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Keeping Up with Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Researchers have found a new way to weaken bacterial defenses against antibiotics
Researchers have found a new way to weaken bacterial defenses against antibiotics(Credit: exty/Depositphotos)

Bacteria are quickly evolving resistances to antibiotics, to the extent that our best drugs might not work in the terrifyingly-near future. Scientists are hard at work developing new antibiotics, or finding ways to make existing ones more effective. Now, researchers from Thomas Jefferson University have found a new way to weaken bacterial defenses, slowing down the development of antibiotic resistance. read more

Vaccine for Colorectal Cancer may be Just Over the Horizon

A vaccine for colorectal cancer is all set for larger human trials to commence later this...
A vaccine for colorectal cancer is all set for larger human trials to commence later this year after success in a Phase I trial(Credit: lightsource/Depositphotos)

Positive early results from the first phase of human testing for a unique colorectal cancer vaccine are proving promising. A newly published study outlining the Phase I trial results suggests the vaccine is safe, and stimulates immune activation, paving the way for larger human trials. read more

Promising New Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

An illustration of a healthy neuron, with its sausage-link-like myelin sheath
An illustration of a healthy neuron, with its sausage-link-like myelin sheath(Credit:tigatelu/Depositphotos)

In multiple sclerosis, the body’s immune system attacks and damages myelin, which is the insulating layer on nerves in the spinal cord, brain and optic nerve. This causes the nerves to short-circuit and cease functioning properly. In “a potential game-changer,” scientists have now demonstrated that a synthetic molecule can restore compromised myelin. read more

Gut Bacteria May Hold the Key to Autism

A two-year study on fecal transplants in autism sufferers has found they can reduce symptoms by...
A two-year study on fecal transplants in autism sufferers has found they can reduce symptoms by as much as 45 percent(Credit: Arizona State University)

Scientific research continues to uncover interesting connections between the gut microbiome and human health, including everything from depression to PTSD to autoimmune disease. Another example of this are the emerging ties between gut health and autism, with an exciting new study demonstrating how boosting microbial diversity via fecal transplants can dramatically reduce its symptoms in the long term. read more

Face Sculpting Without a Scalpel

While the technology could be utilized for cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty (pictured above), it may...
While the technology could be utilized for cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty (pictured above), it may also find use on tendons or corneas(Credit: VGeorgiev/Depositphotos)

Currently, in order to reshape cartilage such as that within the nose, incisions and subsequent sutures are typically required. Not only is the procedure invasive, but it can also result in scarring. Now, however, scientists have demonstrated a new method of cartilage-reshaping that requires no cutting. read more

Bad News for Alzheimer’s Sufferers

Biogen has abandoned late-stage clinical trials for a previously promising Alzheimer's drug
Biogen has abandoned late-stage clinical trials for a previously promising Alzheimer’s drug(Credit: AndrewLozovyi/Depositphotos)

A shockwave reverberated through the Alzheimer’s research community today after pharmaceutical company Biogen announced it was discontinuing two massive final phase human trials into the previously promising Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab. The announcement is the latest in a long line of failed Alzheimer’s drugs targeting the popular amyloid protein hypothesis. read more

Drugs and Transgenders – Two Sides of the Same Coin

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The medical profession, it seems, often succumbs to a pack mentality, just like many other sectors of society.

They appear just as susceptible to peer pressure and intimidation as any other profession. Or maybe it’s just intellectual sloth. Maybe it’s a combination of both.

Two points come to mind. Prescription drugs and the LGBT movement – specifically, the latest fad of transgenderism. They seem unrelated, but they are not.

The opioid epidemic that has a strangle hold on the nation did not begin with drug cartels pushing these “medications” on the unsuspecting.

It started, innocently enough, in the offices of our local physicians. read more

Alzheimer’s Treatment Found in Tea and Carrots

A new study in mice has shown the compounds in green tea and carrot could have...
A new study in mice has shown the compounds in green tea and carrot could have a role to play in reversing Alzheimer’s symptoms(Credit: Kesu01/Depositphotos)

One of the many ways scientists are working to unravel the mysteries of Alzheimer’s is by conducting experiments on mice that have been genetically engineered to develop the disease. Researchers pondering the protective potential of compounds found in green tea and carrots have again taken this route and returned some promising results, with the Alzheimer’s mice demonstrating unimpaired cognitive function following a carefully designed bout of treatment. read more

Are Universal Stem Cells in Our Future?

Human heart muscle cells derived from the new CRISPR-engineered "universal" stem cells
Human heart muscle cells derived from the new CRISPR-engineered “universal” stem cells(Credit: Xiaomeng Hu)

In an incredible milestone, scientists have for the first time created “universal” stem cells by using CRISPR gene-editing technology to produce pluripotent stem cells that can be transplanted into any patient without generating an immune system response. read more

A Cure for All Cancers?

from the Jerusalem Post:

A cure for cancer? Israeli scientists say they think they found one

Cancer cells [illustrative]

Cancer cells [illustrative]. (photo credit: PIXABAY)

A small team of Israeli scientists think they might have found the first complete cure for cancer.

“We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer,” said Dan Aridor, of a new treatment being developed by his company, Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. (AEBi), which was founded in 2000 in the ITEK incubator in the Weizmann Science Park. AEBi developed the SoAP platform, which provides functional leads to very difficult targets. read more