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Medical Xpress / Optically analyzing local brain environment: Astrocytes' acid response in epileptic mice

Researchers at Tohoku University have shown that astrocytes in the mouse brain exhibit an acid response with intensified epileptic seizures. The astrocytes' acid response could lead to the amplification of excitatory neuronal ...

23 hours ago in Neuroscience
Medical Xpress / Increased genetic testing could identify concealed cardiomyopathy

Researchers from the Centenary Institute have found that concealed cardiomyopathy is an important cause of sudden cardiac death where no cause is found from autopsy—and that genetic testing can help identify cases of concealed ...

23 hours ago in Genetics
Medical Xpress / SARS-CoV-2 detection in 30 minutes using gene scissors

CRISPR-Cas is versatile: Besides the controversial genetically modified organisms (GMOs), created through gene editing, various new scientific studies use different orthologues of the effector protein Cas to detect nucleic ...

Medical Xpress / Protein shapes could indicate Parkinson's disease

ETH Zurich researchers have found that a set of proteins have different shapes in the spinal fluid of healthy individuals and Parkinson's patients. These could be used in the future as a new type of biomarker for this disease.

Nov 25, 2022 in Medical research
Medical Xpress / Study explores how emotions elicited by chewing gum affect cortical activity

Some neuroscience studies suggest that distinct human emotional states are associated with greater activity in different regions of the brain. For instance, while some parts of the brain have been associated with all emotional ...

Nov 24, 2022 in Neuroscience
Medical Xpress / Scientists develop 20-subtype mRNA flu vaccine to protect against future flu pandemics

An experimental mRNA-based vaccine against all 20 known subtypes of influenza virus has provided broad protection from otherwise lethal flu strains in initial tests, and thus might serve one day as a general preventative ...

Nov 24, 2022 in Medical research
Medical Xpress / New male contraceptive does not involve hormones

A team of researchers at a company called Contraline has developed a new kind of male contraceptive. Instead of using hormones to disrupt sperm production, the new technique involves placing a hydrogel called ADAM into the ...

Nov 24, 2022 in Medical research
Medical Xpress / Bacteria that break down nicotine found in the guts of mice

A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in China, working with a colleague in the U.S., has isolated a type of bacteria in the guts of mice that break down nicotine. In their paper published in the journal ...

Nov 24, 2022 in Medical research
Medical Xpress / Wireless smart bandage provides new insights on healing chronic wounds

Some wounds just won't heal. Infections, diseases like diabetes, and suppressed immune systems often stack up to slow healing. Chronic wounds can last months and lead to anxiety and depression. In the worst cases, they are ...

Nov 24, 2022 in Medical research
Medical Xpress / Wild primate study ties importance of social environment to molecular markers of age in the brain

As people age, maintaining a positive and predictable social environment becomes more and more important. For instance, keeping close ties with friends and family has been identified as one of the key ingredients to healthy ...

Nov 24, 2022 in Neuroscience
Medical Xpress / Hope for first blood test to detect deadly heart inflammation

The first blood test to diagnose inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) could be in use in as little as a year, following the discovery of a molecular signal in the blood by Queen Mary University of London researchers. ...

Nov 24, 2022 in Cardiology
Medical Xpress / Study sheds new light on the link between oral bacteria and diseases

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified the bacteria most commonly found in severe oral infections. Few such studies have been done before, and the team now hopes that the study can provide deeper insight ...