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Clinical trial to offer free 3D-printed prosthetic arms to children

Clinical trial to offer free 3D-printed prosthetic arms to children

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May 16 (UPI) -- For the first time, children will be fitted with 3D-printed bionic arms produced as part of a clinical trial. Oregon Health & Science University is collaborating with Limbitless Solutions, a nonprofit based at the University of Central Florida, for the trial, which aims to test the limbs for market approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The two schools announced Wednesday at a news conference in Orlando that a total of 20 children between age 6 and 17 will be fitted with the devices by the end of this summer at the two schools. The arms will be 3D-printed at UCF for around $ 1,000 each, compared to ones that traditionally cost up to $ 100,000 and need to be replaced as children grow. "This is really like the next level for us," Dr. Albert Manero, CEO of Limbit...
Injectible drug shown to be effective against lupus in clinical trial

Injectible drug shown to be effective against lupus in clinical trial

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April 20 (UPI) -- Injections of a new drug therapy benefited patients with a form of lupus in a Phase 3 clinical trial, researchers report.Belimumab was tested in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect virtually any organ -- mainly in women. The findings were published this week in Arthritis & Rheumatology.Belimumab, which has the brand name of Benlysta and is marketed by GlaxoSmithKline, has been approved in the United States, Canada and Europe for intravenous use in combination with other lupus medicines. The trial was conducted between 2011 and 2015."Intravenous administration of belimumab is an obstacle to treatment for many patients due to the need to go to the hospital for drug infusions. Thus, a higher number of patient...
Keeping livers 'alive' boosts transplant success, trial finds

Keeping livers 'alive' boosts transplant success, trial finds

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Keeping donated livers "alive" with a machine prior to transplants boosts the chances of a successful operation, a landmark trial has found.Usually livers are kept in ice prior before the surgery, but many become damaged and unusable as a result. For this study, scientists put them in a perfusion machine, pumping the organs with blood, nutrients and medicines.More of these "warm" livers went on to be transplanted and showed less damage than the "cold" ones, the trial found.Scientists said the study could help to reduce the significant proportion of people who die waiting for a new liver and potentially "transform" how organ transplants are carried out. Record number of organ donors in 2017'Warmed liver' transplant first'Major impact'The randomised controlled trial involved 222 liver tran...
Pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying

Pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying

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An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is facing up to 35 years in prison on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and "espionage." The trial begins Monday in western Izmir province. Brunson was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for a masterminding a failed military coup that year. The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies the claim. Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, has denied all allegations, saying that he solely worked as ...
Teenagers urged to take part in meningitis B vaccine trial

Teenagers urged to take part in meningitis B vaccine trial

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceTeenagers in Great Britain are being asked to take part in a study to learn if immunising them against meningitis B could protect them and other people.The NHS wants 24,000 to take part in the Oxford Vaccine Group's Be On The Team trial, which is helped by National Institute for Health Research funding.Bacteria at the back of the throat can cause meningitis and the study will see if vaccination can stop this happening.The trial will take place in four waves of recruitment over the next two years.Control groupEach of the teenagers who chooses to participate, in Year 12 in England or the equivalent in Scotland and Wales, will be put into one of three groups of 8,000 participants and will receive two doses of one of two vaccines.Two of these groups ...