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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Health Research: Multiplying teeth, literally ♦ Could peroxisomes be key to stopping West Nile and Dengue viruses? ♦ New generation of synthetic bone grafts created

Multiplying teeth, literally Researchers have found a way to--literally--multiply teeth. In mice, they were able to extract teeth germs--groups of cells formed early in life that later develop into teeth, split them into two, and then implant the teeth into the mice's jaws, where they developed into two fully functional teeth.
Mental health status prior to bladder cancer surgery can indicate risk of complications A patient's mental health prior to surgery can influence postoperative outcomes. Removal of the bladder, or radical cystectomy  is an effective treatment for locally advanced bladder cancer, but complications occur in as many as 66% of patients Researchers found that patients whose self-assessment of mental health was low suffered more high grade complications in the 30 days following surgery than patients with higher self-assessments
Could peroxisomes be key to stopping West Nile and Dengue viruses? A new discovery could open the door to one day treat or prevent diseases caused by West Nile virus and Dengue virus infections. Together the viruses are the cause of tens of millions of infections each year. Currently there are no treatments or vaccines available.
New generation of synthetic bone grafts created A new type of synthetic bone graft has been developed, which boosts the body's own ability to regenerate bone tissue and could produce better outcomes for patients. The research found that the new type of graft called Inductigraft was able to guide bone tissue regeneration in as little as four weeks.

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