Rapid identification of disease-causing bacteria using Raman spectroscopy

Reviewed Why is it important to study bacteria? Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a bacterial strain that can be responsible for several human diseases: the most serious include malignant external otitis, endophthalmitis, endocarditis, meningitis, pneumonia, and septicemia. Study: Prospects and possibilities of using Raman spectroscopy for the identification of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from turtle Emys orbicularis (Linnaeus, 1758) skin. Image Credit: Jun MT / Shutterstock The

Research sheds light on why brain implants lose functionality

Researchers have shed light on why brain implants are tricky to engineer and often lose their functionality once surgically placed into brain tissue. The results of a new study, published in Advanced Science, have revealed how cells of the brain sense continuous motion caused by everyday bodily functions—like breathing or the pulse from a heartbeat.

New study highlights the need for advanced pneumococcal vaccines in the wake of pre-COVID data

In a recent study published in the Lancet Regional Health, researchers describe serotype distribution in hospitalized adults diagnosed with pneumococcal community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in the United Kingdom (UK) in the two years before the onset of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic using a 24-valent serotype-specific urinary antigen detection (UAD) assay and blood

Mental health platform UpLift acquires women-focused company Minded

Mental health startup UpLift announced it acquired women-focused digital psychiatry platform Minded, increasing its women-led offerings and expanding its reach to five additional states.  UpLift’s behavioral health platform offers patients access to in-network therapists and mental health providers virtually or in person. Therapists can also use the platform to find clients and manage their schedules. 

Study: Why nurses are too often missing in health care leadership with major barriers to career advancement

New Monash University research has revealed the barriers women nurses face to advance into leadership roles. These findings will inform organizational interventions and strategies to improve the career opportunities for Australian nurses as part of an international initiative to advance women in health care leadership. Through a comprehensive review spanning decades of research, researchers have

Immunopeptidomics offer new hope in cancer research

insights from industryNicola TernettePrincipal Investigator Antigen DiscoveryUniversity of Oxford In this omg OMx podcast episode, Bruker's Kate Stumpo gets inside the mind of an immunopeptidomics trailblazer, Nicola Ternette, to discuss how her work has helped to shed light on the role of peptides in the immune system. Watch the full episode below, or read on

Cocoa extract may improve cognitive function in older adults

Daily cocoa extract supplements may improve cognitive health among older people consuming a poor-quality diet, a new randomized controlled trial suggests. The authors observed that cocoa extract resulted in no cognitive benefit for older people who regularly consumed a high quality diet. Cocoa is rich in flavanols, which may relieve oxidative stress and inflammation. More

Weight loss: Why people stick with Wegovy longer than older drugs

New research shows that people are much more likely to adhere to newer semaglutide medications for long-term weight loss than older anti-obesity drugs. Semaglutides such as Wegovy, Ozempic, and Rybelsus were developed to treat type 2 diabetes but are also being prescribed for obesity. Accessibility to these newer drugs is an issue with frequent shortages,

Can plant-based diets help with weight loss?

A new study supports a vegan diet as a means of losing weight. In the study, the researchers compared two groups eating vegan (plant-based) diets and omnivorous (plant and animal sources) diets. The researchers also observed that the quality of a plant-based diet matters for weight loss and health in general. A new study finds

What level of smartphone use affects adolescent health?

While smartphones are ubiquitous among adolescents today, their use is not benign, as multiple researchers have warned. A recent study on PLOS One supports earlier findings, indicating a higher rate of multiple conditions associated with poor health among young people with high mean daily smartphone usage. Study: Association between smartphone usage and health outcomes of adolescents:

Study shows low-fat milk may increase prediabetes risk, high-fat yogurt lowers it

In a recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers determined the association between dairy consumption and the incidence of prediabetes. They also evaluated associations between dairy product type and metabolic factors, lifestyle behavior, and foods as potential factors underlying the relationship between dairy intake and prediabetes. Study: Dairy consumption and incident prediabetes: