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© Sergey Volkov -
Liver transplantation is currently the only established treatment for patients with end stage liver failure. However, this treatment is limited by the shortage of donors and the conditional integrity and suitability of the available organs. Transplanting donor hepatocytes (liver cells) into the liver as an alternative to liver transplantation also has drawbacks as the rate of survival of primary hepatocytes is limited and often severe complications can result from the transplantation procedure. [more...]

Many of us have had the experience of disagreeing with friends or family about which celebrity is more attractive. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on October 1 show in a study of twins that those differences of opinion are mostly the result of personal experiences that are unique to each individual. In other words, even identical twins don't agree. [more...]

"Sudden Cardiac Death is very frequent in hemodialysis patients. Sudden Cardiac Death refers to an instant unexpected death from a cardiac loss of function generally within minutes after the onset of symptoms. Despite the fact that there is limited information about Sudden Cardiac Death in hemodialysis patients, one main mechanism is believed as cause: ventricular tachy-arrhythmias. US Renal Data System database reports that 64% of cardiac deaths (27% of all deaths) in hemodialysis patients are likely caused by arrhythmias", Branko Braam and colleagues report in "Hypertension and Cardiovascular Aspects of Dialysis Treatment - Clinical management of volume control". [more...]

© Sebastian Kaulitzki -
Memory is not a simple box of souvenirs; it is also, and most importantly, a safety system for organisms. With the help of negative memories, known as "aversive" memories, we can avoid a threat that we have already confronted. Researchers from Inserm and University of Bordeaux have just discovered that the cannabinoid receptors of the brain control these memories that are crucial for survival. This study is published in Neuron. [more...]

"Europe is the result of a migration and displacement history. European culture is the result of blending, overlapping and layering. No matter where you look, people were blended, a fact that is most prevalent where modern, uniform and homogenous states were formed only incompletely or late: in Eastern and Southeastern Europe", Professor Dr. Karl Schlögel summarizes his contribution to the Reader "Migration, Integration and Health: The Danube Region". [more...]

Modernization of acupuncture is a contemporary issue. The bridging between Eastern and Western medicine is successful using modern biomedical engineering technology. Professor Dr. Gerhard Litscher and colleagues provide an overview, published in their textbook "Hightech Acupuncture - Integrative Lasermedicine". [more...]

Emily Hunter, Ph.D., is an associate professor of management in Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business. (Robert Rogers / Baylor Marketing and Communications)
Most people take breaks during their workdays. Coffee breaks. Lunch breaks. Short chats with coworkers. Maybe late afternoon walks around the building. But are they taking the best type of breaks? Breaks that boost energy, concentration and motivation? [more...]

Body Integrity Identity Disorder: There is a growing at-risk population struggling for help from the medical and conseling professions. This population strongly desires self-amputation of certain healthy working body parts. Prevalence rates are increasing due to internet support groups. The challenge however is that most medical professionals refuse to perform a medical procedure, especially an amputation of a healthy viable limb. Aglaja Stirn and colleagues provide an overview of the current world-wide state of research: "Body Integrity Identity Disorder - Psychological, Neurobiological, Ethical and Legal Aspects", published by Pabst Science Publishers. [more...]

This is Mark Pollock with trainer Simon O'Donnell. (Courtesy of Mark Pollock)
A 39-year-old man who had had been completely paralyzed for four years was able to voluntarily control his leg muscles and take thousands of steps in a "robotic exoskeleton" device during five days of training -- and for two weeks afterward -- a team of UCLA scientists reports this week. [more...]
Using a new technique to analyze 52 years of international conflict, researchers suggest that there may be no such thing as a "democratic peace." In addition, a model developed with this new technique was found to predict international conflict five and even ten years in the future better than any existing model. [more...]
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