The longevity gene mammalian Indy (mINDY) is involved in blood pressure regulation

Authors from the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) presented data showing that the longevity gene mammalian Indy (mINDY) is involved in blood pressure regulation in the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI) insight. Reduced expression of mINDY, which is known to extend life span in lower organisms and to prevent from diet induced obesity, fatty […]

Rapid blood test identifies COVID-19 patients at high risk of severe disease

IMAGE: A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that measuring mitochondrial DNA in the blood of patients with COVID-19 can help predict which patients are… view more  Credit: WANDY BEATTY One of the most vexing aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is doctors’ inability to predict which newly hospitalized patients will […]

‘Magic mushrooms’ grow in man’s blood after injection with shroom tea

A man brewed a tea from “magic mushrooms” and injected the concoction into his veins; several days later, he ended up at the emergency department with the fungus growing in his blood. The man spent 22 days in the hospital, with eight of those days in the intensive care unit (ICU), where he received treatment […]

Hydroxychloroquine blood levels predict clotting risk in patients with lupus

The antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine is frequently prescribed to treat symptoms of the autoimmune disease lupus. In addition to decreasing disease flares, the drug can also prevent blood clots, which are a major problem in individuals with lupus. A new study in Arthritis & Rheumatology shows that monitoring patients’ blood levels of hydroxychloroquine can predict their […]

Blood vessel cells implicated in chronic inflammation of obesity

IMAGE: A UTSW study identified a type of blood vessel cell that triggers inflammation in fat tissue. Above, inflammatory immune cells (green) surround fat cells (red) in obesity and contribute to… view more  Credit: UT Southwestern Medical Center DALLAS – Dec. 30, 2020 – When fat cells in the body are stuffed with excess fat, the […]

Transfusions with higher red blood cell levels do not improve preterm baby outcomes

IMAGE: This large, multi-center randomized clinical trial was conducted by Dr. Haresh Kirpalani of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Edward Bell of the University of Iowa, and colleagues of the Neonatal… view more  Credit: George Mason University Very low birthweight infants are at a high risk for anemia and often need blood transfusions to survive. Some […]

Blood vessel cells implicated in chronic inflammation of obesity — ScienceDaily

When fat cells in the body are stuffed with excess fat, the surrounding tissue becomes inflamed. That chronic, low-level inflammation is one of the driving factors behind many of the diseases associated with obesity. Now, UT Southwestern scientists have discovered a type of cell responsible, at least in mice, for triggering this inflammation in fat […]

Multiple mosquito blood meals accelerate malaria transmission

IMAGE: Plasmodium falciparum parasites developing in the mosquito midgut. view more  Credit: W. Robert Shaw, 2020 (CCBY 2.0) Multiple bouts of blood feeding by mosquitoes shorten the incubation period for malaria parasites and increase malaria transmission potential, according to a study published December 31 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Lauren Childs of Virginia Tech, […]

Multiple mosquito blood meals accelerate malaria transmission — ScienceDaily

Multiple bouts of blood feeding by mosquitoes shorten the incubation period for malaria parasites and increase malaria transmission potential, according to a study published December 31 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Lauren Childs of Virginia Tech, Flaminia Catteruccia of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and colleagues. Given that mosquitoes feed […]