Language extinction triggers loss of unique medicinal knowledge

Language is one of our species’ most important skills, as it has enabled us to occupy nearly every corner of the planet. Among other things, language allows indigenous societies to use the biodiversity that surrounds them as a “living pharmacy”…

Vitamin D may not provide protection from COVID-19 susceptibility or disease severity

Observational studies have suggested that increased vitamin D levels may protect against COVID-19. However, these studies were inconclusive and possibly subject to confounding. A study published in PLOS Medicine by Guillaume Butler-Laporte and Tomoko Nakanishi at McGill University in Quebec,…

Back pain shows association with increased mortality risk in women

BOSTON – New research from Boston Medical Center identifies elevated mortality risk for women with back pain when compared to women without back pain. Back pain was not associated with mortality among men indicating long-term consequences of back pain may…

COVID-19: Scientists, doctors launch virtual town halls to address vaccine concerns

More than 50 scientific experts from across the United States, including virologists, infectious disease specialists and medical doctors, are launching a series of virtual town halls to answer the public’s questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. The effort aims to bring…

Transcendental Meditation effective in reducing PTSD, sleep problems, depression symptoms

Veterans with PTSD who practiced the Transcendental Meditation technique showed significant reductions in PTSD symptom severity, according to a new study published today in Journal of Traumatic Stress . Fifty percent of the meditating veterans no longer met criteria for…

Çukurova University (TDRAC) joins Bentham Science as institutional member

Bentham Science is pleased to announce an Institutional Member partnership with the Turkish university, Çukurova University Tropical Diseases Research and Application Center (TDRAC). The partnership provides the opportunity to the researchers, from the university, to publish their research under an…

Traditional Ghanaian medicines show promise against tropical diseases

The discovery of new drugs is vital to achieving the eradication of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa and around the world. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have identified traditional Ghanaian medicines which work in the lab…

Scientists aim to treat, prevent disease by understanding benefits of exercise

A top exercise researcher and colleagues at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have launched an ambitious effort to understand the whole-body benefits of exercise so that doctors can use that information to prevent and treat disease. Zhen Yan,…

USask launches first study on effects of smoked cannabis on brain development

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) pharmacologist Robert Laprairie will use a Brain Canada research grant to determine how a mother’s use of cannabis during pregnancy affects the brain of the developing fetus she’s carrying. Laprairie is one of 20…

Study in Nature Medicine shows superior patient outcomes in LLS’s Beat AML clinical trial

Rye Brook, NY (Monday, October 26, 2020) – Patients participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) groundbreaking precision medicine Beat AML Master Clinical Trial had superior outcomes compared to acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients who opted for standard chemotherapy…

It cures acne, afib, anxiety? CBD users think its real medicine, contrary to evidence

LA JOLLA, Calif. (October 15, 2020) — Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical found in hemp or marijuana plants that does not make users high. Despite CBD only being approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat rare…

Pain relief caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection may help explain COVID-19 spread

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can relieve pain, according to a new study by University of Arizona Health Sciences researchers. The finding may explain why nearly half of people who get COVID-19 experience few or no symptoms, even though…

NTU Singapore scientists devise ‘Trojan horse’ approach to kill cancer cells without using drugs

Cancer cells are killed in lab experiments and tumour growth reduced in mice, using a new approach that turns a nanoparticle into a ‘Trojan horse’ that causes cancer cells to self-destruct, a research team at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore…

Creating diamond devices to detect Parkinson’s early

Engineers from Michigan State University have secured $3.4 million in grants to develop diamond implants that could let doctors diagnose and treat Parkinson’s disease earlier. MSU’s Wen Li and Erin Purcell are leading the effort to use innovative diamond devices…