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Lifechanging new compounds are “exercise in a bottle”

Lifechanging new compounds are “exercise in a bottle”

Exercise is widely known for its myriad health benefits, and now, researchers are exploring the potential of a pill to emulate some of those advantages. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) Exercise is widely known for its myriad health benefits, and now, researchers are exploring the potential of a pill to emulate some of those advantages. Recent findings suggest that certain compounds may replicate the physiological effects of exercise, offering promise for treating conditions like muscle atrophy, heart failure, and neurodegenerative diseases. Presenting their work at the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Bahaa Elgendy, the principal investigator of the project and a professor of anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, highlights the significance of this research. He emphasizes, “We cannot replace exercise; exercise is important on all levels… But there are so many cases in which a substitute is needed.” The focus of the study revolves around the metabolic and growth enhancements that exercise instigates in muscle cells, along with its ability to improve muscle performance. Elgendy and his team aim …

The sudden rise of AuDHD: what is behind the rocketing rates of this life-changing diagnosis? | Health & wellbeing

The sudden rise of AuDHD: what is behind the rocketing rates of this life-changing diagnosis? | Health & wellbeing

He had beaten more than 19,000 applicants for a place at medical school, yet Khurram Sadiq was now bunking off his hospital shifts. The 19-year-old felt inexplicably anxious around strangers on the wards and was hiding from his own patients. During lectures he couldn’t focus on what he was being taught. He deemed himself “a goof, a dunce” in contrast to his peers. Sadiq couldn’t motivate himself to revise for his exams and instead found himself panic reading textbooks in the final days. He passed his undergraduate pre-medical exams by the skin of his teeth. That was 30 years ago. In the decades since, Dr Sadiq has qualified as a consultant psychiatrist, been diagnosed with both autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), specialised in autism and ADHD psychiatry and met hundreds of patients with struggles similar to his. He is now trying to spread what was once an unbelievable message: that both autism and ADHD can coexist in the same person simultaneously. Just over a decade ago, the two conditions were considered to be mutually exclusive, …

Amal Clooney dazzles in chic navy to unveil ‘life-changing’ scholarship for aspiring human rights lawyers

Amal Clooney dazzles in chic navy to unveil ‘life-changing’ scholarship for aspiring human rights lawyers

The University of Law (ULaw) has teamed up with the powerhouse that is Amal Clooney and her Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ) to roll out a new scholarship fund. ULaw proudly announced the momentous partnership with the esteemed lawyer, unveiling an inspiring fund tailored to empower the next generation of human rights advocates. In a video shared on ULaw’s official YouTube channel, Amal addressed the audience with her signature eloquence. Framed by the sumptuous backdrop of a room that whispered elegance (we’re all betting it’s her chic Lake Como pad) Amal was the epitome of grace. She donned a chic sleeveless navy blue top, replete with a tasteful collar and a contemporary front zipper, crafting a silhouette that was both commanding and elegant. Her coiffed glossy waves, effortlessly complemented the vital message she imparted. In the video Amal explains, “This scholarship provides a fully funded place at University of Law, the largest provider of legal education in the United Kingdom. The recipient will have the opportunity to choose from a range of postgraduate law programs …

John Boyega tells of ‘life-changing’ friendship with Damilola Taylor | John Boyega

John Boyega tells of ‘life-changing’ friendship with Damilola Taylor | John Boyega

The actor John Boyega has spoken about the “life-changing” impact of his friendship with Damilola Taylor and the way his sudden death spurred him and others to “aim further”. Boyega, 32, best known for his work in the Star Wars franchise, was school friends with Damilola growing up in south-east London. Damilola was 10 when he was stabbed in the leg with a broken bottle walking home from a computer class in Peckham in November 2000. Boyega was eight at the time and he and his sister Grace were among the last people to see Damilola. He said he was motivated to speak about his friend after the death of Damilola’s father, Richard Taylor, earlier this week. “I just think from the hours we left him in Peckham to the hours from when I went home and then the police were at our door was definitely life changing for me,” Boyega told John Wilson on BBC Radio 4’s Last Word. Damilola Taylor. Photograph: PA “To be involved in that way, even in passing, makes you …

Life-changing discovery could revolutionize treatment for children with multiple sclerosis

Life-changing discovery could revolutionize treatment for children with multiple sclerosis

The current treatment options available for children with MS are limited, with only one therapy being classified as highly effective. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) A groundbreaking research study, considered the largest of its kind worldwide, has uncovered a crucial finding regarding children diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). According to the study conducted at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), it was discovered that early treatment with high-efficacy therapies, similar to those used for adults, yields better outcomes for pediatric MS patients. The current treatment options available for children with MS are limited, with only one therapy being classified as highly effective. However, the observational study from RMH suggests that administering high-efficacy treatments to pediatric patients during the early stages of their diagnosis can significantly mitigate the risk of developing severe disabilities later in life. Tracking disability states against time in the study. (CREDIT: the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health) Dr. Sifat Sharmin, a Research Fellow at RMH’s Neuroimmunology Centre and the University of Melbourne’s Department of Medicine, highlighted the findings of the study, stating, “We found that …

Professional horse rider dies aged 31 by apparent assisted suicide after life-changing injury | UK News

Professional horse rider dies aged 31 by apparent assisted suicide after life-changing injury | UK News

A horse rider who suffered a life-changing spinal injury has revealed why she decided to take her own life in an emotional letter published after her death – in an apparent assisted suicide. Caroline March was knocked unconscious after a serious fall while riding in a cross-country event in Norfolk, in April 2022, in which she fractured and dislocated two vertebrae. In the days afterwards, the professional rider posted on Instagram: “I still have no feeling to my legs but I can now feel and use my abs and have been getting random twitches to my legs which I have been told is really encouraging.” Weeks later, in a post that showed her in a wheelchair shooting a basketball hoop after her treatment had started, she said: “Making really good progress, physio has been going well.” Then, four months later, she wrote on social media: “I’m not going to lie, I’m struggling, like really struggling. I’m broken, this isn’t me. I go riding for solace, I do exercise to clear my head, go for walks …

5 life-changing lessons from Larry David

5 life-changing lessons from Larry David

Larry David’s existence has made us all better, and we all need to give him his flowers right now.  This is the last season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and I have to say that I am actively grieving. I am really going to miss this show. Which is funny because, I had no idea what “Curb” was about when it first aired. I would ask my friends who were trying to turn me on to “The Sopranos” and “The Wire” how did this old white guy get a television show about running around LA and going out to lunch, and who would always seem to end up in an argument that he started? “Larry Davis isn’t a TV show,” I argued, “He’s a menace!”  “Nah, bro, he famous because he invented ‘Seinfeld,’” My friend Troy told me, taking a long pull of the blunt I had just passed him. “Slim [David] made all the money off of ‘Seinfeld,’ and now he just go out to lunch and f**k with people all the time.”  “Wow, that is …

Lifechanging spinal patch uses natural body motion to repair herniated discs

Lifechanging spinal patch uses natural body motion to repair herniated discs

Researchers have unveiled a groundbreaking medical advancement that offers hope to those suffering from herniated discs. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the CMC VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC) have unveiled a groundbreaking medical advancement that offers hope to those suffering from herniated discs. This innovative development, known as “tension-activated repair patches” (TARPs), harnesses the body’s natural motion to release an anti-inflammatory molecule called anakinra from microcapsules. This mechanism has shown promise in reversing herniation and preventing further degeneration in a large animal model. In a paper published in Science Translational Medicine, these researchers share their remarkable progress in the quest for an effective herniated disc treatment. The Challenge of Herniated Discs Herniated discs pose a significant challenge in the realm of orthopedic medicine. When one of the soft discs situated between the vertebrae develops a split or hole, the soft interior protrudes, resulting in a loss of tension and diminished spine cushioning. This condition causes severe pain, akin to a car driving on a flat …

Lifechanging procedure successfully treats prostate cancer in less than an hour

Lifechanging procedure successfully treats prostate cancer in less than an hour

An hour-long operation that uses electrical currents to destroy hard-to-reach tumors offers hope for thousands of men with prostate cancer. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) An hour-long operation that uses electrical currents to destroy hard-to-reach tumors offers hope for thousands of men with prostate cancer. Described as a “game-changing” treatment, the innovative procedure could lead to a cure. Surgeons have hailed the “amazingly simple and quick” technique known as the ‘Nanoknife’ operation. The ‘Nanoknife’ procedure administers electrical pulses into the tumor, utilizing a technique called irreversible electroporation. This method cuts open the cell membrane of the tumor in a less invasive way than traditional treatments. As a result, there is less risk of damage to surrounding organs and tissues. By using this revolutionary approach, doctors can target tumors that would otherwise be difficult to access. The treatment offers new possibilities for patients with prostate cancer, paving the way for a simpler and more effective cure. Over 50,000 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year, prompting the NHS to introduce Nanoknife therapy as an alternative treatment option. …

Lifechanging study reveals the cause of Alzheimer’s Disease

Lifechanging study reveals the cause of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by the accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain, which are thought to be the cause of the disease’s hallmark symptoms. Despite years of research, drugs designed to reduce the accumulation of these plaques have yielded, at best, mixed results in clinical trials. However, a new study from researchers at Yale University may have identified a new biomarker and potential therapeutic target for Alzheimer’s disease. The research team, led by Dr. Jaime Grutzendler, the Dr. Harry M. Zimmerman and Dr. Nicholas and Viola Spinelli Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine, found that swelling caused by a byproduct of amyloid plaques may be the true cause of the disease’s debilitating symptoms. Their findings were published in the journal Nature. The researchers discovered that each formation of plaque can cause an accumulation of spheroid-shaped swellings along hundreds of axons, which …