Month: June 2018

Is it possible to kill cancer by ‘overfeeding’ it?

Oxidative stress is a phenomenon that occurs at a cellular level, and which can drive previously healthy cells to deteriorate and eventually die. Cancer often uses oxidative stress to its own benefit, but could this phenomenon be turned against it? Researchers are now investigating whether they can ‘force feed’ cancer to death. Reactive oxygen species …

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Study reveals new cause of depression

Researchers believe that uncovering the role of a protein that is present in our bodies may revolutionize depression treatments. A new level of complexity to depression is revealed in a new study. According to the ​World Health Organization​ (WHO), depression affects more than 300 million people worldwide. In the most severe cases, it can lead to suicide. It is …

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Parkinson’s: Could this ‘missing link’ be a cause?

Scientists have now identified a faulty cell process that may be common to different forms of Parkinson’s, and they propose a mechanism through which it might lead to the disease. Researchers shed new light on the potential cause of Parkinson’s. This process involves a group of lipids or fatty molecules called ceramides, which are found …

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Device Delivers Drugs Direct to Heart to Help Recover from Heart Attacks

A team of researchers from the U.S. and Ireland have developed a device that can be used to deliver drugs directly to a damaged region of the heart. The capability has the potential to provide a direct therapeutic option to guide how the heart recovers following a heart attack, leading to improved cardiac function. As …

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Type 2 diabetes: New pill could ‘mimic the effects of surgery’

Researchers have engineered a material that temporarily coats the small intestine and reduces the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream during digestion. Scientists ‘envision a pill’ that ‘mimics surgery’ for people with diabetes. When they tested the material — which is called Luminal Coating of the Intestine (LuCI) — on rats, they found that …

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What happens in the brain during a spiritual experience?

The question as to what happens in the brain when we have a spiritual experience has been explored numerous times, with varying results, and it continues to fascinate researchers and non-specialists alike. A new study aims to reveal more. What does spiritual experience do to the human brain? A recent study claims to hold the …

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Can babies and toddlers drink almond milk?

Almond milk is a common alternative to cow’s milk for adults, but developing babies have different nutritional needs. Most doctors and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that babies less than 1-year-old drink breast milk or, if breast milk is not available, dairy- or soy-based infant formula unless otherwise advised. Experts advise only introducing other milk, such …

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Cancer: Using tiny bubbles to starve tumors

Generating tiny bubbles inside targeted blood vessels by using ultrasound may be a non-surgical way to starve tumors of their blood supply and deliver anticancer drugs, say scientists in China and France. How could bubbles be used in the fight against cancer? The method is called “gas embolotherapy,” and it involves injecting microscopic droplets of …

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