Lipid species offer insights into metabolic health

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, and high triglyceride levels in the blood are cited as just one of several risk factors. Millions of lipid panels, blood tests that look at cholesterol levels as well as triglycerides, are performed in clinics each year. Two new Morgridge Institute for Research studies suggest the current tests, which […]

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Smartphone app offers counselling by text

It’s good to talk. Most young people these days find communicating using smartphones or social media isn’t a problem, yet talking about personal issues can still be a difficult and taboo subject. Gavin Dhesi, a former University of Nottingham student, realised there was an obvious gap in mental health support today. He developed a new smartphone app called Spill, which […]

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New study finds toddler ‘talk time’ is a case of follow the leader

Dr Laura Conway, from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), is studying how children aged four years and under learn language, with a focus on the one in five children who are slow to talk. “There is evidence that language develops through a mixture of nature and nurture. Children’s early brain development and genetic makeup play a part, and how […]

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Researchers discover insights into amyloids associated with Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes

A Virginia Tech research team has discovered insights into the stabilizing forces of amyloid fibrils that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes. These findings were recently published in the Journal of Molecular Biology. Amyloids are aggregates of proteins that form a shape that allows many copies of that protein to stick together to form fibrils. The accumulation […]

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