How an altered gene triggers Motor Neurone Disease (ALS)
A team of researchers has shed light on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, an illness which gradually paralyses muscles and currently has no effective cure.
A new strategy for tumours: “suffocation”
The HIF-1α gene helps melanoma and other forms of cancer to develop when there is very little oxygen. If deactivated, the tumour cells cannot survive.
Healing through music
Studies are increasingly showing that sound and music stimulate and regulate emotions, attention, cognitive functions, communication and behaviour.
Genetic “bullets” against cystic fibrosis
An experimental treatment is being analysed. Small molecules called oligonucleotides appear capable of repairing some of the damage caused by the illness.
New drug blocks the HIV virus in advance
Tests in the United States with a monoclonal antibody that ‘inhibits’ the protein used by the virus to enter cells.
Hope for blindness from a seaweed protein
Its name is opsin. When put into the eye of a patient with retinitis pigmentosa, it enabled recovery of the sight of the shape of some articles.
Stories reduce pain - here’s the proof
A research clearly shows the effects of ‘storytelling’ on a group of children in the Intensive Care Unit of a Brazilian hospital.
The healing power of cinema
Cinema as a means of rehabilitation for caregivers, from a recent study undertaken during the pandemic.
Anti-cancer cures using Covid vaccine techniques
Swiss researchers have inserted instructions into a virus to reach the tumour and prompt it to generate a molecule which in turn eradicates the tumour.
Florida, a genetic battle with the mosquito (not without controversy)
Experiments (genes alteration) against Aedes aegypti , responsible for transmitting diseases such as Zika and Dengue, are underway.
Two DNA “switches” extend life (a great deal)
Researchers have mapped the genetic code of people aged over 105, in search of the secrets of a very long life.
At last, an effective vaccine against malaria
Published the preliminary results for a new drug against malaria that showed 77% of vaccinated children were immune.
US honey shows traces of 1950s nuclear arms tests
Radioactive substances left in the atmosphere by atomic experiments aren’t hazardous, but they are still there seven decades later.
Art makes me feel better
A recent report eprovides a snapshot of how the arts have enabled individuals face the pandemic in Europe.
The Covid Effect: silence returns to the ocean’s depths
The drastic drop in maritime traffic has led to a considerable reduction of noise in the oceans. 2020 has been declared “Year of the Quiet Ocean”.
Mapping the viruses that can make the “jump”
A new archive catalogues infective microorganisms typically found in wild fauna and which seem capable of passing to other species, including man.
Space bacteria for astronaut “farmers”
Three unknown strains have been identified on the International Space Station orbiting Earth.
New vaccine against “difficult” brain tumours
For the first time, a vaccine targeting one of the most difficult forms of brain cancer to treat namely diffuse glioma, has proven to be effective and safe