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'Exoskeleton' helps paralyzed US student to walk again at graduation
When graduating senior Austin Whitney rose from his wheelchair and walked across the stage at UC Berkeley's commencement ceremony, the crowd of 15,000 at Edwards Stadium went wild with cheers. ANI

Protective molecule to prevent brain damage after injury identified
A new study has discovered a protective molecule in the brain, which if used artificially, may prevent brain damage from the likes of stroke, head injury and Alzheimer's. ANI

New class of compounds with great potential for drug development found
A class of compounds that could be a boon to basic research and drug discovery have been identified by scientists from the Scripps Research Institute. ANI

Scientists 'one step closer to brain-like electronic device'
Researchers have analysed in unprecedented detail the physical and chemical properties of an electronic device that computer engineers hope will transform computing. ANI

Researchers a step closer to find new class of asthma, COPD drugs
New compounds that relax airway muscles and may provide relief from shortness of breath for patients with COPD and asthma have been identified by the researchers in Baltimore. ANI

CPAP fights even minimum symptoms of daytime sleepiness
Researchers in Europe have found that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) can reduce daytime sleepiness in sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), even if their symptoms are minimal. ANI

Gene variant linked to onset of COPD in men
A new study has found that a variant in the vitamin D receptor gene (VDR) contributes to the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Caucasian men. ANI

Now, a yoga-based maneuver to cure rotator cuff pain, disability
A specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation has developed a yoga-based maneuver that relieves the pain of rotator cuff tear and restores range of motion during one short office visit. ANI

COPD patients can better respiratory capacity with Vitamin D supplements
Researchers from Belgium have suggested that Vitamin D supplements may help patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) get more from their pulmonary rehabilitation programs. ANI

Nasal cells may help identify lung cancer in earliest stages
A study conducted by researchers in Boston has indicated that a simple, minimally-invasive technique using cells from the interior of the nose could help clinicians detect lung cancer in its earliest - and most treatable. ANI

Bugs 'helped early animals to get oxygen they needed to breathe'
A new study has analysed bacterial colonies called microbial mats in the Los Roques lagoons of Venezuela and found that it offered a refuge of oxygen-rich sediment. ANI

Heaven is a fairy story for people afraid of death, says Stephen Hawking
One of the best-known scientists in the world, Stephen Hawking, has dismissed heaven and the afterlife as a 'fairy story' for people afraid of death. ANI

Bee venom could be used to detect explosives!
Who would have thought that a bee's salubrious little stingers could protect us from bomb-wielding terrorists. ANI

Will GM mosquitoes released into the wild help wipe out malaria?
Malaria is a resourceful enemy, which refuses to be killed by pesticides and drugs. ANI

Avoid eating grilled meat if you are taking asthma drugs
An expert has warned that people who are taking asthma drugs should avoid eating grilled meat as many foods considered essential for a balanced diet could interfere with some of the most commonly prescribed medicines - either rendering them useless or increasing the dosage to a dangerous level. ANI

Prostate cancer survival rates can be extended to 20 yrs with surgery
Mayo clinic researchers have found that 80 percent of patients diagnosed with cancer that has spread beyond the prostate, known as cT3 prostate cancer patients, has 20 years survival rate if treated with radical prostatectomy, or surgery to remove the prostate gland. ANI

Pre-existing malaria can block second infection
After a mosquito bite, malaria parasites first travel to the liver, multiply, then escape and invade red blood cells. It was previously understood that parasites in both the liver and blood needed iron to grow. ANI

'Master switch' gene behind obesity, diabetes identified
Researchers have found that a gene linked to type 2 diabetes and cholesterol levels is in fact a 'master regulator' gene, which controls the behaviour of other genes found within fat in the body. ANI

DNA region linked to depression discovered
DNA on chromosome 3 that appears to be related to depression have been independently identified by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and King's College London. ANI

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