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Thursday, 29 October 2020

Cold plasma patch could make immunotherapy more effective for treating melanoma

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has developed a medicated patch that can deliver immune checkpoint inhibitors and cold plasma directly to tumors to help boost the immune response and kill cancer cells. The thumb-sized patch has more than 200 hollow microneedles that can…

Hereditary factors influence capacity to use fat at rest and during exercise

How effectively the human body uses fats for energy seems to be largely dictated by genes. Higher peak fat utilisation capacity during exercise may also predict better metabolic health. A study by the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä found that identical twins used fats…

Could this pill packed with 'good bacteria' really fight your flab?

Could this pill packed with ‘good bacteria’ really fight your flab? The tablet that might help you shed the pounds with no calorie-counting and no exercise Miranda Levy shares her experiences with the probiotic supplement ShapeLine The food supplement is the first probiotic to offer proven weight loss to people ShapeLine contains…

Scientists grow and share novel coronavirus

Scientists from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute) – a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne hospital—have successfully grown the Wuhan coronavirus from a patient sample, which will provide expert international laboratories with crucial information to help combat the virus. This…

Pangolin identified as potential link for coronavirus spread

The endangered pangolin may be the link that facilitated the spread of the novel coronavirus across China, Chinese scientists said Friday. Researchers have long suspected that the virus, which has now killed more than 630 people and infected some 31,000, was passed from an animal to a human at a…

A new blood component revealed

Does the blood we thought to know so well contain elements that had been undetectable until now? The answer is yes, according to a team of researchers from Inserm, Université de Montpellier and the Montpellier Cancer Institute (ICM) working at the Montpellier Cancer Research Institute (IRCM), which has revealed the…

These black women made huge contributions to medicine & health

For many people, when they think about major figures in medicine and health, a bunch of old (or dead, or both) white men probably come to mind. This is because for a long time, women and people of color were not welcome in the medical profession, and those who were…

Taylor Swift Says Cultural 'Praise and Punishment' Fed Her Eating Disorder

Following the premiere of her new documentary “Miss Americana” at Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, Taylor Swift discussed, for the first time, how celebrity influenced her relationship with her body and her relationship to food. In an interview for Variety’s Sundance issue cover story, Swift explained how increased public scrutiny…