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Research group creates cartilage tissue from human iPS cells
Researchers at Kyoto University created cartilage tissue from human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and successfully transplanted it into a pig, a feat that has promising applications in regenerative medicine.
"Robear" moves a person from a bed to a wheelchair in a cradle hold during a demonstration in Nagoya on Feb. 23. (Minako Yoshimoto)
'Bearish' nursing-care robot gently assists patients
NAGOYA--Scientists have developed a robot that resembles a polar bear but can gently carry elderly people or help them stand upright.
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Drink more black tea for stronger bones, researchers say
More black tea may just be what people with fragile bones need to maintain a healthier skeleton, according to research published Feb. 24 by Japanese scientists.
A patient undergoes glaucoma screening. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan scientists crack 'recipe' for optic nerve cells using iPS technology
Japanese researchers have created optic nerve cells using iPS cells for the first time, a development expected to lead to more effective treatments for glaucoma and other eye diseases.
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GM rice may be the holy grail in alleviating hay fever symptoms, researchers say
Researchers in Japan are taking a novel approach in their quest to develop strains of genetically modified rice to boost defenses against hay fever, a condition that makes life a misery for innumerable sufferers.
A patient consults with a doctor about gout symptoms. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Gene discovery may lead to better drug therapy for gout
Japanese researchers have identified genetic mutations that may trigger episodes of gout, a finding that could lead to more effective treatments for sufferers.
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Scientists recover rats' heart functions though iPS cell-derived sheets
Researchers have revived the cardiac functions of rats that suffered heart attacks by transplanting cell sheets derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into their hearts.
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10 deaths reported following use of newly marketed diabetes drugs
Ten people suffering from diabetes mellitus died after taking a new class of medications that have been on the market since last April, according to an Asahi Shimbun analysis.
A public playground in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward has a space for smokers, although this man is ignoring the rules. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kids with parents who light up much more likely to be hospitalized for asthma
Children with parents who smoke at home are at greater risk of being hospitalized in their early years, a long-term study shows.
A patient undergoes screening for gastric cancer. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Scientists to Japanese men: Eat your veggies, reduce stomach cancer risk
Japanese men can reduce their risk of developing lower stomach cancer simply by eating a lot of vegetables, researchers at the National Cancer Center and other institutions found.
Epipen, a drug to attenuate allergy symptoms (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Survey: Many doctors deviate from standard treatments for allergy patients
Many Japanese physicians are treating allergic reactions in ways that are inconsistent with expert guidelines, depriving patients of more effective means to alleviate their symptoms, according to a health ministry survey.
Keiichi Nakayama, a professor of cell biology at Kyushu University (OP Shashin Tsushinsha)
Researchers: Hepatitis drug may stop cancer cells from spreading
Experiments conducted on mice have found that a drug used to treat hepatitis B may suppress cancer cells from metastasizing.
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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.

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