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Lack of sleep impairs the ability to suppress intrusive thoughts

Rss Feed - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 05:30
Lack of sleep significantly impairs our ability to stop unwanted and unpleasant thoughts from entering our mind, a new study reveals.

Psoriasis patients taking immunosuppressants have high COVID-19 survival rates

Rss Feed - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 05:25
Patients with psoriasis who are taking drugs that affect their immune system have high rates of survival from COVID-19. According to the first findings from a global registry of psoriasis and COVID-19 patients, led by Guy's and St Thomas' clinicians, over 90% survive.

Scientists develop antibacterial nano-coatings based on boron nitride

Rss Feed - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 05:18
NUST MISIS material scientists have presented antibacterial nano-coatings based on boron nitride, which are highly effective against microbial pathogens (up to 99.99%).

Serious ongoing symptoms in COVID-19 survivors

Rss Feed - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 05:04
Although predominantly a respiratory illness, emerging data suggests that multi-organ injury is common, particularly in moderate to severe infections. A new study published on the preprint server medRxiv* in October 2020 describes the illness's sequelae in the months after recovery.

Anti-inflammatory therapy helps slow progression of multiple sclerosis in a preclinical model

Rss Feed - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 05:03
Intranasal administration of an anti-inflammatory drug helped reduce disease progression in a preclinical model of multiple sclerosis, according to recent research out of the University of Alberta.

Novel microfluidic approach to fight cancer could greatly benefit patients

Rss Feed - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 04:46
CAR-T biotherapeutics company Carina Biotech and researchers at the University of South Australia have developed a novel approach based on microfluidic technology to "purify" the immune cells of patients in the fight against cancer.

WSU scientists develop new method to detect Alzheimer's biomarkers

Rss Feed - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 04:40
Washington State University scientists have developed a method to detect the biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease that is 10 times more sensitive than current blood testing technology.

Higher physical activity, lower sitting time linked with better physical and mental health in older adults

Rss Feed - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 22:13
Older adults with higher physical activity and lower sitting time have better overall physical and mental health, according to a new study from the American Cancer Society.

Dementia prevention strategies are likely to be cost-effective and cost saving

Rss Feed - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 22:00
Programmes to reduce dementia risk by targeting smoking, high blood pressure and hearing loss are likely to be cost-effective and cost saving by reducing dementia rates by 8.5%, finds a new study by UCL and LSE researchers.

Researchers develop a non-invasive method for measuring thyroid hormone action in tissue

Rss Feed - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 19:37
Patients with thyroid dysfunction are routinely treated with drugs to regulate the hormone imbalance. The effect of these drugs is clinically evaluated by means of blood tests.

Scientists suggest that anti-malarial drugs could be repurposed to treat COVID-19

Rss Feed - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 19:24
An international group of researchers believe there is enough evidence that anti-malarial drugs could be repurposed to treat COVID-19 and that they should be assessed for efficacy in clinical trials.

University of Surrey professor proposes new theory of consciousness

Rss Feed - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 19:18
Electromagnetic energy in the brain enables brain matter to create our consciousness and our ability to be aware and think, according to a new theory developed by Professor Johnjoe McFadden from the University of Surrey.

Study findings may help identify new targets to inhibit spread of melanoma

Rss Feed - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 19:16
Research led by Queen Mary University of London has revealed novel insights into the mechanisms employed by melanoma cells to form tumors at secondary sites around the body.

Researchers study the role of cannabinoids in learning

Rss Feed - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 19:15
Cannabinoids have a strong influence on how our brains work and how we behave. Many people are only aware of the recreational aspect of cannabinoids.

Fever and cough best indicators for COVID-19 in children and adolescents

Rss Feed - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 12:39
Most testing is driven by fever, persistent cough of recent onset, and abnormalities in smell. Such symptoms are considered indicative of continuing SARS-CoV-2 infection, requiring quarantine of all such individuals until they test negative for the virus. This approach is justifiable in adults since fever and cough from other causes are rare in healthy adults.

Study finds higher cannabis dose is associated with larger reductions in OCD compulsions

Rss Feed - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 12:35
People with obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, report that the severity of their symptoms was reduced by about half within four hours of smoking cannabis, according to a Washington State University study.

Older males who have recovered from COVID-19 are best plasma donors for treatment

Rss Feed - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 12:28
Sex, age, and severity of disease may be useful in identifying COVID-19 survivors who are likely to have high levels of antibodies that can protect against the disease, according to a new study co-led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Study helps restore retinal and visual functions of mice models of inherited retinal disease

Rss Feed - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 12:20
A breakthrough study, led by researchers from the University of California, Irvine, results in the restoration of retinal and visual functions of mice models suffering from inherited retinal disease.

Template for COVID-19 management in a rural health system

Rss Feed - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 12:16
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge existing health networks, a new study published on the preprint server medRxiv in October 2020 reports on a strategy to address existing health care disparities in rural and urban areas of the USA. This should draw attention to the need for more such systems to ensure proper rural healthcare in the current and future pandemics.

Newborns analyze the emotional content of their surroundings only at a very basic level

Rss Feed - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 12:13
Humans aren't born with mature brain circuitry that attaches emotions to the things they see or hear in their environment, a new study shows.