Gut microbiome makeup used to predict long-term risk of death

A robust proof-of-concept study has found it may be possible to predict a person’s risk of dying more than a decade in advance by analyzing their gut bacteria composition. The research points to a novel microbial signature that was associated with an i… Continue reading Gut microbiome makeup used to predict long-term risk of death

Anti-obesity discovery directly targets energy metabolism in fat cells

Australian researchers have discovered a novel method to treat obesity by directly blocking a receptor within fat cells and speeding up energy expenditure. A promising experimental drug has been developed targeting this receptor and it has been effecti… Continue reading Anti-obesity discovery directly targets energy metabolism in fat cells

New report estimates true COVID-19 death toll is double current figures

Striking research out of the University of Washington (UW) is estimating the global death toll from COVID-19 could be more than twice as high as official numbers show. Tracking overall 2020 mortality figures from around the world, the data indicates ne… Continue reading New report estimates true COVID-19 death toll is double current figures

New study finds no link between teen tech use and mental health problems

Over the past century there have been frequent societal concerns over the impact of novel technologies on the well-being of young people. Yet, as time passed, those concerns were consistently forgotten and apprehensions quickly shifted to the next new … Continue reading New study finds no link between teen tech use and mental health problems

Country-wide COVID-19 vaccine study finds Pfizer provides 95% protection

The first nation-wide COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness study has been published in The Lancet. Tracking nearly 5 million people fully vaccinated in Israel, the study found vaccination provides more than 95 percent protection from infection, hospitalizati… Continue reading Country-wide COVID-19 vaccine study finds Pfizer provides 95% protection

European food safety panel reclassifies common food coloring as unsafe

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reclassified food coloring E171 (titanium dioxide) after an expert panel concluded it “can no longer be considered safe as a food additive.” The announcement comes after years of research suggesting the add… Continue reading European food safety panel reclassifies common food coloring as unsafe

New imaging tech offers incredibly detailed 3D videos of pulsating brains

A new imaging technique has been developed offering incredibly detailed 3D videos of a human brain. The technique offers unprecedented perspectives on the pulsating motions of a brain, delivering clinicians a new diagnostic tool and researchers novel i… Continue reading New imaging tech offers incredibly detailed 3D videos of pulsating brains

Discovery of pre-labor biomarkers that predict birth weeks in advance

Impressive new research led by a team from the Stanford University School of Medicine has discovered a set of biomarkers that can predict when a pregnant woman will go into labor several weeks in advance. It’s hoped the breakthrough findings can be tra… Continue reading Discovery of pre-labor biomarkers that predict birth weeks in advance

Can a genetic test predict your response to psychedelic drugs?

With psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy on the cusp of broad clinical approval in the United States, there is a new pressing need to understand exactly which patients may be best suited to this novel treatment and which patients are most at risk of adv… Continue reading Can a genetic test predict your response to psychedelic drugs?