Muscle tech: Sleep apnea therapeutic showcased at global biotech event

A world-first therapeutic for treating sleep apnea and a range of other weak muscle conditions will be unveiled at global biotech innovation event, Bio Digital (June 8-12). Developed by Australia’s RMIT University in collaboration with Snoretox Pty Ltd, the patented muscle toning technology will be presented for the first time at the virtual gathering of…

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Wording of vaccination messages influences behavior

PULLMAN, Wash. — When it comes to vaccination, words matter as do perceptions of what is normal behavior. An experiment by Washington State University researchers revealed that relatively small differences in messages influenced people’s attitudes about the human papillomavirus or HPV vaccine, which has been shown to help prevent cancer. Young adult subjects in the…

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Coronavirus linked to stroke in otherwise healthy young people

PHILADELPHIA — Young patients with no risk factors for stroke may have an increased risk if they have contracted COVID-19, whether or not they are showing symptoms of the disease. Surgeons at Thomas Jefferson University and collaborators analyzed patients presenting with stroke from March 20th until April 10th at their institutions. The strokes they observed…

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How can you sleep during a solo sailing race?

You are alone on a small sailing boat, more than four thousand miles of ocean ahead and you are up against approximately 80 sailors. It will take you three or four weeks to get to the finishing line. But how will you manage to sleep and which sleeping strategy will pay off during the race?…

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Insight into protein misfolding could open up new approaches to treat Parkinson’s disease

Researchers have uncovered a link between the structure of the protein alpha-synuclein and its likelihood to misfold and aggregate. Alpha-synuclein aggregates are the hallmark of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease. Their findings, published today in Nature Communications, identify potential new therapeutic targets in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The human brain contains a protein…

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No smoke, but still hazardous

A technique that can better assess harmful chemicals adds to the analysis toolkit for cigarette alternatives. This pioneering research by KAUST scientists reveals that a tobacco-heating device called «I quit ordinary smoking» (IQOS), emits many more potentially harmful chemicals than those identified by the manufacturer. The IQOS device operates at a lower temperature than ordinary…

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Temperament affects children’s eating habits

Parents with temperamental children should pay special attention to helping them develop good eating habits. These children are more susceptible to developing an unhappy relationship with food, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have found. Temperament is often equated with anger, but it embraces much more. Temperament is the child’s fundamental…

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Fluorescence bioimaging

Scientists can monitor biomolecular processes in live tissue by noninvasive optical methods, such as fluorescence imaging. However, the fluorescent dyes used for that purpose are often rather unstable, and photobleaching, lack of specificity, and poor pharmacokinetics are recurrent issues. US scientists have developed a molecular shield that stabilizes near-infrared fluorescent dyes and enhances their functionality.…

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New alcohol genes uncovered

Do you have what is known as problematic alcohol use? Then statistically you will also be particularly genetically predisposed to develop e.g. depression and insomnia. And to become dependent on drugs and tobacco. This is shown by a new international study in which researchers from iPSYCH are involved. The researchers have looked at the role…

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COVID-19 observatory: Bungled response compounds misery in Brazil

Brazil, which has followed the inept example of Mexico in failing to swiftly enact national public health policies to contain the coronavirus pandemic, has now become the world leader in terms of infections and daily deaths, according to the latest round of data provided by the Latin America COVID-19 Observatory. In a trilingual webinar Tuesday,…

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