Researchers from the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) found that weathered microplastics had a more severe impact on brain cells compared to fresh ones. Preliminary experiments suggest that weathered microplastics, which contaminate our bodies from various sources, including food and the environment, can trigger significant inflammation and cell death in human brain cells. In experiments with mice and human microglia, key brain immune cells, the weathered microplastics increased inflammation and altered protein expression associated with energy metabolism and cell death. These findings raise concerns about the health effects of microplastic exposure, particularly as plastic production continues to rise. Further research is needed to confirm these results.
Advancements in dyslipidemia therapies have evolved from daily small molecules to monoclonal antibodies administered biweekly, and now to RNA-based treatments needing infrequent dosing. Gene editing, progressing from DNA double-strand to single-strand breaks, shows promise for rare monogenic conditions. Trials for phenylketonuria and Leber Congenital Amaurosis continue, with positive results in transthyretin amyloidosis using NTLA-2001. ANGPTL3 […]
Cardiac tamponade is a life-threatening condition that occurs when fluid builds up around the heart, restricting its ability to function. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, and rapid heartbeat.
Hydrogen is considered to be a very efficient and clean fuel since it is a renewable and non-polluting gas with a high energy density; thus, it has drawn much attention as an alternative fuel, in order to alleviate the issue of global warming caused by the excess use of fossil fuels. In this work, a […]