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Vaccine hope against a sexually transmitted disease: the answer to the burgeoning rise in a superbug

Gonorrhoea is a common bacterial infection caused by a bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is usually sexually transmitted and can cause complications such as an infection of the upper part of the female reproductive system (i.e. pelvic inflammatory disease), septic arthritis and heart muscle inflammation.... click to read more

  • Helen Petousis-Harris | Senior Lecturer at Immunisation Advisory Centre, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Australia
Views 528
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 3, 2018
Environmental sustainability of nationally recommended diets

It has long been understood that what we eat impacts not only our health, but our environment too. Despite this food-sustainability awareness, very few national dietary recommendations (NRD) make any consideration of sustainability. For example, the USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans has a lot of... click to read more

  • Paul Behrens | Assistant Professor at LUC The Hague & Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, Netherlands
Views 514
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 14, 2018
Evolution does not care

Cells form the biological unit of all living organisms. But, like organisms, cells go through a life cycle: new cells emerge after cell division, they live, they age and they die. In some cases cell death is necessary for the organism's development and life. However,... click to read more

  • Thomas Wilhelm | PhD student at Institute of Molecular Biology, Ackermannweg 4 55128 Mainz, Germany
  • Holger Richly | Professor at Institute of Molecular Biology, Ackermannweg 4 55128 Mainz, Germany
Views 603
Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 7, 2018
Exercise helps restore aged muscles

Much like parts on an older car become rusted and need to be replaced, muscle cells can accumulate damage which may contribute to declines in function with age. But instead of going to a mechanic, a trip to the gym may stimulate the replacement of... click to read more

  • Matthew Robinson | Assistant Professor at School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR 97331, USA
  • Sreekumaran Nair | Professor at Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, USA
Views 2060
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 20, 2018
Obesity: The heavyweight of cancer

Obesity rivals tobacco as the leading preventable risk factor leading to cancer and is associated with reduced patient survival. While most people are aware of the connection between smoking and cancer, the connection with obesity is currently underappreciated. In fact, it is estimated that obesity... click to read more

  • Daniela Quail | Assistant Professor at Goodman Cancer Research Centre, Department of Physiology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Oakley Olson | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Genetics and Development, Columbia University, New York, United States
  • Johanna Joyce | Professor at Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Department of Oncology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Views 738
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 12, 2018