug is intended for use in parts of Africa.

Does eating peppers help raise life expectancy?

Does the consumption of red chilli peppers impart any health benefits? According to one study, the consumption of chili peppers leads to a 13 percent reduction in mortality. This of course depends on various lifestyle factors.

Fecal transplants show success against autism

The symptoms of autism, tied with gastrointestinal problems, have been addressed through fecal transplants, according to one study. The study is small, but it does pave the way for further research into fecal transplants as a therapeutic tool.

Freezing fat: What's new in beauty

Paris - Move over liposuction, the new fad in fat is freezing it.As plastic surgeons, dermatologists and beauticians from around the world gather in Paris to analyse trends at the IMCAS aesthetic congress, here is some of what's new:- Freezing fat...

Reviewing the cancer-killing properties of the pepper plant

The chemical activity that could unlock the anti-cancer properties of a spicy Indian pepper plant has been studied. The medicinal properties of the long pepper date back thousands of years. The aim is to synthesize the chemical as an anti-cancer compound.

France moves to suspend Vitamin D supplement after baby dies

Paris - France has moved to suspend sales of a vitamin D medication following the death of a baby who suffocated after being given the liquid supplement, health authorities said Wednesday.

Fingertip sensors developed for breast cancer exams

For women, regular check-ups for unusual lumps in their breasts is important and it has saved countless lives. To make this process more accurate, scientists have developed special gloves with built-in sensors.

Narcolepsy drug helps food addicts lose weight

A drug, designed to address the causes of narcolepsy, seems to assist with weight loss according to a new study. The findings suggest that overweight people could be given the sleep disorder medication.

Diabetes drug slows down Parkinson’s Disease

A new drug, originally developed to help combat the effects of type 2 diabetes, has shown success in slowing down the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Physical source of depression identified

A connection between depression and physiology has been found from a new research study. This indicates that depression is associated with the lateral orbitofrontal cortex of the brain.

Lack of access to medicine in Latin America taken to rights body

Panama - Complaints over lack of access to medicine in Latin America were brought before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday, with demands that big drug companies be punished for preventing the sale of generics.

Poor diet sees scurvy reappear in Australia

Sydney - Scurvy, a disease historically associated with old-world sailors on long voyages, is making a surprise comeback in Australia, with health officials Tuesday revealing a rare spate of cases.

Blood flow patterns provide stroke predictions

The shape and flow of blood through the heart can acts as model to predict the likelihood of a person developing a stroke, according to a new medical study.

Use of prescription painkillers surpasses tobacco

A new trend exposes the use of prescription painkillers in the U.S.; the use of opioid-based medication now exceeds that of tobacco. This is based on a U.S. government backed survey.

Providing needed medicine to low income countries

One question of social and economic importance is how essential medicines can be provided to an appropriately distributed within low income countries. Medics, as part of The Lancet Commission, have been grappling with the issue.

'Zika can break out anywhere,' warns Brazilian doctor

Rio De Janeiro - The Brazilian doctor who first linked the Zika virus to brain damage in babies warns that rich countries are not safe from the disease, urging them to increase research funding.

Israel presents its own pavilion at the upcoming MEDICA 2016 Special

The Foreign Trade Administration at the Ministry of Economy of Israel together with the Non-Profit Organization Israel Export Institute, will present the Israeli Pavilion at MEDICA 2016 the upcoming international medical exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany

Europe opens up clinical trials for public scrutiny

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has become the first regulator in the world to publish all clinical trial data online. The decision is about increasing transparency in relation to medical research.

Scientists found cell programming technique to treat eye diseases

A team of researchers discovered a new reprogramming technique that transforms retina support cells into stem cells, paving the way to new potential treatments for eye diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Hospital quarantined after unexplained hallucinations

A hospital department in a hospital in Oregon has been quarantined after five people experienced unexplained and mysterious hallucinations.

Belgium establishes a global brain bank

Antwerp - A brain bank, a grisly sounding collection of brains and tissues, has been established in Belgium, with parts of the collection being shipped from the U.K. The idea is to provide tissue and medical records to researchers all over the world.

Immunotherapy drug is a game changer for cancer

Study results presented at the European Cancer Congress about a new immunotherapy drug for cancer have been described as "a game changer", based on the clinical trail evidence.

Warning over giving children alternative medicine

London - Medical professionals have issued a warning about giving children alternative medicine. This comes after a four year-old boy was rushed to hospital after being given a holistic treatment.

Out of the limelight: Nobel medicine prize winner Ohsumi

Toukyo - Some people are drawn to the flashy and popular, but Nobel laureate Yoshinori Ohsumi isn't one of them.

Japan's Ohsumi wins Nobel Prize for cell 'recycling' work

Stockholm - Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan won the Nobel Medicine Prize Monday for his pioneering work on autophagy -- a process whereby cells "eat themselves" -- which when disrupted can cause Parkinson's and diabetes.
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