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Depressed young men at highest risk of becoming sedentary later

Depressed young men at highest risk of becoming sedentary later

It’s not news that being a couch potato is bad for your health. Lack of physical activity is associated with a range of diseases from diabetes to heart attacks. It now turns out that young men who have experienced depression early in life may be especially vulnerable to becoming sedentary later in life. Continue reading

Depressed young men at highest risk of becoming sedentary later

Depressed young men at highest risk of becoming sedentary later

It’s not news that being a couch potato is bad for your health. Lack of physical activity is associated with a range of diseases from diabetes to heart attacks. It now turns out that young men who have experienced depression early in life may be especially vulnerable to becoming sedentary later in life. Continue reading

Rural versus urban causes of childhood concussion

Rural versus urban causes of childhood concussion

Researchers at Western University (London, Canada) have found youth living in rural areas are more likely to sustain concussions from injuries involving motorized vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes, whereas youth living in urban areas suffer concussions mostly as a result of sports. Hockey accounts for 40 per cent of those injuries. Continue reading

Rural versus urban causes of childhood concussion

Rural versus urban causes of childhood concussion

Researchers at Western University (London, Canada) have found youth living in rural areas are more likely to sustain concussions from injuries involving motorized vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes, whereas youth living in urban areas suffer concussions mostly as a result of sports. Continue reading

Genetic cause of heart valve defects revealed

Genetic cause of heart valve defects revealed

Heart valve defects are a common cause of death in newborns. Continue reading

Genetic cause of heart valve defects revealed

Genetic cause of heart valve defects revealed

Heart valve defects are a common cause of death in newborns. Scientists at the University of Bonn and the caesar research center have discovered “Creld1″ is a key gene for the development of heart valves in mice Continue reading

Good bacteria that protects against HIV identified

Good bacteria that protects against HIV identified

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston by growing vaginal skin cells outside the body and studying the way they interact with “good and bad” bacteria, think they may be able to better identify the good bacteria that protect women from HIV infection and other sexually transmitted infections. The health of the human vagina depends on a symbiotic/mutually beneficial relationship with “good” bacteria that live on its surface feeding on products produced by vaginal skin cells. These good bacteria, in turn, create a physical and chemical barrier to bad bacteria and viruses including HIV Continue reading

‘Mini heart’ invented to help return venous blood

‘Mini heart’ invented to help return venous blood

George Washington University (GW) researcher Narine Sarvazyan, Ph.D., has invented a new organ to help return blood flow from veins lacking functional valves. A rhythmically contracting cuff made of cardiac muscle cells surrounds the vein acting as a ‘mini heart’ to aid blood flow through venous segments. The cuff can be made of a patient’s own adult stem cells, eliminating the chance of implant rejection Continue reading

Fast and reliable: New mechanism for speedy transmission in basket cells discovered

Fast and reliable: New mechanism for speedy transmission in basket cells discovered

In his third major research paper since December 2013, IST Austria Professor Peter Jonas together with his collaborator, postdoc Hua Hu, identifies a new subcellular mechanism for reliable, fast transmission in the so-called basket cells of the brain. The results will be published on the website of Nature Neuroscience on March 23, 2014. IST Austria president Thomas Henzinger expressed his delight: “This is an extraordinary streak of publications in major journals which once more emphasizes the outstanding work of Peter Jonas and his group Continue reading

Fast and reliable: New mechanism for speedy transmission in basket cells discovered

Fast and reliable: New mechanism for speedy transmission in basket cells discovered

In his third major research paper since December 2013, IST Austria Professor Peter Jonas together with his collaborator, postdoc Hua Hu, identifies a new subcellular mechanism for reliable, fast transmission in the so-called basket cells of the brain. The results will be published on the website of Nature Neuroscience on March 23, 2014. IST Austria president Thomas Henzinger expressed his delight: “This is an extraordinary streak of publications in major journals which once more emphasizes the outstanding work of Peter Jonas and his group. Continue reading