Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute have been able to synthesize a pair of molecules that cause substantial changes to the circadian rythm, or body clock, of animals. These molecules open the door to new treatments for diabetes, high cholesterol, serious sleep disorders and obesity.
Archive for March, 2012
Insulin resistance in the brain is the largest contributing factor to cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine. Insulin is a well known, important hormone in the body involved in protein synthesis and blood sugar regulation. Without it people can develop a multitude of issues – [...]
Researchers at the American College of Cardiology have determined that people with naturally low LDL (no use of statins or other drugs) may develop cancer later in life. The data shows that the low levels of LDL predate the formation of cancers by decades, meaning this may also be useful as a diagnostic tool for [...]
Anti Oxidants have been popular for the last few years; the Acai Berry craze, goji berries, resveratrol etc. However, researchers at the National Institute of Health have discovered that some anti-oxidants can cause DNA damage but may also be able to treat cancer. Previously, it was believed that high levels of anti oxidants were beneficial for [...]
A study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology suggests that people who suffer from autism have a higher capacity for processing and perceving information. The information can be presented to them at a higher speed than non-Autistic people and are also able to identify information deemed as “critical” to the topic.
Researchers at the University of Pennyslvania have discovered key molecules involved in androgen alopecia – or male pattern baldness. Androgen alopecia is mediated by elevated testosterone levels in the body and causes hair follicles to shrink until they appear to be non existent. With that knowledge researchers have attempted to reverse the shrinking process, however, [...]
Adiponectin is a naturally occuring peptide hormone in the body, it contains 244 amino acids and has a similar structure to Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha (TNFα). Adiponectin has an important role in the regulation of glucose and fatty acid metabolism and is secreted exclusively from adipocytes (fat cells). Blood concentration of adiponectin have a direct [...]
Researchers at Yale University have determined that the use of a mobile phone, or cell phone, during pregnancy can have behavioural effects on their children. Brain development of the fetus is directly affected by the use of mobile phones and can lead to hyperactivity as the children grow.
Researchers presented information to the American Heart Association suggesting that people who suffer from a lack of sleep are more likely to consume more calories. Could this be a possible reason for weight gain during times of stress?
Researchers from the Harvard Medical School published their findings in the journal Human Reproduction. The claims being made from this study are that a diet high in saturated fats causes a lower sperm count. However, there are some interesting things about the data set that need to be taken into account.