Another year of growth for the Healthinnovations, many great breakthroughs, with previously immature technologies and disciplines coming into their own, as crucial parts of global innovation. For instance, biomarkers have … Continue Reading The Top Ten Healthinnovations of 2015.
Neuroplasticity, or brain plasticity, is an umbrella term that describes lasting change to the brain throughout life. One of the fundamental principles of how neuroplasticity functions is linked to the … Continue Reading Researchers identify previously unknown subtype of neuron in the visual cortex.
In the United States alone, moderate and severe dry eye disease afflicts nearly 5 million individuals over age 65, and many more suffer from less-severe cases. Dry eye symptoms range … Continue Reading Neural stimulation for dry eye enters FDA clinical trial phase.
As a part of the human immune system, white blood cells create a number of enzymes that help fight disease. Sometimes, these enzymes can malfunction, causing damage to the body … Continue Reading Study sheds light on cancer-spreading enzymes produced by the immune-system.
Large-scale study provides definitive proof that antidepressants during pregnancy increases autism risk.
Antidepressants are the first line of treatment for depression and anxiety for pregnant women, and they are able to cross the placenta. Not many studies have evaluated the effects of … Continue Reading Large-scale study provides definitive proof that antidepressants during pregnancy increases autism risk.
A leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, colon cancer is famously resistant to treatment. One reason for this is a group of persisting cancer cells in the colon that cause … Continue Reading Researchers use vitamin A to prevent relapsing colon cancer.
Stress-induced Cardiomyopathy (SIC) is a temporary condition where a person’s heart muscle becomes suddenly weakened or ‘stunned’ and the left ventricle changes shape. Patients with SIC generally show no symptoms … Continue Reading Researchers identify rare genes linked to stress-triggered heart disease.
Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and researchers are hard at work to understand the disease’s complex molecular underpinnings. Now, a study from researchers … Continue Reading Newly identified gene pair in colon cancer challenges whole paradigm on causation.
Astrocytes are star-shaped glial cells in the brain and spinal cord. They perform many functions, including biochemical support of endothelial cells that form the blood–brain barrier, provision of nutrients to … Continue Reading Researchers purify and grow human astrocytes-in-a-dish for the first time ever.
Obesity increases risk of age-related cognitive decline and is accompanied by peripheral inflammation. Studies in rodent models of obesity have demonstrated that impaired hippocampal function correlates with microglial activation, however, … Continue Reading Study shows obesity causes microglia to start eating neural connections.
Malaria infection starts when the sporozoite stage of the Plasmodium parasite is injected into the skin by a mosquito. Sporozoites are known to traverse host cells before finally invading a … Continue Reading Previously unknown interaction between malaria parasites and liver cells identified.
Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is found in the brain cells of approximately 90% of the world’s population and leads to cold sores, recurrent eye infections, genital lesions, and in rare … Continue Reading Study shows how the herpes simplex virus reactivates in neurons.
A mammals’ body temperature is usually constant, however, when exposed to cold their body temperature drops by few degrees before slowly rising almost back to normal. This adaptive mechanism is … Continue Reading Study shows how gut microbiota regulates weight loss & good fat in the cold.
Approximately one out of a hundred people suffer from epilepsy and one out of twenty suffer a seizure at least once during their lifetime. Seizures occur when many nerve cells … Continue Reading Researchers identify a new neural mechanism in epilepsy.
The heart is the organ responsible for pumping blood and supplying nutrients and oxygen to all organs and cells of the body. The cells charged with these functions are the … Continue Reading Researchers identify link between a mitochondrial defect and heart disease.
Glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) in pancreatic beta cells maintains glucose homeostasis and prevents diabetes. Despite decades of studies, knowledge about what controls the precise amount of insulin release on a … Continue Reading Researchers identify microtubule mechanism and role in insulin secretion.