Acidic pH reduces the effectiveness of cancer drugs Scientists may need to test new cancer drugs in lab-grown cells that are adapted to acidic conditions instead of regular

Cancer remains one of the major public health challenges facing society today. Despite advances in cancer treatments, the WHO estimates that the disease will cause a staggering 9.6 million deaths in 2018 making it the second leading cause of death READ MORE

Is exercise addiction socially acceptable at gyms? Study finds little difference in social support between people at risk for exercise addiction and those not at risk.

Certain behaviors are often socially accepted and even encouraged when they’re considered productive, regardless of potential health risks. This can include behaviors like exercising, dieting, and working. Frequent exercise is generally seen as a sign of a healthy lifestyle, but READ MORE

How Salmonella bacteria may get into the brain Researchers uncover how Salmonella bacteria cause brain infections in mice, and what we can do about it.

Typhoid fever is an infection caused by a bacteria called Salmonella enterica typhi which, according to the CDC, affects about 22 million people every year. Many of those affected by the disease come from developing countries where there is poor READ MORE

Eye exams can help diagnose syphilis and HIV Syphilis of the eye is almost twice as common in syphilis patients living with HIV compared to those who are not.

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection, which if it not treated properly, can lead to complications and symptoms involving the eye, including inflammation, redness, and even vision loss. These complications are referred to as ocular syphilis. There have been a READ MORE

Viruses May Eventually Be Used to Deliver Gene Therapy Scientists hope to use viruses like the encephalitis virus to introduce healthy genes to our bodies

New approaches for preventing and treating illnesses are on the rise, including the use of gene therapy through vaccines. With this technique, healthy copies of genes can be introduced to the body to reverse the bad effects of genes working READ MORE

First Clinical Trial of Stem Cell Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease Seven patients will be followed for 2 years after being injected with stem cells, with the hopes of replacing the brain cells that have died.

A landmark clinical trial was announced recently by researchers at Kyoto University. For the first time in history, this trial tests the use of stem cells for the treatment of a major degenerative brain disease: Parkinson’s disease. The significance of READ MORE

Babies Learn About Eye Contact Early in Life More evidence shows that socializing is an important human behavior for brain development, even for infants.

As infants, we absorb any information our surroundings have to offer, especially if other humans are involved. Infants can recognize their native language, the faces of their own species, and even the faces of their own race. It’s all part READ MORE

Effects of Gender and Alcohol Use on US Veterans with HIV Female veterans have poorer HIV outcomes than male veterans, and alcohol use hurts HIV outcomes regardless of gender.

While many people might not think that HIV is a large problem in the United States, at the end of 2015 over 1.1 million Americans were living with HIV. Of these people living with HIV in the United States, 75% READ MORE