Medicine

Scientists Design Micromotor to Deliver Antibiotics

There are many hurdles a potentially useful antibiotic compound has to clear before it’s used in humans. Many substances can kill bacteria, but they come with unacceptable side effects. Others simply lose their effectiveness in the human body or are difficult to deliver where they are needed. Researchers from the …

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Diabetes Drug Exenatide Shows Promise against Parkinson’s Disease

Exenatide, a drug commonly used to treat Type 2 diabetes, may have disease-modifying potential to treat Parkinson’s disease, according to new research from University College London. ANCOVA (analysis of covariance) comparing decline in DaTscan (electrocardiographic and single photon emission CT) binding between the placebo and exenatide groups: (A) placebo group: …

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Hypothalamic Stem Cells Control Aging in Mice

In a study in mice, a research team at Albert Einstein College of Medicine has found that stem cells in the hypothalamus, a region of the brain that controls an immense number of bodily functions, govern how fast aging occurs in the body. Electron microscopic images (false color) of hypothalamic …

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Tomato Consumption May Protect against Skin Cancer

In a research article published in the journal Scientific Reports, Ohio State University scientists report that male mice fed a diet of 10% tomato powder daily for 35 weeks, then exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, experienced, on average, a 50% decrease in skin cancer tumors compared to mice that ate …

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Daily Crosswords Linked to Better Cognitive Function in Later Life

According to new research presented at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, the more regularly people report doing word puzzles such as crosswords, the better their brain function in later life. The more regularly participants engaged with word puzzles, the better they performed on tasks assessing attention, reasoning and memory. …

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Regular Consumption of Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Increased Risk of Obesity, Diabetes, Other Health Issues

A literature review of 37 studies has found that regular consumption of artificial sweeteners is associated with long-term weight gain and an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. The review paper is published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Consumption of nonnutritive sweeteners is associated …

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