Economic impact of excess weight now exceeds $1.7 trillion

Public Release: 30-Oct-2018 Costs include $1.24 billion in lost productivity, according to Milken Institute study documenting role of obesity and overweight in chronic diseases Milken Institute LOS ANGELES, Tuesday, October 30, 2018–The impact of obesity and overweight on the U.S. economy has eclipsed $1.7 trillion, an amount equivalent to 9.3 percent of the nation’s gross…

Fighting mutant influenza

Public Release: 24-Oct-2018 American Chemical Society Another flu season is here, which means another chance for viruses to mutate. Already, most influenza A viruses contain a mutation that confers resistance against one class of antiviral medications, and the bugs are steadily gaining resistance against another class. Scientists report in ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters a series…

Scientists accidentally reprogram mature mouse GABA neurons into dopaminergic-like neurons

Public Release: 11-Oct-2018 Cell Press IMAGE: This image shows Dr. Chun-Li Zhang and Lei-Lei Wang. Credit: David Gresham / UT Southwestern Attempting to make dopamine-producing neurons out of glial cells in mouse brains, a group of researchers instead converted mature inhibitory neurons into dopaminergic cells. Their findings, appearing October 11 in the journal Stem Cell…

One in three college freshmen worldwide reports mental health disorder

Public Release: 13-Sep-2018 Students from 19 colleges in eight countries report symptoms consistent with psychological disorder, study says American Psychological Association As if college were not difficult enough, more than one-third of first-year university students in eight industrialized countries around the globe report symptoms consistent with a diagnosable mental health disorder, according to research published…

Researcher links diplomats’ mystery illness to radiofrequency/microwave radiation

Public Release: 29-Aug-2018   University of California – San Diego Writing in advance of the September 15 issue of Neural Computation, Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, says publicly reported symptoms and experiences of a “mystery illness” afflicting American and Canadian diplomats in Cuba and…

Hospital-associated bacterial species becoming tolerant to alcohol disinfectants

Public Release: 1-Aug-2018   American Association for the Advancement of Science A multidrug-resistant bacterial species that can cause infections in hospitals is becoming increasingly tolerant to the alcohols used in handwash disinfectants, a new study finds. The analysis of bacterial samples taken from two Australian hospitals over 19 years suggests that the species Enterococcus faecium…

Amyloid beta protein protects brain from herpes infection by entrapping viral particles

Public Release: 5-Jul-2018 Chronic viral infection could induce overproduction of Alzheimer’s-disease-associated protein and cause damaging inflammation Massachusetts General Hospital A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) study has found the mechanism by which amyloid beta (A-beta) – the protein deposited into plaques in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease – protects from the effects of herpes…

Consciousness is partly preserved during general anesthesia

Public Release: 3-Jul-2018 University of Turku When people are administered an anaesthetic, they seem to lose consciousness – or at least they stop reacting to their environment. But is consciousness lost fully during anaesthesia or does consciousness persist in the brain but in an altered state? This question has been explored in the joint research…