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Scientists have discovered an antibody produced by an HIV-positive patient that neutralizes 98 percent of all HIV strains tested, including most of the strains that are resistant to other antibodies of the same class. Due to HIV's ability to rapidly respond to the body's immune defenses, an antibody that can...
Blood plasma from young people has been found to rejuvenate old mice, improving their memory, cognition, and physical activity. Previous research has found that stitching old and young mice together has an interesting effect. While sharing a blood system works out well for the older mouse, the younger one isn't so...
Researchers at the genetics company 23andMe have identified 15 regions of the human genome that influence whether someone considers themselves a "Morning person," meaning someone who likes to wake up and go to bed early, or an "Evening person." The finding, published in February's Nature Communications, means that there...
A gene therapy that may be able to reverse blindness caused by genetics is in its final stage of FDA approval. Gene therapy is an exciting new option in medicine that still has some significant hurdles to overcome in the quest to prove itself. The first gene therapy to cure the...
Migraine sufferers have a different mix of gut bacteria that could make them more sensitive to certain foods, scientists have found. The study offers a potential explanation for why some people are more susceptible to debilitating headaches and why some foods appear to act as triggers for migraines. The research showed...
Doctors at the USC Neurorestoration Center and Keck Medicine of USC injected an experimental treatment made from stem cells and other cells into the damaged cervical spine of a recently paralyzed 21-year-old man as part of a multi-center clinical trial. Two weeks after surgery, Kristopher Boesen began to show signs...
A 25-year-old man recovering from a coma has made remarkable progress following treatment at UCLA to jump-start his brain using ultrasound. The technique uses sonic stimulation to excite the neurons in the thalamus, an egg-shaped structure that serves as the brain's central hub for processing information. "It's almost as if we...
Melbourne researchers say they have successfully grown and implanted cornea cells to cure blindness. The cells were grown on a layer of synthetic film and transplanted into the eyes of animals, restoring vision. The technique, developed by researchers at Melbourne University and the Centre for Eye Research, could replace transplants of...
The terminally ill man who is set to become the world's first head transplant recipient says more details about his extraordinary surgery are to be revealed next month. Valery Spiridonov, a computer scientist from Russia, is set to undergo the risky procedure next year. Mr. Spiridonov says he is ready to...
Fitness trackers have become some of the more popular types of wearable technology in recent years, but engineers at the University of California, Berkeley want to take the concept one step further by developing minuscule, wireless sensors to monitor a person's internal health. These devices would be approximately the same...

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