Are Mitochondria the Key to Cracking Parkinson’s Disease?

Are Mitochondria the Key to Cracking Parkinson’s Disease?

Neurology February 20, 2017 at 8:59 AM 0 comments

THE MITOCHONDRIA of dopamine-producing cells have been linked to Parkinson’s disease, with researchers finding that affected individuals have dopamine cells in their brains less able to protect their mitochondrial DNA against age-related damage, compared with cells in healthy individuals. Parkinson’s disease is believed to be a combination of both geneticRead More

Glucose Deprivation in the Brain May Correlate with Cognitive Decline

Glucose Deprivation in the Brain May Correlate with Cognitive Decline

Neurology February 20, 2017 at 8:58 AM 0 comments

MEMORY, reasoning, and learning are cognitive functions that use up half of all sugar present in the body. Recent research has associated a lack of glucose with the type of cognitive impairment typically seen in patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study was led by Dr Domenico Praticò, LewisRead More

Blood Test Could Predict Which Children Develop Tuberculosis

Respiratory February 17, 2017 at 8:14 AM 0 comments

A BLOOD test commonly used to screen adults for tuberculosis (TB) could predict whether children infected with the TB bacteria are likely to go on to develop the disease, according to new research from Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA. Dr Jason Andrews and colleagues analysed medical dataRead More

Biomarkers Can Help Predict Autism Before Characteristics Develop

Neurology February 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM 0 comments

EARLY brain development biomarkers could help to identify babies at high risk of autism before the onset of behavioural symptoms, according to the results of new research carried out at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. By identifying high-risk infants before theyRead More

Large Genomic Study Identifies Genetic Markers for Male Baldness

Uncategorized February 15, 2017 at 8:14 AM 0 comments

THE RESULTS of a large genomic study using data from over 52,000 males has identified over 250 independent genetic loci associated with pattern baldness. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, examined genomic and health data from thousands of male participants of the UK Biobank to learn more aboutRead More

Virtual Reality Project Awarded £20 Million in Funding for Cancer Research

Oncology February 14, 2017 at 4:20 PM 0 comments

CANCER RESEARCH UK has awarded millions in funding to scientists at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, who will build three-dimensional (3D) models of breast tumours that can be studied in unprecedented detail using virtual reality. The project is one of four selected to receive funding over the next 5Read More

Virtual Reality Environment Helps Children with Autism to Overcome Phobias

Neurology February 14, 2017 at 1:48 PM 0 comments

THE BLUE ROOM, a virtual reality environment built to help children with autism control their anxieties and phobias, has now been made available on the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The first patients have been referred for the treatment, which provides a safe and controlled environment for children with autismRead More

Nanoparticles Reactivate Dormant Viruses Within the Lungs

Nanoparticles Reactivate Dormant Viruses Within the Lungs

Respiratory February 13, 2017 at 9:39 AM 0 comments

NANOPARTICLES produced by combustion engines may activate viruses that lie dormant in cells of the lung tissue, according to the results of a recently published study. Highlighting the study’s headline finding, co-lead study author Dr Tobias Stöger, Institute of Lung Biology and Disease, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Oberschleißheim, Germany, announced theyRead More

Potential Association Found Between Asthma and Childhood Obesity

Potential Association Found Between Asthma and Childhood Obesity

Respiratory February 13, 2017 at 9:38 AM 0 comments

A POSSIBLE association between obesity and asthma has been found according to the results of a new study; more specifically in early-life asthma which may influence the development of childhood obesity. Approximately 17% of children in the USA are obese and currently, around 10% are affected by asthma. With asthmaRead More

A New Treatment Option for Malaria?

Hematology February 10, 2017 at 2:33 PM 0 comments

THE DISCOVERY of a protein that assists parasites in attacking human red blood cells could be used to develop more developed vaccines for the disease, according to researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK. This unearthing could result in a more effective treatment for malaria. In the recentlyRead More