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Now, crab shell bandages to help wounds heal faster

Now, crab shell bandages to help wounds heal faster

What if your bandage could heal wounds faster? A team of scientists has come up with a fast-healing dressing that contains crab shells.

The University of Bolton team, which spent 10 years developing the hi-tech alchite dressing, believes that it could become a product worth 250million pounds a year, the Mirror reported.

The key ingredient is chitosan, a mineral found in crustacean shells, which kills bacteria and speeds up healing.

The dressing is set to be made in China but initially sold in the UK.

Epilepsy drug brings hope for multiple sclerosis patients

Epilepsy drug brings hope for multiple sclerosis patients

A commonly-used epilepsy drug has brought hope for multiple sclerosis sufferers as it may help prevent nerve damage.

The University College London study found that the drug phenytoin slowed the progress of optic neuritis, a symptom leading to blurred vision, and scientists believe it could have a similar protective effect throughout the brain.

Currently there are no neuroprotective drugs available for MS sufferers, whose nerve fibres are attacked by their own immune system.

`Effective` proton beam cancer therapy `causes fewer side effects`

`Effective` proton beam cancer therapy `causes fewer side effects`

Proton beam therapy can attack brain cancer in kids while causing fewer side effects than conventional radiotherapy, according to a recent study.

The study, led by Torunn Yock, Massachusetts General Hospital, Proton Center, Boston, and colleagues suggests that proton radiotherapy may not be as toxic to the rest of a child's body as conventional radiotherapy.

Compared with traditional radiotherapy, proton beam therapy is highly targeted and is used to treat hard-to-reach cancers, with a lower risk of damaging the surrounding tissue and causing side effects.

Repeated infancy trauma ups psychosis risk sevenfold

Repeated infancy trauma ups psychosis risk sevenfold

A team of researchers has found that experiencing repeated trauma throughout infancy and adolescence increases the risk of suffering psychosis during adulthood by at least sevenfold.

The University of Granada (UGR) study also found that smoking cannabis five times a week or more during infancy or adolescence multiplies said risk by 6.

This possibility rises a 30 percent for each point gained in a personality trait called neuroticism or emotional instability (emotional instability and insecurity, high level of anxiety, constant state of worry and stress, etc.).

Is Alzheimer's transmissible?

Is Alzheimer's transmissible?

Once again, scientists have raised the specter of Alzheimer's as a transmissible disease, theorizing that it can be transmitted from one person to another.

Scientists found a link between patients who received nerve-tissue grafts several decades ago and the presence of a protein in the brain that is normally seen in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease.

What affects our food choices?

What affects our food choices?

A team of psychologists has discovered what influences our food choices.

Texas Christian University's Dr. Sarah Hill's research revealed that childhood socioeconomic status may influence people's food choices as adults. The research finds that growing up poor promotes eating in the absence of hunger in adulthood, regardless of one's adult socioeconomic status.

Attitude toward ageing can affect how well we age

Attitude toward ageing can affect how well we age

In aging, as in many things, attitude can make a lot of difference and now, a research has shown that how people feel about ageing can have a direct effect on health.

Negative attitudes to ageing affect both physical and cognitive health in later years, new research reveals. The study from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), at Trinity College Dublin, further reveals that participants with positive attitudes towards ageing had improved cognitive ability.

BP drug offers hope in Alzheimer's fight

BP drug offers hope in Alzheimer's fight

An FDA-approved blood pressure drug is casting a ray of hope for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

In laboratory neuronal cultures, the drug reduced cell damage often linked to Alzheimer's disease, said the researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) and the National Institutes of Health.

They say their work provides information supporting the potential effect of the drug candesartan as well as other Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) for the early treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Here's how moon's phases influence rainfall

Here's how moon's phases influence rainfall

A team of scientists has shown that there is a degree of truth in the ancient folklore "rain follows the full and new phases of the moon."

The University of Washington research shows that the lunar forces affect the amount of rain - though very slightly.

Air pressure changes linked to the phases of the moon were first detected in 1847 and temperature in 1932 in ground-based observations. An earlier paper by the UW researchers used a global grid of data to confirm that air pressure on the surface definitely varies with the phases of the moon.

Media narratives can help beat prejudice

Media narratives can help beat prejudice

A new study has suggested that the media narratives counter prejudiced attitudes.

Researches from several personality and social psychologists have shown that entertainment media with positive content or conciliatory messages can contribute to positive relationships between members of different ethnic groups and genders.

From sitcoms to music videos, entertainment media offers a reflection of parts of American culture. Sohad Murrar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, showed the power of entertainment media to promote positive intergroup relationships in a series of studies.

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