Category archives: Health

A mutation could protect from familiar Alzheimer’s cognitive decline

A mutation could protect from familiar Alzheimer’s cognitive decline

GeneticsHealthNeurobiology

By Rosa García-Verdugo

A reported case study in a Colombian woman , member of a family carriers of a mutation in the presinilin 1 gene which leads to early onset Alzheimer’s, has shown that a certain mutation in the gene APOE3 can protect from the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This woman was already aged 70 but […]

Glutein-free and casein-free diet in autism

Glutein-free and casein-free diet in autism

HealthNeurobiologyNeuroscience

By José Ramón Alonso

Families with members with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are easy prey for scam artists who offer them magical solutions and therapies not backed by science. Many of these pseudotherapies are included in the so-called alternative medicine, a misnomer because they are not medical treatments and do not meet the same criteria required of a medicine: […]

Microbiota and depression

Microbiota and depression

HealthMicrobiologyNeurobiologyNeurosciencePhysiology

By José Ramón Alonso

Gut microbiota has a surprising importance in processes related to the development of the nervous system, its functioning and to psychology and behavior, both in people and in animals. The microorganisms produce substances that after crossing the intestinal epithelium reach the blood and through it and after crossing the blood-brain barrier they reach the brain […]

Ayahuasca in the treatment of depression

Ayahuasca in the treatment of depression

HealthMedicineNeurosciencePharmacy

By José Ramón Alonso

Ayahuasca is an illegal entheogenic drug, substances that have the capacity to generate a mystical experience, a psychological sensation of contact with the divinity. Ayahuasca is an infusion prepared from the Banisteriopsis caapi liana and other ingredients, which include leaves of Psychotria viridis, Diplopyterys cabrerana and Mimosa tenuiflora. Psychotria has dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a strongly psychoactive […]

TRAMIL: Program of Applied Research to Popular Medicine in the Caribbean

TRAMIL: Program of Applied Research to Popular Medicine in the Caribbean

BiologyBiomedicineHealthPlant biology

By Gerardo Cebrián

Authors: Gerardo Cebrián-Torrejón1, Michelle Salas Pinel1,2 1 Laboratoire COVACHIM-M2E EA 3592, Université des Antilles, 97157 Pointe-à-Pitre Cedex. 2 Forest engineer. Heredia. Costa Rica. The Applied Scientific Research Program of Medicinal Plants, known as TRAMIL, is an investigation program of traditional and popular medicine from the Caribbean, whose purpose is to rationalize health practices based on […]

Is thermal sterilisation of preservative-free rice cakes possible?

Is thermal sterilisation of preservative-free rice cakes possible?

HealthMathematicsMicrobiology

By BCAM

High-moisture soft solid snack foods such as rice cakes have become increasingly popular. Most of these snacks are freshly made and sold on the spot, whilst industrially produced versions use chemical preservatives to inhibit microbial growth and improve shelf life. With the increasing demand for preservative-free foods from some consumers, physical methods are needed to […]