The study provides a key link between the social environment and healthy brains

As people age, maintaining a positive and predictable social environment becomes increasingly important. For example, maintaining close relationships with friends and family has been identified as one of the key ingredients for healthy aging. While some declines in health, mind, and body are inevitable, studies show that maintaining a positive social environment can help prevent … Read more

Giant Viruses Called ‘Jumbo Phages’ May Help Us Fight Antibiotic Resistance

As antibiotic-resistant bacteria become increasingly difficult to defeat, consulting those who have been in battle with our ancient enemy long before us just makes a lot of sense. Viruses called bacteriophages encountered bacteria long before we existed. So researchers at UC San Diego took a closer look at some of the less-studied jumbo phages, specifically … Read more

Animals have been cloned from freeze-dried skin cells for the first time in science

The freeze drying process really punches above its (very light) weight. It makes a delicious chocolate-covered strawberry, gives astronauts expanded nutritional options, and now the technique can be used to store DNA and cellular information for cloning purposes. With a low success rate of 0.2 percent, cell freeze-drying still has a long way to go … Read more

How does the intestinal microbiota affect the mental health of 18-25 years?

In a recently published article in International Journal of Molecular SciencesScientists describe the importance of the gut-brain-microbiota axis in establishing optimal mental health in adulthood (18-25 years). Research: Drugs, guts, brains, but not rock’n’roll: The need to consider the role of the intestinal microbiota in modern mental health and well-being of emerging adults. Image Credit: … Read more

NIH researchers discover new genetic eye disease

News Release Thursday, June 9, 2022 Genetic and clinical research reveals a new type of macular dystrophy, a cause of central vision loss. Researchers from the National Eye Institute (NEI) have identified a new disease that affects the macula, a small part of the light-sensing retina needed for sharp, central vision. Scientists report their findings … Read more

A new massive study confirms that you are tall, you are at risk for a number of diseases

Standing head and shoulders above the crowd has its advantages – but those extra inches can come at a price. According to a new study, high is mainly associated with a number of diseases, from varicose veins to damage to peripheral nerves. An international team of researchers has compared height measurements, both genetic and physical, … Read more