Saliva plays a role in the body’s defense against traveller’s diarrhoea

Researchers have identified a protein in saliva (histatin-5) that protects the body from traveller’s diarrhoea. The findings, available online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, may lead to the development of new preventive therapies for the disease.
Continue reading “Saliva plays a role in the body’s defense against traveller’s diarrhoea”

Advertisements

Researchers find existing drug effective at preventing onset of type 1 diabetes

A drug commonly used to control high blood pressure may also help prevent the onset of type 1 diabetes in up to 60 percent of those at risk for the disease, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Florida in Gainesville. Continue reading “Researchers find existing drug effective at preventing onset of type 1 diabetes”

Scientists discover off-switch for ‘molecular machine’ active in many diseases

A discovery by Queensland scientists could be the key to stopping damage caused by uncontrolled inflammation in a range of common diseases including liver disease, Alzheimer’s and gout.

Continue reading “Scientists discover off-switch for ‘molecular machine’ active in many diseases”

Can over-the-counter pain meds influence thoughts and emotions?

Over-the-counter pain medicine such as Ibuprofen and acetaminophen may influence how people process information, experience hurt feelings, and react to emotionally evocative images, according to recent studies.

Continue reading “Can over-the-counter pain meds influence thoughts and emotions?”

New tech for accelerated wound healing discovered!

Well here’s an intriguing article that may interest you, it certainly caught my eye as a diabetic! In a world first researchers at Uppsala University and SLU have found a new way of accelerating wound healing. The technology and the mode of action method published in the highly ranked journal PNAS involves using lactic acid bacteria as vectors to produce and deliver a human chemokine on site in the wounds.

Continue reading “New tech for accelerated wound healing discovered!”

Stealth virus for cancer therapy

Viruses have their own genetic material and can infect human cells in a very specific manner. They will then reproduce as directed by their own genes but using the resources of the host cell. These properties make them interesting “gene shuttles” to fight hereditary diseases or cancer. There are innumerable different viruses, but the human adenovirus 5, which normally causes the symptoms of a typical cold, has substantial advantages: Its genome can be replaced completely by an artificial one which contains only “useful” genes. Without any of the viral genes left, the virus can no longer replicate and trigger diseases. In addition, the genome of the adenovirus is very large and does not integrate into human chromosomes.

Continue reading “Stealth virus for cancer therapy”

How clean are your bed sheets?

There’s nothing better after a hot bath or relaxing shower then climbing in a your bed after you’ve changed the sheets. But how often should they be changed/washed, according to science? The answer may leave you a little surprised!

Continue reading “How clean are your bed sheets?”