Innovative technique converts white fat to brown fat

Human white adipose tissue cultured in browning media for three weeks and stained with UCP1 (red), Lipidtox (green), and Sytox nuclear stain (blue). Credit: Brian Gillette/Columbia Engineering Human white adipose tissue cultured in browning media for three weeks and stained with UCP1 (red), Lipidtox (green), and Sytox nuclear stain (blue). Credit: Brian Gillette/Columbia Engineering Close […]

New antibiotic found in common weed

Antimicrobial resistance: A global threat Small plant with big potential Novel antibiotic with ‘unprecedented structure’ Wild plants could be a treasure trove of new antibiotics for tackling the worldwide problem of antimicrobial resistance. The thale cress, a common weed, could be a new source of antibiotics. Researchers in Switzerland made this suggestion after discovering a […]

Patients opt for 3D simulation for breast augmentation — but it doesn’t improve outcomes

Three-dimensional image simulation is popular among women planning breast augmentation surgery. But while this evolving technology may enhance communication, it doesn’t improve patient satisfaction with the results of the procedure, reports a paper in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®. “Patients are likely to use novel technology like three-dimensional photography with computer simulation […]

Implants made by computer-aided design provide good results in patients with rare chest muscle deformity

For patients with Poland syndrome — a rare congenital condition affecting the chest muscle — computer-aided design (CAD) techniques can be used to create custom-made silicone implants for reconstructive surgery of the chest, reports a paper in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®. The new technique provides good cosmetic outcomes and improves quality […]

New treatment for ultra-rare disease, alkaptonuria

A new study published in Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, conducted by a Liverpool based research collaboration involving the University of Liverpool, has identified the drug that treats the extremely rare genetic disease alkaptonuria (AKU). An observational study at the NHS-funded Robert Gregory National Alkaptonuria Centre (NAC), based at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, in collaboration […]