parkinsons

New Drug Helps Psychosis of Advanced Parkinson’s Disease

You may know some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. There are body tremors, slow body movements, and other motor problems. Half of these patients develop psychosis, normally in the later stages of the disease. Sometimes it is a side effect from drugs to improve motor skills. While treating the muscle rigidity and walking difficulties, … Continued

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Could “Designer Pigs” Be Future of Organ Transplants?

You’ve seen designer cosmetics, designer jeans, and designer jewelry. These may all be high-end merchandise, but now, a new type of designer is entering the field. Biologist Luhan Yang is working to design genetically altered pig organs which could be used for human transplantation. Yang authored the genome-editing technology called CRISPR in 2013. In 2015, … Continued

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Reducing the Fungus, Protecting the Harvest

Crops all over the world are susceptible to infection by Aspergillus fungi. This fungus produces aflatoxins, which stunt children’s growth, increases risk of liver cancer, and makes people more prone to diseases like HIV and malaria. In the U.S., crops are tested for aflatoxin and burned if levels are over 20 parts per billion. There … Continued

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At the Green Light, Pain Takes Off

Going out in nature always has a soothing effect. Stress goes away, pain subsides, and the mind clears. It may not be the quiet surroundings that relax the body, but the actual plants themselves. It’s not some chemical they release, but the color that emanates from the leaves into our brains – green. Researchers at … Continued

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Thawing Frozen Organs Closer to Reality

When organs are cryopreserved, returning them to functionality is the hard part. Current warming techniques create small cracks in the tissues. New research is working on a method that could rewarm larger pieces of tissue without major damage. This new method could lead to storing organs for transplant. Scientists from the University of Minnesota published … Continued

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Cancer Treatment from Cuba

Cuba claims it a long history of providing high-quality care. Cuban researchers began working on a new cancer treatment in the 1990s because of the high rate of lung cancer there. After chemotherapy and radiation are completed and failed, patients are willing to try treatments not approved by the FDA. A retired OBGYN was diagnosed … Continued

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