Monthly Archives: November 2020

Key features of SARS-CoV-2 infection

New research develops vital animal model of SARS-CoV-2 to help identify the key features of infection. The development of effective therapies to treat COVID-19 is a problem of immense global significance. However, one of the key steps in the development of a novel therapeutic is the development of a reliable animal model that can be…

Potential use of ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment

Researchers are investigating the potential of the broad spectrum anti-microbial ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment. As the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, continues to spread around the world, researchers are looking for candidate drugs to use as potential therapies. Repurposing drugs already in use for other infections could allow a quicker route to finding…

Could a Mediterranean diet lower stress levels?

Early animal studies demonstrate reduced stress levels with a Mediterranean diet. According to the American Physiological Association, some of the highest perceived stress in the world was reported by Americans. Stress can contribute to negative effects in both personal and work lives and can increase risk of chronic health conditions, such as heart disease. The…

Can life-saving drugs be developed from the beetroot?

Study finds beetroot peptide may be useful in developing anti-inflammatory drugs. Plants have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Almost 50% of drugs have been developed from natural products. For example, aspirin is derived from willow bark, and the anti-cancer drugs vinblastine and vincristine were developed from the rosy-periwinkle flower. Other important life-saving drugs…

Could fitness trackers predict COVID-19?

Early research suggests that fitness trackers can predict COVID-19 by tracking changes in a person’s activity. One of the keys to preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus responsible for the COVID-19 illness – is quick identification, tracing and isolation of cases before it can be spread further to others. This has been particularly…

How accurate are stool tests for colon cancer?

Fecal immunochemical tests may improve diagnostic pathway for colorectal cancer. Bowel symptoms are an imprecise indicator of colorectal cancer (CRC). Essentially the bowel symptoms produced by colon cancer can also be caused by a range of other conditions. However, such is the seriousness of bowel cancer that when symptoms are present, patients will usually be…

Can the plant compound apigenin decrease Down syndrome deficits?

Researchers studied the effects of apigenin on mice with Down syndrome. Down syndrome occurs when there is an extra copy or piece of chromosome 21, but the cause is unknown. Scientists believe that inflammation to the fetal brain may cause decreased brain growth, which leads to intellectual and developmental delays.  Recently a team of doctors…