Health News (26 Jun – 2 Jul 2021)

Health News related to Male Infertility, Built-In Healing Sensors, Lowering Blood Pressure, High Physical Activity – Poor Sleep, Alzheimer’s – Parkinson’s, Neurological Conditions, Rett Syndrome

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1. Newly Discovered Sperm Movement Could Help Diagnose, Treat Male Infertility

Source: University of Toledo

28 Jun 2021

Scientists have discovered new movement in sperm that provides innovative avenues for diagnostics and therapeutic strategies for male infertility. The research finds that the atypical centriole in the sperm neck acts as a transmission system that controls twitching in the head of the sperm, mechanically synchronizing the sperm tail movement to the new head movement.

Original written by: Christine Billau


2. Smart Wound Dressings with Built-In Healing Sensors

Source: RMIT University

28 Jun 2021

Researchers have developed smart wound dressings with built-in nanosensors that glow to alert patients when a wound is not healing properly. The multifunctional, antimicrobial dressings feature fluorescent sensors that glow brightly under UV light if infection starts to set in and can be used to monitor healing progress. 


3. 5-Minute Breathing Workout Lowers Blood Pressure as Much as Exercise, Drugs

Source: University of Colorado at Boulder

29 Jun 2021

Working out just five minutes daily via a practice described as “strength training for your breathing muscles” lowers blood pressure and improves some measures of vascular health as well as, or even more than, aerobic exercise or medication, new research shows.

Original written by: Lisa Marshall


4. High Physical Activity Levels May Counter Serious Health Harms of Poor Sleep

Source: BMJ

29 Jun 2021

Physical activity levels at or above the weekly recommended amounts may counter the serious health harms associated with poor sleep quality, suggests a large long-term study. Those who had both the poorest sleep quality and who exercised the least were most at risk of death from heart disease, stroke, and cancer, the findings indicate, prompting the researchers to suggest a likely synergy between the two activities.


5. Nanosized Molecules That Might Inhibit Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases

Source: Umea University

1 Jul 2021

Nanosized molecules of a particular chemical element can inhibit the formation of plaque in the brain tissues. This new discovery provides renewed hope for novel treatments of, for instance, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease in the long run.

Original written by: Ola Nilsson


6. Non-invasive Technique for Neurological Conditions

Source: Indiana University School of Medicine

1 Jul 2021

Researchers are developing a new, non-invasive brain stimulation technique to treat neurological disorders, including pain, traumatic brain injury (TBI), epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and more.

Original written by: Christina Griffiths


7. Uncovering The Genetic Mechanism Behind Rett Syndrome

Source: Kyushu University

2 Jul 2021

Medical researchers led by Kyushu University have revealed a possible underlying genetic pathway behind the neurological dysfunction of Rett syndrome. The team found that deficiencies in key genes involved in the pathology triggers neural stem cells to generate less neurons by producing more astrocytes—the brain’s maintenance cells.


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