Category archives: Health

Alzheimer’s disease: type 3 diabetes?

Alzheimer’s disease: type 3 diabetes?

BiomedicineHealthMedicine

By Jaime de Juan Sanz

Increasing numbers of people are developing diabetes in our society and current predictions estimate that nowadays this disease affects about 9% of the whole population. As a consequence, health care systems in industrialized countries have developed many types of clinical interventions that prevent and treat classic complications of this disease and improve the lifetime and […]

Food of gods

Food of gods

Health

By José Ramón Alonso

Mayans considered chocolate to be the food of gods, something that is remembered in the scientific name of the cacao plant (Theobroma cacao). Although these presumably consumers are not any longer considered, chocolate is an important dietary source of flavonoid antioxidants, which are hypothesized to have a beneficial effect on endothelial function and protect against […]

Graphene Oxide: Yet another “cancer cure of the week”?

Graphene Oxide: Yet another “cancer cure of the week”?

HealthMaterials

By Isabel Perez Castro

Since its discovery in 2003, graphene has become one of the “materials of the future”, with applications ranging from tissue engineering to energy storage. Recently, a paper published in Oncotarget by researchers at the University of Manchester has shown its potential in anti-cancer therapy, in addition to its already known applications in medicine as a […]

Use of complementary medicine may impair your ability to detect the effectiveness of evidence-based medicine

Use of complementary medicine may impair your ability to detect the effectiveness of evidence-based medicine

HealthPsychology

By Helena Matute

Alternative medicine is often promoted on the argument that it can do no harm. Even though its advocates are aware that its effectiveness has not been scientifically demonstrated, they do believe that it is harmless and therefore it should be used. “If not alone, you should at least use it in combination with evidence-based treatments” […]

The animal that wouldn’t die

The animal that wouldn’t die

BiologyHealth

By Jaime de Juan Sanz

Understanding aging and how it affects the lifespan of an organism is a fundamental problem in biology that is of great interest to our society. During the last decade, an incredible amount of research has been published trying to understand aging processes, unraveling what factors accelerate or decelerate this process in several animal models (worms […]

At the edge of the cliff: no new antibiotics for multidrug-resistant bacteria

At the edge of the cliff: no new antibiotics for multidrug-resistant bacteria

BiomedicineHealthPharmacy

By Pablo Ortiz

The Ebola outbreak has brought the fear of a viral pandemic to the headlines once more, as it happened before with the avian or swine flu. Although viruses-caused infections catch most of attention on the media, the greatest risk to human health comes from other microorganisms, the antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Contrary to viral outbreaks, the threat […]