Reviewed by Philip MelnikFeb 19 2019 Study reveals crucial developmental period for father’s ability to produce offspring From fathers to children, the delivery of hereditary information requires the careful packing of DNA in sperm. But just how nature packages this DNA to prepare offspring isn’t clear. Using new technology to reveal the 3D organization of […]Continue Reading ...
University of Minnesota researchers have developed a way to study cancer cells which could lead to new and improved treatment. They have developed a new way to study these cells in a 3D in vitro model (i.e. in a culture dish rather than in a human or animal). In a paper recently published in Advanced […]Continue Reading ...
There is growing evidence that at least in some patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), the disease may begin in the gut. Writing in a special supplement to the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, experts explore the last two decades of research about the gut-brain axis in PD and look ahead at the possible development and impact […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers have revealed the key role of the RhoE protein in essential processes for the development of the central nervous system, such as myelination. The development of the nervous system takes place thanks to a complex set of processes which involve numerous proteins, the result of which is the formation of the brain and the […]Continue Reading ...
Eating a healthy diet fuels our brain cells, fights inflammation and helps produce the chemicals that make us happy. Credit: Antor Paul Worldwide, more than 300 million people live with depression. Without effective treatment, the condition can make it difficult to work and maintain relationships with family and friends. Depression can cause sleep problems, difficulty […]Continue Reading ...
Engineers from MIT have successfully developed a soft pill that is indigestible. Once ingested it swells within the stomach and becomes a soft ping pong ball that can stay within the stomach for a long period of time. The ingestible hydrogel device swells in water with high speed and high ratio. Image: Xinyue Liu This […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Research has shown a direct relationship between mutations in introns and variability in human populations. One of the greatest challenges of genomics is to reveal what role the “dark side” of the human genome plays: those regions where it has not yet been possible to find specific functions. The role that […]Continue Reading ...
According to Alvin Roth, PhD, a Nobel laureate and faculty member in Stanford’s department of economics, the market for heroin in the United States can be considered “repugnant” — that is, a market involving transactions that some people engage in, but others want to ban. And understanding that market could provide some clues to help chip […]Continue Reading ...
We have been fed in literature and cinema that making eye contact is the best way to connect with someone when making a conversation. A new research by researchers at the Edith Cowan University has debunked this idea now. The study titled, “Contact Is in the Eye of the Beholder: The Eye Contact Illusion,” was […]Continue Reading ...
TUESDAY, Feb. 5, 2019 — Kale Hyder was an active teenager and basketball player when a mysterious polio-like illness struck. The 6-foot-2 youth from Davenport, Iowa, woke up with a stiff neck in June 2015 at age 15. Within weeks he was paralyzed from the chest down. He was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, and was […]Continue Reading ...
In the past 25 years it has become clear that some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) occur decades before the development of motor symptoms and clinical diagnosis, and that monitoring these emerging symptoms may provide important insights into the origin and development of the disease. Understanding this “prodromal” phase, along with the development of new […]Continue Reading ...
Kidney stones are a common and painful condition, with many sufferers experiencing recurrent episodes. Most people who pass an initial stone want to know their chances of future episodes, but this has not always been easy to predict. Now Mayo Clinic researchers are tracking the familiar characteristics of kidney stone formers in an online prediction […]Continue Reading ...
Reagent test kits are not as effective as specialist testing. But it’s better than nothing. Credit: www.shutterstock.com As the festival season ramps up this summer, so has the ecstasy death toll. There have now been five deaths that might have been preventable if people knew what was in the drugs they were taking. This has […]Continue Reading ...
TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 2019 — Heart surgery patients may fare better if they have their own blood “recycled” and given back to them during the procedure, a preliminary study suggests. The study focused on so-called “intraoperative autologous” blood donation — where patients have some blood removed at the start of surgery for their own use. […]Continue Reading ...
[khn_slabs slabs=”789584″] DENVER — Pauline Jeffery had let things slide since her husband died. Her bedroom was a mess. Her bathroom was disorganized. She often tripped over rugs in her living and dining room. “I was depressed and doing nothing but feeling sorry for myself,” said the 85-year-old Denver resident. But Jeffery’s inertia faded when […]Continue Reading ...
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