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Preventing nickel allergy using various topcoats for decorative items

Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is a form of skin reaction that can be aggravated by nickel causing the skin to become red and itchy. Clive Whittington (Managing Director of C.M. Whittington & Associates Ltd) and Dr W. Y. Lo (Secretary General, Hong Kong Surface Finishing Society) have tested a range of coatings over nickel-based decorative articles such as costume jewellery and watches, to […]

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Robotics: the future of liver surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery, sometimes known as keyhole surgery, has proven benefits over traditional open surgery. One type of minimally invasive surgery involves the use of high-tech robotics. Dr Alejandro Mejia of the Methodist Digestive Institute, Dallas, TX, USA, is a leading expert in minimally invasive liver surgery. Along with his team, Dr Mejia uses his first-hand knowledge to investigate different […]

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Anagrelide: Finding new use as an adjuvant therapy in cancer management

Dr Richard Franklin, Anagrelide Project Director at SUDA Pharmaceuticals Ltd, is pioneering a radically new application which would see the platelet-lowering drug anagrelide developed as an oromucosal spray formulation. This has the potential to make the most of its recently discovered ability to block cancer cell-stimulated platelet formation and to inhibit cancer cell migration towards platelet precursors (megakaryocytes) while at […]

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A valid and reliable clinical outcome measure for patellofemoral instability

Patellofemoral instability can be an extremely debilitating and painful condition. Recognising that the previous outcome measures used to assess patients after treatment were not ideal for patellofemoral instability, Dr Laurie Hiemstra, based at Banff Sport Medicine in Alberta, Canada, designed a new assessment questionnaire specifically for these patients. After testing and researching an initial version, the research team completed further […]

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Whole-body MRI more efficient than multiple scans at assessing spread of cancer

For most patients, a cancer diagnosis means some tough times ahead. Standard assessments to determine the best treatment can be time-consuming, adding to the patient’s stress and anxiety. Professor Stuart Taylor, based at the University College London Hospital, wants to see a more widespread use of whole-body MRI scans in cancer patients. He proposes this as a faster and cheaper […]

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Crisis management techniques transform adolescent behaviour

Adolescence is a transitional period following childhood, during which we begin to comprehend what it means to be an adult. Heartbreakingly, children growing up in highly stressful, violent and abusive circumstances can be left behind at this stage. They often develop coping strategies that do not prepare them well for adolescence and which can lead to three serious crises: suicide, aggression […]

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Core outcome set for infant gastroesophageal reflux disease

The research of Dr Merit Tabbers, Amsterdam UMC, The Netherlands, focuses on functional gastrointestinal disorders, home parenteral nutrition and evidence-based clinical guideline development. In particular, she has been involved in the analysis and development of consensus definitions, research recommendations and specified outcome measures to guide clinical trials, thus improving quality of care for infant gastroesophageal reflux disease. Gastroesophageal reflux is […]

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Light therapy improves cognitive function after traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries affect millions of people every year and the long-term symptoms are often unresponsive to current treatments. Dr Greg Hipskind and his team have developed a novel method of light therapy which seeks to improve cognitive function and cerebral blood flow. Results are extremely positive for a study cohort of 12 military Veterans living with the consequences of […]

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A potential new tool for cardiovascular disease prevention

Cardiovascular disease is still one of the leading causes of death around the world. With the ultimate goal of developing new diagnostic tools to enable cardiovascular disease prevention, Dr Otilia Vieira, based at the NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal, is keen to understand the ways in which our body deals with excess cholesterol. Atherosclerosis is a potentially serious condition where […]

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How bread can save the world

Dr Peter Weegels is the Director of the European Bakery Innovation Centre, based in the Netherlands. The Centre has many aims, including creating, sharing and implementing bakery expertise across Europe. Dr Weegels is on a mission to make the simple loaf of wholemeal bread into a superfood to help solve the crisis of a growing population by showing that it has a superior nutritional content […]

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