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Brain inflammation may be friend, not foe, for Alzheimer's patients

...ded Shaftel. “This might hinder processes that are beneficial and part of the body’s adaptive response to fight plaques.” The new findings hinge on a very special mouse that Shaftel spent three years creating with the guidance of his adviser, M. Kerry O’Banion, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Neurobiolog...

Soils offer new hope as carbon sink

...ts. "For the wheat, agrichar alone was about as beneficial for yields as using nitrogen fertiliser only. "And that is without considering the other benefits of agrichar." Regarding soil chemistry, Dr Van Zwieten said agrichar raised soil pH at about one-third the rate of lime, lifted calcium levels and r...

Hormone helps mice 'hibernate,' survive starvation

...iting food consumption is known to have a range of beneficial effects, such as lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels in the blood, Dr. Kliewer is interested in understanding how FGF21 impacts these processes. “We want to see if we can get some benefits of eating less without actually eating...

New study finds genetically engineered crops could play a role in sustainable agriculture

...w answer the question: Do Bt crops have effects on beneficial insects and worms" The answer is that it depends to a large degree upon the type of comparison one makes. When Bt crops are compared to crops sprayed with insecticides, the Bt crops come out looking quite good. But when Bt crops are compared to crop...

Putting feelings into words produces therapeutic effects in the brain

... the amygdala. These findings may help explain the beneficial health effects of mindfulness meditation, and suggest, for the first time, an underlying reason why mindfulness meditation programs improve mood and health. “The right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex can turn down the emotional response you get wh...

Modified mushrooms may yield human drugs

...erve as biofactories for the production of various beneficial human drugs, according to plant pathologists who have inserted new genes into mushrooms. "There has always been a recognized potential of the mushroom as being a choice platform for the mass production of commercially valuable proteins," said Charle...

Statin treatment improves spatial memory in mouse models of Alzheimer's

...w information about the neurochemical basis of the beneficial effects. Various studies have found evidence of a strong relationship between memory deficits and high levels of cholesterol in the brain, suggesting that statin’s effects on memory might be due to a reduction in cholesterol biosynthesis. In thi...

A cherry on top: Tart cherries may alter heart/diabetes factors

...ut the findings that tart cherries conferred these beneficial effects at such a modest daily intake." The potential for protective effects from antioxidant-rich foods and food extracts is a promising area of research, says Bolling, who is the Gayle Halperin Kahn Professor of Integrative Medicine, a professor...

Why do oysters choose to live where they could be eaten?

...on from predators and harsh environments or may be beneficial to future reproductive success. However, in the case of oyster larvae, the selection of a place to call home can be a life or death decision. According to an article in the May edition of Ecological Monographs, a team of scientists has found that de...

8 plants from South Africa may hold potential for treating high blood pressure

... the brain and heart. ACEI, in particular, provide beneficial properties to patients with type 1 diabetes. In an effort to identify indigenous plants consumed by the local population in Kwa-Zulu Natal that hold potential antihypertensive properties, the researchers examined 16 plants to identify ACE inhibito...

Students invent protective pouch to enhance cell therapy

...immune system. At the same time, the spheres allow beneficial proteins to flow out and oxygen and glucose to flow freely in. Arepally and Bulte, both faculty members in the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, also have developed ways, cover...

Scientists identify prion's infectious secret

...so have discovered non-pathogenic prions that play beneficial roles in biology, and prions even may act as essential elements in learning and memory. But although prions have received a great deal of scrutiny, scientists still don’t understand many of the most fundamental mechanisms of how prions form, repli...

Researchers attach genes to minichromosomes in maize

..., scientists could create crops that have multiple beneficial traits, such as resistance to drought, certain viruses and insects, or other stresses. In addition, minichromosomes could be used for the inexpensive production of multiple foreign proteins and metabolites useful for medical purposes. Because of thei...

Heavy multivitamin use may be linked to advanced prostate cancer

...es] add to the growing evidence that questions the beneficial value of antioxidant vitamin pills in generally well-nourished populations and underscore the possibility that antioxidant supplements could have unintended consequences for our health,?the authors write. ...

Chemical maps hint at drug's effects on schizophrenia

... the lipids that are modified in schizophrenia are beneficial and which ones result in metabolic side effects. "Clearly we need to put forth a major effort to link the changes in the blood to what happens in the brain," Kaddurah-Daouk said. "If we can apply these findings to the mysteries occurring in the br...

The quest for an effective HIV vaccine presents new possibilities, challenges

...arily induce a cellular immune response can have a beneficial effect by reducing viral levels and preserving cri...accine that does not prevent infection could prove beneficial if it prolongs the disease-free period and possibly even reduces virus transmission. If such a vacci...

Implanting dopamine generators in brain cells obtains improvement in Parkinson's in monkeys

...nes in this region of the brain indicates that the beneficial effect produced by the implant of cellular aggregates is probably due to the action of the GNDF neurotrophic factor containing the cells of the implanted carotid body. In this manner, the GDNF released to the striate area will increase the number of ...

Uniform language for describing genes of pathogenic and beneficial microbes

...the complex events that occur when a pathogenic or beneficial microbe encounters its host. Understanding these e...es while preserving or encouraging the presence of beneficial microbes. The unified language under development in this effort is called The Gene Ontology (GO). ...

It's never too late to get it back! Aging interrupted

... like to identify drugs which can produce the same beneficial health and longevity effects without the low calor...They are searching for drugs which will have these beneficial effects and slow ageing, even when they are given late in life. One drug, normally used to treat di...

Researchers find link between food odors and lifespan in fruit flies

...tical companies would like to be able to mimic the beneficial effects of caloric restriction by having you take ...tical companies would like to be able to mimic the beneficial effects of caloric restriction by having you take a pill. But for that to work, you need to understa...

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