Red and green light refine control of optogenetics

A new feat in optogenetics used red and green light to raise and lower the speed of beating heart cells.

National University of Singapore | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cancer cells colors genes nanotechnology optogenetics

Should you use CBD for pain? 5 pieces of advice

CBD supplements are an increasingly popular option for treating pain. Experts offer some tips and context for the lack of scientific evidence.

U. Michigan | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine cannabis chronic-pain pain supplements

Admitting practices of junior doctors may be behind ‘weekend effect’ in hospitals, study suggests

Study links the ‘weekend effect’ of increased hospital mortality to junior doctors admitting a lower proportion of healthy patients at the weekend compared to weekdays.

Cambridge University News | Nov. 6, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: health medicine hospital

Your brain can rewire itself after traumatic injury

"...when someone loses a hand, we found both 'hand areas' of the brain—left and right—become dedicated to the remaining healthy hand."

Eric Stann-Missouri | Nov. 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains prostheses touch traumatic-injury

Gut bacteria strain cuts inflammation in babies

Giving babies one strain of gut bacteria could reduce intestinal inflammation by 55 fold compared to giving babies breastmilk alone.

Nadine Yehya - UC Davis | Nov. 5, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine babies gut-bacteria inflammation intestines

Alzheimer’s family mystery: How did one woman resist the disease?

One woman's resistance to genetic, early-onset Alzheimer's disease may hold the key to future therapies for the neurodegenerative disease.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB | Nov. 5, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine aging alzheimers-disease families genes

Physical activity may protect those at risk for depression

After mining millions of electronic health record data points, researchers found people who were more physically active at baseline were less likely to develop depression, even after accounting for genetic risks.

Harvard Gazette | Nov. 5, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine depression exercise genetic-risk harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health massachusetts-general-hospital partners-healthcare-biobank

1 protein may shield women from herpes ‘neuroinvasion’

A protein called IL-36g could keep the herpes virus from spreading to the nervous system in women, researchers have discovered.

U. Arizona | Nov. 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine herpes immune-systems infections proteins sexually-transmitted-diseases viruses

Women may face more heart risks after 5 or more births

Women who've given birth five or more times may face more heart disease risk factors than women who've given birth fewer times.

Vanessa McMains-Johns Hopkins | Nov. 5, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine births blood-pressure heart-disease hearts pregnancy

Deep sleep can ease your anxious brain

A sleepless night can trigger up to a 30% rise in anxiety levels. But there are several things you can do to get a deep night's sleep.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley | Nov. 5, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine anxiety brains sleep stress

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