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Green Tea Extract, Exercise Slow Alzheimer’s in Mice

May 5, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Missouri | News | Comments

Alzheimer’s disease may affect as many as 5.5 million Americans. Scientists currently are seeking treatments and therapies found in common foods that will help stave off the disease or prevent it completely. Now, researchers have determined that a compound found in green tea, and voluntary exercise, slow the progression of the disease in mice and may reverse its effects.

Light May Be Alternative to Opioid Drugs

May 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Washington Univ. School of Medicine in St. Louis | News | Comments

Despite the abuse potential of opioid drugs, they have long been the best option for patients...

Eye’s Nerve Cells, Blood Vessels ‘Talk’ to Stay Healthy

April 27, 2015 4:01 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nerve cells and blood vessels engage in a chemical discussion to keep healthy and avoid disease...

Chemo-brain is Real

April 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of British Columbia | News | Comments

Research shows that chemotherapy can lead to excessive mind wandering and an inability to...

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World Malaria Day Brings Scourge into Spotlight

April 24, 2015 2:16 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Even as doctors and scientists prepare new global strategies to make a massive push against malaria with a new vaccine and investment in prevention, health officials are attempting to make the annual World Malaria Day, happening tomorrow, into a turning point against the preventable scourge of many developing nations.

Hospitals Don’t Do Enough to Fight Deadly Infection

April 24, 2015 11:39 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

About half of U.S. hospitals aren’t taking key steps to reduce an infection that kills tens of thousands of Americans each year, according to a new study. Roughly half of 400 hospitals surveyed did not adopt strict limits on the overuse of antibiotics and other drugs that can strengthen the Clostridium difficile bacterium.

X-rays Key to Better Blood Pressure Drugs

April 24, 2015 7:00 am | by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | News | Comments

An experiment has revealed, in atomic detail, how a hypertension drug binds to a cellular receptor that plays a key role in regulating blood pressure. The results could help scientists design new drugs that better control blood pressure while limiting side effects.

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Link Discovery May Be Key to Fighting Alzheimer's

April 24, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

Researchers have identified how proteins that play a key role in Alzheimer’s disease are linked in a pathway that controls its progression, and that drugs targeting this pathway may be a potential new way of treating the disease.

Q&A: Osvaldo Almeida, Vitamin D and Depression

April 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Osvaldo Almeida from the University of Western Australia. He and a team found that, despite popular belief, vitamin D deficiency does not cause depression in later life but may be a marker for depression.

Cancer Patients Vulnerable to Unethical Marketing

April 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

When a dreaded cancer diagnosis is reached, the patient is at perhaps their most vulnerable. Cancer care in the U.S. is a big business pulling in some $88 billion annually. Put the two together, and you could have opportunity for unethical practices playing on the hopes of some of the nation’s sickest patients.

Drug Reverses Rats' Parkinson’s-like Symptoms

April 22, 2015 3:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

As baby boomers age, the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease is expected to increase. Patients who develop this disease usually start experiencing symptoms around age 60 or older. Currently, there’s no cure, but scientists are reporting a novel approach that reversed Parkinson’s-like symptoms in rats.

USDA Works Toward Flu Vaccine for Birds

April 22, 2015 9:33 am | by Associated Press, Steve Karnowski | News | Comments

The USDA is working on a vaccine to counter a deadly strain of bird flu, as losses to poultry producers mount. But, the process is fraught with questions about which birds would get the vaccine, how it might affect exports and whether it would be effective against the rapidly spreading strain.

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Research Reveals How Wounds Heal

April 21, 2015 3:00 pm | by Goethe Univ. | News | Comments

In order to prevent death by bleeding or infection, every wound must close at some point. The events leading to skin closure had been unclear for many years. Now, researchers have used fruit fly embryos as a model system to understand this process.

No Link Between Vaccine and Autism, Massive Study Says

April 21, 2015 11:00 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A massive new study has found no link between a common vaccine and autism, researchers announced today. The study is the latest among years of research projects that make no connection between inoculations and an increased risk for the autism spectrum, the researchers said.

Laboratory Equipment: April 2015

April 21, 2015 10:37 am | by Laboratory Equipment | Digital Editions | Comments

The April issue of Laboratory Equipment features a cover story on the innovations behind Pittcon 2015 and how they combine to make the world a healthier place. Other article topics include 3-D printing drugs, helium shortage, data defensibility and more! Check out all the headlines below.

Image of the Week: Imaging Immune System Helps Fight Cancer

April 21, 2015 7:00 am | by Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research | News | Comments

A novel approach that allows real-time imaging of the immune system’s response to the presence of tumors— without the need for blood draws or invasive biopsies— offers a potential breakthrough both in diagnostics and in the ability to monitor efficacy of cancer therapies.

Chatty Fat May Raise Blood Pressure

April 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by Michigan State Univ. | News | Comments

For years, belly fat has been linked to high blood pressure, or hypertension, which increases a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease. But scientists haven’t known exactly why. Now, researchers are suggesting that high blood pressure could be caused by belly fat hormones “talking” with blood vessels in the abdomen.

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‘Global Pandemic’ of Counterfeit Medicine Needs More Attention

April 20, 2015 10:09 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Counterfeit medicines are a “global pandemic” that has never been bigger – and which remains largely uninvestigated, according to research published today.

Broccoli Sprout Extract May Prevent Some Cancers

April 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

Broccoli sprout extract protects against oral cancer in mice and proved tolerable in a small group of healthy human volunteers. The promising results will be further explored in a human clinical trial, which will recruit participants at high risk for head and neck cancer recurrence later this year.  

Pencils Let Doctors 'Draw' Their Own Conclusions

April 16, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Conversation, Mark Lorch | News | Comments

If you’ve ever sat opposite a doctor and wondered what she was scribbling on her notepad, the answer may soon not only be medical notes on your condition, but real-time chemical preparations for an instant diagnostic test. Thanks to new work, chemicals formed into pencils can be made to react with one another by simply drawing with them on paper.

Researchers Discover New Stem Cells

April 16, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Missouri | News | Comments

Researchers, in an effort to grow placenta cells to better study the causes of pre-eclampsia, serendipitously discovered a previously unknown form of human embryonic stem cell. They say these new stem cells can help advance research on pre-eclampsia and a number of other areas of the human reproductive process.

Controversial Californian Vaccine Bill Stalls

April 16, 2015 8:06 am | by Associated Press, Judy Lin | News | Comments

A California vaccination bill that has generated intense debates pitting personal rights against public health stalled in the state Senate, with lawmakers saying it could unconstitutionally deprive unvaccinated children of an adequate education by barring them from schools. The measure would bar parents from seeking vaccine exemptions for their children because of religious or personal beliefs.

Nanoparticles May Save Soldiers After Explosions

April 16, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Soldiers who suffer internal trauma from explosions might one day benefit from a new treatment now under development. Researchers have reported that injecting a certain type of nanoparticle helped reduce lung damage in rats experiencing such trauma.

Ancient Remedy May Prevent, Reverse Heart Problem

April 14, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Chicago Medicine | News | Comments

A natural compound derived from the bark of the magnolia tree, can protect a mouse's heart from hypertrophy, a thickening of cardiac muscle often caused by chronic high blood pressure that can lead to heart failure.

Engineered Salmonella May Be Cancer Treatment

April 14, 2015 3:00 pm | by American Society for Microbiology | News | Comments

There has long been interest in using genetically engineered microbes to target and destroy cells within solid tumors. Now, a study has demonstrated that genetically modified Salmonella can be used to kill cancer cells.

Tylenol Lowers Pain... and Pleasure

April 13, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Ohio State Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen found it has a previously unknown side effect: it blunts positive emotions. In the study, participants who took acetaminophen reported weaker emotions when they saw both very pleasant and very disturbing photos, when compared to those who took placebos.

Body Can Control Bursts of HIV, Suggesting Cure is Possible

April 13, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. College London | News | Comments

The human immune system can handle large bursts of HIV activity and so it should be possible to cure HIV with a “kick and kill” strategy. The kick and kill strategy aims to cure HIV by stimulating the immune system with a vaccine, then reawakening dormant HIV hiding in white blood cells with a chemical kick so that the boosted immune system can identify and kill them.

Drug Test is Printed on Paper

April 13, 2015 3:00 pm | by VTT Technical Research Centre | News | Comments

Researchers have developed the first drug test printed on paper. They used antibodies as morphine sensing molecules when creating this printing technology-based morphine test. Using printing technology to manufacture rapid tests enables high production volumes and low production costs.

Running Water Equals a Running Lab

April 11, 2015 10:50 am | by Jim Keary, Global Laboratory & Process Manager, ELGA LabWater, UK | Articles | Comments

Having fail-safes in place to ensure consistent high-quality water is crucial for productive laboratories. Conducting any research in the lab will invariably necessitate the use of water in a number of different formats, from the buffer on your bench to the sample in your chromatography column. Because of this diversity of uses, it’s important that your water is always fit for purpose and of the right quality.

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