Bacterial therapy tolerable, shows early promise in patients with advanced solid tumors

A phase I clinical trial investigating the use of bacterial Clostridium novyi-NT spores as an injectable monotherapy had manageable toxicities and showed early clinical efficacy in patients with treatment-refractory solid tumor malignancies, according to data presented at the Fourth CRI-CIMT-EATI-AACR International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference: Translating Science into Survival, held Sept. 30-Oct. 3. “Even after a

Anxious and forgetful after menopause? Low estrogen may be to blame: Rat study finds anxiety and memory problems increase as estrogen levels drop

Lack of estrogen may play a role in the development of anxiety and memory problems, according to a new rodent study. The findings will be presented today at the American Physiological Society’s (APS) Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Diseases: Sex-Specific Implications for Physiology conference in Knoxville, Tenn. Estrogen, the primary female sex hormone, regulates the female

Five things you didn’t know about psychopaths

In the hit BBC TV show, Killing Eve, Villanelle, a psychopathic assassin, tells Eve, a security service operative, “You should never call a psychopath a psychopath. It upsets them.” She then pouts her lip in an imitation of someone feeling upset. Most people think they know what a psychopath is: someone who has no feelings.

Viagra could make you colour blind!

Viagra could damage your eyes! Erection drug bought online leaves 31-year-old man with red-tinted vision (and doctors warn the damage is irreversible) The unnamed New York man took ‘much more’ than the recommended dose Doctors found his eyes were left physically damaged and couldn’t be healed The effects began shortly after the man took a

What Is Attachment Parenting, & Is It Too Extreme?

Attachment parenting is a popular way to raise kids at the moment (at least where I live, in Los Angeles). The basic premise is that the primary caregiver is always attuned to their child — this usually translates to being physically close, thus also practicing co-sleeping, breastfeeding (often extended) and babywearing (using slings and wraps

Flexible piezoelectric acoustic sensors for speaker recognition

A KAIST research team led by Professor Keon Jae Lee from the Department of Material Science and Engineering has developed a machine learning-based acoustic sensor for speaker recognition. Acoustic sensors were spotlighted as one of the most intuitive bilateral communication devices between humans and machines. However, conventional acoustic sensors use a condenser-type device for measuring

How humour can reduce workplace stress

Research from ANU has found a bit of humour at work can help employees deal with workplace aggression and stressful situations. Lead researcher Dr. David Cheng of the ANU College of Business and Economics said workplace aggression and bullying is a widespread problem which impacts the mental health of victims and the ramifications can be

Migraine can be treated without medicine, pilot study finds

By slightly changing the body’s own molecules using a small inhaler, certain migraine patients can either cut down on medication or do without it completely. This is shown by a pilot study which has been published in the scientific journal Cephalalgia. Patients who suffer from migraine with aura, which is where they experience either sensory

How to Old Is Too Old to Trick or Treat

Pin Kids love Halloween — or at least the dressing up and getting candy part. But should teens or even college-age kids really be out there trick-or-treating with the little kids?  Child psychologist Michele Borba tells SheKnows that while there’s no one-size strict age cutoff, most kids decide that between 12 and 17 they feel

Sleep Duration, Stroke Link Varies With Race, Sex

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 — The association of sleep duration with incident stroke varies by race and sex, according to a study published online Oct. 3 in Neurology. Megan E. Petrov, Ph.D., from the Arizona State University in Phoenix, and colleagues examined the correlation between reported sleep duration and incident stroke among 16,733 black and

The cranky Indian prince who invented kung fu

We in India have no record of this prince, but Chinese chronicles of the Shaolin temple tell us this legend. By Archana Garodia Gupta and Shruti Garodia In the 5th (or 6th) century AD, a prince lived in South India (perhaps a Pallava?). His brothers conspired against him and took away his throne. This prince