Thursday , November 15 2018

Medicine

Natural Compound Protects Hypertensive Rats against Heart Disease

Low-dose treatment with trimethylamine N-oxide — a compound linked with the consumption of fish, seafood and a primarily vegetarian diet — reduced heart thickening (cardiac fibrosis) and markers of heart failure in an animal model of hypertension, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology – …

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Blue Light Exposure Reduces Systolic Blood Pressure, Study Shows

Exposure to blue light significantly decreases systolic blood pressure and increases heart rate, lowering the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a study led by University of Surrey’s Professor Christian Heiss has found. Whole body irradiation with visible blue light improves blood pressure. Image credit: Daniel Reche. “Previous studies have shown …

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Novel Compound Strongly Inhibits Botulinum Neurotoxin

A newly-identified natural compound called nitrophenyl psoralen could be used as a treatment to reduce paralysis induced by botulism, a rare illness caused by toxins that attack the nervous system. Mechanism of action of botulinum toxin: the light chain of (BT-A) cleaves SNAP-25 (synaptosome-associated protein of 25 KDa) and consequently …

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Novel Probiotic-Antibiotic Combination Eradicates Drug-Resistant Bacteria

A team of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a novel approach for eradicating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa from wounds, using a combination of antibiotics and alginate-encapsulated probiotics. The team’s work appears in the journal Advanced Materials. Li et al devised a way to encapsulate …

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Novel Therapeutic Delivers Oxygen to Hypoxic Tissues

Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) have developed a novel therapeutic that can deliver oxygen specifically to under-oxygenated tissues, thereby restoring the contractile function of cardiac cells, which is heavily affected under hypoxic conditions. The study is published in the journal PLoS Biology. A new oxygen-delivery …

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Linalool Odor is Relaxing, New Study Confirms

A study carried out by Kagoshima University researchers shows that linalool, a constituent of lavender, peppermint and many other essential oils, must be smelt — not absorbed in the lungs — to exert its calming effects, which could be used to relieve preoperative stress and anxiety disorders. Harada et al …

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