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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Health News: New mussel-inspired surgical protein glue: Close wounds,♦ Bust up big kidney stones with tamsulosin ♦ New treatment for severe depression with far fewer side effects ♦

New treatment for severe depression with far fewer side effects Electroconvulsive therapy remains one of the most effective treatments for severe depression, but new research shows ultra-brief pulse stimulation is almost as effective as standard ECT, with far fewer cognitive side effects.
Acupuncture impacts same biologic pathways in rats that pain drugs target in humans In animal models, acupuncture appears to impact the same biologic pathways ramped up by pain and stress, analogous to what drugs do in humans. The researchers say their animal study provides the strongest evidence to date on the mechanism of this ancient Chinese therapy in chronic stress.
Bust up big kidney stones with tamsulosin Tamsulosin works no better than placebo on small kidney stones, but does improve passage of more large kidney stones than placebo does, a new study concludes. 83.3 percent of patients treated with tamsulosin whose kidney stones measured between 5 and 10 millimeters in length passed their stones, compared to only 61 percent of those who were treated with placebo.
iPSCs show promise for kidney treatment Renal progenitor cells derived from human iPS cells were shown to have therapeutic effects when transplanted into acute kidney injury model mice. The transplants resulted in a significant reduction of fibrosis, suggesting that they may have preventative measures against chronic kidney disease.
New mussel-inspired surgical protein glue: Close wounds, open medical possibilities Inspired by nature's wonders, scientists have developed new light-activated adhesive hydrogel that is mussel protein-based. The innovative surgical protein glue, called LAMBA, not only closes an open wound on a wet bleeding site within less than 60 seconds but also effectively facilitates the healing process without inflammation or a scar.

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