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

For the first time, scientists can describe proteins on the cell surface

Nov 22, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


A wide array of proteins is located on the surface of a cell. Each cell has a different repertoire of proteins on its surface (the surfaceome) and knowing exactly which proteins are where could greatly hel... Read more

Repeated use of sunscreen not toxic

Nov 22, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


Despite several reports about the potential toxicity of sunscreen, a new study provides direct evidence that zinc oxide nanoparticles used in sunscreen neither penetrate the skin nor cause cellular toxicit... Read more

Vision affecting migraine linked to irregular heartbeat

Nov 20, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav


Some individuals who experience migraine have a preceding visual aura just before the headache kicks in. These visual disturbances are like flashes of light, blurry visions or blind spots.

... Read more

New double-action virus kills cancer cells

Nov 19, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu


Normal cells around tumors can be tricked into shielding cancer from the immune system. Cancer treatments normally ignore these “healthy” cells, until now.

A team of scientists ... Read more