Daily Archives: March 21, 2016

Lowering the burden of liver disease in the UK: a blueprint for change

Liver disease is the third biggest cause of premature death in the UK and the number of deaths from liver disease is on the rise (Fig. 1). People can develop liver disease for a number of reasons

A home-based portable instrument to monitor wellness and disease

In the past decade, a number of methods have been made available for health-conscious people designed with the purpose of monitoring wellness and disease information that may be obtained without visiting a conventional and centralized clinical laboratory. 

Neurophysiological biomarkers as a method to evaluate effects of drugs

When it comes to treatment of brain diseases not affecting the motor-system, drug development has proven difficult, because the majority of tests of drug-effects in animal experiments rely on changes in the behavior of the treated subject.

Use of a ‘smart’ ankle-foot prosthesis improves walking stability when descending slopes

The majority of lower-limb amputees walk using a passive artificial limb; meaning the limb creates no power to assist walking. Such limbs incorporate a prosthetic foot that is designed to buckle and/or bend when the walker puts

Family and bipolar disorder: where are we now?

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by severe high (mania or hypomania) and low (depression) moods that alternate with periods of relative stability (euthymia). Although the frequency and severity of the episodes vary from one individual

The environmental toxin BMAA detected in humans – Cause of neurodegenerative diseases?

Alzheimer´s disease, Parkinson´s disease and ALS ( amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ) are the most common neurodegenerative diseases in the world, and cause tremendous human suffering. Only about ten percent of the cases are hereditary, while the rest

Vitamin D may contribute to development of asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory airway disease, which development mechanism has not been fully investigated yet. Despite the progress of medical science in asthma field, morbidity of this disease remains high worldwide. Scientists raise hypothesis that vitamin

Optically transparent shape memory polyimide- a candidate for flexible optoelectronics

Optically transparent polyimides (PI) have attracted more and more attentions due to their extensive applications in flexible optoelectronics, e. g. plastic substrate of image displays, flexible printing circuit board, optical waveguides of communication interconnects, and liquid crystal