Physicians from China are planning to find out whether Parkinson's disease and blindness can be cured with embryonic stem cells. Let us recall that these are pluripotent stem cells capable to create any type of adult body cells. According to the Science World Report, if the test results are positive, the treatment standards will be changed around the world.
It has long been known about genes associated with psoriasis. Each of them plays a relatively small role. Scientists from the University of Michigan have found new genetic ways and potential targets for medicines for psoriasis. They have found 16 genetic markers of the disease, UPI.com reports.
A study conducted by scientists from the University of Exeter has shown that high blood platelet concentration is a cancer marker. Experts say that medics should check all patients whose platelet level has suddenly increased. Timely diagnosis can save the lives of many people, Zee News reports.
Scientists from the University of South Denmark have established that omega-3 fatty acids "turn off" certain genes of listeria - bacteria that cause listeriosis. It is important that omega-3 acids do not kill the listeria because under the threat of death the bacteria produce resistance. Walnuts, olive oil and salmon are in omega-3 acids, The Daily Mail reports.
Scientists from the Federal University of São Paulo have analyzed previous studies. The researchers have found that vitamin D supplements and sound sleep are an effective combination to relieve the pain during menstruation and arthritis. Also, vitamin D can relieve chronic back pain, The Hindustan Times reports.
According "Remedium", Inovio company is close to creating an effective DNA vaccine Pennvax-GP against HIV infection. Clinical studies of the first phase have already been published.
Until now, experts knew only a few genes related to intelligence. The scientists from the Amsterdam Independent University have discovered 52 genes of this type. It turned out that 40 genes were related to intelligence. Many of these genes affected not only the level of intelligence, but also growth, figure and smoking propensity.
Scientists have created a sensor based on graphene, which monitors and helps to fight asthma and other respiratory diseases, Zee News reports. The sensor will identify an asthmatic attack at the early stage thereby preventing hospitalization and even death. The idea is that a person with a lung disease will carry the sensor on his neck or wrist. Another option - a person will periodically blow into the device to predict the onset of asthma attack.
According to scientists, complex and long-term tests involving blood sampling will soon disappear. According to Zee News, an inexpensive disposable sensor was introduced. This sensor helps to make a diagnosis by people's breathing. The sensor is able to identify the markers of various diseases in the breath.
In the saliva, scientists have found molecules that are biomarkers of dementia. Apparently, thanks to this, a new test may soon appear. This test will allow to identify the disease at the early stage. The study included three groups (29 people), Psych Central reports.