Can stinky ‘rotten egg’ gas protect against Alzheimer’s?

Hydrogen sulfide, typically characterized as poisonous, corrosive, and smelling of rotten eggs, may protect aging brain cells against Alzheimer's disease.

Rachel Butch-JHU • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~7 min

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Following the hops of disordered proteins could lead to future treatments of Alzheimer’s disease

Study shows how to determine the elusive motions of proteins that remain disordered.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 14, 2021 ~4 min

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The scent of sickness: 5 questions answered about using dogs – and mice and ferrets – to detect disease

Scientists are experimenting with using dogs to sniff out people infected with COVID-19. But dogs aren't the only animals with a nose for disease.

Glen J. Golden, Research Scientist/Scholar I, Colorado State University • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~8 min

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The heart of invention

PODCAST: Replacing or assisting the human heart with a machine would save countless lives. But the quest to build an artificial heart has had many gruesome missteps and caused researchers to reimagine how to keep our blood flowing.

Adam Levy • knowable
Jan. 12, 2021 ~24 min

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Study identifies genetic changes likely to have enabled SARS-CoV-2 to jump from bats to humans

A new study, involving the University of Cambridge and led by the Pirbright Institute, has identified key genetic changes in SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that causes

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 8, 2021 ~5 min

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Can blocking enzymes reverse Alzheimer’s memory loss?

Inhibiting certain enzymes may offer a way to restore memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease, research in mice shows.

Ellen Goldbaum-Buffalo • futurity
Jan. 6, 2021 ~6 min

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Brown fat may protect against chronic diseases

Brown fat may protect against a variety of disease, including type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease, a new study of 50,000 people shows.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
Jan. 5, 2021 ~7 min

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Study finds guidelines to reduce heartburn symptoms

A study of diet has found that by adhering to specific guidelines, women can reduce more than one-third of incidence of gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms.

Malorye Branca • harvard
Jan. 5, 2021 ~3 min

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Air pollution may contribute to Alzheimer’s and dementia risk – here's what we're learning from brain scans

The tiny air pollutants known as PM2.5, emitted by vehicles, factories and power plants, aren’t just a hazard for lungs. A study finds more brain shrinkage in older women exposed to pollution.

Jiu-Chiuan Chen, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California • conversation
Jan. 5, 2021 ~7 min

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Turning microbiome research into a force for health

A diverse group of researchers is working to turn new discoveries about the trillions of microbes in the body into treatments for a range of diseases.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 5, 2021 ~10 min

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