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Precise nerve stimulation via electrode implants offers new hope for paralysis patients

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Patients with spinal cord injuries might one day regain use of paralyzed arms and legs thanks to research that ...

A new system to detect spinal deformity

Hokkaido University researchers have developed a symmetry-recognition system for the surface of the human back that can three-dimensionally detect the early stages ...

It’s how you splice it: scientists discover possible origin of muscle, heart defects

The basic biological process called alternative splicing proves vital in making sure important muscle cell proteins switch from their fetal forms to their adult forms. Not doing so could lead to muscle defects and disorders ... Full story

Link between DNA and chronic widespread joint pain

Scientists at King’s College London, funded by the charity Arthritis Research UK, have found a link between changes in marks on the outside of DNA ... Full story

Bid to recognise silent epidemic that affects 1 in 3 over 60

The University of Melbourne is leading a push for Australia to recognise Sarcopenia, a muscle-wasting disease that affects 1 in 3 people globally over the age of 60. ... Full story

Towards better hip replacements

Porous implant has potential to extend life of hip replacements by mimicking quality of real bones ... Full story

Muscles more sensitive to stretch than previously thought

Almost 50 years after Nobel prize-winner Andrew Huxley published his seminal findings about muscle contraction, scientists from the University of Bristol have retraced Huxley’s steps. Their findings, published today in the Biophysical Journal, could change our understanding of the response of muscles to changes in length during physical activity. ... Full story

Blood test for early osteoarthritis diagnosis unveiled

Patients could soon be diagnosed with early-stage arthritis several years before the onset of physical and irreversible symptoms, thanks to a new test developed by researchers at the University of Warwick. ... Full story

Screws that fit the body’s notches

Complex bone fractures are often set with titanium or steel screws and plates. However, if these remain in the body for some time, they can cause health problems. A new bioceramic screw nail has the capacity of replacing the currently used metal components. It can be easily introduced into bone and does not have to be removed. Fraunhofer researchers are presenting the screw nail from November 14-17 at the MEDICA trade fair in Düsseldorf (Hall 10, Booth G05). ... Full story

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