Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Wellcome—MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute developed a new approach for studying stem cells, based on methods used in ecology.
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A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggests that Huntington's disease may take effect much earlier in life than was previously believed and that a new drug may be key in controlling the disease.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the leading risk factor for heart disease, and improvements in both targeted and population-based strategies for blood pressure control can lead to better prevention and control of hypertension.
The study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. This paper is part of an eight-part health promotion series where each paper will focus on a different risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
After being admonished by the Supreme Court monitored panel over laxity in treatment of Bhopal gas disaster victims, the Madhya Pradesh government has initiated process to frame a comprehensive health policy for the gas victims. The gas leak from Union Carbide plant in Bhopal on December 2, 1984 left about 15,000 dead and lakhs with deadly diseases and permanent disabilities.
Researchers at the University of York has shown that a drug commonly used to help smokers overcome addiction to cigarettes does not have the same effect in shisha smokers.
Mice with a lower calorie intake live longer and are both healthier and leaner. A team of researchers funded by the SNSF may have found the reason for this positive effect: much of it is down to gut microbial communities and how they affect the immune system. The researchers also found compounds that mimic caloric restriction and may transform obesity treatments.
Scientists have developed a chip that can detect a type of genetic mutation known as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and send the results in real time to an electronic device. The chip is at least 1,000 times more sensitive at detecting an SNP than current technology.
Single Nucleotide Polymorphism
The advance could lead to cheaper, faster and portable biosensors for early detection of genetic markers for diseases such as cancer. A team led by the University of California San Diego has developed a chip that can detect a type of genetic mutation known as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and send the results in real time to a smartphone, computer, or another electronic device.
The chip is at least 1,000 times more sensitive at detecting an SNP than current technology. The study was published in Advanced Materials, could lead to cheaper, faster and portable biosensors for early detection of genetic markers for diseases such as cancer.
Surgical reconstruction is a life changer for people with end-stage ankle arthritis, a painful condition that limits patients' abilities to go up and down stairs, get out of a car and even walk.
Scientists report they were unable to reproduce the results of a well-known study showing that people are less likely to cheat on a task after making a list of the Ten Commandments. Their findings are published in a Registered Replication Report (RRR) in Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.