Scientists develop implantable device to treat overactive bladder

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine have developed an implantable device that could one day help people with bladder problems, without the need for electronic stimulators or medication

Scientists develop implantable device to treat overactive bladderA beam of light may one day be the solution to an overactive bladder or urinary incontinence. An implant that uses LED lights to stimulate nerves has been found to restore bladder control in rats. People with bladder dysfunction experience frequent and uncontrollable urges to urinate before their bladder is full. The condition is caused […]

Double your portion size to eat healthy

It’s well known that portion size affects food intake, so could doubling portion sizes facilitate a healthy diet?

Double your portion size to eat healthyAccording to a recent study, larger portions of food might not be so bad for us after all. The findings add to our understanding of the psychology of healthful eating. Scientists have studied the so-called portion size effect in some depth. One review of the research found that when a portion size is doubled, people […]

Gene editing tool may inadvertently raise cancer risk, caution scientists

CRISPR-Cas9 is an exciting gene editing tool that scientists hope they will be able to use in preventing cancer. However, a new study warns that the use of this very strategy could actually increase the risk of cancer

Gene editing tool may inadvertently raise cancer risk, caution scientistsResearchers from the Britain’s Cambridge University and Sweden’s Karolinska Institute said more research needs to be done to assess whether using CRISPR-Cas9 – a type of molecular “scissors” that make gene editing a possibility – might lead to the development of treatments that have added cancer risk. The team, led by Jussi Taipale at Cambridge, […]

Being overweight or underweight can shorten your lifespan by four years

Having excessively high or low body mass index (BMI) may raise a person’s risk of premature death, findings of a new study have revealed

Being overweight or underweight can shorten your lifespan by four years  The study, published Wednesday in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology and conducted by scientists at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, revealed that BMI that’s either too high or too low is tied to increased morbidity from a range of major diseases. Krishnan Bhaskaran, lead author of the study and associate professor of […]

Is your kid hooked on smartphones? Here are 5 tips for parents

Electronic gadgets such as tablets, iPhones, iPads, mobiles phones have become addiction among children. Children as young as two years old are expertly using these devices which are having an adverse impact on their mental and physical health.  Here are five tips from those who have studied kids and technology

Is your kid hooked on smartphones? Here are 5 tips for parentsThere is growing concern among parents, educators and mental health experts that excessive smartphone use may be contributing to the recent surge in adolescent depression and suicide. But what qualifies as “excessive”? At this point, no one’s sure. Specific, evidence-based guidelines take time to determine—years, and sometimes decades. And the pace at which kids have […]

Scientist discover new ‘micro-organ’ which plays a key role in immune response

Researchers have identified a brand new ‘micro-organ’ inside the immune system of mice and humans , the first discovery of its kind for decades, and it could put scientists on the path to developing more effective vaccines in the future

Scientist discover new ‘micro-organ’ which plays a key role in immune responseResearchers from Australia’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research identified a structure that ‘remembers’ past infections and vaccinations, and is filled with immune cells of many kinds which respond to pathogens that the body has encountered before. The structure is strategically positioned on the outside of lymph glands to detect infections early, according to researchers. It […]

Can gut bacteria be used to convert blood types?

Blood shortages may soon be a thing of the past. Newly discovered bacterial enzymes in the human gut have been used to turn type A blood into the universally accepted type O much faster than previous methods

Can gut bacteria be used to convert blood types?Our gut bacteria may have helped scientists discover a way to create a universal blood type. If their findings go on to pass all tests of safety and efficacy, patients around the world could benefit from an increased supply of compatible blood. The new research was presented at the 256th National Meeting and Exposition of […]

With new research, a liver transplant may be unnecessary

Scientists at Edinburgh University have started working on a potential treatment for sudden liver failure. The cancer drug used in the therapy restores the liver's regenerative potential, thereby eliminating the need for a transplant

With new research, a liver transplant may be unnecessaryThe liver has a natural regenerative ability, due to some illnesses, it becomes non-functional. The new therapy works on renewing this regenerative ability. The team has started to observe why they lose their ability to regenerate itself by examining people’s livers. The scientists have discovered that severe injuries start the process of senescence throughout the […]

Scientist in Japan to use ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells to fight Parkinson’s disease  

Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of dopamine made by brain cells and researchers have long hoped to use stem cells to restore normal production of the neurotransmitter chemical

Scientist in Japan to use ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells to fight Parkinson’s disease  Japanese scientists said on Monday they will start clinical trials next month on a treatment for Parkinson’s disease, transplanting ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells into brains, seeking a breakthrough in treating the neurodegenerative disorder. The clinical trials come after researchers at Japan’s Kyoto University successfully used human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to restore functioning brain cells […]

Scientists reveal the real reason behind why people feel ‘hangry’

What makes someone go from simply being hungry to full-on ‘hangry’? More than just a simple drop in blood sugar, this combination of hunger and anger may be a complicated emotional response involving an interplay of biology, personality and environmental cues, according to research published by the American Psychological Association

Scientists reveal the real reason behind why people feel ‘hangry’There’s a difference between being hungry—a feeling we all get between meals – and being ‘hangry’. If you get hangry, you probably already know it: your hunger pangs put you in a very bad mood that you (and your family and friends) have a hard time ignoring. But is being hangry a real thing, or […]