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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.
Masayo Takahashi, a researcher of Riken’s Center for Developmental Biology, gives a lecture in Kobe on Sept. 21. (The Asahi Shimbun)
iPS researcher: Epoch-making clinical test clears only first step
KOBE--Masayo Takahashi, a researcher who led the world’s first surgery of implanting induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into a human body, said many more years are needed to make the technology a common treatment method.
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Researchers: iPS cell study shows cholesterol drug could cure bone disease
KYOTO--Researchers said a combination of patient-derived induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and drugs designed to lower cholesterol could lead to an effective treatment for a rare but intractable bone disorder.
Masayo Takahashi, a researcher at Riken’s Center for Developmental Biology, talks about the operation at a news conference in Kobe on Sept. 12. (Yoshinori Mizuno)
Researchers perform world's 1st iPS cell implant surgery on human
Japanese researchers conducted the world's first surgery to implant induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into a human body, representing a major step forward for regenerative medicine.
Kazutoshi Mori (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyoto University professor wins U.S. Lasker Award
Kyoto University professor Kazutoshi Mori and a fellow U.S. researcher won the most prestigious medical award in the United States for their groundbreaking work on cellular processes that contribute to a range of diseases.
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Scientists aiming for method that will detect 13 types of cancer from single blood sample
Researchers said they are developing a method that will enable the early detection of 13 common types of cancer from just one blood test.
Researchers test a computerized camera system that can see through an operating physician’s hands to allow for clearer recordings of the procedure for education purposes. (Provided by the Aichi Institute of Technology)
Researchers creating see-through recording system for surgeries
TOYOTA, Aichi Prefecture--Japanese researchers are developing a computerized camera system that can see through the hands and heads of surgeons and record their operating techniques.

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