Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Gut molecules may affect fattiness of liver

Sphingolipids—molecules ubiquitous throughout the human body, named after the Egyptian Sphinx for their complexity when scientists discovered them nearly 150 years ago—are not necessarily household conversation topics.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Researchers identify common antigens among human coronaviruses

A new paper from the laboratory of Lawrence Stern, Ph.D., indicates that some of the antigens on the virus that causes COVID-19 are common across all the human coronaviruses, such as those that cause the common cold, and ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

For COVID-19, endemic stage could be two years away

Illnesses like the common cold and the flu have become endemic in human populations; everyone gets them every now and then, but for most people, they aren't especially harmful. COVID-19 will eventually transition to endemic ...

Medical research

Gut bacteria mine dietary fiber to release beneficial nutrients

A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis demonstrates that certain human gut microbes can mine dietary fiber to extract nutrients that otherwise would remain inaccessible to the human body. The ...

Medical research

What would it take to set up an African drug discovery ecosystem?

Africa has great potential for drug discovery. The continent has natural resources, indigenous knowledge and human capacity. And it has the need: it bears more than 20% of the global disease burden. There are many internationally ...

Medications

Researchers find that aspirin alters colorectal cancer evolution

Cancer starts when cells start dividing uncontrollably. Scientists have known that taking aspirin can help protect against the development of colorectal cancer—cancer afflicting the colon or rectum—but the exact reason ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

What do I need to know about monkeypox?

The current outbreak of monkeypox in several countries across the globe continues to grow, and while experts agree that overall risk to the general population remains low and the outbreak is containable, the surge has raised ...

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