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Drug absorption in the stomach affected by body posture

August 12, 2022

First-of-its-kind research using a novel silicone simulator – based on the anatomy and morphology of the stomach, has shown how body posture affects stomach motility and drug dissolution. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have revealed that the bioavailability and efficacy of a drug depends on the stomach’s sensitive […]

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Is chocolate really good for your health?

August 9, 2022

Chocolate’s popularity is owed to its many variable and delectable tastes – but does chocolate really benefit your health? Some studies have found that some types of chocolate are able to lower blood pressure and improve blood cholesterol and the health of blood vessels in adults, while other studies claim that those who eat chocolate […]

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Introducing a digital support tool to track and reduce alcohol consumption

August 8, 2022

People who find themselves struggling to stick with their goals to reduce alcohol consumption will benefit from a new digital support tool developed by researchers at Linköping University in Sweden. Assessing participants who used the tool in a study showed a pleasant 25% lower alcohol consumption in just four months. Digital support tools including mobile […]

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World-first “synthetic embryos” made from mouse stem cells

August 5, 2022

Scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science (Weizmann Institute) in Israel have created “synthetic embryos” without the need for sperm, eggs, and fertilisation. The remarkable discovery instead makes use of stem cells from mice, which self-assembled into early embryo-like structures complete with a beating heart, an intestinal tract, and the beginnings of a brain. The […]

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Experimental long COVID treatment shows promise in small trial

August 3, 2022

A drug developed by biotechnology company Axcella Health (Axcella) was revealed to help patients recover from lingering physical and mental fatigue which is a side effect of long COVID. The drug was originally developed to treat fatty liver disease but was repurposed by Axcella to address the chronic fatigue symptoms experienced by more than half […]

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Modified nanobodies clear protein clumps associated with Parkinson’s disease

August 2, 2022

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease are caused by protein aggregations that disrupt the normal functioning of neurons in the brain. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Michigan have created a type of antibody that acts upon and unravels the protein clumps, known as Lewy bodies. The antibody’ success in targeting the […]

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Frog skin upcycled into collagen for wound and skin healing

August 1, 2022

Materials scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a new clinical-grade collagen made from the waxy skin of a bullfrog – the scientists are tapping into amphibian-derived collagen products to speed up wound healing. Using marine by-products, such as fins, scales, and skins, to create valuable collagen is a sustainable way to […]

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Prevention and early detection of scoliosis in children and adolescents

July 29, 2022

Scoliosis: the hereditary spinal condition in which the spine curves to one side, taking after the shape of an “S” or “C,” is often misbelieved to be the result of bad posture, and, in children, caused by carrying heavy bags – neither are true. Although most cases of scoliosis have no known cause (idiopathic scoliosis), […]

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Cocoa found to decrease elevated blood pressure and arterial stiffness

July 28, 2022

Cocoa has been found to reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness – but only if the two were elevated in the first place. According to the findings of a unique study by the University of Surrey (Surrey), UK, it is possible to use cocoa as a treatment for high blood pressure compared to some blood […]

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Regeneration of insulin in breakthrough diabetes discovery

July 26, 2022

A novel study from Monash University in Australia suggests insulin production could be restored in patients with type 1 diabetes, with the help of an existing drug used to treat cancer. The findings of the study could revamp and inform new treatments for diabetes. Insulin is a hormone produced by pancreatic beta cells – the […]

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