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Specific protein tag may help immune system fight disease

December 13, 2019

Cells need proteins to carry out various biological functions, usually tagged to determine/modify their cellular activity. Now, scientists from the University of Iowa, US, who studied proteins tagged ISG15, have developed a novel method to better understand the workings of the immune system. The research began with a small protein called ubiquitin, which was first […]

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Daily avocado intake reduces “bad” cholesterol, promotes eye health

November 27, 2019

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), US, have recently found that eating an avocado a day led to lower levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) – specifically small, dense LDL particles – and oxidised LDL in adults classed as overweight or obese. Highlights of the study showed that avocados were capable of reducing the number […]

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Single, antibody-based injection reduces effects of peanut allergy for weeks

November 18, 2019

Soon, treatment for peanut allergy could be made possible through a single injection – medical scientists at Stanford University, in California, US, found that an (etokimab) injection alone ensured those with severe allergies could stomach peanuts for a time. By controlling immune responses, the new treatment is hoped to keep severe allergic reactions from various […]

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Sound waves used to safely treat metastatic breast cancer

November 8, 2019

A breast cancer diagnosis is difficult to accept, but prompt treatment is necessary before cancer cells break away from the original tumour and travel through the lymphatic system to other parts of the body and form new, fatal, tumours. While current treatments for lymph node metastases are highly invasive and have severe side effects, scientists […]

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Parkinson’s sees promising new treatment, thanks to US scientists

October 18, 2019

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder characterised by symptoms such as tremors and slow movement – experimental treatments for genetic disorders have so far targeted mutated proteins/enzymes, but scientists from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Northwestern Medicine) in Chicago, US, have instead amplified healthy enzymes to alleviate symptoms of PD. According […]

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Heart patients and bachelors/spinsters benefit significantly from dog ownership

October 11, 2019

Pets have been known to ease some health concerns but it has been recently proven that dog owners live longer, and this is especially true for heart disease patients or the ones living alone. Dr. Caroline Kramer at the Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes (LSCD) in Ontario, Canada, found dog owners to have lower blood […]

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Losing weight works better with a challenge

September 28, 2019

The weight loss hurdle may be easier in the face of a challenger – participants were observed to partake in more physical activity in step-counting contests than using activity trackers to monitor their own steps, according to a study at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in Philadelphia, US. About 602 overweight and obese adults were […]

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Short-term bursts of exercise may enhance learning

July 29, 2019

Regular exercise is known to be good for overall health and has now been found to particularly improve brain function.Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in the US found that brief bouts of exercise primes the brain for learning by promoting synaptic connections. Previous research has shown that sustained exercise promotes general brain […]

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Heart fat efficiently reduced through weightlifting

July 12, 2019

Reducing fat around the heart is more likely through resistance training instead of aerobic exercise – researchers have observed that weight lifting reduced a type of heart fat linked to cardiovascular disease, and aerobic exercise (endurance training) likewise reduced another type of heart fat. Dr. Regitse Hojgaard Christensen, a researcher at the Center of Inflammation […]

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Help yourself to a healthy acai bowl

May 27, 2019

Acai berries are a class of superfood rich in antioxidants and fibre. The acai palm is native to South America, producing a small, black-purple fruit which is edible. In an uncontrolled pilot study, overweight adults who took 100g of acai pulp daily for a month reported reductions in fasting glucose and insulin levels, indicating that […]

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