Scientists have discovered a new mechanism that can reverse chronic pain. Using an animal model, the research has found that pain signals in nerve cells can be shut off by interfering with the communication of a specific enzyme with calcium channels.
On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski reveals that probing the brain with electric currents can improve memory. Our second story highlights the relationship between individuals and their personalized microbes.
When you accidentally touch a hot oven, you rapidly pull your hand away. Although scientists know the basic neural circuits involved in sensing and responding to such painful stimuli, they are still sorting out the molecular players. Now, researchers have made a surprising discovery about the role of a key molecule involved in pain.
A spinach extract containing green leaf membranes called thylakoids decreases hedonic hunger with up to 95 percent and increases weight loss by 43 percent, according to a new study.
On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski talks about “sleep drunkenness,” a sleep disorder that likely affects 1 in every 15 people. Our second story covers new research into how hummingbirds came to detect sweetness in nectar.
Researchers have developed algorithms to identify weak spots in tendons, muscles and bones prone to tearing or breaking. The technology one day may help pinpoint minor strains and tiny injuries in the body’s tissues long before bigger problems occur.
On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski highlights the link between mid-life obesity and an increased dementia risk later in life. Our second story focuses on researchers who are sequencing salamander genomes.
Researchers have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device could be used to detect the extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients’ blood.
Scientists have, for the first time, grown a complex, fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal by transplanting cells that were originally created in a laboratory.
On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski covers a genetic mutation that allows high-altitude-dwelling Tibetans to survive in the peaks of the Tibetan Plateau. Our second story looks at how minor infections increase stroke risk in children.
Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is due to a slowdown in a normal brain “pruning” process during development, according to a new study.
On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski highlights the possibility of using small sensors as biobatteries that can harvest power from sweat. Our second story covers a newly discovered plant “language."
On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski reports on the possibility of making nuts safer to eat for those with allergies. Our second story tackles important questions about which genes may drive antibiotic resistance.
Ever wonder why it’s hard to focus after a bad night’s sleep? Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal thoughts and external distractions.
In this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Rob Fee discusses how studying fruit flies could revolutionize diabetes research. Our second story focuses on how venom could form the basis of a new class of cancerfighting drugs.