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Gregory Scherrer and his collaborators have identified in mice an ensemble of cells that seems to specifically function as an on-off switch for pain aversion. 
Paul Sakuma
Researchers discover the brain cells that make pain unpleasant

If you step on a tack, neurons in your brain will register two things: that there's a piercing physical sensation in your foot, and that it's not pleasant...

18 Jan 2019

Dr Paige Fox
New sensor monitors blood flow after vascular surgery

Stanford University researchers have developed a battery-free, wireless and biodegradable sensor that could make it easier for doctors to monitor the success of blood vessel surgery...

17 Jan 2019

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Why does malaria recur? How pieces of the puzzle are slowly being filled in

Some people suffer from repeated attacks of malaria. These can occur weeks to months or longer after contracting the disease...

By Miles B Markus 17 Jan 2019

Around 18% of previously treated TB cases are drug resistant. Shutterstock
How we used computers to figure out drugs that can beat drug-resistant TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the leading causes of death from infectious diseases. Globally, it accounts for around 1.3 million deaths and 10.4 million people develop the disease every year...

By Ruben Cloete 16 Jan 2019

Professor Sally-Ann Cryan
Breakthrough in TB treatment

A new practical treatment for tuberculosis (TB) has the potential to be scaled-up and mass-produced for clinical testing, has been developed...

8 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: How AI is reshaping pharmaceutical R&D
#BizTrends2019: How AI is reshaping pharmaceutical R&D

The complex industry/academia/government research framework involved in discovering and developing new therapeutic products makes drug discovery an extremely laborious and costly exercise...

7 Jan 2019

An image of a string adhesion between the liver and the intestine. The cell nuclei are stained white.
Jonathan Tsai
Surgical adhesions can be treated, prevented in mice

A cellular culprit - as well as a possible treatment - for a common, sometimes life-threatening post-surgical complication has been identified by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine...

By Krista Conger 4 Jan 2019

Michelle Monje and her colleagues found that the chemotherapy drug methotrexate can affect three major types of brain cells, resulting in a phenomenon known as "chemo brain."
Steve Fisch
Study: Understanding chemo brain

More than half of cancer survivors suffer from cognitive impairment from chemotherapy that lingers for months or years after the cancer is gone...

By Erin Digitale 2 Jan 2019

Widespread, occasional use of antibiotics in US linked with resistance
Widespread, occasional use of antibiotics in US linked with resistance

The increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance in the US appears more closely linked with their occasional use by many people than by their repeated use among smaller numbers of people...

19 Dec 2018

#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Healthcare site over the past year below...

18 Dec 2018

Babies to order. Andrew Crotty/Shutterstock.com
Those designer babies everyone is freaking out about - it's not likely to happen

When Adam Nash was still an embryo, living in a dish in the lab, scientists tested his DNA to make sure it was free of Fanconi anemia...

By A Cecile JW Janssens 14 Dec 2018

Professor Musa Mhlanga
Unravelling how immune genes work

The mechanism of how the immune system remembers prior exposures and then trigger the right response to reinfection has been detailed for the first time...

13 Dec 2018

Stress, booze and late nights pack on pounds - report
Stress, booze and late nights pack on pounds - report

Persistent stress is directly linked to overeating, lack of sleep, reduced exercising and increased alcohol intake - all contributing to weight gain, research shows...

Issued by Leap Communications 11 Dec 2018

Genetics may be the key to new epilepsy therapies
Genetics may be the key to new epilepsy therapies

An international study has discovered 11 new genes associated with epilepsy....

10 Dec 2018

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Necsa board replaced

General financial misconduct, not adhering to shareholder instructions and repetitive legislative non-compliance are among a litany of challenges...

10 Dec 2018

Nthabiseng Mokoena. Photo: Leonie Bolleurs
UFS researcher one step closer to treating HIV/Aids

In 2015, an estimated seven-million South Africans were living with HIV. In the same year, there were 380,000 new infections while 180,000 South Africans died from Aids-related illnesses...

7 Dec 2018

Professor Kelly Chibale. Photo: Je'nine May
R&D is the pipeline for science jobs in Africa

There's a critical need to invest in a research & development (R&D) industry that could create a pipeline of jobs for science graduates in Africa...

5 Dec 2018

Minister of Health of Burkina Faso, Professor Nicolas Meda and Minister of Health of Rwanda, Dr Diane Gashumba
Addressing neglected tropical diseases

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of communicable diseases that affect 1.58-billion people globally, 39% of whom live in Africa...

4 Dec 2018

He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher, speaks during the Human Genome Editing Conference in Hong Kong, Nov. 28, 2018. He made his first public comments about his claim of making the world’s first gene-edited babies.
AP Photo/Kin Cheung
How a scientist says he made a gene-edited baby - and what health worries may ensue

On Nov. 28, He Jiankui claimed to a packed conference room at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong to have edited the genomes of twin girls...

By George Seidel 3 Dec 2018

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Surgery, not antibiotics, should remain first-line treatment for appendicitis

Treating appendicitis with antibiotics alone is more costly and results in higher rates of hospital readmissions, Stanford researchers found...

23 Nov 2018

MediFin announces its Top Loyalty Partners for 2018
MediFin announces its Top Loyalty Partners for 2018

MediFin Financial Services has again awarded their most loyal partners. These prestigious awards recognise their top partners who display great customer service, strategic alliance and top affiliate behaviour...

Issued by Medifin Financial Services 21 Nov 2018

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Spinal implant breakthroughs are helping people with paraplegia walk again

Someone in the world suffers a spinal cord injury every one to two minutes, often leading to irreversible and life-changing loss of movement and feeling...

19 Nov 2018

Using the eye to "see" diseases of the brain
Using the eye to "see" diseases of the brain

The eye is often quoted as the window to the soul, but paediatric neurosurgeon, Dr Llewellyn Padayachy, believes it is also the window to the brain...

16 Nov 2018

Yellow mongoose probably don’t come to mind when thinking of scavengers - but they have been found to scavenge and scatter body parts. Jonathan Pledger/Shutterstock
How scavengers can help forensic scientists identify human corpses

When the police recover skeletonised, burnt or heavily decomposed bodies, they need forensic experts to make sense of what they've found. One important question in such cases is: when did the person die?

By Victoria Gibbon 15 Nov 2018

Study: Indentifying those who die at sea
Study: Indentifying those who die at sea

UCT is spearheading a study that could be key to resolving the worldwide challenge of identifying human remains found in the ocean or washed up on the beach...

12 Nov 2018

Zambezi Valley may soon be too hot for tsetse flies
Zambezi Valley may soon be too hot for tsetse flies

A new study, based on 27 years of data from Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, suggests that temperature increases over the last three decades have already caused major declines in local populations of tsetse flies...

By Wiida Fourie-Basson 5 Nov 2018

SU study will look at synthetic blood products
SU study will look at synthetic blood products

A large, multi-institutional clinical trial by emergency medicine experts from Stellenbosch University (SU)will evaluate the use of synthetic blood products for the resuscitation of trauma victims before arrival at hospital...

1 Nov 2018

Study: More black South Africans are donating blood
Study: More black South Africans are donating blood

Blood donations from black South Africans increased fivefold in the space of a decade. The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) said the number rose from 43,269 in 2005 to 246,686 in 2015...

31 Oct 2018

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