Possible mechanism for neonatal diabetes discovered

Dec 17, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


Some babies are diagnosed with diabetes within the first six months of life. In many cases, this is linked to mutations in one copy of the genes coding for insulin. Since half of the produced insulin is st... Read more

T cell function in the elderly weakens through defective metabolic pathway

Dec 14, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


A metabolic pathway in the immune system’s T cells that makes proteins and DNA is less active in T cells from aged mice.

This pathway plays a central role in cell replication and thus building the army of immune cells that attack invaders. When re... Read more

Cause of, and cure for, a gut-brain disease have been found in mice

Dec 14, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a potentially fatal disease that causes a premature infant’s gut to suddenly die, and induces brain injury.

Using a mouse model of NEC, researcher... Read more

Delayed high school start in the morning improves sleep, grades and attention in teenagers

Dec 13, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Scientists have reported on the effects of delaying high school start from 7:50 am to 8:45 pm leads to increased sleep time in teenagers. Sleep measurements were done with wrist activity monitors, and not ... Read more

A non-opioid to treat chronic pain?

Dec 12, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


Researchers are developing a new drug which is now in its earliest stages to treat chronic pain without the addictive properties of opioids. This drug, technically named as the ML351, inhibits the 15-Lipox... Read more

Linking biological clocks with disease

Dec 12, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Scientists have found a new biological clock in liver cells that helps sustain key organ tasks.

Disruption of this clock, which is mediated by the nuclear receptor protein HNF4A, may lead... Read more

Antimicrobial peptide engineered on the basis of wasp venom

Dec 11, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


In the quest for treatment options for antibiotic-resistant bacteria infections, scientists have repurposed the venom of South American wasps, normally toxic, to selectively kill bacteria while leaving bod... Read more

Bacteria persister cells escape from antibiotics and weaken the immune system

Dec 10, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


During an infection, some bacteria go into an inactive “stand-by” mode, and are then swallowed by macrophages, cells of our immune system. Now, researchers have found that these bacterial &ldqu... Read more

Regular flu vaccination may save lives of heart failure patients

Dec 10, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


According to a recent study, regular flu shots can significantly reduce the risk of premature death for patients diagnosed with heart failure. For them, influenza infections can be very threatening, even fatal.

In the study, 134,048 p... Read more

Growing blood vessels in the laboratory has seen a breakthrough

Dec 06, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


While previous attempts to grow blood vessels in a dish yielded fragments of only a few millimeters in length, a new procedure has drastically improved this and produced blood vessels of a few centimeters ... Read more

Baby born following uterus transplantation from diseased donor

Dec 05, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


For the first time, a baby was born from a deceased donor uterus in a recipient with uterine infertility. The baby was born by Caesarean delivery, and the uterus was removed in the same surgical procedure... Read more

A single session of physical exercise stimulates metabolism for days

Dec 05, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


A single workout session in mice activates neurons in the brain of mice that control metabolism for two days, a new study shows.

With more exercise this time period becomes even longer. ... Read more

A wonder gene discovered, permitting to eat without gaining weight

Dec 04, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Researchers have found that when the gene RCAN1 is knocked out in mice, the animals can eat as much as they want and do not put on weight, even when they are fed a high fat diet.

Also, th... Read more

The gut makes ten percent of your blood cells

Nov 30, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


New research led to the surprising finding that about 10 per cent of our blood cells is made in the bone marrow, but in the intestines.

This was observed in the blood of patients, who had... Read more

Climate change and fine particulate matter responsible for millions of premature deaths

Nov 29, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


A large international group of scientists write that there is a direct link between climate change and human health. For example, in 2015 alone, fine particulate matter caused 2.9 million premature deaths... Read more

Study identifies what physical exercises older people prefer

Nov 29, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


A majority of the elderly are not motivated enough to engage in exercise and physical activities. A new study tried to understand what kinds of sports do older adults prefer and why some are more prone to ... Read more

Immune system restricts genetic variability of tumors

Nov 27, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

While tumors tend to increase their genetic variability as a consequence of uncontrolled DNA replication and cell division, the immune system fights back and restricts such genetic variability. Researchers came to th... Read more

Evening stress could be more dangerous than morning stress

Nov 27, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


According to a new study, the body’s central system reacts less strongly to acute psychological stress in the evening than it does in the morning.

The study showed that salivary corti... Read more

The first genetically enhanced babies on their way?

Nov 26, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


We now have the ability to edit the genes of a human embryo in order to produce genetically-edited humans. However, most scientists believe this is too risky and many countries ban such experiments.

But this is not the case in China. ... Read more

Insulin use expected to increase by 20% between 2018 to 2030

Nov 23, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Using simulations and historical data, scientists estimate that the use insulin to treat diabetes type II will increase by 20% from 2018-2030 worldwide. To be precise, the number of people with diabetes ty... Read more