There has been a recent trend of cardboard baby boxes for infants that are supposed to promote their sleeping. Some have claimed these boxes to be safer than traditional cots, cradles and bassinets. Now researchers from Universities of Bristol and Durham have warned that these recommendations are not founded on research and evidence and it […]Continue Reading ...
Each year at least 2 million Americans are infected with bacteria that cannot be treated with antibiotics, and at least 23,000 of these people die, according to the Centers for Disease Control. These bacteria can end up in our water, which is why we use disinfectants to kill or stop them from growing to treat […]Continue Reading ...
Two leading Medical organisations have called for stricter regulations for sugary drinks marketed for children and young adults. The regulations could include enhanced taxing, warning labels and restrictions in advertising for young people, the spokespersons from the American Academy of Paediatrics and the American Heart Association explained this Monday. The reason behind this call for […]Continue Reading ...
We all know the feeling of a mobile phone vibrating in our hands when announcing an incoming call. If we perceive these vibrations so clearly, it is due to specialized receptors that transduce them into neural signals sent to our brain. But how does the latter encode their physical characteristics? To understand this, neuroscientists from […]Continue Reading ...
The aggregation of alpha-synuclein proteins in Parkinson’s disease and tau proteins in Alzheimer’s disease is intimately linked to the progression of these neurodegenerative diseases. These aggregates propagate from one neuronal cell to another, attaching themselves to the cells. They multiply during this propagation. It has already been shown that the propagation and amplification of these […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland have developed an ultra-sensitive method to quantify extremely low concentrations of neonicotinoid pesticides in honey. This is a follow up to their study on the global contamination of honey by these pesticides published in the Journal Science in October 2017. The authors, which also include colleagues from the […]Continue Reading ...
A scientist at the University of Virginia School of Medicine has received a prestigious three-year, $1 million award from the William M. Keck Foundation to develop a new and better way to map out the submicroscopic world. This information helps us understand biological processes and aids researchers in developing new drugs to battle disease, among […]Continue Reading ...
I’ve written here before about long non-coding RNAs, or lncRNAs. These molecules are created from DNA but, unlike messenger RNA, they don’t contain the coding instructions for any proteins. Instead, they perform critical regulatory functions within the cell — many of which are as yet undetermined. Now researchers, including dermatologist and genome scientist Howard Chang, MD, […]Continue Reading ...
Because of global warming, it is estimated that there will be a major surge in mosquito-transmitted diseases which would kill half a billion more people over the next three decades. A new study reveals that the areas at risk that are newly exposed to this threat include Canada and parts of northern Europe with more […]Continue Reading ...
Participation in team sports is associated with fewer depressive symptoms in children, whereas non-sport activities have no association with symptoms, according to a study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, published by Elsevier. The association was found only for boys. The findings suggest that exercise could have anti-depressant effects in adolescents. “These interesting results […]Continue Reading ...
Wireless earphones could be releasing potentially carcinogenic radiation into the heads of the users, finds a new study. Mohd Syis Zulkipl | Shutterstock A group of 250 experts and researchers have signed a petition to the United Nations and World Health Organisation to stop the use of these and other wireless devices. The researchers explain […]Continue Reading ...
Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are man-made chemicals that are useful in a variety of industries because of their durability, but do not naturally break down in the environment or human body. With evidence showing that PFAS may have adverse effects on human health, Carla Ng, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at […]Continue Reading ...
Feb 19 2019 A subset of neurons in the hippocampus respond to both place and taste, according to research in male rats published in JNeurosci. The study shows how animals may remember and find their way back to locations where they previously found nourishment. Although the hippocampus is connected to parts of the brain’s taste […]Continue Reading ...
How can we tell what a person is thinking? Sometimes, it is enough to observe one’s behavior, for example, how they respond to a stimulus in the environment. The same holds for knowing whether one has learned something of importance or is otherwise engaged with their external surrounding. Scientists know that reactions and actions are […]Continue Reading ...
Endocrine disruptors (EDs) are a class of chemicals used to produce materials commonly found in everyday life, such as some plastics, tin cans, electrical and household appliances, cosmetics, pesticides, etc. EDs are, however, not without danger: these molecules interfere with the endocrine system, disrupting the physiological production and the target effects of hormones. In particular, […]Continue Reading ...
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