Sesame seed extract shows promise for Parkinson’s

Sesame seed husks, a waste product from the manufacture of sesame seed oil, are rich in the antioxidant sesaminol. Scientists have found that sesaminol protects nerve cells in laboratory cultures from damage and prevents Parkinson’s symptoms in an animal model of the disease. Clinical trials are necessary to determine whether the antioxidant can prevent Parkinson’s or slow its progression in […]

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High blood pressure: Minimise spikes in blood pressure by reducing your stress levels

In reaction to a stressor, the bloodstream is flooded with adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones cause the “fight or flight” response that involves speeding up your heart rate and constricting blood vessels. The American Heart Association (AHA) stated the body’s instinctual response to stress “does raise blood pressure, but only temporarily”. When the stress reaction fades, blood pressure resumes to […]

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What a difference a year makes: California poised to reopen

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — This April should look very different than the last for California’s nearly 40 million residents, with a new plan from the governor that will speed up reopening a year after he imposed the nation’s first statewide coronavirus shutdown. Next month, nearly the entire state could see a return of inside restaurant dining, the reopening of movie theaters […]

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EU Regulator Firm on Vaccine Dosage as States Scramble for Shots

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union drug regulator does not see enough evidence yet to recommend changes to the dosage regime for COVID-19 vaccines, despite pressure from EU states after positive data on the level of protection of a single shot. EU nations’ vaccination plans are lagging behind the United States and former EU member Britain, a delay that has […]

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Second UK Trial to Study Gout Drug Colchicine as COVID Treatment

Gout medication colchicine will be tested in a large UK study looking into potential early-stage COVID-19 treatments and enrollment criteria was widened for the latest arm of the trial, University of Oxford researchers said on Wednesday. The drug had shown promise in reducing hospital admissions in COVID-19 patients in a Canadian study, but not much is known about how it […]

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Brain state behind social interaction uncovered

The brain’s emotion-processing center—the amygdala—is one of several brain regions involved in social behavior. But the exact role that this almond-shaped structure plays in the so-called ‘social brain’ remains mysterious. Now, researchers at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) in Basel, Switzerland, have found that the activity of different populations of neurons in the amygdala reflects whether mice […]

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Research uncovers new potential target for ovarian cancer therapies

Promoting gamma delta T cell response could be an effective strategy for treating advanced ovarian cancer, according to research by an international team from Karolinska Institutet, Menoufia University in Egypt, and the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Their work has been published in Science Translational Medicine. There are fewer than 250,000 cases of ovarian cancer in the U.S. each […]

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Covid vaccine side effects: After effects ‘more common’ after second shot of vaccine

Brazil variant: Expert on P1 Manaus strain's impact on vaccine When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters.Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer.Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights.You can unsubscribe at any time. There are budding signs that the […]

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Erythropoietin Falls Short of Neuroprotection in Optic Neuritis

Erythropoietin (EPO), shown in early studies to potentially provide neuroprotection for patients with optic neuritis, failed to provide any significant neuroprotection in comparison with placebo in a phase 3 randomized controlled trial. “EPO conveyed neither functional nor structural neuroprotection in the visual pathways after optic neuritis as a clinically isolated syndrome,” said first author Wolf A. Lagreze, MD, of the […]

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