3-minute digests

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

Medical cannabis: what does the science say?

Recent studies confirm that the symptoms of severe epilepsy can be eased by medical cannabis, free from the THC compound that induces highs. However, there is still insufficient evidence to suggest its regular use in children.

Curated byA S M Mainul Hasan

Published onJune 22, 2018

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Newly found stem cells can make COPD patients breathe more easily

Researchers using AI for a navigational problem ended up with a system that developed virtual brain cells similar to those helping mammals orient themselves.

Curated byEndre Szvetnik

Published onJune 15, 2018

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Shutting down energy supply is the new tactic against cancer cells

Scientists discovered that a drug used for some rare cancers can shut down cells' energy supplies. This would help to target a wider range of cancers with less intrusive therapies.

Curated byNicolas Gutierrez, MSc, PhD

Published onJune 11, 2018

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Tea has a hot new superpower against cancer

Here’s an exciting and accidental new discovery about tea: it can destroy most lung cancer cells. Future tea-based therapies will be less harmful to healthy cells and offer novel use for waste material destined for the tip.

Curated byMohamed Saad

Published onJune 01, 2018

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How the kitchen cupboard can help get rid of joint pain?

Scientists have managed to manipulate the signals that trigger rheumatoid arthritis, raising the hope of a future therapy without unpleasant side-effects.

Curated byAlicia Derrac Soria

Published onMay 25, 2018

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AI develops ‘brain cells’ to beat humans in race through maze

Researchers using AI for a navigational problem ended up with a system that developed virtual brain cells similar to those helping mammals orient themselves.

Curated byEndre Szvetnik

Published onMay 21, 2018

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Machines are getting better at beating HIV drug resistance

Scientists have improved machine learning algorithms to help finding the right antiretroviral medications for patients who are developing drug resistance.

Curated byEndre Szvetnik

Published onMay 11, 2018

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Two birds with one stone: dual-action molecules target the double trouble of HIV and TB

Scientists have found compounds that can pair up to target HIV and tuberculosis (TB) at the same time. TB and HIV mutually enhance each other and this co-infection is a major threat to public health worldwide.

Curated byEndre Szvetnik

Published onMay 04, 2018

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The special agents that can kick and kill HIV

Although antiretroviral drugs effectively suppress HIV in patients, the virus still hides within their cells. Scientists are trying out new molecules that can make it a visible target for the immune system.

Curated byEndre Szvetnik

Published onApril 27, 2018

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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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