Spider venom to treat paralysis

Public Release: 23-Apr-2018   Lomonosov Moscow State University   Caption This is the complex of the Nav1.4 channel from human muscle cells with the Hm-3 toxin extracted from the venom of the Heriaeus melloteei spider. (A) The interaction of Hm-3 (blue/purple) with the first voltage-sensing domain (D1) of the channel (sandy/red) revealed by NMR data.…

Eating more fish could prevent Parkinson’s disease

Public Release: 23-Apr-2018   A study from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, shines more light on the link between consumption of fish and better long-term neurological health Chalmers University of Technology   Caption The link between higher consumption of fish and better long-term health for the brain has been long established. Now, new research from…

Could eating moss be good for your gut?

Public Release: 23-Apr-2018   University of Adelaide   IMAGE: Moss cells showing the location of the protein that makes the new polysaccharide, arabinoglucan. Credit: University of Rhode Island An international team of scientists including the University of Adelaide has discovered a new complex carbohydrate in moss that could possibly be exploited for health or other…

Growing evidence that probiotics are good for your liver

Public Release: 22-Apr-2018   In mice, probiotic treatment shown to protect against liver damage from acetaminophen Experimental Biology 2018 Increased awareness of the importance of the microbes that live in our gut has spurred a great deal of research on the microbiome and fueled a booming probiotics industry. A new study suggests probiotics can improve…

Drinking water may help exercising seniors stay mentally sharp

Public Release: 22-Apr-2018   Hydration boosts performance on test of executive function following exercise American Physiological Society San Diego (April 22, 2018)–Older people should drink more water to reap the full cognitive benefits of exercise, new research suggests. The study, to be presented today at the American Physiological Society (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology…

Multiple sclerosis may be linked to sheep disease toxin

Public Release: 22-Apr-2018   University of Exeter Exposure to a toxin primarily found in sheep could be linked to the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) in humans, new research suggests. Carried out by the University of Exeter and MS Sciences Ltd., the study has found that people with MS are more likely than other people…

Mystery of the HIV Cure trial?

Mystery of the HIV Cure trial? Mystery of the HIV Cure trial? **Before you proceed the company which initially started the trial went bankrupt and most of the records have been lost, except the trial participants which have all been followed since 2003. A special issue on progress toward a cure for HIV includes a…

The bugs in your gut could make you weak in the knees

Public Release: 19-Apr-2018   A prebiotic may alter the obese microbiome and protect against osteoarthritis University of Rochester Medical Center Bacteria in the gut, known as the gut microbiome, could be the culprit behind arthritis and joint pain that plagues people who are obese, according to a new study published today in JCI Insight. Osteoarthritis,…

Study predicts 2018 flu vaccine will have 20 percent efficacy

Public Release: 19-Apr-2018 Rice U. study finds egg adaptations will limit efficacy of new flu vaccine Rice University IMAGE: Michael Deem and Melia Bonomo. Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University A Rice University study predicts that this fall’s flu vaccine — a new H3N2 formulation for the first time since 2015 — will likely have the same…

Novel antioxidant makes old blood vessels seem young again

Public Release: 19-Apr-2018   University of Colorado at Boulder   Older adults who take a novel antioxidant that specifically targets cellular powerhouses, or mitochondria, see age-related vascular changes reverse by the equivalent of 15 to 20 years within six weeks, according to new University of Colorado Boulder research. The study, published this week in the…

Fatty fish and camelina oil are beneficial for your HDL and LDL cholesterol

Public Release: 18-Apr-2018   University of Eastern Finland IMAGE: Eating fatty fish increases the size and composition of HDL particles. Credit: UEF/Varpu Heiskanen Eating fatty fish increases the size and lipid composition of HDL particles in people with impaired glucose metabolism, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. These changes in…

Raw Foods result in Greater Happiness then Processed Foods

Raw Foods result in Greater Happiness then Processed Foods Raw Foods result in Greater Happiness then Processed Foods “Our research has highlighted that the consumption of fruit and vegetables in their ‘unmodified’ state is more strongly associated with better mental health compared to cooked/canned/processed fruit and vegetables,” Citation: Intake of Raw Fruits and Vegetables Is…

Raw fruit and vegetables provide better mental health outcomes: Otago research

Public Release: 15-Apr-2018   University of Otago Seeking the feel good factor? Go natural. That is the simple message from University of Otago researchers who have discovered raw fruit and vegetables may be better for your mental health than cooked, canned and processed fruit and vegetables. Dr Tamlin Conner, Psychology Senior Lecturer and lead author,…

Education, not income, the best predictor of a long life

Public Release: 16-Apr-2018 International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis IMAGE: This is a curve showing the relationship between income and life expectancy in 1970, 1990 and 2010. Credit: © Lutz/Kebede Rising income and the subsequent improved standards of living have long been thought to be the most important factors contributing to a long and healthy…

Post-surgical opioids can, paradoxically, lead to chronic pain

Public Release: 16-Apr-2018   Rats given morphine experienced pain-reactivity for three weeks longer, inflammatory changes in spinal cord University of Colorado at Boulder Giving opioids to animals to quell pain after surgery prolongs pain for more than three weeks and primes specialized immune cells in the spinal cord to be more reactive to pain, according…

New affordable hepatitis C combination treatment shows 97 percent cure rate

Public Release: 12-Apr-2018   Results support a public health approach to hepatitis C Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative   IMAGE: STORM-C-1 : SVR12 rates overall and per pre-defined sub groups-Intend to treat analysis. Credit: DNDi PARIS, 12 April 2018 – An affordable hepatitis C combination treatment including the new drug candidate ravidasvir has been shown…

Certain iron supplements may influence the development of colon cancer

Public Release: 12-Apr-2018   Two common iron compounds increase the formation of a known biomarker for cancer, according to a new study of cancer cells from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden Chalmers University of Technology   IMAGE: Ferric citrate and ferric EDTA, are often used in dietary supplements and as a food additive respectively, in…

Study explores carbohydrates’ impact on head, neck cancers

Public Release: 12-Apr-2018 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign   Caption University of Illinois food science and human nutrition professor Anna E. Arthur found in a new study that a carbohydrate-restricted, higher fat diet may reduce cancer recurrence and mortality rates among people with squamous-cell head and neck cancers. Credit: Photo by L. Brian Stauffer CHAMPAIGN,…