New diagnostic test for malaria uses spit, not blood

Sub-Saharan Africa bears the burden of the world’s malaria cases. Credit: Franco Volpato/Shutterstock.com “Spit here, please.” Will this become the instruction we receive upon entering clinics, schools, apothecaries and ports of entry throughout the globe? One of the main factors enabling the continued transmission of malaria are individuals who are…

Learning a second alphabet for a first language

A part of the brain that maps letters to sounds can acquire a second, visually distinct alphabet for the same language, according to a study of English speakers published in eNeuro. The research challenges theoretical constraints on the range of visual forms available to represent written language. For adults, becoming…

FDA Approves Cablivi for Rare Blood-Clotting Disorder

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 — Cablivi (caplacizumab-yhdp) injection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (aTTP). “Patients with aTTP endure hours of treatment with daily plasma exchange, which requires being attached to a machine that takes blood out of…

A gut feeling for mental health

The first population-level study on the link between gut bacteria and mental health identifies specific gut bacteria linked to depression and provides evidence that a wide range of gut bacteria can produce neuroactive compounds. Jeroen Raes (VIB-KU Leuven) and his team published these results today in the scientific journal Nature…

Waist-to-size ratio shows the risk for many diseases

For years experts warn of too much belly fat, because it increases the risk for cardiovascular disease. According to a Brazilian study, however, are compromised of active, normal-weight men, the relationship between waist circumference and the body size is close to the normal. More and more study data suggest that…