Compound found in some vegetables may reduce diabetes-related kidney damage

New research conducted in rats suggests a compound that gives some cruciferous vegetables their pungent taste could help to reverse kidney problems associated with diabetes. It is estimated that about one-quarter of people with diabetes will eventually develop diabetic nephropathy, a gradual loss of kidney function eventually requiring dialysis. The condition is a leading cause of chronic kidney disease in […]

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Curcumin nanosystems could be powerful COVID-19 therapeutics

With new variants of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) emerging, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is far from over. While the global vaccine rollout has moved at an impressive speed, the search for new safe, effective, and targeted therapies is still on. Now, a new study in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy reviews the potential for curcumin, a natural […]

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‘Magic mushroom’ compound may work just as well as antidepressants, small study finds

Psilocybin, the hallucinogen found in “magic mushrooms,” may work just as well as a common antidepressant drug at treating symptoms of depression, a small new study suggests. The study found that people who took psilocybin twice under the supervision of psychiatrists showed similar reductions in depression symptoms — based on scores on a survey — compared with people who took […]

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British Pioneers in Microbiology

Humans have been studying microorganisms for hundreds of years. The first compound microscope was invented by the Janssen brothers (Johannes and Zacharias) in 1590, and formed the basis for the many discoveries that followed. nobeastsofierce | Shutterstock The early days of microbiology From the 16th century onward, many theories were framed as to the way microbes flourished and spread. Contact […]

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More clues point to chemical compound in US vaping illnesses

Health officials say they have more evidence that a certain chemical compound is a culprit in a national outbreak of vaping illnesses. A study released Tuesday analyzed vaping cartridges gathered in Minnesota during the outbreak this year and cartridges seized in that state last year. The newer cartridges contained the compound vitamin E acetate, but none of the older ones […]

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Natural compound 2HF treats leishmaniasis infections, study finds

Current treatment options for the parasitic disease leishmaniasis are largely ineffective, expensive, and tend to be plagued by resistant parasites and side effects. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have showed that a natural flavonoid is effective at treating Leishmania amazonensis infections. Leishmaniasis is endemic to 98 countries and affects more than 12 million people around the world. […]

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