Monkeys with Parkinson’s disease benefit from human stem cells

Public Release: 30-Aug-2017   Transplantation of neurons made from induced pluripotent stem cells show long-term benefit in monkeys with Parkinson’s disease Center for iPS Cell Research and Application – Kyoto University IMAGE: Monkeys show reduced Parkinsonian symptoms following a donor-matched iPS cell-based therapy. Credit: Misaki Ouchida, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University…

Mathematical mystery of ancient Babylonian clay tablet solved

Public Release: 24-Aug-2017   University of New South Wales   IMAGE: The 3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet Plimpton 322 at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University in New York. Credit: UNSW/Andrew Kelly UNSW Sydney scientists have discovered the purpose of a famous 3700-year old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing it is the world’s oldest and…

Attacks on Americans in Cuba are calling attention to how inaudible sound waves can alter moods and perceptions- The Atlantic

What Are Sound Weapons?   Earlier this month the U.S. State Department disclosed that several Havana-based diplomats have experienced “incidents which have caused a variety of physical symptoms.” Secretary Rex Tillerson said the incidents began last fall, calling them “health attacks.” They were not the good kind of health attacks. Symptoms have included severe hearing…

How Walnuts help control appetite

How Walnuts help control appetite from Clinical News – VHFILM on Vimeo. We review the recent public cited research ” In a nutshell: Walnuts activate brain region involved in appetite control ” in how walnuts may help reduce appetite and food cravings. Citation: Walnut consumption increases activation of the insula to highly desirable food cues:…

Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds (video)

Public Release: 22-Aug-2017   American Chemical Society IMAGE: Artist’s rendering of bioreactor (left) loaded with bacteria decorated with cadmium sulfide, light-absorbing nanocrystals (middle) to convert light, water and carbon dioxide into useful chemicals (right). Credit: Kelsey K. Sakimoto WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2017 — Photosynthesis provides energy for the vast majority of life on Earth. But…

Common antiseptic ingredients de-energize cells and impair hormone response

Public Release: 22-Aug-2017   Some disinfectants inhibit cell energy and alter reproduction University of California – Davis A new in-vitro study by University of California, Davis, researchers indicates that quaternary ammonium compounds, or “quats,” used as antimicrobial agents in common household products inhibit mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell, as well as estrogenic functions in…

Medicaid patients continue high prescription opioid use after overdose

Public Release: 22-Aug-2017   The JAMA Network Journals   Despite receiving medical attention for an overdose, patients in Pennsylvania Medicaid continued to have persistently high prescription opioid use, with only slight increases in use of medication-assisted treatment, according to a study published by JAMA. For every fatal opioid overdose, there are approximately 30 nonfatal overdoses.…

Virus reprograms ocean plankton

Public Release: 21-Aug-2017 University of Exeter A virus which infects ocean plankton can reprogramme cells and change the way they absorb nutrients – potentially changing how carbon is stored in the ocean, new research shows. Scientists from the University of Exeter have examined the DNA of the OTV6 virus, which infects phytoplankton (plant-like microbes which…

Mystery surrounds the missing ingredients of the smallpox vaccine

Public Release: 18-Aug-2017 Seeking the secret ingredient in the original smallpox vaccine Publicase Comunicação Científica Smallpox is an infectious disease caused by variola virus that has killed millions of people over the centuries. The disease is characterized by the growth of innumerable bumps that cover the entire body of the patient. The disease is fatal…