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Researchers identify key peptides that could lead to a universal vaccine for influenza

via Medical Xpress | Thu February 02, 2012
Researchers have discovered a series of peptides, found on the internal structures of influenza viruses that could lead to the development of a universal vaccine for influenza, one that gives people immunity against all strains of the disease, including seasonal, avian, and swine flu.

Stem cell retinal implants safe

via BBC | Tue January 24, 2012
Early results from the world's first human trial using embryonic stem cells to treat diseases of the eye suggest the method is safe, say researchers.

Hepatitis C vaccine: Oxford researchers’ trial ‘promising’

via BBC | Sun January 08, 2012
An early clinical trial of a hepatitis C vaccine has shown "promising" results, according to researchers at Oxford University.

Time’s Top Medical Breakthroughs of 2011

Story contains video via Time Magazine | Sat December 31, 2011
Here is Time Magazine's list of the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2011.

New discovery could lead to better artificial hips

via GizMag | Thu December 29, 2011
For many people who have suffered from an arthritic hip, the replacement of their natural hip bone with a prosthetic implant has meant an end to constant pain, and the restoration of a normal range of movement. Unfortunately, the ball-and-socket joints of the prostheses do wear down over time, so younger patients in need of the implants are typically told to either wait until they are older, or must face the prospect of someday requiring repeat surgery to service their device.

Artificial Intestines near reality

via Discovery News | Mon December 19, 2011
Science has given us working artificial hearts, hips, limbs and bladders, and even a trachea. But no one has successfully created an artificial intestine, until now.

Vaccine developed against Ebola

via BBC | Mon December 12, 2011
Scientists have developed a vaccine that protects mice against a deadly form of the Ebola virus.

Alzheimer’s: Deep brain stimulation ‘reverses’ disease

via BBC | Tue November 29, 2011
Scientists in Canada have raised a tantalising prospect - reversing Alzheimer's disease.

Malaria’s Achilles’ heel revealed

via AFP | Thu November 17, 2011
Researchers have revealed a key discovery in understanding how the most deadly species of malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, invades human red blood cells.

New Parkinson’s therapy hope

via BBC | Wed November 09, 2011
A new technique could improve the quality of life for patients with Parkinson's Disease, according to research led by Cardiff University.

Success in trial of prostate cancer drug

via BBC | Sat September 24, 2011
A trial of a new cancer drug, which accurately targets tumours, has been so successful it has been stopped early.

Online gamers crack AIDS enzyme puzzle

via The Province | Mon September 19, 2011
Online gamers have achieved a feat beyond the realm of Second Life or Dungeons and Dragons: they have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade.

Scientists hail Parkinson’s brain cells ‘breakthrough’

via BBC | Tue August 23, 2011
Scientists have for the first time generated stem cells from one of the most rapidly progressing forms of Parkinson's disease.

New drug could cure nearly any viral infection

via Terra Daily | Tue August 16, 2011
Most bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics such as penicillin, discovered decades ago. However, such drugs are useless against viral infections, including influenza, the common cold, and deadly hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola.

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