From contraception to genetic therapies: promising developments in women and children’s healthcare.
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by Ria Gupta
10h ago
What’s going on in the field of medical advances in gynecology, obstetrics and pediatrics? Post-pregnancy weight-loss pills captured much of the limelight in 2023 but it has left some other important scientific works to ponder upon. New hope for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) DMD is a genetic disorder causing faulty expression of dystrophin protein – crucial for muscle function – leading to muscle wasting. According to research published some years ago, it represents one of the most common recessive fatal inherited genetic diseases and children with DMD tend to have a shorter lifespan with ..read more
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Why industrialization took place in Britain and not in China
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by Aleksandre Jgarkava
2w ago
Greif and Tabellini, in Cultural and Institutional Bifurcation: China and Europe Compared, explore how cultures affect the development of different social organizations. They used the case studies of China and Western Europe during the pre-modern period to understand how their organizational bifurcation influenced their social and political development. The discussion aims to shed some light on the events that made possible the Great Divergence – known as the Industrial Revolution –  and the reasons why industrialization took place in Britain and not in China, the richest countr ..read more
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How is obesity associated with neurodegenerative disorders
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by Gairika Bhattacharya
2w ago
Neurodegenerative disorders gradually destroy the neurons and glial cells; they affect millions of individuals on a global scale and Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are the most common. Previously, researchers have identified obesity as a risk factor for the onset of those disorders . However, the mechanism underlying the link between obesity and neurological decline conditions remains unclear. According to a study published in Scientific Reports in 2021, a high-sugar diet, which is a characteristic of obesity, results in insulin resistance in the brain. Insulin resistance decreas ..read more
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New finding brings hope to better treatment for Osteoarthritis
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by Ria Gupta
3M ago
The terms osteoarthritis and geriatric population are linked inherently. Osteoarthritis (OA) is defined as the irreversible degeneration of articular cartilage. It is the most common form of arthritis among older adults. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, people with OA suffer from unbearable joint pain, mobility problems, improper gait balance, and difficulty executing activities of daily living., OA is common among those aged above 40 years.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the period from 2021 to 2030 as the d ..read more
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Quantum Algorithm Tested on a Commercial Quantum Device Can Help Discover Drugs
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by Alexandra de Castro
3M ago
PASQAL has successfully implemented for the first time an algorithm on a commercial neutral atoms quantum device to tackle a critical molecular biology problem in drug discovery. This project has been carried out in collaboration with Qubit Pharmaceuticals. Proteins are large molecules that play critical roles in our bodies, such as helping build and repair tissues, drive metabolic reactions, and maintain fluid balance. However, because proteins are responsible for such essential processes, they can also be harmful. If something goes wrong while a protein is being built in a cell, the result c ..read more
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The start-up deluge
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by David Silvestre
5M ago
There is an increasing feeling that we are short on new ideas to tackle the emergencies of our time: climate change, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, shortage of resources of all kinds (starting with drinkable water), potential upcoming pandemics, and so on. Indeed, some studies show that papers and patents are becoming less disruptive over time, which means that patents and scientific publications are built on previous knowledge rather than proposing new solutions. Therefore, there is a focus on academic research as a source of new solutions, where new ideas are tested more likely than ..read more
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What Will It Take to Build the World’s Biggest Radio Telescope Observatory
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by Emily Newton
6M ago
The SKA  (Square Kilometre Array) Radio Telescope Observatory — planned to be the largest radio astronomy facility on the planet — has begun construction after 30 years in the planning stages. This mammoth project comprises two radio telescopes, one in South Africa and the other in Australia. It would be a global observatory operating two telescopes across three continents.  The SKAO is a next-generation radio astronomy-driven Big Data facility with the aim to unlock and go deeper into the understanding of the universe and the laws of fundamental physics.  Building these enormo ..read more
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How Instagram Reels impact users’ mental health
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by Ria Gupta
8M ago
A couple of months earlier this year, the Times of India reported that two young boys in India were accused of killing a 31-year-old woman while riding a bike while filming Instagram Reels. Another story, featured by Express.co.uk, reported that a young lady from Congo. 16 years old, strangled to death while participating in the Tiktok surf game challenge on Instagram Live.  These two unfortunate incidents are alarming examples of how the young generation goes through a great deal of pressure to be constantly presentable and popular on social media platforms. The issue isn’t just the peop ..read more
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The Scientist’s journey from academia to industry – A User’s guide (Part 3)
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by David Silvestre
8M ago
I discussed in two previous articles the first steps in the process of moving from academia to industry. The first article was about taking the decision to leave academia and finding purpose in a new professional life. The second article,  provided some tips to find and apply for new jobs outside academia.  In this third and last piece, I will consider the exchange and negotiation with a potential employer during the recruitment process. So you applied for that job you found interesting. After a couple of days/weeks, you get an email with an invitation to discuss with the employer. F ..read more
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Is Anti-Müllerian Hormone a reliable marker in Assisted Reproduction for mature women?
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by Ria Gupta
8M ago
In the realm of assisted reproduction, the Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is frequently employed as the gold standard for evaluating women’s ovarian reserves. Additionally, AMH can be a helpful marker for anticipating the ovarian response to controlled ovarian stimulation, cycle cancellation, and menopause timing. However, reports regarding the findings on the prognostic factor of AMH for clinical pregnancy and live birth in assisted reproduction are contentious. This might be due to the presence of several confounding factors like quality and quantity of the embryo transferred rate and age of t ..read more
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