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Friday, November 27, 2015

Health News:Functional human liver cells grown in the lab ♦ Cataract surgery lessens patients' dizziness ♦ Scientists 'see' detailed makeup of deadly toxin for the first time

Functional human liver cells grown in the lab A new technique for growing human hepatocytes in the laboratory has now been described by a team of researchers. This groundbreaking development could help advance a variety of liver-related research and applications, from studying drug toxicity to creating bio-artificial liver support for patients awaiting transplantations.
Immune-disorder treatment in mice holds potential for multiple sclerosis patients A simple, rapid way to treat an immune-related disorder in mice has been identified by researchers, an approach that could eventually help multiple sclerosis patients after further research.
Cataract surgery lessens patients' dizziness Older people with visual impairment can report feeling dizzy and falling. A new study found that after routine cataract surgery, the improved vision led to patients experiencing significantly less dizziness, although they did not experience fewer falls.
Scientists 'see' detailed makeup of deadly toxin for the first time An exciting advance provides hope for developing novel potential method of treating pneumococcal diseases such as bacterial pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia. A team of researchers uses a technique called X-ray crystallography to see the individual atoms of the toxin. World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that more than 1.6 million people every year die from pneumococcal infections, including more than 800,000 children under 5 years old.

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