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New diabetes treatment would turn liver cells into insulin-producers

When pancreatic islet allo-transplantation therapy was first introduced, it provided hope for countless diabetics tired of daily insulin injections. While the technology has delivered on much of its promise, Tel Aviv-based regenerative medicine firm Orgenesis is currently developing a treatment of its own, that it claims addresses much of the shortcomings of islet therapy. In a nutshell, its approach involves converting the patient’s own liver cells into cells that produce insulin.

READ MORE:http://www.gizmag.com/orgenesis-liver-cells-diabetes/33510/?utm_source=Gizmag Subscribers

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Toward Yeast–Based Opioid Production

Synthetic biologists introduce bacterial and poppy plant genes into yeast to manufacture morphine.

READ MORE:http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/40828/title/Toward-Yeast-Based-Opioid-Production/

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Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease – On Our Mind

By the age of 40, nearly all people with Down syndrome have the plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Michael Rafii, MD, PhD joins William Mobley, MD,PhD to discuss why this occurs, the prevalence and progression of Alzheimer’s disease, potential treatment models and current research affecting this predisposed population. Series: “The Brain Channel” [Health and Medicine] [Science] [Show ID: 28468]

WATCH VIDEO:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sABT0R-4VA

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Surgical ‘black box’ could reduce errors

Inside the operating room, video cameras track every movement. Outside, a small computer-like device analyzes the recordings, identifying when mistakes are made and providing instant feedback to surgeons as they operate.

READ MORE:http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/22/health/black-box-surgery/index.html?hpt=he_c1

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Embryo Scope is Breakthrough in Treating Infertility

Device gives doctors a better look at developing embryos for IVF process

WATCH VIDEO:http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/health/Embryo-Scope-is-Breakthrough-in-Treating-Infertility-271300781.html

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Trapeze lessons can help women ‘beat depression’

Women suffering from depression are being encouraged to attend a trapeze exercise class to help manage their symptoms.

Instructors say building physical strength can also improve mental health.

Anna Holligan attending one of the classes as a sports centre in London.

WATCH VIDEO:http://www.bbc.com/news/health-28819696

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Pomegranate compound may treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Researchers in the U.K. have found a compound in pomegranate that they believe may help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

READ MORE:http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/08/22/pomegranate-compound-may-treat-alzheimers-and-parkinsons/

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Minnesota mom charged for treating son’s pain with medical marijuana

A Minnesota mother is charged with child endangerment for giving her son medical marijuana to treat his pain,

WATCH VIDEO:http://www.cbsnews.com/news/minnesota-mom-charged-for-treating-sons-pain-with-medical-marijuana/

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New York doctors save patient with 20-pound tumor

Doctors in New York have removed a 20-pound tumor from a man’s body, saving his life.

The patient, 76-year-old Frank Bollettieri, did not even realize he had the tumor until he had an X-ray after a fall. The basketball-sized growth was a type of soft tissue cancer called a liposarcoma, which is extremely rare, especially this size.

WATCH VIDEO:http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-york-doctors-save-patient-with-20-pound-tumor/

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Woman Claims Secret to 140-Pound Weight Loss Is Hypnosis

Julie Evans says she was hypnotized into only craving healthy foods.

WATCH VIDEO:http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/extreme-weight-loss-woman-claims-secret-140-pound-25066318?tab=9482931