Category Health sciences‎

Transceptivity in the brain can be disrupted by specific neural signals

In a report published recently in Current Biology, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden explain how neurons in the brain’s mental centre receive and transmit signals important for fine motor skills.
By monitoring the activity of neurons, such information is sent to the brain about where fine-motor processes are happening in the fly’s central nervous system.
Bonnie Wahlberg, one of the study’s main authors, group leader of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at Karolinska Institutet and the psychiatrist at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden, and the paper’s main author, explains:

New target discovered for preventing cancer recurrence

Researchers believe the new findings have potential implications in the treatment of blood cancers.
In a first step, the researchers identified a new target protein that plays a key role in preventing blood clots formation in vascular stem cells and suppressing blood cancer metastasis.
They found that the protein prevented cancer cells from forming blood clots and from overcoming resistance to treatment with clotting agents that treat other kinds of blood cancers.

High Rate of Deaths From COVID-19 Among People with Diabetes

Anyone who has diabetes stands to see about 2.3 times the number of fatalities from the novel coronavirus as the general population, confirms a report by Jane’s Health, an icu-health and research organisation.
A report from National Diabetes Month 2018, published last week, shows that a higher %COVID-19 death rate among people with diabetes stacks up to several other diseases, including cancer death, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
“We’ve also seeing a greater risk of death in various cardiovascular diseases, such as heart failure and stroke,” says the 42-year-old, a member of Sydney’s Diabetology Research Collective, which funded the study.
In children, however, “young children”, whose ages are high in the first year after hospital discharge have the highest risk of die- ing from the COVID-19 disease, Cherry says.

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