Health

Unraveling the enigma of salty taste detection

Public health efforts to reduce dietary sodium intake have been hindered by an incomplete understanding of the complex process by which humans and other mammals detect salty taste.

Neuroscience

Researchers discover a new mechanism of epilepsy

In epilepsy, nerve cells lose their usual rhythm, and ion channels, which have a decisive influence on their excitability, are involved. A team of researchers under the direction of the University of Bonn has now discovered ...

Medical research

Leaky channels could contribute to unusual heart arrhythmias

Leaks are not just problems for plumbers and politicians; researchers in Canada reveal how leaky transmembrane channels could cause disruptions in normal heart function. The study, published in The Journal of General Physiology, ...

Medical research

One molecule to block both pain and itch

Duke University researchers have found an antibody that simultaneously blocks the sensations of pain and itching in studies with mice.

Medical research

Zebrafish discovery may shed light on human kidney function

Researchers say the discovery of how sodium ions pass through the gill of a zebrafish may be a clue to understanding a key function in the human kidney. The findings from a collaboration between Mayo Clinic and the Tokyo ...

Medical research

Punctured cell membranes lead to high blood pressure

Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have identified how a mutated protein can lead to holes in a protein sitting in a cell's membrane. Such holes cause high blood pressure, and the discovery can now lead to ...

Neuroscience

Amplifying communication between neurons

Neurons send signals to each other across small junctions called synapses. Some of these signals involve the flow of potassium, calcium and sodium ions through channel proteins that are embedded within the membranes of neurons. ...

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