3-minute digests

No jargon, no sensationalism—just honestly interesting research explained in as few words as necessary.

An ‘egg-box’ for living cells spells hope for diabetes and HIV patients

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has given HIV-infected people back a near-normal life, but new research suggests that these patients are more likely to develop diabetes. A new tool to preserve vital cells for diabetes treatment can help people with both conditions.

Curated byEbenezer I. O. Ajayi

Published onApril 20, 2018

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Could hepatitis B discovery help scientists develop HIV immunity?

For a long time, scientists have noted the similarity between the hepatitis B virus and HIV. A recent discovery in hepatitis B could take them closer to developing a HIV vaccine.

Curated byEndre Szvetnik

Published onApril 17, 2018

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How did lab monkeys survive with HIV for six months without daily drugs?

Scientists are getting closer to a treatment for HIV patients that doesn’t require taking drugs daily. They have achieved promising results using compounds that track and suppress the HIV better than current antiretroviral drugs.

Curated byKayla Sprenger. PhD

Published onApril 06, 2018

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Stem cell therapy may stop and reverse MS, but risks remain

Scientists building on earlier research into stem cells have managed to halt multiple sclerosis (MS) in a clinical trial, but the treatment is not suitable for patients with an advanced stage of the disease.

Curated byEndre Szvetnik

Published onMarch 23, 2018

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Talking trash: converting plastic waste into energy

With the discovery of a Mexico-sized plastic patch floating in the South Pacific in 2017, researchers offer new innovations for our urgent fight for waste reduction.

Curated byMark Docherty

Published onMarch 21, 2018

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Did Stephen Hawking solve the Information Paradox?

As the world of science remembers the passing of Professor Stephen Hawking, we look at his work to solve a burning question in physics: how can we describe the behaviour of black holes with two clashing theories?

Curated byEndre Szvetnik

Published onMarch 16, 2018

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Cells' power stations are new target in fighting MS

The dysfunction of cells' energy generators - the mitochondria - plays a key role in multiple sclerosis and offers new ways of treatment.

Curated byNicolas Gutierrez, MSc, PhD

Published onMarch 09, 2018

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Gut bugs can slow or boost progress of MS

Mounting evidence points to a link between the make-up of the gut microbiome and multiple sclerosis (MS). Tweaking our bacterial mix can pave the way for new therapies.

Curated byLinda May-Zhang, PhD

Published onMarch 02, 2018

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Antibody therapy makes it easier to live with MS

Antibodies are a new alternative to anti-inflammatory drugs for curbing the progress of MS and letting patients enjoy their lives. They work by neutralising the ‘misguided’ immune cells associated with the disease.

Curated byEndre Szvetnik

Published onFebruary 23, 2018

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Brain stimulation for depression lifts fatigue in MS patients

Fatigue weighs down multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, making it hard to socialise and keep up in jobs. Researchers discovered that a treatment for depression can significantly reduce tiredness.

Curated byEndre Szvetnik

Published onFebruary 16, 2018

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Striking gold: Nanocrystals to repair multiple sclerosis damage

Researchers have found that gold nanocrystals can reverse the damage caused by multiple sclerosis and restore mobility in sufferers.

Curated byEndre Szvetnik

Published onFebruary 09, 2018

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How can a male sex hormone protect females from multiple sclerosis?

Women fall ill with multiple sclerosis (MS) at a higher rate than men. Researchers are increasingly focusing on sex-specific hormones to develop therapies.

Curated byEndre Szvetnik

Published onFebruary 02, 2018

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Stem cell trick knocks back multiple sclerosis symptoms

Researchers have found a way to reduce the severity of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) attacks by using human stem cells, offering hope to MS sufferers.

Curated byKaveh Moradi

Published onJanuary 19, 2018

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See-through fish give sneak peek into workings of muscle-killing disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that traps sufferers in their own bodies by shutting down their muscles. Scientists have tracked how the disease spreads from cell to cell in the hope of slowing down the process.

Curated byMarco Morsch, PhD

Published onJanuary 12, 2018

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Why did scientists link Norse legend to cancer?

Scientists have recently found that switching off the coincidentally named THOR gene can prevent tumour growth in the skin and lungs.

Curated byNicolas Gutierrez, MSc, PhD

Published onJanuary 05, 2018

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Will the big question of climate science get answered next year?

Scientists are deploying robotic submarines to understand whether climate change has sped up the melting of the Antarctic ice sheet by ocean currents from below, and how this will affect sea levels.

Curated byJessica Amies

Published onDecember 29, 2017

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Flies shine light on path to cheaper solar energy

Scientists inspired by flies' eyes have come up with a hack to make solar cell materials easier to produce and more durable.

Curated byHansong Xue

Published onDecember 22, 2017

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Wanna be heard? Speak into the right ear

Listening involves not only hearing the message, but also processing it. Audiology researchers discovered that in noisy places, turning your right ear towards the speaker is a good tactic to stay in the conversation.

Curated byParvaneh Abbasalipour

Published onDecember 15, 2017

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4D-printed ‘living materials’ fast-track new drugs

Scientists have used live bacteria-containing inks – bioinks – to print 'living materials' that can change their shape over time. This technology can help us discover new drugs more quickly and introduce bacteria-containing sensors and decontamination equipment.

Curated byAurelien Forget, PhD

Published onDecember 08, 2017

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