Health & Physiology

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Hacking the tryptophan metabolic process to reduce neurodegeneration

Oats, dried prunes, tuna fish, milk, chicken, bread, peanuts, and chocolate are fabulous foods that enrich our everyday meals. But apart from their culinary properties, they are also great sources of tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid which is used by cells either as a... global.click_to_read

  • Carlo Breda | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
Views 185
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 25, 2017
Lower calorie intake allows monkeys to live long and prosper

The recent report in Nature Communications settles a persistent controversy in biology of aging research; namely, whether or not caloric restriction (CR), reduced calorie intake without malnutrition, confers health and longevity benefits in nonhuman primates. The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the National Institute on Aging... global.click_to_read

  • Rozalyn Anderson | Associate Professor at Department of Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin Madison, & Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison WI
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Reading time 3 min
published on Mar 24, 2017
Could we reverse memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients? Mice answer yes!

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. A striking characteristic is memory loss. In the brain, nerve cells or neurons make connections, named synapses, to process information. When the synapses are not functional or when the neurons are not well connected anymore, cognitive... global.click_to_read

  • Aude Marzo | Postdoctoral Research fellow at University College London, Department Cellular and Developmental Biology, London, UK
  • Faye McLeod | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
  • Patricia Salinas | Professor at Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
Views 118
Reading time 2.5 min
published on Mar 16, 2017
What happens to our genes in the twilight of death?

Death -- the ultimate end of everyone's journey. What is there to study? Is anything interesting happening? Aside from religious and philosophical discourses, valuable knowledge might be obtained from tangible physical facts. Consider an analogy: a disaster happens in a chemical plant that results in... global.click_to_read

  • Peter Noble | Professor at Department of Periodontics, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  • Alex Pozhitkov | Research Scientist at Department of Oral Health Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Views 197
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 28, 2017
Aluminium in antiperspirants: an effective tool or a breast cancer threat?

Aluminium is the most abundant metal in Earth's crust. Due to its abundance and to its remarkable physical and chemical properties - it is lightweight, durable, and resistant to corrosion - aluminium is widely present in many different industrial products, including sunscreens, lipsticks, toothpastes, anti-acid... global.click_to_read

  • Stefano Mandriota | Research Director at Laboratoire de cancérogenèse environnementale, Fondation des Grangettes, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 162
Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 9, 2017