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Weakness in conventional allergy treatment revealed

Raised levels of an antibody thought to indicate tolerance to food allergens in people with established allergies suggests commonly accepted treatments are not universally effective for adults.

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RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Neuroendovascular therapy on the rise in aging Japan

 A minimally invasive surgery for vascular conditions in the brain and spine is safe, even for the elderly, as long as patients are chosen with care

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New hope for stroke and spinal injury

Treatment based on stem cells aims to actively repair brain and spinal cord tissue damaged by stroke or spinal cord injury

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Cells could help heal a broken heart

A recently discovered cell type may help improve the long-term outlook after heart attack

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Reducing risk to life and limb through stem cell therapy

Stem cells offer hope for patients with critical limb ischemia, a potentially fatal circulatory disease of the legs

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FEATURES

Medical technology advancing along key fronts

Disruptive strategies for treating diseases, new medical devices and big data are set to transform medical treatment

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Spinal cord treatment using stem cells

After a small-scale clinical trial, a promising stem-cell treatment for spinal cord injuries is now available in Japan

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Producing fit and active centenarians

TRI is striving to enliven society by harnessing the power of regenerative medicine

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Collaborating against cancer

Convening for the fourth year, Japanese and Taiwanese academics continue to push forward together to tackle critical medical science issues.

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INFOGRAPHICS

Prostate cancer

People with cancer of the prostate currently have numerous treatment options available to them. But one of the most established, a type of radiation therapy known as brachytherapy, seems to be falling out of favour with clinicians.

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Liver cirrhosis

Once thought to be irreversible, cirrhosis of the liver now seems treatable — and drug development is proceeding apace.

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Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a debilitating and incurable condition. But researchers have found fresh angles of attack, and a host of upcoming treatments raise the prospect of a durable victory against this common form of inflammatory bowel disease.

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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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COLLABORATIONS WITH NATURE

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Non-union bone fracture: a quicker fix

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