Myasthenia gravis is a motor disease, starting with muscular pain and potentially escalating to failure of vital muscles such as the diaphragm. Like other autoimmune diseases, it was historically treated with steroids, which suppress the immune system overall. Professor Richard Nowak at the Yale School of Medicine has found a much more targeted attack strategy.
Contrary to the first hypothesis about the increased prevalence of obesity and type two diabetes, humans did not evolve to increase fat storage. More likely, the recent rise in metabolic diseases results from epigenetic factors and the gut microbiome.
Ed Yong dives headfirst into the complex symbioses microbes have with humans and beyond, how these interactions can help and harm us, and the wonder and beauty of the relationships themselves.
An international team of researchers used blood slides from the 1940s to analyze a parasite that causes malaria. Despite the limitations of the sample, the team, led by Carles Lalueza-Fox of Spain, produced genetic data that may provide insights into malaria’s behavior and migratory patterns.
For parents whose children are at risk of inheriting a mitochondrial disorder, genetic material from a third person can help them conceive a healthy child. Mitochondria are maternally inherited organelles, so if a mother’s mitochondrial DNA is mutated, her children
Researchers from Biogen may have discovered how to harness the human immune system’s own disease-fighting capabilities to create a therapy for Alzheimer’s disease.
Birds are “bird-brained” no more–in her new book, Jennifer Ackerman explores research on the cognitive science of birds that has exploded in the past two decades to yield new understandings of bird intelligence and our own.
From herbal poultices to IV-administered drug cocktails, pain management methods have come a long way…or have they? Drugs derived from opium have been the foundation of pain management for thousands of years, and they remain so today.
Wouldn’t it be nice if killing lung cancer cells was as easy as flipping a switch? As it turns out, effectively targeting these cells is more like a dimmer rather than a switch, but it can be done, according to
Synthetic biology, an emerging and fascinating field at the crossroads of natural and technical science, once served only as fodder for sci-fi films. And while it’s doubtful that scientists are working on the next Frankenstein, the field has since progressed