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Malaria Infection: Iron Aggrevates the Condition

Researchers have a possible explanation for why iron can sometimes worsen malaria infection. By studying mice and samples from malaria patients, the researchers found that extra iron interferes with ferroportin, a protein that prevents a toxic buildup of iron in red blood cells and helps protect these cells against malaria infection. They also found that a mutant form of ferroportin that occurs in African populations appears to protect against malaria.

The Stomach's Activity Monitored Using a Wearable Device

Researchers have developed a wearable, non-invasive system to monitor electrical activity in the stomach over 24 hours — essentially an electrocardiogram but for the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract. Applications include monitoring GI activity for patients outside of a clinical setting, which cuts down costs.

Monitoring for longer periods of time also increases the likelihood of capturing abnormal events. Researchers detail their findings in the issue of Nature's open access journal Scientific Reports.

Non-optimized Medications Could Cost Your Life

Rising drug prices have got a lot of attention lately, but the actual cost of prescription medications is more than just the bill. Researchers estimate that illness and death resulting from non-optimized medication therapy costs $528.4 billion annually.

A New Method to Measure Cellular Aging

A team led by scientists at Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) and Cedars-Sinai have developed a straightforward, computational way to measure cellular age, a feat that may lead to better, simpler screening and monitoring methods for cancer and other diseases.