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  • Mindfulness at work protects against stress and burnout Monday, 26 February 2024
    A new study has revealed that employees who are more mindful in the digital workplace are better protected against stress, anxiety and overload. Researchers analyzed survey data from 142 employees.
  • Drug limits dangerous reactions to allergy-triggering foods, Stanford Medicine-led study of kids finds Monday, 26 February 2024
    A drug that binds to allergy-causing antibodies can protect children from dangerous reactions to accidentally eating allergy-triggering foods, a new study found.
  • Hearing relaxing words in your sleep slows your heart down Friday, 23 February 2024
    Researchers have investigated whether the body is truly disconnected from the external world during sleep. To do so, they focused on how heartbeat changes when we hear different words during sleep. They found that relaxing words slowed down cardiac activity as a reflection of deeper sleep and in comparison to neutral words that did not […]
  • Similarities and differences in human and insect vision formation Friday, 23 February 2024
    Researchers have discovered profound similarities and surprising differences between humans and insects in the production of the critical light-absorbing molecule of the retina, 11-cis-retinal, also known as the 'visual chromophore.' The findings deepen understanding of how mutations in the RPE65 enzyme cause retinal diseases, especially Leber congenital amaurosis, a devastating childhood blinding disease.
  • New insights into immune system role in lung cancer risk Friday, 23 February 2024
    Recent developments in cancer research have highlighted the vital role of the immune system, particularly in the notable successes of cancer immunotherapy. Now, a paradigm-shifting study sheds light on how variations in immune genetics influence lung cancer risk, potentially paving the way for enhanced prevention strategies and screening.
  • Chemists synthesize unique anticancer molecules using novel approach Friday, 23 February 2024
    Nearly 30 years ago, scientists discovered a unique class of anticancer molecules in a family of bryozoans, a phylum of marine invertebrates found in tropical waters. The chemical structures of these molecules, which consist of a dense, highly complex knot of oxidized rings and nitrogen atoms, has attracted the interest of organic chemists worldwide, who […]
  • Metabolic diseases may be driven by gut microbiome, loss of ovarian hormones Thursday, 22 February 2024
    Mice that received fecal implants from donors that had their ovaries removed gained more fat mass and had greater expression of liver genes associated with inflammation, Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and atherosclerosis. The findings may shed light on the greater incidence of metabolic dysfunction in postmenopausal women.
  • Cracking the code of neurodegeneration: New model identifies potential therapeutic target Thursday, 22 February 2024
    Scientists have developed an innovative neural cell culture model, shedding light on the intricate mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration. Their research pinpointed a misbehaving protein as a promising therapeutic target in the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD).
  • Air pollution hides increases in rainfall Thursday, 22 February 2024
    In a new study, researchers broke down how human-induced greenhouse gas and aerosol emissions influence rainfall in the United States. Greenhouse gas emissions increase rainfall, while aerosols have a long-term drying effect as well as short-term impacts that vary with the seasons. As aerosols decrease, their long-term drying effect will likely diminish, causing rainfall averages […]
  • Damage to cell membranes causes cell aging Thursday, 22 February 2024
    Researchers have discovered that damage to the cell membrane promotes cellular senescence, or cell aging.
  • Treating newly-diagnosed Crohn's patients with advanced therapy leads to dramatic improvements in outcomes Thursday, 22 February 2024
    A large-scale clinical trial of treatment strategies for Crohn's disease has shown that offering early advanced therapy to all patients straight after diagnosis can drastically improve outcomes, including by reducing the number of people requiring urgent abdominal surgery for treatment of their disease by ten-fold.
  • Uncovering anxiety: Scientists identify causative pathway and potential cures Thursday, 22 February 2024
    Quick-acting targeted therapies with minimal side effects are an urgent need for the treatment of anxiety-related disorders. While delta opioid receptor (DOP) agonists have shown 'anxiolytic' or anxiety-reducing effects, their mechanism of action is not well-understood. A new study highlights the role of specific neuronal circuits in the brain involved in the development of anxiety, […]
  • Air pollution linked to more signs of Alzheimer's in brain Thursday, 22 February 2024
    People with higher exposure to traffic-related air pollution were more likely to have high amounts of amyloid plaques in their brains associated with Alzheimer's disease after death, according to a new study. Researchers looked at fine particulate matter, PM2.5, which consists of pollutant particles of less than 2.5 microns in diameter suspended in air.
  • Blood test could determine diabetes risks Wednesday, 21 February 2024
    A blood test could potentially be used to assess a patient's risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study has found.
  • Compounds in female ginseng could lead to new osteoporosis treatments Wednesday, 21 February 2024
    With ever-increasing life expectancy comes the challenge of treating age-related disorders such as osteoporosis. Although there are effective drugs for treating this metabolic bone disease, they can be expensive and have side effects, limiting their availability to some people. In the search for alternative drug candidates, researchers have discovered and fully replicated a compound from […]
  • Links between human, canine brain tumors Wednesday, 21 February 2024
    Researchers have discovered that meningiomas -- the most common type of brain tumor in humans and dogs -- are extremely similar genetically.
  • How does the brain make decisions? Wednesday, 21 February 2024
    Mouse study provides insights into communication between neurons during decision-making.
  • Scientists invent ultra-thin, minimally-invasive pacemaker controlled by light Wednesday, 21 February 2024
    A team of researchers has developed a wireless device, powered by light, that can be implanted to regulate cardiovascular or neural activity in the body. The feather-light membranes, thinner than a human hair, can be inserted with minimally invasive surgery and contain no moving parts.
  • Mechanism of drug reactivating tumor suppressors Wednesday, 21 February 2024
    Researchers have revealed the mechanism of the drug valemetostat shown to be effective in treating certain types of cancer by targeting a protein modification (histone methylation) silencing the expression of tumor suppressor genes and restoring their function. The researchers also demonstrated in clinical trials the efficacy of the drug in treating blood cancers by reducing […]
  • New study suggests target steps per day for reduced risk of heart failure Wednesday, 21 February 2024
    In ambulatory women ages 63-99 years, higher amounts of usual daily light and moderate intensity activities were associated with lower risk of developing heart failure with preserved ejection fraction independent of demographic and clinical factors associated with heart failure risk. Accumulating 3,000 steps per day might be a reasonable target that would be consistent with […]

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