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Life Sciences - Health - 07.01.2019
New materials could ’drive wound healing’ by harnessing natural healing methods
Imperial researchers have developed new bioinspired material that interacts with surrounding tissues to promote healing. Materials are widely used to help heal wounds: Collagen sponges help treat burns and pressure sores , and scaffold-like implants are used to repair broken bones. However, the process of tissue repair changes over time, so scientists are looking to biomaterials that interact with tissues as healing takes place.

Health - Pharmacology - 07.01.2019
Automated phone calls may help patients to take medicines as prescribed, pilot study suggests
Automated phone calls may help patients to take medicines as prescribed, pilot study suggests
Remembering to take medication is vital for managing long term health conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or multiple conditions. Latest research from the University of Cambridge suggests that using interactive voice response (IVR) technology supports patients to take their medicine as prescribed.

Health - Life Sciences - 04.01.2019
Recurrent miscarriage linked to faulty sperm
Multiple miscarriages may be linked to the poor quality of a man's sperm, suggests new research. The early-stage study, from scientists at Imperial College London , investigated the sperm quality of 50 men whose partners had suffered three or more consecutive miscarriages.

Pharmacology - Health - 04.01.2019
Engineers create an inhalable form of messenger RNA
Engineers create an inhalable form of messenger RNA
Patients with lung disease could find relief by breathing in messenger RNA molecules. Messenger RNA, which can induce cells to produce therapeutic proteins, holds great promise for treating a variety of diseases. The biggest obstacle to this approach so far has been finding safe and efficient ways to deliver mRNA molecules to the target cells.

Health - 04.01.2019
Cutting off melanoma’s escape routes
Stopping melanoma from spreading to other parts of the body might be as simple as cutting off the blood supply to the cancer, according to researchers. Scientists from The University of Queensland's Diamantina Institute have discovered stem cells which form blood vessels in tumours, and have identified how to 'switch the cells off'.

Health - Innovation - 03.01.2019
Ers warn of problems using mobile technologies in public health
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Health - Environment - 02.01.2019
Is habitat restoration actually killing plants in the California wildlands?
Is habitat restoration actually killing plants in the California wildlands?
In 2014, plant biologists with the California Department of Agriculture reported an alarming discovery: native wildflowers and herbs, grown in nurseries and then planted in ecological restoration sites around California, were infected with Phytophthora tentaculata , a deadly exotic plant pathogen that causes root and stem rot.

Health - Pharmacology - 02.01.2019
Tumors backfire on chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is an effective treatment for breast cancer, yet some patients develop metastasis in spite of it. Researchers at EPFL have discovered that chemotherapy-treated mammary tumors produce small vesicles that may help them spread to other organs. The study is published. Some patients with breast cancer receive chemotherapy before the tumor is removed with surgery.

Health - 02.01.2019
UW-Madison life-expectancy paper nabs top honor from APHA
Work published by three University of Wisconsin researchers regarding decreasing the gap in life expectancy of the United States population compared to European peers, earned top honors from the American Public Health Association. The winning paper, "Meeting the Institute of Medicine's 2030 US Life Expectancy Target," was a collaboration between David Kindig, emeritus professor, population health sciences, Jenna Nobles, professor of sociology, and Moheb Zidan, PhD candidate in economics, UW-Madison.

Health - Environment - 01.01.2019
From cycling to Eurovision - how Imperial can help your New Year’s resolutions
We take a look back at Imperial research from the past year to give you some inspiration for your 2019 new year's resolutions. Reduce alcohol intake Thinking of doing dry January? According to Imperial research , this may be something you want to keep up throughout the year… Earlier this year, Imperial researchers were among a team of international scientists to suggest there is no safe level of alcohol and instead the health risks outweigh any possible benefits.
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