National Topics

Feb 25, 2014

Potential cure for multiple sclerosis to be tested

The National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry has developed a drug that it says might provide a cure to multiple sclerosis. The center announced Monday that it will start a three-month clinical trial from March on nine patients. If the drug’s efficacy is confirmed, ...

Feb 8, 2014

Flu cases trigger epidemic alert

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases has issued a flu epidemic alert after logging a countrywide surge in influenza patients. The average number of patients at some 5,000 medical institutions regularly surveyed by the institute shot up to 34.44 in the week through Sunday ...

Cell reprogramming advances

Jan 30, 2014

Cell reprogramming advances

A team of scientists led by a woman from Chiba has discovered that by simply exposing body cells to acidic liquids, the cells can be reprogrammed to grow into any type of mature tissue. The discovery was announced Wednesday in the journal Nature. The ...

Trials, errors, but expert kept chin up

Jan 30, 2014

Trials, errors, but expert kept chin up

On her path to success, 30-year-old Haruko Obokata, who began experimenting on stem cells in 2008 while conducting research at Harvard University toward a scientific breakthrough, had to face rejection and criticism. The criticism of the results of the study that were published in ...

Jan 23, 2014

Push for regenerative medicine R&D

An expert panel has proposed that the government focus the nation’s medical research and development on such cutting-edge fields as regenerative medicine and genomic medicine. Based on a report compiled by the panel, the Abe administration will soon adopt a comprehensive strategy on a ...