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Intelligent prosthetic liners could ease pain for lower limb amputees

Intelligent prosthetic liners could ease pain for lower limb amputees

A new device could help to relieve the pain and discomfort experienced by thousands of amputees as a result of poorly fitting replacement lower limbs. Researchers are developing a prototype of the world’s first prosthetic ‘intelligent’ liner with integrated pressure sensors, which could be available to NHS patients in as little as three years. The sensors for the device, invented by Dr Liudi Jiang and an interdisciplinary team at the University of Southampton, measure the pressure and pulling forces at the interface between a patient’s stump and socket of their prosthesis. Continue reading

Low vitamin D linked to fatty liver disease in UK children

Low vitamin D linked to fatty liver disease in UK children

A UK studyi investigating the link between low vitamin D status and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in British children has identified a genetic variant associated with the disease’s severity. The research, conducted by the King’s College Hospital Paediatric Liver Centre and the University of Surrey’s School of Biosciences and Medicine, and funded by the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation retrospectively analysed the medical records of 120 paediatric patients with NAFLD Continue reading

Yeast provides genetic clues on drug response

Yeast provides genetic clues on drug response

Why do people respond differently to the same drug? For the first time, researchers have untangled genetic and environmental factors related to drug reactions, bringing us a step closer to predicting how a drug will affect us Continue reading

Councils ‘divert’ public health cash

Councils ‘divert’ public health cash

unable to retrieve full-text contentCouncils in England are using public health budgets to fund other services, an investigation for the British Medical Journal suggests. Continue reading

Doctors ‘outraged’ at NHS pay deal

Doctors ‘outraged’ at NHS pay deal

unable to retrieve full-text contentDoctors feel a “deep sense of outrage” at the failure to grant them a 1% rise in basic pay, the head of the British Medical Association says. Continue reading

Motion, muscles don’t always work in lockstep, researchers find in surprising new study

Motion, muscles don’t always work in lockstep, researchers find in surprising new study

Animals “do the locomotion” every day, whether it’s walking down the hall to get some coffee or darting up a tree to avoid a predator. And until now, scientists believed the inner workings of movement were pretty much the same — the nerves send a message to the muscles and there is motion. But in a first-of-its-kind study on wild green anole lizards, biologists at the University of California, Riverside have discovered that the link between muscle function and movement is a lot more complicated than anyone realized. Continue reading

Motion, muscles don’t always work in lockstep, researchers find in surprising new study

Motion, muscles don’t always work in lockstep, researchers find in surprising new study

Animals “do the locomotion” every day, whether it’s walking down the hall to get some coffee or darting up a tree to avoid a predator. Continue reading

Education, culture affect children’s understanding of human body

Education, culture affect children’s understanding of human body

Experiences of life and death can help children’s understanding of the human body and its function, according to research by psychologists at the University of East Anglia (UEA). The study found that children as young as four and five can understand that the human body works to keep us alive Continue reading

‘Love hormone’ oxytocin could provide new treatment for anorexia, study suggests

‘Love hormone’ oxytocin could provide new treatment for anorexia, study suggests

Oxytocin, also known as the ‘love hormone’, could provide a new treatment for anorexia nervosa, according to new research by a team of British and Korean scientists. The study, published today, found that oxytocin alters anorexic patients’ tendencies to fixate on images of high calorie foods, and larger body shape. Continue reading

Sunshine may ‘reduce arthritis risk’

Sunshine may ‘reduce arthritis risk’

4 February 2013 Last updated at 21:34 ET Living in a sunnier climate may reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to US researchers. Their study of more than 200,000 women, published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 1 , suggested a link between sunlight and the risk of developing the disease. Continue reading