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New patent-pending compounds could be the key to curing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and diabetes

New patent-pending compounds could be the key to curing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and diabetes

[Jan. 21, 2024: JD Shavit, The Brighter Side of News] Researchers developed a range of patent-pending compounds that show promise in inhibiting protein aggregation associated with these diseases. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) Purdue University researchers have made significant strides in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Type 2 diabetes. They have developed a range of patent-pending compounds that show promise in inhibiting protein aggregation associated with these debilitating diseases. Alarming statistics highlight the urgency of finding effective treatments. As of 2020, approximately 38 million Americans were living with diabetes, with Type 2 diabetes accounting for up to 95% of cases. Alzheimer’s disease affected as many as 5.8 million Americans, while nearly 1 million were grappling with Parkinson’s disease. These numbers underscore the critical need for breakthroughs in medical science. At the forefront of this research is Jessica Sonia Fortin, an assistant professor of basic medical sciences, physiology, and pharmacology in Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She also plays a pivotal role in the Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery. Fortin leads a team of …

Only 1% of chemical compounds have been discovered – here’s how we search for others that could change the world

Only 1% of chemical compounds have been discovered – here’s how we search for others that could change the world

The universe is flooded with billions of chemicals, each a tiny pinprick of potential. And we’ve only identified 1% of them. Scientists believe undiscovered chemical compounds could help remove greenhouse gases, or trigger a medical breakthrough much like penicillin did. But let’s just get this out there first: it’s not that chemists aren’t curious. Since Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev invented the periodic table of elements in 1869, which is basically a chemist’s box of Lego, scientists have been discovering the chemicals that helped define the modern world. We needed nuclear fusion (firing atoms at each other at the speed of light) to make the last handful of elements. Element 117, tennessine, was synthesised in 2010 in this way. But to understand the full scale of the chemical universe, you need to understand chemical compounds too. Some occur naturally – water, of course, is made of hydrogen and oxygen. Others, such as nylon, were discovered in lab experiments and are manufactured in factories. Elements are made of one type of atom, and atoms are made of …

England’s sheer lack of urgency compounds sense of chaos for Borthwick | England rugby union team

Where do England go from here? The only logical answer is home from the World Cup early. Try as they might, they just cannot escape the eye of the storm. That which has swirled around Owen Farrell all week – and will continue to do so at the start of next – has been tempestuous to say the least and on Friday, Dublin was battered by Storm Betty for good measure. There was no let up on the field either from Ireland, who barely got out of second gear, and Billy Vunipola’s red card only adds to the sense of chaos engulfing their World Cup preparations. If Steve Borthwick is wedded to a kicking game then that is all well and good but the problem is that England are executing it dreadfully. Ireland could not have been more comfortable in dealing with England’s kick-chase which, like pretty much every other facet of their game, was horribly out of sync. Alex Mitchell was called into the squad at the start of the week after Jack van …