Can 1 protein deliver the benefits of exercise without moving?

A protein called Sestrin can mimic the benefits of exercise, research with flies on treadmills shows. The finding could help people with muscle wasting.

U. Michigan | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine exercise muscles proteins

Pathway boost gives new life to old fly heart muscles

A way to turn back the clock on fruit flies' aging heart muscles could lead to new treatments for older humans with heart disease.

Fred Love-Iowa State | Jan. 7, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine aging fruit-flies hearts muscles older-adults

To grab nectar, moths rely on split-second timing

To extract nectar from flowers while in flight, moths depend on precise, millisecond timing between their brain and muscles.

John Toon-Georgia Tech | Dec. 30, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: science-and-technology brains flight muscles wings

More body fat may hamper thinking as you age

In a new study, people in middle age who had higher amounts of fat in their mid-section had worse fluid intelligence as they got older.

Whitney Baxter-Iowa State | Dec. 18, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine aging body-fat cognition exercise immune-systems intelligence muscles

Wearable improves life for people with swallowing disorders

"We want to provide a reliable, patient-friendly and affordable way to treat the millions of people with swallowing disorders."

Chris Adam-Purdue | Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine medical-devices muscles sensors wearable-devices

‘Eater cells’ may prevent even worse damage after heart attack

Supercharging immune cells that eat dead cells could help prevent heart failure after a heart attack, research with mice shows.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL | Nov. 11, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine heart-attacks hearts immune-systems muscles

Turtle spine signals reveal how movement starts

The neurons of itchy turtles show that movement most likely starts in a network of cells, not one "command center."

Anders Buch-Larsen | Oct. 7, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine als movement muscles nerve-cells spinal-cord-injury spine

Bats fly around with cold wing muscles

The muscles in bats’ wings are much cooler than the muscles in their core. The finding could one day enhance our understanding of human muscle.

Brown University | Sept. 12, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology bats flight muscles temperature wings

Tiny device shows how asthmatic spasms happen

A "bronchi on a chip" one-thousandth the size of a human hair that mimics the behavior of the human airways sheds light on bronchospasm.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers | Aug. 26, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine asthma lungs muscles

‘Scavengers’ attack muscles in newfound autoimmune disease

Researchers have identified a very rare disease in which people's immune systems attack their own muscles. They also found an effective treatment.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University | May 7, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cells immune-systems muscles

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