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Artificial tissue reverses erectile dysfunction in pigs

The synthetic penile tissue restored erectile function “immediately.” Researchers in China have reversed erectile dysfunction in pigs using artificial tissue that repairs penile injury, a breakthrough they say may lead to improved treatment options for humans with this condition. Treating penile injury The failure to maintain a stable erection during sex, otherwise known as erectile …

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New nanoparticle ‘reshapes’ belly fat to stop more forming

The nanoparticle converts unhealthy fat into healthier fat cells. A new nanoparticle remodels fat into ‘dwarf cells’ and stops more fat from developing. The nanoscale fat buster also treated obesity in mice and inhibited ‘fat-forming’ genes. Resculpting fat Often seen as a cumbersome ballast that spoils the line of our beachwear, fat cells have had …

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Finally, a possible vaccine to treat UTIs–one of the most common (and resistant) infections in the world

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are now the most common cause of outpatient infections worldwide. These painful infections can lead to life-threatening illnesses if left untreated, but doctors are usually limited to prescribing antibiotics for UTIs, which can negatively impact the immune system. In a breakthrough from Duke University, the researchers say they have developed a …

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Lab-grown blood cells successfully given to humans

The breakthrough could prove “transformative” for patients with rare blood disorders. The team suspects the ‘made-to-order’ blood may last longer than regular transfusions and carry less risk of rejection for those who have built up an immunity to all blood types. Hope across the globe An end may be in sight for those whose life …

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Naturally magnetic bacteria is a promising cancer therapy

The bacteria, which contain magnetic structures, was discovered in 1975. Interest has grown in harnessing naturally occurring cancer treatments as microbots possessing enhanced targeting abilities. In a related study published in Science Robotics, a team of scientists from ETH Zurich uses the native magnetic properties of Magnetospirillum bacteria to decimate tumors. Harnessing nature Magnetospirillum magneticum is a highly evolved …

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Newly identified enzyme enables lifelong sperm production

By UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Men may continue to generate sperm throughout their adult life, in contrast to women who are born with all the eggs they will ever have. To do so, they must constantly renew the spermatogonial stem cells that give birth to sperm. According to research by Jeremy Wang of the University of Pennsylvania School of …

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