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Paraplegics regain leg movement after breakthrough therapy


For the nearly six million Americans living with paralysis, 1.3 million of which with spinal cord injuries, life is often a struggle. Few are independent, and this causes severe psychological strain. Physiotherapy has proved it can do wonder in some cases, but what if you could push it a bit further? Building up on previous ground-breaking research, a team of researchers from University of Louisville, UCLA, and the Pavlov Institute of Physiology have done wonders for a group of  four young men who had been paralyzed for years. The researchers used electrical stimulation to reawaken some of the spinal cord’s sensing network and allow the men to regain use of their legs….

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Inhaled Cannabis Mitigates Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms


Inhaling cannabis (medical marijuana) provides symptomatic relief in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to observational trial data published in the March/April edition of the journal Clinical Neuropharmacology. This new study shows tremor, rigidity, sleep and pain improvements in patients using medical marijuana. Researchers at the Tel-Aviv University, Department of Neurology gathered 22 volunteers for this study, all of which were suffering from Parkinson’s. They evaluated their symptoms to establish a baseline, and then again evaluated them 30 minutes after inhaling cannabis. Israel has formally allowed the licensed production and distribution of marijuana for therapeutic purposes since 2011. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, with…

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Potential applications of medicinal marijuana


Marijuana is a modern day drug which needs no introduction. Packed with a plethora of uses and benefits it goes without saying that this particular drug is currently ahead by a big margin in the race of medicines – in some areas, it’s giving a tough fight to some of the best medicines in the market. Since it is a one-stop shop for all your ailments, more and more people are getting attracted to it. When you are using this drug, rest assured, you won’t put yourself under the hammer of detrimental side-effects. This is completely natural and comes with a variety of applications. We share some research findings about…

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Leveling global health within a generation could bring economic benefits 20 times the program’s cost


A new report made by a team of Harvard researchers proposes a set of measures aimed at leveling the health ground in the world by 2035. The authors envision a grand convergence, namely closing the most egregious equity gaps we still have between poor and rich populations around the world. Isn’t offering the same health benefits to everyone, indifferent of their income, too expensive? The authors conclude that the resulting changes could save 10 million people and bring economic benefits between 9 and 20 times the initial cost, as a result of people living longer and healthier. Bridging the health gap between the poor and the rich Some of the measures…

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Obese people have poorer sense of taste, study shows

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Previously, it’s been shown that obesity can cause changes in the brain, leading some people to over eat food high in saturated fat and refined sugar, as well as cause poorer memory. A new study published by researchers at University at Buffalo found a new physiological trait that can become altered as a result of obesity. Their findings suggest that obese mice have particularly less sensible taste buds than their lighter brethren, and react more poorly to sweets suggesting that obese people may need to ingest more sweets than would be required in normal conditions to get the same sensory bang. Taste may actually be the most complicated sense, as researchers…

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Key eating tips to boost fertility

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Infertility affects 7.3 million people in the U.S, representing 12% of women of childbearing age, or 1 in 8 couples. Medical advancements in the field have sought to correct infertility anomalies, some with staggering results. For instance, we reported last month how an Australian infertile woman became the first person to get pregnant through ovarian tissue transplant in the abdomen. Most infertility interventions are far from being this extreme though, with approximately 85-90% of infertility cases  treated with drug therapy or surgical procedures. Fewer  than 3% need advanced reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF). According to dietitians at Loyola University Health System (LUHS), in some cases drug or invasive therapies for infertile…

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An analgesic molecule discovered in its natural state in Africa


Nauclea latifolia (also know as the pin cushion tree) is a small shrub, relatively common, used in traditional medicine throughout the sub-Saharan regions. Of course, African traditional medicine is not often your first choice when it comes to a treatment, but what if I told you that this plant produces large quantities of molecules – identical to those found in one of the most popular analgesics – Tramadol ? A team of researchers led by Michel De Waard, Inserm Research Director at the Grenoble Institute of Neurosciences studied the plant and showed that the molecules are identical to Tramadol, a wholly synthetic medication that is used world-wide as a painkiller….

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Termite feces works as a natural antibiotic


For some 50 years, scientists have tried — but failed — to find a way to use microbes against termites. What makes these magnificent creatures (which are often destructive for humans, and even regarded as pests) so resistant in the face of very dangerous microbes – designed specifically to kill them? University of Florida researchers believes they have found the answer to that question. Nan-Yao Su tried to find the answer in scientific literature, but wasn’t successful. So he set up his own study of termite pathogene interactions. “Instead of saying ‘let’s use fungi to control termites,’ I said, ‘Maybe we could turn the tables around and ask ‘Why has…

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Combination of common kitchen spice and anti-nausea medication effectively kills cancer cells


In a preclinical study recently published by the journal Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, researchers combined structural features from anti-nausea drug thalidomide with common kitchen spice turmeric to create hybrid molecules which are very effective at destroying multiple myeloma cells. Thalidomide was released into the market in 1957 in West Germany and was typically prescribed as a sedative, used to cure “anxiety, insomnia, gastritis, and tension”. Afterwards, it was used against nausea and morning sickness for pregnant women. Turmeric is a herb which originated from India, related to ginger; it has a long history not only in the kitchens, but in traditional remedies as well – it has been recently suggested…

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Neurobiologist can see in 3-D after being stuck in 2-D for 48 years. [amazing brain adaption]


Meet Susan Barry. She’s an accomplished neurobiologist and a professor of biological studies at Mount Holyoke College. For 48 years of her life, however, Susan was visually stuck in 2-D world. You see, she was born with her eye crossed and could only see in two dimensions. Our eyes each produce an image, and since they’re very close to another and in the same plane, unlike those of a horse for instance, the images are of an area more or less the same but from slightly different angles. The two separate images are then processed by the brain which combines the two by matching up similarities and adding up the slight…