Inflammation or infection: The debate over COVID’s effect on the brain

Perhaps one of the most persistent debates around COVID has been the reason behind the disease’s neurological symptoms. Ever since SARS-CoV-2 emerged in late 2019 the virus has been known for its novel effects on the brain: Extreme fatigue, cognitive a… Continue reading Inflammation or infection: The debate over COVID’s effect on the brain

“Zombie” COVID particles may be responsible for lethal disease

Following the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 in 2020 there are now seven different coronaviruses known to infect humans. Four of those are associated with generally harmless common respiratory infections, but the other three (SARS, SARS-CoV-2 and MERS) are mu… Continue reading “Zombie” COVID particles may be responsible for lethal disease

First evidence of human-to-human transmission of Alzheimer’s disease

Some patients treated with a type of human growth hormone collected from deceased individuals were found to develop signs of Alzheimer's disease at unusually young ages

A team of researchers at University College London has reported the first-ever clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of Alzheimer’s disease. Across a handful of extraordinarily rare case studies the researchers demonstrated how a human growth hormone treatment transplanted toxic proteins into children and caused the development of early-onset Alzheimer’s.

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Exercise makes long COVID worse, and researchers may now know why

One of the most consistently reported symptoms of long COVID is the tendency for strenuous exercise to make the condition worse. Not only does long COVID reduce a person’s capacity for exercise but often broader symptoms will flare up in the days follo… Continue reading Exercise makes long COVID worse, and researchers may now know why

New COVID variants better infect lungs, could cause more severe disease

A newly published study from researchers at Ohio State University has found the recently emerged BA.2.86 variant of SARS-CoV-2 has a greater propensity for infecting certain lung cells than any prior Omicron variant. The research suggests BA.2.86 could… Continue reading New COVID variants better infect lungs, could cause more severe disease

Brain stimulation can make you easier to hypnotize

A person’s susceptibility to hypnosis has long been considered a pretty static trait. You may be highly hypnotizable, or you may be part of the nearly 25% of people who can’t really be hypnotized at all. A 25-year-long study found hypnotic susceptibili… Continue reading Brain stimulation can make you easier to hypnotize

Pain-blocking parasite points to non-opioid painkillers

Around one million people every year suffer from a parasitic condition known as cutaneous leishmaniasis. Spread by sandfly bites, the parasite causes nasty skin ulcerations but for many people the wounds are unexpectedly pain-free. For decades scientis… Continue reading Pain-blocking parasite points to non-opioid painkillers