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A Biometric Password That is Always with You

heart-cardiogramWhat could be a better way of securing data rather than a heartbeat? A scientific research team from the Binghamton University believe that heart’s electrical pattern may be used as an encryption key for electronic records.

Currently the complexity and cost of present encryption tools do not allow the full implementation of such data into telemedicine field and mobile healthcare systems.

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Canadian Blood Services Urgently Requests General Public to Donate Stem Cells

donating-blood-1310224Following the death of Seven-year-old Joshua Weeks, who fell victim to leukaemia after the failure to find a suitable bone marrow donor, The Canadian Blood Services stem cell donation program is urging more people to sign up. This is according to a recent article on  CKNW.

Currently there are about 800 Canadians looking for an unrelated donor, according to Dena Mercer, who is an Associate Director at OneMatch. Dena added “Our chances of finding a match for each patient certainly are greatly dependent on their ancestry and their DNA typing. So when someone is of mixed ancestry, it makes their ability to find a match even more difficult.”

One Match’s existing database is 70% Caucasian and that only a quarter of people searching for donors can find one in their family, which also highlights the need for greater genetic diversity in the database.

At present, there are about 150 successful stem cell transplants each year from donors who aren’t related to patients in Canada.

Scott Wolf, CEO Of Grace century, comments “this is again the EXACT reason to bank your own stem cells and at a point where they are at the most powerful…when young and healthy. I don’t want to have to hope there is a match out there that someone donated in case I need cells.”

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New Direction of Stem Cell Research is About to Revolutionize Modern Dentistry

5a9bdcb0915c2aac2087cf39e9a4a746The stem cells that may be extracted from our teeth can be used to fill in chips, cracks, and cavities, scientists say, and the findings could one day possibly make dental cement obsolete.

The new methodology has been tested only in mice so far, but the research itself, published Monday in the journal Scientific Reports, describes a way to motivate stem cells to repair tooth defects at a scale they normally can’t, with a drug that already has some safety testing behind it. It also highlights the potential of a type of stem cell therapy in which the cells are stimulated in place, rather than taken out, manipulated, and put back in.

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Stem Cells are Now Being Used to Cure Sickle Cell Disease

hospitals-large_transwc_q6o_wkvh9zlqtpecugf4wkyugpvyxktmlosimqgqA diagnosis that can cause debilitating fatigue, pains and even death is now being cured with use of the stem cells. Doctors in Chicago say they found a way to help patients with a sickle cell disease.

The inherited illness affects approximately one out of 500 African Americans.

Felita Sims, a teacher from Waukegan, inherited sickle cell from her father.

“I actually had a father that passed away from sickle cell, so,” she said.

She worried the disease might kill her too.

“Oxygen is being sucked out of you so it stops you from moving, from breathing, sometimes it feels that way,” Sims said.

The disease causes red blood cells to become crescent-shaped, like a sickle. This cell shape prevents sufficient delivery of the oxygen to the body and the internal organs. As a result – patient may experience excruciating pain attacks, organ failure and death.

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Technology advancements trigger cautions in global healthcare industry

image006Technology promises to herald astonishing advances in healthcare, but delegates to the Knowledge Summit 2016 were told that the rapid pace of change posed ethical and legislative challenges.

Organised by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) – member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives – the third-annual summit in Dubai from December 5-7 at the Grand Hyatt.

Moderated by Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Director of Social Development Sector, Office of the Executive Committee, Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, the panel session, titled Knowledge and the Future of Health explored sweeping changes we can expect from scientific advances.

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Stem Cells could be used to cure deafness from birth

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Scientists believe they are on the brink of a cure for congenital deafness after producing stem cells to correct a hereditary defect.

Researchers have found a way of growing human cochlear cells which can be used to replace faulty ones in people deaf from birth due to a genetic error.

They hope a treatment could be available to patients within five to 10 years.Professor Kazusaku Kamiya, a specialist in ear diseases who is leading the research,

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Commentary on the U.S. election, by an American

image006The election is finally over and Donald Trump will be moving into the White House in January 2017, but what potential impact will his win have on markets and the economy?

Many experts anticipated a Clinton win and viewed this as a market positive.

Had that been the outcome, it was expected that markets would rally, as a Clinton presidency would have been widely viewed as a continuation of the status quo.

While both candidates had advocated a renewed look at protectionism, Trump’s proposals have been widely viewed as “violently” more extreme.

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New Hope for Paralyzed Patients: Latest Stem Cell Researches Show That Recovery Is Possible.

Spinal cord injuries aspinal-cord-injury-treatmentre one of the most dangerous one can suffer: total paralysis for life can result after suffering such an injury. In a real life example, Kris Boesen and Lucas Lindner were in car accidents which unfortunately left both of them paralyzed. Doctors thought there was no chance for recovery, but luckily there is still hope.

Boesen and Linder were offered to take part in the clinical trial that involved the injection of stem cells into their spines. The offer came from Asterias Biotherapeutics, which conducts research into this relatively new domain of medical science.

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Study Indicates That Stem Cell Therapy Can Possibly Treat Spinal-Cord Injuries.

spinal-cordA company which pioneered the medical use of stem cells is claiming some impressive results in treating patients with spinal cord injuries.

Asterias Biotherapeutics, company based in Fremont, California, is about to present research data that shows positive trends in spinal cord injuries treatment of five patients, who were treated with nervous stem cells injections.

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Restoration of the Brain Cells Through Stem Cell Therapy: New Hope for Stroke Patients

transportOne of the biggest killers according to World Health Organisation is stroke. It interrupts blood flow to the brain of the patient and causes death of the brain cells within minutes due to the lack of oxygen. It usually results in paralysis, speech dysfunctions, vision and memory loss. However, the latest study on stem cells shows that stem cell therapy may provide a groundbreaking solution to the problem in cause.

A group of researchers led by Berislav Zlokovic, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Southern California (USC) have published their findings in the journal Nature Medicine.

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