Health News (3 – 9 Jul 2021)

Health News related to Brain Cancer, Laboratory-Developed Protein Spikes, Immunotherapy, Damage Repair During Brain Injury, Sleep Loss – Wellbeing, Deadliest of Cancers, New Imaging Technique, Tooth Loss – Dementia

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1. Structures Discovered in Brain Cancer Patients Fight Tumours

Source: Uppsala University

5 Jul 2021

Researchers have discovered lymph node-like structures close to the tumour in brain cancer patients, where immune cells can be activated to attack the tumour. They also found that immunotherapy enhanced the formation of these structures in a mouse model. This discovery suggests new opportunities to regulate the anti-tumour response of the immune system.

Original written by: Linda Koffmar


2. Laboratory-Developed Protein Spikes Consistent with COVID-19 Virus

Source: University of Southampton

5 Jul 2021

A new international study has found that the key properties of the spikes of SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19 are consistent with those of several laboratory-developed protein spikes, designed to mimic the infectious virus.


3. New Cancer Findings Can Give Wider Access to Immunotherapy

Source: Karolinska Institutet

6 Jul 2021

Researchers have published new findings showing how pharmacological activation of the protein p53 boosts the immune response against tumours. The results can be of significance to the development of new combination therapies that will give more cancer patients access to immunotherapy.


4. New Signalling Pathway That Could Shed Light on Damage Repair During Brain Injury

Source: University of Plymouth

6 Jul 2021

Most human cells are able to repair damage by dividing at wounds. But if mature nerve cells they attempt division, they will likely die. Now, new research has uncovered a pathway that has shed new light on how these divisions may be triggered. The research has focused on intracellular structures called microtubules – which are found in most animal cells, and can be damaged by a build-up of a protein called Tau in the brain during AD.


5. New Study Uncovers How Consistent Sleep Loss Impacts Mental and Physical Well-Being

Source: University of South Florida

6 Jul 2021

A new study looked at the consequences of sleeping fewer than six hours for eight consecutive nights. The researchers found that the biggest jump in symptoms appeared after just one night of sleep loss. The number of mental and physical problems steadily got worse, peaking on day three. At that point, research showed the human body got relatively used to repeated sleep loss. But that all changed on day six, when participants reported that the severity of physical symptoms was at its worst.


6. New Treatment Options for Deadliest of Cancers

Source: University of Leeds

7 Jul 2021

The mutated form of the RAS protein has been referred to as the “Death Star” because of its ability to resist treatments and is found in 96% of pancreatic cancers and 54% of colorectal cancers. Now, a team has gone further and found a new way to target the protein to pave the way for a greater range of treatments for more patients.


7. New Imaging Technique May Boost Biology and Neuroscience Research

Source: Harvard University

7 Jul 2021

In a new paper, a team presented a new process that uses computational imaging to get high-resolution images 100 to 1,000 times faster than other state-of-the-art technologies using complex algorithms and machine learning. The method can shorten a process that often takes months into a matter of days.

Original written by: Juan Siliezar


8. Tooth Loss Associated with Increased Cognitive Impairment, Dementia

Source: New York University

8 Jul 2021

Tooth loss is a risk factor for cognitive impairment and dementia—and with each tooth lost, the risk of cognitive decline grows, according to a new analysis. However, this risk was not significant among older adults with dentures, suggesting that timely treatment with dentures may protect against cognitive decline.


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