Intestinal bacteria influence the effect of commonly used therapeutic drugs

Jun 07, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Commonly used drugs such as cancer medication, antidepressants, birth-control contraceptive pills, and those that lower blood pressure or cholesterol are converted by bacteria in the intestines in such a w... Read more

Complications of diabetes better understood

Jun 05, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


A new study has shown that glucose metabolism in endothelial cells lining the blood vessels is increased in high concentrations of glucose, like those seen in diabetes. This was caused by the slower degrad... Read more

A simple test developed to know if you are stressed

May 29, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


Researchers have developed a very simple test, which can easily measure the common stress hormones in sweat, blood, saliva or urine in humans. Eventually they hope that patients monitor their health using ... Read more

Gene targeting could help in treatment for Down’s syndrome

May 27, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


Researchers have shown that targeting specific genes before birth might help in treatment of Down’s syndrome by reversing the brain maldevelopment and also improving the cognitive functioning.

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One in 7 children born with a low birthweight

May 16, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


The scientific journal The Lancet reports that 20.5 million babies were born with a low birthweight, i.e. under 2500 g or 5.5 pounds in 2015. Most of these, over 90%, were born in low- and middle-income co... Read more

Titanium in food affects the gut bacteria

May 14, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


Researchers studied the impact of the food additive E171 (titanium dioxide nanoparticles) which is present in high quantities in food and medicine as a whitening agent. E171 is present in everything from c... Read more

How much is too much coffee?

May 13, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


A morning coffee is sometimes the essential kick required by several people to begin their day. However, the question of how much is too much has always generated too much debate.

Adding t... Read more

The afternoon siesta-suppressing gene discovered

May 10, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


Researchers working on fruit flies have identified a siesta-suppressing gene which could inform us on the biology that helps several organisms including humans to balance the benefits of a good afternoon n... Read more

Why immunotherapy does not cure half of cancer patients

May 07, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Scientists have discovered why cancers in about half of the cancer patients do not respond to immunotherapy. Analysis of tumors in mice and humans revealed that those cancers that do respond have a higher ... Read more

Stay away from second-hand smoke to protect your heart

May 06, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


If you are about to enter a room or a car that’s smoky, do yourself a favour and wait till it clears off the smoke. This is because researchers have shown that non-smokers show an increased risk of h... Read more

Fecal transplant to treat antibiotic resistant bacteria

Apr 30, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


Clostridoides difficile is a lethal bacterium that is resistant to several antibiotics and leads to sepsis and death if not treated immediately. Now we have a new weapon to treat it; its poop!!!

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Work stress and sleepless nights: a dangerous combination

Apr 29, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


A new study found that work stress and the associated sleeping problems increase the risk by threefold of cardiovascular death in employees with hypertension (high blood pressure).

In compa... Read more

Americans sit too much

Apr 24, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


A large study including over 50,000 participants has revealed that Americans have not reduced the time they spend sitting in the period from 2001 through 2016.

The habit of sitting behind c... Read more

Happy spouse = longer life

Apr 23, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


While previous research has shown that having a happy spouse leads to a longer marriage, now there is evidence it is also associated with a longer life. Interestingly, spousal life satisfaction was an eve... Read more

Playing video games is not harmful for boy’s social development

Apr 23, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


To address the concern that playing video games impairs social development of children, a large Norwegian study has been undertaken with children between 6 and 12 years of age.

It turned ou... Read more

Antibody suppresses HIV for 4 months

Apr 23, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


In patients who undergo a short pause in the anti-retroviral therapy (ART), regular dose of an antibody, which prevents HIV from binding on the human immune cells, has shown to suppress HIV levels for up t... Read more

Immunity of kids restored by gene therapy

Apr 18, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


Scientists have used gene therapy to restore immunity in infants with X-SCID, which is a life-threatening inherited disorder in which the immune cells do not develop correctly. This makes the infants highl... Read more

Where are the superbugs: On patients’ hands

Apr 15, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


Multidrug resistant organisms or MDROs were found in 14% of patients on their hands and nostrils when tested for antibiotic resistant drugs.

Certain patients developed infections of MRSA ... Read more

Four million new cases of childhood asthma per year caused by traffic-related air pollution

Apr 11, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Globally, there are an estimated 170 new cases of childhood asthma, caused by traffic-related air pollution, per 100,000 children per year, representing 13% of all annual childhood asthma cases worldwide. ... Read more

Fecal transplantation reduces symptoms of autism

Apr 10, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


While it becomes increasingly known that the microbiome (the bacteria population living in the gut) is important for neurological health and proper neuronal communication, new research has further confirme... Read more