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Astronomy / Space Science - Health - 03.11.2021
Earthgazing VR experience to help astronauts cope with loneliness
Research aimed at helping astronauts deal with isolation and confinement could also have an impact on those back on Earth suffering from COVID-related loneliness. Researchers in Simon Fraser University's iSpace Lab have created a virtual reality experience-called Earthgazing-which will be tested as part of SIRIUS 2021 , a study launching Nov.

Pharmacology - Health - 03.11.2021
Novel drug liberates tumour vessels to aid cancer drug delivery
Novel drug liberates tumour vessels to aid cancer drug delivery
A therapeutic antibody developed by scientists at UCL has been shown to unblock and normalise blood vessels inside cancerous tumours, enabling the more effective delivery of targeted cancer treatments. The findings in mice, published in the journal  MED , are the first to demonstrate that inhibiting the activity of LRG1, a protein produced in many tumorous tissues, liberates disorganised angiogenesis (blood vessel formation) - a leading cause of morbidity in numerous diseases including cancer.

Life Sciences - Health - 03.11.2021
Protein in the brain uses energy status to influence maturation, body size
Protein in the brain uses energy status to influence maturation, body size, new research shows Scientists have identified how a protein in the brain uses information about the body's energy balance to regulate growth rate and the onset of puberty in children. The research, published Nov. 3 , centered on the melanocortin 3 receptor (MC3R), a member of a family of proteins that have long been known to play central roles in metabolism and energy balance.

Health - Pharmacology - 03.11.2021
Appeals to community spirit, shame most likely to shift vaccine attitudes
Pro-vaccine messages that appeal to community spirit or evoke the sense of embarrassment people would feel if they were to spread COVID-19 to friends and family are effective in persuading individuals to get vaccinated and encourage others to do the same, according to a new Yale study. The study, published in the journal Vaccine, incorporates two survey experiments to gauge how a broad range of messages affect people's intentions to get vaccinated, their willingness to persuade those they care about to get the shots, and their judgments of individuals who decide against receiving the vaccine.

Health - Innovation - 02.11.2021
A new tool manages to identify the precise anatomical location of ventricular arrhythmias
Researchers from the BCN Medtech Research Unit have participated in its development, which will facilitate interventional treatment of ventricular tachycardias through safer, more efficient procedures. A multidisciplinary team of researchers and physicians has developed a new commercial tool that is able to identify the exact location of ventricular arrhythmias prior to an ablation procedure.

Health - Sport - 02.11.2021
Coronavirus: minimal transmission risk when playing football
Coronavirus: minimal transmission risk when playing football
A study by the Universities of Basel and Saarland shows that there is almost no risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus on the field. They suggest that blanket quarantine measures for opposing teams are not justified if no close contact has taken place off the playing field. Governments have introduced various measures over the past 18 months in an effort to curb transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

Health - 02.11.2021
Therapy within the cell
Introducing therapeutic proteins into cells in a targeted manner may make it possible to treat diseases that were previously incurable. However, a method that has been researched for about 30 years often fails because many of the substances become stuck halfway. A research team at the University of Basel has now found a solution.

Life Sciences - Health - 02.11.2021
'Live' brain models used in hunt for Alzheimer's treatment
’Live’ brain models used in hunt for Alzheimer’s treatment
Studying tiny 'live' models of the human brain has helped researchers understand its ageing and find a key to potential treatments for Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. University of Queensland scientists have found different cellular mechanisms that can either accelerate or reduce brain cell deterioration.

Health - 02.11.2021
Attitudes to death and dying in UK
Most people believe it is important to plan care preferences in advance of dying but very few have taken any action, according to new research led by Cardiff University's Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre. Researchers analysed survey data from 8,077 adults across the UK to understand attitudes to death and dying, including what people understand of palliative and end of life care and willingness to discuss plans.

Health - Pharmacology - 01.11.2021
Counting women in COVID-19 vaccine research
Counting women in COVID-19 vaccine research
There has been a "positive shift" in inclusive gender practices in COVID-19 vaccine research, but there is still room for improvement, experts say.

Health - 01.11.2021
Concerning trends around self-harm across Greater Manchester
The number of people seeking help for self-harm in primary care (for example from their GP), dropped sharply during the first UK lockdown in 2020. By May 2021 this deficit had not returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to new research that analysed the electronic health care records in primary care of 2.8 million people across Greater Manchester.

Health - Pharmacology - 01.11.2021
’Promising’ new way to predict older mums’ pregnancy risks revealed
Scientists have revealed new ways of calculating older mums' personal risk of serious pregnancy problems like having stillborn, premature, or very small babies. The Manchester Advanced Maternal Age Study (MAMAS) was led by Alex Heazell, Professor of Obstetrics at The University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant Obstetrician at Saint Mary's Hospital (SMH) - part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) - with funding from Tommy's charity.

Health - 01.11.2021
Honeybees use social distancing to protect themselves against parasites
Honeybees increase social distancing when their hive is under threat from a parasite, finds a new study led by an international team involving researchers at UCL and the University of Sassari, Italy. The study, published in Science Advances , demonstrated that honeybee colonies respond to infestation from a harmful mite by modifying the use of space and the interactions between nestmates to increase the social distance between young and old bees.

Health - 01.11.2021
Exercise during lockdown fell particularly for groups most at risk
· During the COVID-19 March-June 2020 lockdown in the UK everyone was encouraged to stay at home and only leave the house once a day to exercise · A study of UK residents has found that groups including those who are BAME, obese and/or city dwellers reported a greater reduction in physical activity during the lockdown than other groups · The research highlights the need for targeted interventions to ensure that physical and mental health impacts

Health - 01.11.2021
Chronic hepatitis C is expensive for Ontario patients and caregivers
Ontarians with chronic hepatitis C can lose up to 20 per cent of their overall income managing their condition Ontarians with chronic hepatitis C can lose up to 20 per cent of their overall income managing their condition, a new study has found. Using survey results from 275 patients, the study analyzed the financial burden of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) on patients treated in hospital and community clinics.

Pharmacology - Health - 01.11.2021
New hope for Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients
Research team at CHU Sainte-Justine has discovered a more effective and less toxic targeted treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It's called Resolvin-D2. A research team led by Nicolas Dumont, a researcher at CHU Sainte-Justine and professor at the Université de Montréal, has discovered a new therapeutic molecule, Resolvin-D2.

Pharmacology - Health - 31.10.2021
Does paying people to get vaccinated increase vaccination rates?
Impact of vaccine incentives tested in new study co-authored by Chicago Booth scholar Public health authorities worldwide agree that increasing vaccination rates is crucial to beating the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet even wealthy countries with optimal access to vaccines have had a hard time getting more than 70 percent of their populations inoculated.

Health - Life Sciences - 29.10.2021
Cause of Alzheimer's progression in the brain | University of Cambridge
Cause of Alzheimer’s progression in the brain | University of Cambridge
For the first time, researchers have used human data to quantify the speed of different processes that lead to Alzheimer's disease and found that it develops in a very different way than previously thought. Their results could have important implications for the development of potential treatments.

Life Sciences - Health - 29.10.2021
Scientists link genes to condition which causes hearing loss and infertility
New research led by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Manchester could revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment for people with Perrault syndrome, a rare genetic condition resulting in hearing loss in men and women, and early menopause or infertility in women. The research, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics , was funded by organisations including, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) , Action Medical Research and The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) .

Health - Pharmacology - 28.10.2021
'I don't like dogmas much'
’I don’t like dogmas much’
These days, the cause of death in cancer patients often isn't the primary tumour, but metastases. With his research, biochemist Nicola Aceto has found a new way to prevent the formation of such secondary tumours. To achieve this, the Latsis laureate had to repeatedly fight against the prevailing wisdom.