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Medical Research: News & Information

  • Synopsis: Information and latest developments in medical research and clinical trials regarding health and disability including stemcell research.

Definition: Medical Research

Biomedical research (or experimental medicine) is in general simply known as medical research. It is the basic research, applied research, or translational research conducted to aid and support the development body of knowledge in the field of medicine. An important kind of medical research is clinical research, which is distinguished by the involvement of patients. Other kinds of medical research include pre-clinical research and basic medical research, for example in genetics.

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What is Medical Research

Medical research ranges from fundamental research to clinical and applied technology. Fundamental research involves investigations into biological functions; knowledge thus acquired may then be applied in clinical research to help understand specific diseases and to develop improved treatments, cures and methods of prevention.

Medical research can be divided into two general categories:

  • The evaluation of new treatments for both safety and efficacy in what are termed clinical trials.
  • All other research that contributes to the development of new treatments.

(The latter is termed preclinical research if its goal is specifically to elaborate knowledge for the development of new therapeutic strategies.)

  • Preclinical research is research in basic science, which precedes the clinical trials, and is almost purely based on theory and animal experiments.
  • A clinical trial is a comparison test of a medication or other medical treatment, versus a placebo, other medications and devices, or the standard medical treatment for a patient's condition.

Among the major benefits of medical research have been vaccines for measles and polio, medication for high blood pressure, improved treatments for AIDS, insulin treatment for diabetes, classes of antibiotics for treating a host of maladies, statins and other treatments for atherosclerosis, new surgical techniques such as microsurgery, and increasingly successful treatments for cancer.

In the United States, the most recent data from 2003 suggest that about 94 billion dollars were provided for biomedical research in the United States.

The National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical companies collectively contribute 26.4 billion dollars and 27.0 billion dollars, respectively, which constitute 28% and 29% of the total, respectively.

In the UK, funding bodies such as the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust derive their assets from UK tax payers, and distribute this to institutions in a competitive manner.

More and more exciting advances in the field of medicine are being discovered each day by doctors, researchers, and scientists around the globe. For instance testing yourself at home for diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis will very soon be as simple as using a home pregnancy testing kit.

In this section of Disabled World News we bring you up to date with all the latest medical news from all over the world.

Latest Medical Research Publications

  1. Left-handed? Slender Face Identified as Marker for Left-Handedness
    Study reveals people with a slender lower face are about 25% more likely to be left-handed.
  2. Paralyzed Man Moves Legs Using Electrical Stimulation of Spinal Cord
    Electrical stimulation on the spinal cord and physical therapy help man intentionally move his paralyzed legs, stand and make steplike motions.
  3. Unexpected Link Between Cancer and Autism
    Researchers from Turku Centre for Biotechnology have discovered an unexpected link between cancer and autism.
  4. Potential New Causes for TMAU - A Fishy Smelling Body Odor Disorder
    Study provides new insight into causes of trimethylaminura, a genetically transmitted metabolic disorder that leads to accumulation of a chemical that smells like rotting fish.
  5. Gene Discovery Helps Children with Dystonia and Movement Disorder Walk Again
    Researchers discover new genetic cause for dystonia, a movement disorder, enabling treatment with Deep Brain Stimulation which has been so successful that children have been able to walk again.

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