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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Health Research: Why crystals could be the shape of future pharmaceuticals ♦ Stem cell discovery paves way for targeted treatment for osteoarthritis ♦ Insomnia leads to decreased empathy

Recovery of sensory function by stem cell transplants New research shows promising progress in the use of stem cells for treatment of spinal cord injury. The results show that human stem cells that are transplanted to the injured spinal cord contribute to restoration of some sensory functions.
Why crystals could be the shape of future pharmaceuticals Scientists are building a better understanding of the chemical processes behind the creation of crystals with the aim of developing new ways to produce pharmaceuticals.
As death rates drop, nonfatal diseases and injuries take a bigger toll on health globally People across the world are living longer but spending more time in ill health as rates of nonfatal diseases and injuries decline more slowly than death rates, according to a new analysis of 301 diseases and injuries in 188 countries
Stem cell discovery paves way for targeted treatment for osteoarthritis Scientists have made a significant advance that could make cell-based treatments for arthritis less of a lottery. Researchers have identified individual stem cells that can regenerate tissue, cartilage and bone.
Insomnia leads to decreased empathy in health care workers Insomnia decreases empathy in health care workers and may lead to adverse clinical outcomes and medical errors, a new study suggests. Results show that subjects with an Insomnia Severity Index ISI of greater than 8, scored significantly higher across all four subscales of empathy.

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