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

Poverty impacts our genes too

Apr 05, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


Several lines of previous research have shown that socioeconomic status (SES) influences both human health and disease. Now researchers have shown that poverty is associated with changes in DNA methylation... Read more

Go take a walk in the forest to reduce stress

Apr 04, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


In this recently published study, participants were asked to take a stroll in nature for 10 minutes or more for at least 3 times per week. The levels of cortisol as measured saliva samples both before and ... Read more

20% of death linked to poor diet

Apr 04, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


The Global Burden of Disease study tracked 15 dietary factors between 1990-2017 of 195 countries and estimated that 1 in 5 deaths that occur globally are linked to poor diet or diets which contribute to ch... Read more

Worldwide survey: almost 5 million premature deaths because of air pollution

Apr 03, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


In 2017, close to 5 million people died as a consequence of air pollution, according to today’s (April 3, 2019) State of Global Air report 2019.

Most deaths, 2.9 million, occurred bec... Read more

Diabetes and heart risk increased due to shift work

Apr 03, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


Atleast 20% of the population works in night shifts, especially in the healthcare and transportation sector. This is a major healthcare problem which isn’t getting its due attention for several years... Read more

The soda debate: reduced consumption following tax election

Apr 03, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Soda sales in Berkeley (USA) dropped immediately after the soda tax bill was passed in November 2014. This drop, equaling between 10 and 20 percent, occurred months before the tax was introduced and soda p... Read more

Gut bacteria direct the immune system to attack cancer

Apr 02, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


In line with many recent studies showing that the gut microbiome is important for immune activation to fight cancer, a new publication describes a molecular link between gut bacteria and the immune system... Read more

Breakthrough in immunology: how T cell signaling prevents autoimmune reactions

Apr 01, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Scientists have succeeded for the first time to image the process by which an individual immune system molecule is activated in response to a signal from the environment, such as the presence of a virus. <... Read more

Genetic instability of the microbiome makes the difference for our health

Mar 29, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


The same microbiome might act differently in different people due to instable bacterial genomes, a new study shows.

Unlike our own genetic material, the DNA of bacteria is not fixed, but ch... Read more

Scarily true… AI can predict death

Mar 28, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


Medical doctors and healthcare data scientists have trained a machine learning algorithm to predict death in middle aged individuals to predict the risk of death due to chronic diseases. This could help in... Read more

Improved stem cell therapy prolongs the life and preserves functionality of restored beta cells

Mar 28, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


As restoration of the amount of beta cells, the ones producing insulin, in the pancreas is often met by attacks from the immune system, researchers have sought to find a stem cell therapy that would preven... Read more

Night work linked to higher miscarriage?

Mar 26, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


Latest research indicates that night shift work negatively affects pregnancy. Those pregnant women who work two or more-night shifts in a week have 32% more chance of miscarriage the following week.

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Alternative for Medicare for all?

Mar 25, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


USA is one of the few industrialized nations that do not have Medicare-for-all policy and due to strong opposition to this policy, it is unlikely that it would be enacted in the foreseeable future.

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Sugary beverages linked to intestinal tumors

Mar 25, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


The next time you pick up that Cola, just remember this study. Scientists have shown that mice who daily consumed a high-fructose syrup which is equivalent to a 12 ounce of sugary beverage showed an accele... Read more

Brain process involved in aging also promotes sleep

Mar 22, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Oxidative stress, a condition in which cells cannot cope properly with reactive oxygen species, is known to be a cause of biological aging. Now, scientists have found that oxidative stress is also at the b... Read more

Drug combination treatment of pancreatic cancer tested successfully in mice

Mar 21, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Researchers have identified a potential drug combination treatment to combat pancreas cancer, the third mostly deadly form of cancer.

One drug intervenes with lysosomes, so that essential n... Read more