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Babies recognise when adults imitate them and perceive imitators as more friendly

July 1, 2020

Imitating young infants seems to be an effective way to catch their interest and bond with them, researchers from Lund University, Sweden, observe after meeting and playing together with 6-month old babies in their homes for a time. The babies would look and smile longer at a stranger who imitated them, approached them more, and […]

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Targeted ultrasound-microbubbles “blast apart” and destroy cancer cells

June 29, 2020

Scientists experimenting with microbubbles as a way of treating cancer have made an exciting new discovery –biomedical engineers at Israel’s Tel Aviv University (TAU) found potential weapons in ultrasound-powered microbubbles, which can tear apart the majority of tumour cells in breast cancer models. The microbubbles are filled with gas and, when subjected to sound waves […]

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Moderate drinking also bears severe consequences, more so for men

June 26, 2020

A new study by researchers at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, showed that limited alcohol consumption did protect women from death from heart attack, but not for men, “who experienced harm at all drinking levels.” Using British Columbia-specific alcohol exposure data from substance […]

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Opportunistic gut pathogens associated with likelihood of Parkinson’s disease

June 25, 2020

Parkinson’s disease (PD), a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, has been linked to the gut many a time, and a new study by neurologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), US, has identified a type of overabundant pathogen in the guts of PD patients which is thought to influence their disease. The neurologists looked at […]

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Blocking two genes found to halt growth, spread of triple negative breast cancer

June 22, 2020

Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a particularly aggressive form of the disease as it can rapidly spread to other parts of the body. Although rarely diagnosed, researchers at Tulane University in Louisiana, US, have successfully identified a pair of genes that helps TNBC spread – and found a way to switch them off. The […]

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US scientists discover diluted blood plasma can reverse ill-effects of aging in mice

June 19, 2020

New research into the aging process has revealed how diluting the blood plasma of older mice can have a strong rejuvenation effect on tissues and organs, thanks to bioengineers at the University of California-Berkeley (UC-Berkeley), led by Irina and Michael Conboy. The scientists believe that reducing the concentration of inflammatory proteins that typically increase with […]

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Powerful coronavirus-neutralising antibodies successfully tested in animals, human cell cultures

June 18, 2020

Scientists have recently discovered very potent antibodies in the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients that provide powerful protection against SARS-CoV-2 by neutralising the virus’s ability to infect cells. The discovery sets the stage for clinical trials and additional tests of the antibodies, which are now being produced as potential treatments and preventives for COVID-19. Ideally, […]

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Sleeping or light activity found to lift mood better than binge-watching TV

June 15, 2020

A recent study suggests that replacing sedentary screen time with other activities may improve mood and body mass index (BMI) instead of hours of TV-binge watching. Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU), US, said sleeping or doing light housework  is “more refreshing” than spending  hours sitting in front of a screen – especially during the […]

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Fat-fighting molecule targets mitochondria to burn off excess fat in mice

June 15, 2020

A new molecule – which is said to trick the body into burning off more fat than necessary – has been discovered by a team of researchers from Virginia Tech at the University of Virginia, US, and the University of New South Wales, Australia. The newly-identified molecule, BAM15, is a type of “mitochondrial uncoupler” that […]

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US scientists develop “poison arrow” solution to antibiotic-resistant superbugs

June 9, 2020

To contend with the alarming rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a team of Princeton University, US, researchers have introduced a first-of-a-kind compound that works like a “poisoned arrow” after years of experiments using a range of classic and cutting-edge imaging and assay techniques. The “arrow” of the new molecule, SCH-79797, can penetrate the protective outer layers […]

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