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Lipids and Cell Membranes in our Bodies Affect Aging, Long-term Health, Study

A professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is examining aging on the molecular level, examining how the lipids found in our bodies, particularly those in our cell membranes, change as we age, and how those changes may affect bone and muscle strength, brain health, and our propensity for age-related diseases, including Alzheimer's disease. With a two-year, nearly $ 421,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, Carissa Perez Olsen hopes to gain a better understanding of the role of lipids play in longevity and long-term health.

Tissue Chips Sent To Space To Test Human Health, Genetic Changes

The "Tissue Chips in Space" initiative seeks to better understand the role of microgravity on human health and disease and to translate that understanding to improved human health on Earth, NASA said.

NASA is planning to send small cells containing human cells in a 3D matrix – known as tissue chips or organs-on-chips – to the International Space Station (ISS) to test how they respond to stress, drugs and genetic changes.

Insights into Muscles Formation

An international team of researchers discovers two proteins essential to the development of skeletal muscleAll vertebrates need muscles to function; They are the most abundant tissue in the human body and are integral to movement.

Role of Anaesthesiologist in any Surgery Highlighted

While the world observes the World Anaesthesia Day, the fraternity of anaesthesiologists strive for awareness among the masses about the importance of anesthesia and anaesthesiologist pre and post any surgical intervention.

Though the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists have launched an advocacy campaign for the occasion called 'Safe Anaesthesia for Everybody' to emphasize safety during the administration of anesthesia, some anaesthesiologists have been working hard to spread awareness among the masses about their role and importance.

Alcohol Disorders Prevented by Cutting Societal Alcohol Use

Society must take collective responsibility to reduce the harm caused by alcohol use disorders, to University of Otago academic says. Dr. Charlene Rapsey, of the Dunedin School of Medicine's Department of Psychological Medicine, says while alcohol is commonly enjoyed by many people and only a minority of people develop an alcohol use disorder, the negative consequences of such a disorder can be severe and long- lasting

Moths and Magnets Could Help Treat Genetic Diseases, Technology

A new technology that relies on a moth-infecting virus and nanomagnets could be used to edit defective genes that give rise to diseases like sickle cell, muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis. Rice University bioengineer Gang Bao has combined nanoparticles with a viral container from a particular species of moth to deliver CRISPR / Cas9 payloads that modify genes in a specific tissue or organ with spatial control.

Light-transducing Nanoparticles: Scientists Succeed in Increasing Stability, Biocompatibility

A team of scientists from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), in collaboration with researchers from Monash University Australia, has succeeded in significantly increasing the stability and biocompatibility of special light-transducing nanoparticles.

The team has developed the so-called "upconverting" nanoparticles that do not only convert infrared light into UV-visible light, but also are water-soluble, remain stable in complex body fluids such as blood serum, and can be used to store medications. They have created a tool that could potentially make the fight against cancer significantly more effective. The researchers recently published their results in the journal  Angewandte Chemie