Study investigates how MDMA affects cooperation and trust

The drug MDMA makes people more cooperative toward those they trust, according to new research. The finding offers new insights into how MDMA could aid the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.Commonly known as ecstasy or Molly, MDMA is a synthetic compound that alters perception and mood by changing brain chemistry. The recent study by King’s Read more about Study investigates how MDMA affects cooperation and trust[…]

Strength training tied to better heart health than aerobic

Exercises that build strength can benefit the heart more than aerobic activities, such as walking and cycling, according to recent research. A survey of 4,000 adults revealed that static activity, such as strength training, had stronger links to reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases than dynamic activity, such as walking and cycling. The researchers point out, Read more about Strength training tied to better heart health than aerobic[…]

Osteoporosis: Could probiotics protect bone health?

Osteoporosis predominantly affects older adults, but bone loss can start at as early as age 40. Recently, scientists have found that probiotics might be a safe and effective tool to help fight bone loss.Bones do not just grow once and then stay the same for life. Instead, bone is made up of living tissue that Read more about Osteoporosis: Could probiotics protect bone health?[…]

Interaction between immunity and gut bacteria influences aging

A mechanism that links the immune system, gut bacteria, and aging has come to light in recent research.Immune system dysfunction can disrupt gut bacteria in ways that promote aging-related changes in the body, claim scientists at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. A study paper in the journal Immunity details how the scientists used genetically-altered fruit Read more about Interaction between immunity and gut bacteria influences aging[…]

Parkinson’s disease: Scientists find new target to destroy protein clumps

Blocking an enzyme could put a stop to the buildup of toxic protein clumps that occurs in the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease.This was the conclusion that scientists at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) in Washington, D.C. reached after studying the enzyme, called USP13, in the brains of mice and humans. The study, which Read more about Parkinson’s disease: Scientists find new target to destroy protein clumps[…]

Heart attacks increasingly common in young women

New research finds a worrying trend in the incidence of heart attacks in recent decades. The results indicate that young women are more likely than young men to need hospitalization for heart attacks, as well as to develop other cardiometabolic conditions. Cardiovascular disease  an umbrella term that covers different types of conditions that affect the Read more about Heart attacks increasingly common in young women[…]

New way to manipulate immune cells may treat cancer, autoimmune disease

Scientists have uncovered a new way to curb autoimmunity and stimulate the body to fight cancer. The method uses a previously unknown druggable pathway to manipulate immune cells. The discovery concerns a molecule called tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4), which is already well-known to those who study the biology of the brain and nervous system. However, new research reveals that Read more about New way to manipulate immune cells may treat cancer, autoimmune disease[…]

Detecting schizophrenia before symptoms arise

Early diagnosis is key to the effective treatment of schizophrenia. In a recent study, scientists probed neural activity in the hunt for rogue connectivity. Their findings may help clinicians catch schizophrenia before the first psychotic episode. Schizophrenia is a mental health disorder characterized by disrupted perceptions and thoughts. Symptoms can include delusions, hallucinations, and impaired cognitive abilities. In Read more about Detecting schizophrenia before symptoms arise[…]

Alzheimer’s: Artificial intelligence predicts onset

An artificial intelligence tool taught to analyze brain scans can accurately predict Alzheimer’s disease several years before a final diagnosis.The team responsible suggests that, after further validation, the tool could greatly assist the early detection of Alzheimer’s, giving treatments time to slow the disease more effectively. The researchers, from the University of California in San Read more about Alzheimer’s: Artificial intelligence predicts onset[…]

Major depression: Existing drug reduces symptoms by 45 percent

Depression affects about 300 million people across the globe, making the condition the “leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO).In 2016 in the United States, over 10 million adults had at least one major depressive episode. Approximately 64 percent of these people had their lives severely impaired as a result. Despite Read more about Major depression: Existing drug reduces symptoms by 45 percent[…]