Taking the “Ewww”… out of snail cream
June 17, 2014 – 11:07 pm | No Comment

Great news for all those women (and men) who have wanted to try the beautifying effects of snail slime but could never get past the “ick” factor. 20yrsyounger.com promises to get rid of the Ewww… while still letting women reap the anti-aging and rejuvenating benefits of snail slime cream. The process itself is called lyophilisation [...]

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Brain Wave Synchronization Key to Working Visual Memory
November 19, 2012 – 7:50 pm | No Comment
Brain Wave Synchronization Key to Working Visual Memory

Brain Wave Synchronization Key to Working Visual Memory Short-term memories are stored as synchronized signals between 2 key brain hubs, according to a new study in monkeys. The findings show for the first time how the brain stores visual information for working memory tasks.   Plots showing the coherence between activity of cells in different [...]

Dozens of Genes Linked to Bowel Diseases
November 19, 2012 – 6:08 pm | No Comment
Dozens of Genes Linked to Bowel Diseases

Dozens of Genes Linked to Bowel Diseases Researchers found 71 new human genes associated with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis—forms of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affect nearly 2.5 million people worldwide. The study brings the total number of genes linked with IBD to 163. The most common signs of IBD are diarrhea and [...]

Healthy Diet May Fend Off Type 2 Diabetes After Gestational Diabetes
October 31, 2012 – 10:43 pm | No Comment
Healthy Diet May Fend Off Type 2 Diabetes After Gestational Diabetes

Healthy Diet May Fend Off Type 2 Diabetes After Gestational Diabetes By keeping a healthy diet in the years after pregnancy, women who develop diabetes during pregnancy can greatly reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study found. About 5% of pregnant women nationwide develop high blood sugar levels even though they didn’t [...]

Improved COPD Detection
October 31, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment
Improved COPD Detection

Improved COPD Detection A new technique can distinguish between different types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and track disease progression. The method could allow for more accurate diagnoses and lead to more effective treatments for COPD.   PRM images can help distinguish healthy lung areas (green) from those with early-stage damage (yellow) and emphysema [...]

Gene Tied to Hearing Loss and Usher Syndrome
October 31, 2012 – 5:25 pm | No Comment
Gene Tied to Hearing Loss and Usher Syndrome

Gene Tied to Hearing Loss and Usher Syndrome Scientists discovered mutations in a gene that lead to hearing loss and also contribute to Usher syndrome. The finding adds to a growing body of knowledge about the biological pathways involved in these disorders. CIB2 (green and yellow) is found in inner ear hair cells, including the [...]

Cell Phones Track Malaria’s Spread
October 22, 2012 – 8:48 pm | No Comment
Cell Phones Track Malaria’s Spread

Cell Phones Track Malaria’s Spread Researchers used mobile phone data to track malaria parasite movements across Kenya. The results may help guide the design of more effective disease control programs. Nearly a million people die of malaria each year—mostly infants, young children and pregnant women, and most of them in Africa. The disease is caused [...]

Bacterial Protein in House Dust May Spur Asthma
October 22, 2012 – 8:40 pm | No Comment
Bacterial Protein in House Dust May Spur Asthma

Bacterial Protein in House Dust May Spur Asthma A bacterial protein in common house dust may worsen allergies that could lead to asthma, according to a new report. The finding gives insight into the link between allergic asthma and the environment. Asthma is caused by swelling and inflammation of the airways. When airways narrow, less [...]

Brain Protein Structure Offers Clues for Drug Design
October 22, 2012 – 6:15 pm | No Comment
Brain Protein Structure Offers Clues for Drug Design

Brain Protein Structure Offers Clues for Drug Design Researchers have published the first highly detailed picture of how neurotensin, a molecule that plays an important role in the brain, interacts with its receptor. The achievement may help scientists design better drugs for certain disorders.   Neurotensin (see arrow) in the binding pocket of NTSR1. Image [...]

Study Compares Women’s Incontinence Treatments
October 15, 2012 – 8:58 pm | No Comment
Study Compares Women’s Incontinence Treatments

Study Compares Women’s Incontinence Treatments A new study comparing treatments for a type of urinary incontinence in women found that each has benefits and drawbacks. Millions of women experience urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine. Pregnancy and childbirth, menopause and the structure of the female urinary tract make women twice as likely as men [...]

Intestinal Mending Depends on Key Protein
October 15, 2012 – 8:50 pm | No Comment
Intestinal Mending Depends on Key Protein

Intestinal Mending Depends on Key Protein Scientists identified a protein that’s essential for mending injuries to the intestinal lining in mice. The finding might have implications for understanding and repairing damage to the human intestinal wall, which can be caused by factors including inflammatory bowel disease, infection and irradiation.   Crypts (dark green) are stem-cell-containing [...]