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RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Growth factor restores scarred vocal cords

A first-in-human clinical trial demonstrates the safety and efficacy of growth factor-based therapy for vocal fold scarring

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Surgery brings on the smooth talk

A Japanese surgical procedure gives patients their voices back

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Preventing stroke in Asian populations

A common cholesterol drug could help prevent certain types of strokes in Asian people

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Repurposed drug could help clear toxic plaques in Alzheimer’s disease

Boosting the flow of blood to the brain could slow cognitive decline in patients.

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FEATURES

Casting a wider net for big data benefits

Embracing big data promises to expand the knowledge brought by clinical trials and lead to safer therapies

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Launching a wealth of medical knowledge

An authoritative source of medical information for almost 120 years, the MSD manuals are now freely available online in Japanese

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Living well to a hundred and beyond

The public were given a preview of therapies that promise to preserve the quality of life of people well into old age

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The harmony of standardized data

Translational and clinical research is hampered by the ‘dissonant notes’ of poor efficacy systems and a lack of data standards, claim researchers and policymakers. Fixing these problems can save lives.

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INFOGRAPHICS

Repairing the neural highway

The spinal cord rarely repairs itself when damaged, but ways of encouraging nerves to regrow are on the horizon.

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Closing the gap

A bone fracture that fails to heal after initial treatment can lead to prolonged disability. Regenerative therapies might help to restart the bone-healing process, getting the people affected back in action.

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Saving life and limb

Many people with critical limb ischaemia have no option but to have the affected limb amputated. Can regenerative medicine offer an alternative?

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Marching to a new beat

In the most severe cases, a ruptured eardrum can require surgery to put it right, but tissue-engineering techniques might provide a much simpler solution.

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