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…

Physical activity environment and obesity risk – new research

A new study from the University of Canterbury (UC) shows a link between recreational physical activity spaces in a neighbourhood and obesity risk in adults. Dr. Matthew Hobbs, a researcher at the University of Canterbury’s GeoHealth Laboratory, has published one of the first longitudinal studies (research about an individual or…

Virtual Doctor Visits Get High Marks in New Survey

FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 — The quality of your care won’t suffer if you choose video visits with your doctor, a new study suggests. It included 254 patients and 61 health care providers who participated in virtual video visits offered by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The appointments are conducted…

A new hope in treating neurodegenerative disease

Korean researchers have identified the inhibition of autophagy in microglia, brain immune cells. It is expected to help develop treatments for Alzheimer’s disease which occur due to the inhibition of autophagy. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most representative degenerative brain disease, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia…