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High-fat diet disrupts brain maturation, finds new study

High-fat diet disrupts brain maturation, finds new research

The latest study by researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich suggests that excessive consumption of fatty foods could severely disrupt the development of the prefrontal cortex in the maturing brains of young people. This could potentially lead to cognitive defects in later adulthood in areas such as learning and memory, personality and impulse control. Junk food is ... Read More »

Researchers work to map human epigenome (research)

Researchers work to map human epigenome

Researchers and their colleagues from across the globe have made a major leap forward in understanding how the human body’s trillions of cells develop from a single genetic template, and how those genes interact with the environment. By mapping the epigenome (a series of unique chemical compounds inside each cell type that tell the genome what to do) researchers hope ... Read More »

Scientists Make Progress Towards Long-Acting Malaria Pill (Study)

Scientists Make Progress Towards Long-Acting Malaria Pill

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have made progress toward a pill that lingers in the stomach and releases its contents over a span of two weeks, an advance that could boost the fight against malaria and other diseases, according to a study. Once inside the stomach, the plastic capsule springs open into a star-shaped form that contains the ... Read More »

New research weighs in on whole versus skim milk

New research weighs in on whole versus skim milk

Children who drink full-fat milk weigh less than those who drank semi-skimmed milk, a study at the University of Toronto has found. Doctors found that children who drank whole milk were about a kilogram lighter than those who drank the 1 per cent fat variety. Scientists argue that children should be encouraged to drink whole milk instead because it may ... Read More »

Marijuana Appears to Benefit Mental Health, says new study

Marijuana Appears to Benefit Mental Health, says new research

A new study out of UBC-Okanagan has found using marijuana could help some alcoholics and people addicted to opioids kick their habits. “Research suggests that people may be using cannabis as an exit drug to reduce the use of substances that are potentially more harmful, such as opioid pain medication,” study lead investigator Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology, ... Read More »

Michelle Jansen: Mother not hopeful ahead of report following son’s overdose while in treatment

Michelle Jansen: Mother not hopeful ahead of report following son's overdose while in treatment

Michelle Jansen, the mother of a young Coquitlam, B.C., man who died in a substance-abuse treatment centre says she doubts a third-party investigation into his death will hold anyone to account. The privately-run Sunshine Coast Health Centre in Powell River is expected to release the results of a third-party investigation into Brandon Jansen’s death on Monday in Vancouver. Read More »

Experimental Brain Implant Helps Locked-In Patient Communicate

Experimental Brain Implant Helps Locked-In Patient Communicate

Scientists have designed a system that lets a patient with late-stage Lou Gehrig’s disease type words using brain signals alone. In the UMC Utrecht a brain implant has been placed in a patient enabling her to operate a speech computer with her mind. The researchers and the patient worked intensively to get the settings right. She can now communicate at ... Read More »

Wireless Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Monkey To Walk Again (research)

Wireless Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Monkey To Walk Again

Researchers trying to find a cure for spinal injuries have claimed a notable success. Grégoire Courtine, a neuroscientist with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, has produced a paper describing how his team mapped and recorded the neural activity in monkeys standing and walking on treadmills. The eggheads then crippled the beasts, implanted electrodes in their brains and at the ... Read More »

Researchers Develop USB Stick that Tests for HIV (research)

Researchers Develop USB Stick that Tests for HIV

Scientists report the development of an HIV test that uses a USB stick that can provide a rapid and accurate reading of how much virus is in a person’s blood. The device, created by scientists at Imperial College London and DNA Electronics, uses a drop of blood to detect HIV, and then creates an electrical signal that can be read ... Read More »