Alex Norris

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Here’s Where Animal Diseases Are Jumping into Humans

Ebola, Zika, SARS, and Lyme disease are just a few of the nearly 1,000 zoonoses that pose a risk to humans.<p>The Black Death killed up to 200 million people during its fatal infestation of Europe. The culprit? A fugitive pathogen called <i>Yersinia pestis</i> that likely hitched a ride on flea-infested …

Gut bacteria regulate nerve fibre insulation

Research suggests that gut bacteria may directly affect brain structure and function, offering new ways to treat multiple sclerosis and psychiatric conditions<p>Far from being silent partners that merely help to digest food, the bacteria in your gut may also be exerting subtle influences on your …

Neuroscience

Bacteria could be speeding up the darkening of Greenland's ice

A single species of bacteria could be about to accelerate the melting of Greenland. A photosynthesising microbe from a genus called <i>Phormidesmis</i> has been identified as the guilty party behind the darkening of Greenland.<p>It glues soot and dust together to form a grainy substance known as cryoconite. …

Global Warming

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

Four neuromyths that are still prevalent in schools – debunked

It’s not true that you only use 10% of your brain, nor can you categorise students by ‘learning styles’ – let’s cut this nonsense from classrooms<p>It is no surprise that many teachers have an interest in neuroscience and psychology since areas such as memory, motivation, curiosity, intelligence and …

The Brain

Antibiotic Resistance Is a Public Health Nightmare — And It's Not Going to Stop | VICE News

<b>This story is part of a partnership between MedPage Today</b> <i>and VICE News.</i><p>Antibiotics have saved countless lives in the 88 years since penicillin was discovered, but the antibiotics we have aren't working as well as they once did — and if we don't act, the results could be disastrous, infectious …

Why are Indian villages banning girls from using mobile phones?

In the last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has been campaigning for its Digital India initiative to connect Indians who do …

Headphones That Get You High on Dopamine Are Tipped to Go on Sale Next Month

When the music is not enough.<p>Headphones that stimulate the release of dopamine in your brain and reportedly make you feel high as hell have been …

Potential 'Guardian' Against Neurodegeneration Identified

<b>Stopping disruptions in cellular “trash removal” brought on by errors in molecular marks on DNA may guard against neurodegenerative diseases like</b> …

Neuroscience

How Dopamine is Transported Within the Brain

<b>Researchers at University of Florida Health have discovered the mechanics of how dopamine transports into and out of brain cells, a finding that</b> …

Neuroscience

Gut Bacteria Make Pomegranate Metabolites That May Protect Against Alzheimer's

<b>In a quest to stay healthy, many people are seeking natural ways to prevent neurodegenerative diseases. Recent studies show that pomegranate extract,</b> …

Neuroscience

Signs of Parkinson's Linked to Pesticides Found in Milk in Early 80's

<b>Association in nonsmokers who drank more than 2 cups daily.</b><p>A pesticide used prior to the early 1980s and found in milk at that time may be associated …

Your Coffee Machine Is Breeding Bacteria

What do you usually put in your coffee in the morning? Cream? Sugar? A shot of antibiotic cleaner?<p>Maybe we should start considering that last one. A …

How Cocaine Changes the Brain

<b>The burst of energy and hyperactivity that comes with a cocaine high is a rather accurate reflection of what’s going on in the brain of its users,</b> …

Sex – Is It All In the Brain?

There is no doubt that our sexual behavior is controlled by our brain. The brains of males and females are different and work differently when it …

Neuroscience

Oregon study suggests some gut microbes may be keystones of health

Study using zebrafish finds the abundance of bacteria is not the driving force for regulating a balanced and healthy environment.<p>University of Oregon …

Your Colon May Be Home to an Entirely New Form of Life

A new genetic analysis of human gut bacteria is turning up some really weird critters—so weird, in fact, that some biologists are speculating we’ve …

What It's Like to Be a Female in Construction: "The Sexism Is Every Bit as Rampant as You Think It Is"

"I'd like to tie down your load."<p>A Reddit user who goes by the name QueenAnneBoleynTudor posted a list of things she's learned as a female in construction in honor of completing one year in the industry, and it sounds pretty insanely difficult. In the post, she writes about the extreme sexism of …

'Women are just better at this stuff': is emotional labor feminism's next frontier?

We remember children’s allergies, we design the shopping list, we know where the spare set of keys is. We multi-task. We know when we’re almost out of Q-tips, and plan on buying more. We are just better at remembering birthdays. We love catering to loved ones, and we make note of what they like to …

Feminism

Top 10 Medical Advances from the Middle Ages

<i>Medieval medicine has often been portrayed as a time when physicians were ignorant and health care remained the stuff of superstitions and quackery.</i> …

Medieval

Female Sex Hormone May Save Injured Soldiers

Researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) have made a breakthrough discovery that the female sex hormone, estrogen, may be able to …

Anxiety Impacts Future Cortisol Production in Gender Specific Ways

<b>African-American youth whose anxiety levels are elevated by the everyday struggles they encounter will overproduce the stress hormone cortisol into</b> …

Neuroscience

Diverse Subtypes of Serotonin Producing Neurons Discovered

<b>Scientists have begun to learn that differences in serotonin producing neurons likely matter in disease</b><p>It used to be enough to call a serotonergic …

Neuroscience

Gut bacteria improve immune system's attack on tumors

With the war on cancer at full throttle, new avenues of investigation are constantly coming to the fore. A novel study into the gut flora of mice has …

New way to find DNA damage: Chemists look for precursors to disease mutations

University of Utah chemists devised a new way to detect chemical damage to DNA that sometimes leads to genetic mutations responsible for many …

Mutations

How Axons Regenerate on a Proper Path

<b>Correctly directing axons to reconnect could help in cases of trauma, degeneration.</b><p>When peripheral nerves are damaged and their vital synaptic paths …

Could the brain's immune system fight Alzheimer's? - Futurity

It may be possible to harness the brain's immune system to clear amyloid plaques—a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

Immune System

New Company Lets You See into Your Medical Future for Just $25,000

Biotech visionary and entrepreneur Craig Venter, famous for inventing a technique to sequence his own genome back in the 1990s, has embarked on a new …

Brain Connection Strength Varies With Fitness Levels in Older Adults

<b>A new study shows that age-related differences in brain health – specifically the strength of connections between different regions of the brain –</b> …

Humanity