Category Archives: Addiction

Novel high-sensitivity detector could aid in early Alzheimer's diagnosis

A prime suspect in the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases is a normally benign enzyme that is essential to proper development of the nervous system. Under certain conditions, however, its chemical structure changes and it goes rogue, contributing to

High-energy lasers could be used to treat Alzheimer's disease in the future

Amyloid fibrils are a type of self-assembled proteins/peptides that take on a stacked sheet-like formation. Amyloid fibril aggregates are known to be a cause of several diseases—including Alzheimer’s—and therefore, it is of immense scientific interest to understand how these aggregates

Brain researchers invent an affordable smartphone measurement for testing of medications

Suffering from tremor can be very frustrating and reduce the quality of life for many people. This includes people suffering from Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury and a relatively high fraction of the elderly. Today, there are no

Thermally stable TB vaccine closer to reality thanks to microscopic silica cages

Scientists working on a new tuberculosis (TB) vaccine have achieved a major step forward by showing that a promising TB antigen and a novel vaccine adjuvant can be protected from heat damage with a technique developed at the University of

Insights on timing of Huntington's Disease onset

Huntington’s disease (HD), an inherited and fatal disorder in which nerve cells in the brain break down over time, may become evident at any time in life but typically starts in a person’s 30s or 40s. New research results published

Study finds fish preserve DNA 'memories' far better than humans

We are all familiar with the common myth that fish have poor memory, but it turns that their DNA has the capacity to hold much more memory than that of humans. In a study published recently in the journal Nature,

Researchers identify a possible therapeutic target for Kennedy´s disease and prostate cancer

A study led by scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and published in Nature Communications proposes chaperone protein Hps70 as an attractive therapeutic target for the treatment of Kennedy’s disease, a rare neuromuscular condition; it may

Electromagnetic fields may hinder spread of breast cancer cells

Electromagnetic fields might help prevent some breast cancers from spreading to other parts of the body, new research has found. The study showed that low intensity electromagnetic fields hindered the mobility of specific breast cancer cells by preventing the formation

COMPASS study site shares post-stroke care findings with patients, caregivers, clinicians

You’ve lost count of the sleepless nights spent in a hospital, but now your loved one is finally ready to go home following a stroke. Are you prepared to care for them? If you are like most people, you may

Restructuring Medicare Shared Savings Program can yield 40% savings in health costs

More than a trillion dollars was spent on healthcare in the United States in 2018, with Medicare and Medicaid accounting for some 37% of those expenditures. With healthcare costs expected to continue to rise by roughly 5% per year, a

Existing anti-parasitic drug could offer treatment for Ebola

Amid the worsening Ebola outbreak in the Congo, now threatening to spill into Rwanda, a new study suggests that an existing, FDA-approved drug called nitazoxanide could potentially help contain this deadly, highly contagious infection. In meticulous experiments in human cells,

Scientists make major breakthrough in understanding common eye disease

Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have announced a major breakthrough with important implications for sufferers of a common eye disease—dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) – which can cause total blindness in sufferers, and for which there are currently no approved

Researchers prove a simple device can reduce rates of child diarrhea

It kills a child under 5 every minute on average. Diarrheal disease, the second leading cause of death for children globally, could become even more difficult to control as poor urban areas with limited clean water access expand. An international

The mind-muscle connection: For aesthetes, not athletes?

The ‘mind-muscle connection’. Ancient lore for bodybuilders, latest buzz for Instragram fitness followers. Focusing one’s attention on a particular muscle when lifting promotes its activation—and by extension, its development. So it goes. But when the goal is muscle performance rather

Adding MS drug to targeted cancer therapy may improve glioblastoma outcomes

Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer that infiltrates surrounding brain tissue, making it extremely difficult to treat with surgery. Even when chemotherapy and radiation successfully destroy the bulk of a patient’s glioblastoma cells, they may not affect the

Oral appliances may be highly effective in treating a type of sleep apnea

Certain traits may define a type of obstructive sleep apnea that can be effectively treated with an oral appliance, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. With OSA there are times during sleep

Study shows gun shops can aid in preventing suicides

Firearm retailers around Washington state are willing to learn about suicide prevention and to train their employees in how to spot and act on suicide warning signs, a new University of Washington study finds. With firearms the commonly used and

FDA reports more seizures among vapers

(HealthDay)—There have been 118 more reports of e-cigarette users suffering seizures since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first warned the public about the danger in April. That brings the total number of reported cases to 127 between 2010 and

Study finds changes in mindset key to helping college students exercise more

Viewing physical activity as an outlet for stress can increase college students’ willingness to exercise. However, in order to maintain that routine, students need social support from family and friends, according to research published in The Journal of the American

Morning workouts safer for people with type 1 diabetes, study suggests

Exercising first thing in the morning might be a safer option for people with type 1 diabetes, according to a University of Alberta researcher who compared blood glucose responses in people with diabetes who lifted weights in the morning or

Vitamin D is not linked to low blood pressure in older adults

Researchers from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College have shown in the largest study to-date that vitamin D is not associated with low blood pressure on standing (orthostatic hypotension) in older adults. Their findings have been

Personal trainers' top tips

Ever wonder what top trainers tell their best clients? Personal trainers excel in mapping out individualized exercise programs. And they also offer insights that can help fitness buffs stay motivated. Here are some of their best tips:Remember the cliche “Rome

Don't count on freezing ovarian tissue to delay menopause or stop your biological clock

A company in the United Kingdom is offering women a procedure it says can delay menopause up to 20 years and allow women to delay having babies. But don’t get too excited. The costs and risks are likely to outweigh

Sorting out who needs a pill sorter

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have developed guidance to help prescribers and pharmacists decide which patients should use a pill organiser. The team’s previous research has shown that switching to using an organiser can do more harm than