Video games can change your brain

Public Release: 22-Jun-2017   Studies investigating how playing video games can affect the brain have shown that they can cause changes in many brain regions Frontiers Scientists have collected and summarized studies looking at how video games can shape our brains and behavior. Research to date suggests that playing video games can change the brain…

Bug spray accumulation in the home

Public Release: 22-Jun-2017   Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Warmer temperatures can lead to a flurry of unwelcome guests to our house – flies, mosquitoes, fleas, wasps, bedbugs and lice. Pyrethroids are a common pesticide used to repel these pests, and even though they have been found more or less safe for mammals in…

Popular prostate drug linked to serious side effects

Public Release: 22-Jun-2017   Boston University Medical Center (Boston) — Treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with the commonly prescribed Avodart (Dutsteride) may put men at an increased risk for diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and worsening erectile dysfunction. Physicians should be fully aware of these new findings according to the…

An end to population aging in China, Germany, USA

Public Release: 21-Jun-2017   International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Population aging could peak by 2040 in Germany and by 2070 in China, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, which combines new measures of aging with probabilistic population projections from the UN. In the USA, the study shows very little…

Grape-based compounds kill colon cancer stem cells

We review the research ” Grape-based compounds kill colon cancer stem cells in mice ” in regard to the combination of resveratrol and grape seed extract being very effective at killing colon cancer cells as well as cancer stem cells (Animal Model) Citation: Grape compounds suppress colon cancer stem cells in vitro and in a…

We are much more unique than assumed

Public Release: 19-Jun-2017 Computational biologists discover surprisingly strong effects from protein variation Technical University of Munich (TUM) Every human being has a unique DNA “fingerprint”. In other words, the genetic material of any two individuals can be clearly distinguished. Computational biologists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now determined that the impact of…

Scientists ID mutations that could allow bird flu strain to spread among humans

Public Release: 15-Jun-2017   Monitoring for these mutations could enable timely response to prevent pandemic PLOS   IMAGE: Three amino acid changes promote binding to human-type receptors by H7N9 HA. Credit: de Vries RP, et al. (2017) An international team of scientists has identified several genetic mutations that, should they arise, could potentially allow the…

19-year-olds as sedentary as 60-year-olds, study suggests

Public Release: 15-Jun-2017 Teen years represent highest risk for inactivity; increases in activity levels only seen in 20-something Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Physical activity among children and teens is lower than previously thought, and, in another surprise finding, young adults after the age of 20 show the only increases in activity…

Study finds 1 in 5 hospitalized adults suffer side effects from prescribed antibiotics

Public Release: 14-Jun-2017   Infectious disease experts say nearly a fifth of prescriptions were unnecessary Johns Hopkins Medicine A study examining the impact of antibiotics prescribed for nearly 1500 adult patients admitted to The Johns Hopkins Hospital found that adverse side effects occurred in a fifth of them, and that nearly a fifth of those…

Brain improves dramatically in just one exercise session

We review the recent research” Can a single exercise session benefit your brain? ” in regard to multiple documented improvements in the brain after just a brief exercise session. Citation: The Effects of Acute Exercise on Mood, Cognition, Neurophysiology, and Neurochemical Pathways: A Review. Brain Plasticity, 2017; 2 (2): 127 DOI: 10.3233/BPL-160040

Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional universe in brain networks–Up to 11 Dimensions

Public Release: 12-Jun-2017 Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional universe in brain networks Using mathematics in a novel way in neuroscience, the Blue Brain Project demonstrates that the brain operates on many dimensions, not just the 3 dimensions that we are accustomed to Frontiers Caption The image attempts to illustrate something that cannot be imaged…

Unpublished trial data show side effects of a key MS drug increase secondary autoimmune diseases by 50%

Public Release: 12-Jun-2017 Previously unpublished trial data explain effects and side effects of key MS drug Through a Freedom of Information request to the European Medicines Agency, researchers from Queen Mary University of London gained access to the phase III trial datasets of Alemtuzumab Queen Mary University of London Alemtuzumab is a highly effective drug…