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New Hope for ‘Bubble Baby Disease’

Research led by the University of Hong Kong has resulted in a new testing regime that could speed up the diagnosis of SCID, allowing more infants to receive life-saving treatment within a critical timeframe. For the best chance of survival, infants with SCID should be treated as soon after birth as

Protein that Extends Life of Yeast Cells

For about one hundred years it has been known that nutrient restriction and moderate stress can significantly prolong life. The researchers led by Prof. Mihaela Zavolan and Prof. Anne Spang, both at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, have discovered how the transcription factor Gcn4, a protein that regulates

Fast Forward Aging Due to DNA Damage

The heredity substance DNA is the blueprint of our life. Like an instruction manual it contains all the information needed for cells and the body to function properly. In the process, the DNA is always exposed to threats like UV light, pollutants and damage by metabolic byproducts. Many of those

Caffeine Tempers Taste Triggering Temptation for Sweets

Caffeine is a powerful antagonist of adenosine receptors, which promote relaxation and sleepiness. Suppressing the receptors awakens people but decreases their ability to taste sweetness -- which, ironically, may make them desire it more. The research demonstrates taste modulation in the real world, said senior author Robin Dando, assistant professor of

New Strategies to Optimize and Slow Cardiovascular Aging

Keynote speaker Douglas Seals, PhD, of the University of Colorado Boulder, will lay the groundwork of what we know and the promising research that could combat cardiovascular aging in his presentation "Strategies for Optimal Cardiovascular Aging." "Regular aerobic exercise and eating a healthy diet void of excessive calorie intake is the

Oral Bacteria May Help Forensic Scientists Estimate time Since Death

Three donated individuals (one male and two females) were studied, and oral swab samples were taken daily throughout the different stages of decomposition. The three cadavers showed similar overall successional changes in bacterial taxa as the bodies decomposed. "Microorganisms coexist with us during life, playing an important role in both health

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