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Sequencing poisonous mushrooms to potentially create medicine
EAST LANSING, Mich. - A team of Michigan State University scientists has genetically sequenced two species of poisonous mushrooms, discovering that they can theoretically produce billions of compounds through one molecular assembly line. This may open the door to efficiently tackling some lethal diseases. The study, published in the journal BMC Genomics , reveals the DNA of two Amanita mushrooms, which are responsible for the majority of fatal mushroom poi ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jan 24
For a Colicky Baby, You Might Give Acupuncture a Try
For beleaguered parents desperate to soothe a colicky baby, Swedish researchers have a novel suggestion -- acupuncture. After two weeks of treatment, about two-thirds of babies given acupuncture no longer had colic compared to just over a third of infants who didn t have the needle treatment, lead researcher Kajsa Landgren said. She s a lecturer at Lund University in Lund, Sweden. Infantile colic is common, and there is no medical treatment, causing desper ...
Healthday - Sun. Jan 22
Ancient and healthy: The science of laughter
We all laugh. Some may laugh more than others, but it is a unanimous human trait. It feels good and brings people together. Really, laughter needs no introduction, but what is it for
Medical News Today - Sun. Jan 22
A 'strand' of DNA as never before
In a carefully designed polymer, researchers at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences have imprinted a sequence of a single strand of DNA. The resulting negative remained chemically active and was capable of binding the appropriate nucleobases forming a genetic code. The polymer matrix - the first of its type in history - thus functioned exactly like a sequence of real DNA. Imprinting of chemical molecules in a polymer, or m ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jan 20
Sex Lives Often an Overlooked Casualty of Traumatic Brain Injury
For the more than 3 million Americans living with traumatic brain injury, there is often an unspoken problem Many suffer from sexual dysfunction, something that is easily overlooked as patients struggle with overwhelming physical and emotional issues that can last for years, new research has found. The sexual difficulties usually become most apparent about six months after the injury and, if left unaddressed, worsen with time, said study author Jhon Alexan ...
Healthday - Fri. Jan 20
Acupuncture may relieve excessive crying in infants
Although benign, infantile colic is a stressful condition affecting both babies and parents. However, new research suggests that acupuncture may provide relief for colicky babies.
Medical News Today - Fri. Jan 20
Malaria drug successfully treats 26-year-old brain cancer patient
After her brain cancer became resistant to chemotherapy and then to targeted treatments, 26-year-old Lisa Rosendahl s doctors gave her only a few months to live. Now a paper published January 17 in the journal eLife describes a new drug combination that has stabilized Rosendahl s disease and increased both the quantity and quality of her life Adding the anti-malaria drug chloroquine to her treatment stopped an essential process that Rosendahl s cancer cell ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jan 17
Colorado medical students defend physicians' right to recommend marijuana
In the first study of its kind, University of Colorado School of Medicine students expressed support for the legal use of marijuana, including for physical and mental health reasons. They also believe more research is needed to ascertain what risk could be involved in using the drug. These were some of the findings of a study led by Michael Chan, a recent graduate of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Colorado students viewed the legalization of marijuana fav ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jan 17
Acupuncture May Slow Pre-Dementia Memory Loss: Study
Acupuncture may benefit people who have memory loss, but don t yet have dementia, suggests a review by Chinese researchers of five earlier studies. Nothing has yet been proven to halt the progression to dementia in those who are destined to progress. But, acupuncture used alone or along with another treatment, such as the medication nimodipine, might help retain some memory function, the researchers said. But several doctors not involved with the review sa ...
Healthday - Tue. Jan 17
Can chair yoga relieve osteoarthritis pain?
Osteoarthritis is a chronic, long-term disease that affects millions of elderly adults. There is currently no known cure for it and treatment options are limited. New research, however, suggests that chair yoga is effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain.
Medical News Today - Mon. Jan 16
Can yoga help with chronic back pain?
Lower back pain affects millions of people in the United States, and for some, the pain becomes chronic, preventing them from performing daily tasks. Could yoga help to treat this condition A new review investigates.
Medical News Today - Sat. Jan 14
5 Easy Ways To Wake Up Without Coffee
There s no time of year we love to sleep in more than winter. Colder temps, shorter days, and a later sunrise make it all too tempting to stay in bed and put off the start of your day.
Huffington Post - Fri. Jan 13