Semaglutide, also known as Ozempic and Wegovy, has become increasingly popular -- but why? Here we discuss the mechanism behind these drugs, how they've become so well known, and what current research says about their long-term effects.
Discover the future of human cognition with our overview of recent developments in brain-computer interface technology. Read this blog to find out how brain-computer interfaces function, ways they can be utilized, and how a few individuals have personally advanced this burgeoning neuroscientific field.
A recent publication from Singh et al. demonstrate how taurine, an amino acid used widely throughout the body, can improve age-related health outcomes in mice, roundworms, non-human primates, and also highlight how this effect appears to be evolutionarily conserved in humans.
While the overall benefits of exercise have been well documented, what exactly does exercise do for the brain? In this blog, we review two very recent publications that arrived at somewhat conflicting answers to this question.
What can biological age tell us about our health? Is it a fixed number, or can it be reduced? A recent study from Poganik et al. investigates the fluctuations in biological age in response to physiological stress.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a condition that arises from repeated head traumas, and can only be diagnosed after death. Learn more about the history behind this condition, current research, and potential ways to prevent CTE in this blog post, written by one of the Scientist.com STEM NIL Scholarship Winners.
Chemotherapy treatment is incredibly difficult on patient wellbeing, but an unlikely plant-derived substance may yet improve the adverse side effects. In this blog, we discuss the use of CBD as a treatment for side effects like organ damage and drug resistance in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.
While the immune response to a single cardiac event has been well researched, few have reported on whether an adaptive immunity is observed after repeated cardiac injury. Here, we discuss a recent publication from Tiwary et al., in which they investigate the cytoprotective response after multiple cardiomyopathic injuries.
Early life trauma (ELT) has been identified as a risk factor for binge eating and obesity in adult life, but the neural mechanisms behind this phenomena have yet to be determined. In this blog post we discuss a recent publication from Shin et al., which delineates the circuitry of this ELT-induced maladaptive eating.
While air and noise pollution have been well documented independently, their combined effects are insufficiently discussed, until recently. In this blog post, we discuss a recent publication from Kuntic et al. on the combined and individual effects of these pollutants in mice.
Recently published in Brain, Gonzalez-Ortiz et al. report the design and development of a novel blood-based biomarker specific to brain-derived tau. In this blog post, we dive into the advantages of their novel immunoassay over those that are commercially available, as well as its future implications for Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.
Although gene therapy has been in discussion for decades, its translation to clinical practice has been a slow and challenging process. As a solution to this translational challenge, Allen et al. have proposed a peptide-based delivery method of Cre recombinase for in vivo gene therapy, which we review in this blog post.
Given that Alzheimer's disease is multifactorial and heterogenous, drug development progress is more likely to occur if multiple pathways are considered. Two recent Nature publications have potentially identified medin and PLD3 as new targets for Alzheimer’s disease treatment, which we summarize in this mini-review.
De la Paz et al. have developed an ingestible, self-powered, and wireless biosensing capsule that can hopefully be used for the noninvasive diagnosis of gastrointestinal disorders in the future. Recently published in Nature Communications, the authors demonstrated how its real-time performance in a porcine model, which we summarize in this post.
While health and safety precautions are rightly focused on preventing shooting-related injury and death at firing ranges, heavy metal exposure also poses substantial health risks. Kim et al. recently modeled the acute health effects of particulate matter inhalation from firearm smoke in mice, which we review in this post.
While rodents have long been used to model many human diseases, their anatomical, physiological, and immunological differences from humans cannot be ignored when modeling respiratory inflammation. Recently, Khoury et al. demonstrated how ferrets can be used to model inflammatory respiratory disease and injury, which we review in this blog post.
Recently, Ito et al. sought to understand beat synchronization in rats and how it compares to humans, which has not been reported to date. In this blog post, we review their findings and how they contribute to our understanding of cross-species beat synchronization.
Since the role of GPR55 in adaptive B cell response regulation has not yet been reported in the context of atherosclerosis, Guillamat-Prats et al. have investigated how GPR55 in B cells affects atherosclerosis development. In this blog post, we highlight the main findings from this study, which was published this month in Nature Cardiovascular Research.
Given the fact that type 1 diabetes can vary considerably between individuals, a precision medicine-based therapeutic approach could revolutionize clinical care. Earlier this year, Postigo-Fernandez et al. evaluated a precision medicine approach to DNA vaccination in a mouse model of type 1 diabetes, which we review in this blog post.
Artificial sweeteners appear to be the perfect solution to many of the health problems associated with high sugar consumption, but two recent publications may change the public's opinion on these sugar substitutes.