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University of Tokyo lab to treat brain tumors using engineered virus
Clinical trials will start for a genetically modified virus that can destroy cancerous cells in one of the most difficult types of tumors to treat, the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Medical Science said.
Stem cell researcher Masayo Takahashi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nature names stem cell pioneer Takahashi as one of year's top 10 scientists
The British scientific journal Nature has named Japanese stem cell researcher Masayo Takahashi as one of Nature's 10 people who mattered in 2014.
An advanced CT scanner at a cancer hospital (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Detailed hospital search system for cancer patients goes online
The National Cancer Center in Tokyo began fully operating a new search system on Dec. 9 that helps patients find medical institutions that can better treat the type of carcinoma they have contracted.
Saga University Hospital officials show off state-of-the-art physical training assistance machines used at the hospital’s new robotic rehabilitation section. (Katsuyuki Iwaizako)
Cutting-edge rehab robots lend helping hand to stroke patients at Saga hospital
SAGA--State-of-the-art rehabilitation assistance robots are helping stroke patients recover their bodily strength more efficiently than through conventional human therapy at the Saga University Hospital here.
Hiroaki Kamishina, an associate professor at Gifu University Animal Medical Center, checks a corgi dog suffering from canine degenerative myelopathy. (Masayuki Arai)
Researchers study intractable dog disease, with eye on curing ALS
Coron used to drag his hind legs when he walked, a result of a mysterious and incurable disease that affects the spinal cord of dogs.
A patient undergoes colorectal cancer screening. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Researchers find marker of possible spread of colorectal cancer
KYOTO--Researchers announced Dec. 3 they had identified a marker of malignant transformation of colorectal cancer, a discovery that may enable physicians to treat the disease more efficiently.
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Scientists re-create key kidney structure for 1st time
Researchers succeeded in re-creating the basic structural unit of a kidney for the first time in the world, which they hope will lead to effective treatments of patients with renal failure.
Doctors carry the liver of a boy at Toyama University Hospital on June 15, 2012, in the first case of organ donation from a brain-dead child under the age of 6. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Organs of 'compassionate' brain-dead girl under 6 in Tokyo offered for transplant
A brain-dead girl under the age of 6 became only the second young child organ donor in Japan following the transplant of organs from a boy younger than that age in 2012.
Elderly women receive training to strengthen their lower back and feet at the Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Hospital and Institute of Gerontology in Itabashi Ward in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Study: Age-related height shrinkage in women linked to serious health risks
Elderly women who have become shorter by 2 centimeters or more due to aging are at greater risk of heart disease, spinal fractures and pneumonia, a study shows.
Koichi Tanaka, a senior fellow at Shimadzu Corp., conducts an experiment at the company's laboratory in Kyoto. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Simple blood test could lead to early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease
Japanese researchers said they have developed a simple blood test that can determine if substances that cause Alzheimer’s disease are accumulating in the brain before the onset of the ailment.
A new technique makes the entire body of a mouse transparent except its eyes and bones. (Provided by Riken)
After surprise discovery, researchers make mice transparent
Japanese researchers have created mice that are almost entirely transparent, a development that could lead to improved treatments for damaged organs, according to a recently published study.
Pills on a wooden table form the word ''sleep." (AP photo)
New drug offering shortcut to sleep, without the addiction, to be released in Japan first
A sleeping pill that promises a deep slumber without the risk of dependency is set to hit the market in Japan as early as this month ahead of its release overseas.
A slide showing iPS cells produced from a patient's skin (Provided by Riken)
Heart muscle cells from iPS cells to be mass-produced for drug tests
A public research organization announced Oct. 30 that it has entered into a joint venture to develop a new technology to mass produce cardiac muscle cells from human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which could reduce the costs of drug trials.
Shigenobu Nakamura, left, and two other co-leaders of the Japan dementia working group, during a news conference in Tokyo on Oct. 23 (Tatsuya Shimada)
Dementia patients establish 1st advocacy group in Japan
Eleven people being treated for dementia have set up the country’s first advocacy group to raise awareness of the disease that mainly strikes the elderly.
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In breakthrough, scientists discover molecule that causes rheumatoid arthritis
Japanese researchers have identified one of the substances that cause rheumatoid arthritis, an unprecedented finding that could eventually lead to a cure for the disease.
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iPS researchers improve survival rate of transplanted cardiac cells
KYOTO--Scientists here developed a method using human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells that improves the survival rate of transplanted cardiac muscle cells, a finding that could eventually be used to treat heart attack victims.
A doctor at Shinshu University Hospital simulates brain surgery using a surgical assistance robot, left foreground, while looking through a microscope.
New robot gives surgeons a helping hand
MATSUMOTO, Nagano Prefecture--The Shinshu University School of Medicine and Japan's leading auto parts maker Denso Corp. unveiled a jointly developed assistance robot that supports a surgeon's arm during operations.
Mammograms are used to detect breast cancer. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Researchers: Overweight women at greater risk of developing breast cancer
Research by the National Cancer Center suggests that the more obese a woman is, the more likely she is to develop breast cancer.
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Moisturizing skin of newborns may prevent future allergies, say researchers
Japanese researchers say allergies like atopic dermatitis and those involving food may be preventable if moisturizer is applied to the skin of newborns after birth.
Junichi Shoda, professor of gastroenterological medicine at the University of Tsukuba, assumes a squatting position on a whole body vibration machine in August. (Toru Igarashi)
Researchers: Regimen of 'good' vibrations can alleviate fatty liver disease
TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--Patients suffering from fatty liver disease could significantly improve their conditions by regularly hopping on a platform that transmits vertical and horizontal vibrations throughout their bodies, according to researchers at the University of Tsukuba.

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