In case you missed it, here are the biggest headlines of the week!
Spider Venom as a Potential Stroke Treatment
Stroke is a leading cause of death that causes substantial damage to the brain. Chassagnon and colleagues show that a protein derived from spider venom can help protect the brain from damage during a stroke and ultimately provide a new stroke treatment … [read more]
Is There a Link Between Marijuana Use and Psychosis in Young Adults?
Researchers had subjects complete self-assessments regarding drug use and psychosis spectrum symptoms to determine a relationship between marijuana use and psychosis. They found that there was no significant increase in the risk of psychosis spectrum symptoms in subjects that only used marijuana; however, subjects that combined marijuana with other drugs were at a significantly higher risk of developing psychosis symptoms … [read more]
Antibiotics are Harmful to Honeybees
Antibiotics are commonly used in beekeeping to prevent bacterial infections, but these drugs also come with side-effects that are not fully understood in many species. This group aims to study the effects of antibiotic treatment on the composition of gut bacteria in honeybees and effects on the bees’ overall health … [read more]
A Novel, Rapid, Accurate and Non-Invasive Mean to Diagnose Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium Tuberculosis for which reliable and rapid diagnostic methods are crucially needed to improve treatment efficacy. Fortunately, a group of investigators recently published a very promising approach based on mass spectrometry analysis of blood specimens to diagnose tuberculosis … [read more]
Sleeping Habits Impact Genetic Influence on Weight
A new study finds that sleeping habits are as important as physical activity and a healthy diet in preventing obesity … [read more]
Prune Extract Benefits Gut Microbiome and Reduces Cholesterol
Researchers are on the hunt for natural treatments for cardiovascular disease, especially those that can improve the gut microbiome and lower blood cholesterol levels. Chiu and colleagues investigated prune extract as one such treatment and found that prune extract benefits multiple aspects of health … [read more]