Study finds gut microbes adapt quickly to changes in food preparation

How we prepare food matters to us, surprisingly deeply, it turns out. Scientists have recently discovered that different diets—say, high-fat versus low-fat, or plant-based versus animal-based—can rapidly and reproducibly alter the composition and activity of the gut microbiome, where differences in the composition and activity can affect everything from metabolism Continue Reading

Researchers discover a new way that telomerase acts to keep cancer cells multiplying

Faster cancer treatments may be possible thanks to research from Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI). Researchers were surprised to discover a new way that an enzyme in cancer cells, telomerase, acts to keep cancer cells multiplying. This could mean a faster way to stop cancer cells in their tracks. Tracy Continue Reading

Genetics researchers find new neurodevelopmental syndrome

Researchers have identified a gene mutation that causes developmental delay, intellectual disability, behavioral abnormalities and musculoskeletal problems in children. The newly diagnosed condition, called NKAP-related syndrome, arises from mutations in the NKAP gene, which plays a key role in human development. “This gene mutation disrupts transcription, the process in which Continue Reading

Fathers-to-be should avoid alcohol six months before conception

Aspiring parents should both avoid drinking alcohol prior to conception to protect against congenital heart defects, according to research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Drinking alcohol three months before pregnancy or during the first trimester was associated Continue Reading

Researcher develops mobile rehab tool to help patients manage their concussion recovery

Individuals suffering from a concussion who lack the resources, time or knowledge to handle their condition expertly will soon have access to a low-cost path to recovery. Michael Hutchison, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, has developed a mobile rehabilitation tool called Continue Reading

Seafood consumption during pregnancy may improve attention capacity in children

A team of scientists from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) has studied the relationship between the consumption of various types of seafood during pregnancy and attention capacity in children at eight years of age. The results, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, show that eating a seafood-rich Continue Reading