Scientists from the Harvard Medical School have studied blood samples of 473 women who had ischemic stroke and 473 women who had no stroke at all. The study has shown that the risk of stroke was increased in women with high levels of a certain protein in the blood, The Daily Mail reports.
A local suppression of thyroid hormone (thyroid hormone) receptor activity in the retina is an unexpected solution that allows to protect the retina from degenerative diseases. According to News-medical.net, the suppression makes it possible to save photoreceptor cells. These cells can be found in the back of the eye. They are responsible for light stimulation and sensitivity to light.
Specialists have designed a nasal spray to deliver medicinal preparations to the brain. It successfully passes through the blood-brain barrier. The spray is not dangerous for healthy tissues. The scientists say that the spray can be used in the treatment of various diseases, for example, brain cancer, "Dni24" reports.
Scientists from the University of Bristol and the University of Eastern Finland recommend middle-aged men to include supplements with magnesium in the diet. This will help to reduce the risk of fractures in old age. The study involved 2,245 middle-aged men. The volunteers were monitored for 20 years, Newsmax writes.
The scientists of the University of Swansea have developed a bandage that monitors a wound’s state and sends reports to the doctor. Scientists hope that clinical trials will be carried out in the near future. The bandages will be printed on a three-dimensional printer, Deccan Chronicle reports.
Researchers from Boston University believe that PorB protein from the outer membrane of meningococci can make vaccinations more effective and protect people from diseases such as cancer. Vaccines effect on either the production of antibodies or on cytotoxic T-lymphocytes, which can destroy foreign cells. PorB does both, UPI.com reports.
Omalizumab, a drug that is commonly used to treat asthma, can help the people who have itchy blisters on their skin due to cold or rubbing. This was discovered by scientists from Charité University Clinic. The scientists have carried out two clinical studies, Zee News reports.
Scientists from Liverpool University have found mutations associated with dystonia. This is a rare syndrome in which a constant or spasmodic contraction of muscles occurs. It is inherited or may be a consequence of an injury. The syndrome affects different parts of the body, UPI.com reports.
Researchers have developed a new way of delivery of medicines directly to certain neurons in the brain. As Eurek Alert notes, it is both method of studying neuronal connections, and method of treatment of various diseases. Usually medicines affect all types of neurons. But there is a risk of some side effects in case when it is necessary to affect only one type of cells. DART is a new method. It was designed by scientists from Duke University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Omega-3 fatty acids can reverse the development of type 1 diabetes or improve the condition with an already diagnosed disease, Science World Report reports referring to the work of Guangdong University of Technology.