Discovered: ‘Missing link’ between brain and immune system

The true significance of the discovery lies in the potential effects this finding could have on Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis

Discovered: ‘Missing link’ between brain and immune systemThe recent discovery of a “missing link” between the brain and the immune system may lead to a complete revision of biology textbooks. The link, vessels of the lymphatic system that run through the sinuses, were previously unidentified and thought not to exist. However, the true significance of the discovery lies in the potential effects […]

Explained: What is multiple gestation pregnancy

Pregnancy can raise a lot of questions. Women should speak with their healthcare provider if they think they may be experiencing a multiple gestation pregnancy.

Explained: What is multiple gestation pregnancyA multiple gestation pregnancy is one where the mother carries more than one foetus. According to March of Dimes, 3 per cent of women will experience a multiple pregnancy each year. Most multiple gestation pregnancies are with twins. This article looks at what happens with a multiple gestation pregnancy, the different symptoms that may occur, potential […]

Good news for diabetics: Potential protein target identified for reversing insulin resistance

People with diabetes are twice as likely to have heart disease or a stroke as people without diabetes

Good news for diabetics: Potential protein target identified for reversing insulin resistanceInsulin resistance – a condition where the body’s cells fail to respond normally to the glucose control hormone insulin – increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and pre diabetes. Now, a team shows that removing or blocking a protein mainly secreted by immune cells reverses diabetic insulin resistance and glucose intolerance in obese […]

Smoking more fatal to HIV patients than the disease itself

It is well known that smoking is bad for health, but we demonstrate in this study just how bad it is

Smoking more fatal to HIV patients than the disease itself  Smoking is so deadly that it may be more likely to kill HIV patients than the virus, researchers reported Thursday. A second study helps explain why — it causes dozens of cancer-causing DNA mutations. New cocktails of HIV drugs can keep patients healthy, even though they don’t cure the infection. And they work so […]

Here is how you can learn in your sleep

The three types of memories we consolidate in sleep are declarative (fact-based information), emotional, and operational, which includes skills like learning to ride a bike or play a song.

Here is how you can learn in your sleepIt has long been known that sleep is essential to the learning process. While our bodies are tuned down for eight hours of rest, our mind is hard at work, taking the information we’ve learned throughout the day and storing it within our mind’s brimming bank of knowledge and memories. Just what mechanisms are involved […]

Green Urban Spaces deliver multiple health benefits

The report concludes that there is a need for both small, local green spaces situated very close to where people live and spend their day

Green Urban Spaces deliver multiple health benefitsA new WHO report summarizing evidence on the health effects of green space in urban areas shows that green spaces offer numerous public health benefits, including psychological relaxation and stress reduction, enhanced physical activity and a potential reduction in exposure to – among other harmful urban factors – air pollution, noise and excessive heat. The […]

Total Recall: New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory

The team reports fully restoring the memory function of 75 per cent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue

Total Recall: New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memoryAustralian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques – structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients. If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions – amyloid […]

Memory decline not always serious

You can blame multitasking for overloading your mind. Stress and lack of sleep can also impact memory lapse

Memory decline not always seriousHave you called your daughter by your wife’s name or your son by his brother’s name? Have you misplaced your car keys or forgotten where you parked at the mall? If you worry these might be signs of significant memory loss or the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, which causes a slow deterioration in memory […]

How weight loss surgery tricks the mind

Changes in neural activity explains the efficiency of gastric bypass surgery

How weight loss surgery tricks the mindIn June, international diabetes organizations endorsed provocative new guidelines suggesting physicians should consider gastric bypass surgery for a greatly expanded number of diabetics—those with a body mass index of 30 and above as opposed to just those with a BMI of 40 or more. Research has shown that the surgery helps people lose more weight, […]