Category archives: Medicine

Augmented reality and autism

Augmented reality and autism

HealthMedicineNeurobiologyNeuroscience

By José Ramón Alonso

The most effective interventions in people with autism are based on a personal work by specialized professionals and these therapies, when well designed and well done, achieve a constant improvement in different areas such as social communication, the presence of stereotypes and other atypical behaviors characteristic of autism. However, person-to-person therapies are by their very […]

Nociceptor inhibition as a new therapeutic approach for asthma

Nociceptor inhibition as a new therapeutic approach for asthma

BiomedicineMedicineNeurobiologyPharmacy

By Sergio Laínez

When we hear somebody wheezing, coughing, showing chest tightness and shortness of breath, most of us will immediately recognize the underlying cause: Asthma . This is not a minor issue, but one affecting approximately 5% of the entire world population (and steeply growing every year) and causing the death of nearly 400000 people back in […]

Novel strategies to selectively reduce pain

Novel strategies to selectively reduce pain

MedicineNeurobiologyPharmacy

By Sergio Laínez

A recurrent problem with pain is the absence of therapeutic strategies to selectively block the nociceptors (neurons responsible to detect painful stimuli) that need to be targeted for a particular indication. Things get even worse if we take into account that some molecules used for pain management do affect other, more general physiological processes. Local […]

Using mass spectrometry to measure circulating histones against sepsis progression

Using mass spectrometry to measure circulating histones against sepsis progression

BiomedicineMedicine

By Carlos Romá-Mateo

Interior of a human blood vessel. Something looks wrong, very wrong. Bacteria have entered the circulation, and the immunological system is reacting. All the alarms are on fire, while an army of white blood cells comes by, getting ready to unleash hell on the invaders. Suddenly, among these security agents, a neutrophil stands out. It […]

LSD as a therapeutic agent for autism

LSD as a therapeutic agent for autism

MedicineNeurobiology

By José Ramón Alonso

Treatment of children with autism in the 1960s included shock therapies and many different psychotropic drugs. The results were bad: there was no positive change in those children although the treatments were occasionally maintained for years. Under these circumstances, more powerful drugs were sought and a new substance was considered: lysergic acid diethylamide or LSD […]

Holidays, drug addiction…and cancer research

Holidays, drug addiction…and cancer research

BiochemistryBiomedicineMedicine

By Isabel Perez Castro

Cell signalling is the mechanism by which cells communicate with each other and with their environment. Stimuli, which are generally chemical, are transmitted via a signalling cascade to effector molecules that orchestrate the appropriate response. Signalling pathways are not isolated but they rather form a complex network of biochemical reactions that regulate processes such as […]