Scientists discover immune cell subtype in mice that drives allergic reactions

Allergies can be life-threatening when they cause anaphylaxis, an extreme reaction with constriction of the airways and a sudden drop in blood pressure. Scientists have identified a subtype of immune cell that drives the production of antibodies associated with anaphylaxis and other allergic reactions. The research was funded by the Continue Reading

Scientists identify propranolol’s target in treating rare condition and hemangiomas

The discovery of a new target for the blood-pressure medication propranolol may lead to the development of new and safer therapies for vascular diseases, according to new findings published in eLife. The study also helps explain how propranolol is able to shrink benign tumours in infants called hemangiomas and relieve Continue Reading

Scientists use phone movement to predict personality types

RMIT University researchers have used data from mobile phone accelerometers—the tiny sensors tracking phone movement for step-counting and other apps—to predict people’s personalities. RMIT University computer scientist Associate Professor Flora Salim said previous studies had predicted personality types using phone call and messaging activity logs, but this study showed adding Continue Reading

Scientists identify spasm in women with endometriosis-associated chronic pelvic pain

Pelvic pain associated with endometriosis often becomes chronic and can persist (or recur) following surgical and hormonal interventions. According to results published in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, treating pelvic floor muscle spasm with botulinum toxin may relieve pain and improve quality of life. The study was conducted by scientists Continue Reading

Scientists identify spasm in women with endometriosis-associated chronic pelvic pain

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Pelvic pain associated with endometriosis often becomes chronic and can persist (or recur) following surgical and hormonal interventions. According to results published in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, treating pelvic floor muscle spasm with botulinum toxin may relieve pain and improve quality of life. The study Continue Reading

Scientists identify spasm in women with endometriosis-associated chronic pelvic pain

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Pelvic pain associated with endometriosis often becomes chronic and can persist (or recur) following surgical and hormonal interventions. According to results published in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, treating pelvic floor muscle spasm with botulinum toxin may relieve pain and improve quality of life. The study Continue Reading

Scientists discover previously unknown subtypes of liver cells in health and disease

Single cells were isolated from liver tissue derived from 9 different patients to perform single-cell RNA-sequencing. After applying computational single-cell analysis methods, a human liver cell atlas, or cell type map, was established, enabling the identification of previously unknown sub-types (depicted as clusters represented by numbers on the map). We Continue Reading

Better, safer, less expensive than drugs: Scientists say vitamin D could replace your meds, prevent and even reverse disease

When it comes to heart health, there are a few factors that commonly spring to mind, like eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise. However, it turns out that one of the less-obvious approaches to heart health could be the best one: getting more sunlight. According to a Continue Reading

Floating food isn’t easy to digest: Scientists think this may be the reason astronauts lose weight

“As odds as it sounds, that’s one of the bigger challenges we have; getting crews to eat enough calories to maintain body weight,” admitted Dr. Scott Smith who leads the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s nutritional biochemistry lab. It is one of the more profoundly interesting problems facing astronauts Continue Reading