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Breakthrough UK study finds lack of key brain protein affects schizophrenia

January 17, 2020

Researchers have thought all along that synaptic dysfunction causes the debilitating cognitive symptoms seen in schizophrenia; however, new imaging data suggests that these symptoms, such as loss of abilities to plan and remember, are instead caused by the lack of a brain protein that facilitates communication between neurons. It marked the first time that studies […]

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US research finds aspirin fights back against cancer growth and proliferation

January 15, 2020

Aspirin is marketed as a ‘miracle drug’ because of its potential to keep chronic inflammation in check; however, taking too much aspirin may severely damage the fine mucous lining in the stomach and cause other problems. Now, California-based City of Hope researchers have noticed aspirin reduces colorectal cancer growth and inhibits its recurrence. The researchers […]

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Egg yolk-based insulin could extend shelf life, mean cheaper treatment for diabetics

January 13, 2020

Australian researchers have recently developed a stable, egg yolk-derived insulin that could significantly change a diabetics’ treatment – the product is known as glycoinsulin and does not form fibril clumps as in regular insulin pumps. These pumps must be replaced frequently to avoid the risk of dangerous blockages and under-dosing, often meaning increased workload for […]

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Larger, fattier tongues found to be affecting obstructive sleep apnoea

January 13, 2020

Researchers have singled out an unexpected cause for sleep apnoea – fatty tongues. Sleep apnoea is a disorder which can leave people snoring loudly and gasping for breath at night, exacerbated by the amount of fat on their tongues.Though when sleep apnoea patients lost weight the reduction in tongue fat resulted in vast improvements, according […]

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US research finds new trigger for Type-2 diabetes in fatty acids

January 8, 2020

New research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), sheds light on a possible trigger for the overproduction of insulin in type-2 diabetes: another, separate molecular pathway stimulated by fatty acids appears to boost insulin production, instead of high glucose levels. Glucose – from eating too much sugary/fatty foods – was thought to cause […]

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Older adults should start playing cards/board games/etc. to maintain cognitive ability

January 8, 2020

Non-digital games, such as cards, board games, or crossword puzzles, are reported to grant cognitive benefits to its player and especially keeps older adults “sharp” – studies have shown that brain training apps may prevent mild cognitive impairment while 3D video games that may reverse age-related cognitive decline. Drew Altschul, from the Department of Psychology […]

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Bone healing made easy using new bone-forming biomaterial

January 6, 2020

Mishaps are common in daily life, so when it comes to bone injuries incurred scientists have developed a bone-forming protein that, when used in combination with anticoagulants, helps with localised bone formation. Bioengineer Marian H. Hettiaratchi and others at the University of Oregon (UO), US, have combined a bone morphogenetic protein (BMP), an alginate gel […]

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Proper disposal of leftover medication necessary to avoid abuse, resistance

January 3, 2020

Children are particularly vulnerable to the misuse of addiction-forming drugs besides being poisoned, but pharmacies have yet to dispense medication correctly to consumers. This was made known from the findings of a US telephone survey conducted by researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) who, in early 2018, posed as parents of children […]

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US study finds plant-rich diet protects mice against E. coli infection

December 30, 2019

Foodborne infection – gastrointestinal (GI) infection – sees several outbreaks worldwide each year as pathogens in food develop different strategies to compete against the harmless microbes that line the gut, which include strains of E. coli that helps with the normal digestion process. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern) in […]

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Study finds filtered coffee helps prevent type-2 diabetes, distinguishable biomarkers in blood

December 24, 2019

There seems to be more to a regular cup of coffee – a Swedish collaborative research has shown that filtered coffee can help reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, as opposed to boiled coffee. Also, those who drank two to three cups of filtered coffee a day had a 60% lower risk of developing […]

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