Preventing catheter obstructions in patients with hydrocephaly

The early diagnosis and treatment of catheter obstructions in implanted shunts constitute a considerable medical challenge, given that there are currently no technologies or preventive protocols for preventing it. With time, the complication affects a considerable majority of patients with hydrocephalus with implanted shunts. It is estimated that there are approximately 6,000–10,000 individuals (adults and […]

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New laser surface modification process with silver provides antimicrobial defense to titanium orthopedic devices

A patent-pending process developed by Purdue University engineers could improve the quality of life for the more than 6 million people who undergo orthopedic and trauma surgery annually, according to a paper published in Langmuir. Infection is a major complication when rods, plates, screws and other devices are embedded into people during procedures like joint […]

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Identification of molecule capable of reducing neurodegenerative processes in the elderly

Researchers from the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) have just published a study in Translational Psychiatry that elucidates the mechanisms involved in the cognitive deficits of human aging. The research considers the action of molecules that can fight inflammatory processes in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and potentiate the endocannabinoid system. This substance, […]

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The role of the clinician-data-scientist in health care

Health care is constantly changing, as big data analytics and advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence are now being applied in the health care field. These high-tech changes hold the potential to transform patient care. In response to these changes, an international team of scientists has published a perspective paper, describing the competencies of clinician-data-scientists […]

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Newly identified cell population could improve targeting of relevant macrophage populations in neurodegeneration

A research study published in Immunity has found that the previously identified disease-associated microglia (DAM) population detected in murine Alzheimer’s disease models actually contained an additional population of macrophages recruited during aging and disease that exhibit inflammatory features, named disease inflammatory macrophages (DIMs). This new cell population was identified by a team of international scientists […]

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