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Scientists hope that stem cells may be able to repair nerves and other cells that support transmission of electrical impulses in the spinal cord. binomialphoto/flickr

Yes there’s hope, but treating spinal injuries with stem cells is not a reality yet

Claims that stem cell treatments can repair spinal injuries right now are overblown. But it's not for lack of trying, and the science is certainly progressing.
Better technologies should be adopted in sub-Saharan Africa to deal with childhood cancer. Shutterstock

How Africa can win the fight against childhood cancer

Better technology to diagnose, treat and manage the disease early enough is needed to improve the survival rates of childhood cancer in sub Saharan Africa.
So a tested medical intervention was found not to work. This should be just as big news as if it was found to be a success. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Why we need to pay more attention to negative clinical trials

Why didn’t you hear about a recent big study on a new heart medication? Because the drug didn’t work. But that doesn't mean the study wasn't a success – it was.
Glass sculpture representation of Human Immunodeficiency Virus structure. LabLit/flickr

Antibody injections could be stepping stone to HIV vaccine

A new animal study has shown injections of antibodies might protect against HIV infection, albeit for only a limited time.
Do parents know enough about clinical trials to give informed consent? Sick child image via www.shutterstock.com.

Clinical trials for childhood cancer drugs are critical, but parents don’t always understand what they are signing up for

The dramatic improvements in survival for children with cancer depend on clinical trials, and these trials depend on parents understanding the possible risks and benefits involved.
Women would prefer a product that addresses multiple sexual and reproductive health risks at the same time. shutterstock

The all-in-one solution to sexual health is on its way

Scientists are developing various products that can provide contraception and protection from sexually transmitted infections and HIV at the same time.
A new treatment for achondroplasia is helping to transform many kids’ lives.

New dwarfism drug shows how innovation can be done well

A collaboration between research and industry has produced a promising new drug that could transform many childrens' lives. It's also a case study in innovation done right.
In most African countries, there is no oversight body for the pharmaceutical marketplace. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Africans need to make their mark in the pharmaceutical industry boom

Africa's pharmaceutical industry has mushroomed in the last ten years. But its ability to keep pace with demand is being held back by a number of factors, including a shortage of specialists.

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