Smartphone app shown to improve medication intake compliance in heart patients

According to a research study presented at the 45th Argentine Congress of Cardiology heart patients using a smartphone app reminder are more likely to take their medication than those who receive written instructions, This study tested the impact of a smartphone application on medication compliance. A total of 90 heart attack patients admitted to hospital… Continue reading Smartphone app shown to improve medication intake compliance in heart patients

New findings of cortical activity during delta wave sleep sheds further light into memory formation

Scientists at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology have shown that delta waves emitted while we sleep are not generalized periods of silence during which the cortex rests, as has been described for decades in the scientific literature. Instead, they isolate assemblies of neurons that play an essential role in long-term memory formation. These… Continue reading New findings of cortical activity during delta wave sleep sheds further light into memory formation

Anti aging drugs focus – Rapamycin

New opinion article by Dr. Mikhail V. Blagosklonny about anti aging drug published in the journal Aging. Drug in focus is rapamycin, which functions by inhibiting mTOR pathway. Similar drugs include everolimus. Normally when over-activated by nutrients and insulin, mTOR acts via S6K to inhibit insulin signaling, thereby causing insulin resistance. The evidence in preclinical… Continue reading Anti aging drugs focus – Rapamycin

Genetic-based epilepsy risk scores to promote precision medicine

Researchers led by Cleveland Clinic have developed new genetic-based epilepsy risk scores which could help provide more personalized epilepsy diagnosis and treatment. This research is published in the journal Brain. Researchers combined all known common genetic variants identified from several large genome wide association study cohorts, which included more than 12,000 people with epilepsy and… Continue reading Genetic-based epilepsy risk scores to promote precision medicine

Machine learning to predict the clinical utility of biomedical research

A machine learning model to predict which scientific advances are likely to eventually translate to the clinic has been developed by Ian Hutchins and colleagues in the Office of Portfolio Analysis (OPA), a team led by George Santangelo at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This work published in the journal PLOS Biology aims to… Continue reading Machine learning to predict the clinical utility of biomedical research

New microfluidic system using artificial membrane keep brain tissue viable for a longer duration

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research in Japan have developed a new system for keeping tissue viable for long-term study once transferred from an animal to a culture medium. The new system uses a microfluidic device made of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) with a porous membrane that can keep tissue from both drying out… Continue reading New microfluidic system using artificial membrane keep brain tissue viable for a longer duration

Researchers develop self sterilizing bacterial air filter using graphene

Rice University researchers have developed self-sterilizing bacterial air filters using graphene. Workings of this novel air filter are published in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano. This devise captures bacteria, fungi, spores, prions, endotoxins and other biological contaminants carried by droplets, aerosols and particulate matter. The filter then prevents the microbes and other contaminants… Continue reading Researchers develop self sterilizing bacterial air filter using graphene

In Russia, lower alcohol consumption associated with increase in life expectancy

A study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs shown that there is a correlation between lower alcohol consumption and decreased mortality rate. According to the research life expectancy for men and women is 6.1 and 4.7 years longer than it was in 1980, with alcohol consumption patterns playing a significant role.… Continue reading In Russia, lower alcohol consumption associated with increase in life expectancy

Researchers identify role of protein TOM-1 in Alzheimer’s disease pathology

The scientists from the University of California Irvine discovered that reducing the amount of protein TOM-1 in Alzheimer’s rodent models increased pathology, which included increased inflammation, and exacerbated cognitive problems associated with the disease and restoring TOM-1 levels reversed those effects. This research is significant as it explores the molecular pathways underlying Alzheimer’s disease. It… Continue reading Researchers identify role of protein TOM-1 in Alzheimer’s disease pathology