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August 11, 2016

‘Brain training’ technique restores feeling and movement to paraplegics

Using VR technology, an exoskeleton and software, study claims participants have unexpectedly experienced partial recovery of movement and sensation

Eight paraplegics – some of them paralysed for more than a decade by severe spinal cord injury – have been able to move their legs and feel sensation, after help from an artificial exoskeleton, sessions using virtual reality (VR) technology and a non-invasive system that links the brain with a computer.

In effect, after just 10 months of what their Brazilian medical team call “brain training” they have been able to make a conscious decision to move and then get a response from muscles that have not been used for a decade. [...]

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May 15, 2016

Controversial Italian fertility doctor accused of stealing patient’s egg

Severino Antinori is arrested after nurse seeking treatment for a cyst claims she was operated on without her consent

A controversial Italian fertility doctor who won international fame for helping women in their 60s get pregnant has been arrested and accused of taking a patient’s egg without her consent.

Severino Antinori was placed under house arrest after being detained at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on Friday night.

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February 17, 2016

Zika hysteria is way ahead of research into virus, says expert

Leslie Lobel says it’s unclear whether birth defects in Brazil are linked to Zika, and any panic can cause more harm than the virus itself

One of the world’s leading virologists has warned against public hysteria surrounding the Zika virus, saying global health authorities need to focus more broadly on prevention of infectious diseases rather than finding a cure for specific outbreaks.

Leslie Lobel, an Israeli physician who has worked with the US military and the Uganda Virus Research Institute to try to find a vaccine for Ebola, believes public panic over epidemics can cause more damage than the diseases [...]

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February 9, 2016

Zika virus: survey shows many Latin Americans lack faith in handling of crisis

Exclusive study also reveals large numbers of people agree with official advice that they should delay having children

Many Latin Americans doubt that public health officials in their countries can contain the Zika virus, but nevertheless said they find it reasonable to follow official advice and delay having children, a new study has shown.

The virus, which has spread rapidly through the Americas, has been linked to a rise in microcephaly in Brazil, a debilitating birth defect where children are born with abnormally small heads. Last week the [...]

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