Author Archives: Gabriel Piña, MD

New Material as a Promising Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a traumatic event which often results in the loss of sensory and motor function, at or below the site of injury. About 12,000 new cases of SCI are reported every year in the United States alone, but due to the present clinical inability to successfully treat SCI, the amount of […]

New Method for Remote Automation of the Growth of Cerebral Organoids

Cell culture has been a principal model for studying human disease and development for over 70 years since the isolation of HeLa cells from a human cervical cancer biopsy. Originally used as a vehicle to research viruses, human cell culture protocols were optimized for quick and easy growth to produce large quantities of material. Automated […]

New Drug Candidate for Promise Treating Epilepsy

Epilepsy is one of the most prevalent chronic brain disorders and is characterized by recurrent and spontaneous seizures. Seizures are highly synchronized neuronal discharges that arise from some epileptogenic regions and can spread to large areas in the brain. While about 50 million people worldwide are suffering from epilepsy, almost one-third of patients are resistant […]

Vanilla Extract Could Reduce Skin Inflammation in Psoriasis

Small amounts of artificial vanilla extract, also known as vanillin, are in a wide range of products, from baked goods to perfumes. But vanillin’s versatility doesn’t stop there. In a recent mouse study reported in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers report that this compound could also prevent or reduce psoriatic skin inflammation. […]

A Vaping Habit Could end up Leading to a Tarnished Smile

Over the last few years, public awareness has increased about the dangers of vaping to systemic health, particularly after the use of vaping devices was tied to lung disease. Some dental research has shown ties between e-cigarette use and increased markers for gum disease, and, separately, damage to the tooth’s enamel, its outer shell. But […]

Novel Assessment of PrP Treatment Shows Efficacy in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis

A pilot study conducted by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine combined wearable technology and patient-reported outcomes to assess the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment in osteoarthritis (OA). The results, published in the journal Regenerative Medicine, showed that a single injection of leukocyte-rich/PRP in the knee joint significantly improved functional mobility, pain and quality […]

Save your Hair Eating Less High-Fat Foods

Obesity is a worldwide epidemic that predisposes individuals to many age-associated diseases, but its exact effects on organ dysfunction are largely unknown. Hair follicles—mini-epithelial organs that grow hair—are miniaturized by aging to cause hair loss through the depletion of hair follicle stem cells (HFSCs).  Normally, HFSCs self-renew every hair follicle cycle. This is part of […]

Stem Cell Protein Can Sensitize Radiotherapy for Brain Tumors in Children

The malignant brain tumor type medulloblastoma can become resistant to therapy which can cause relapse. Researchers at Uppsala University have discovered a certain protein that makes tumor cells resting and insensitive to radiation treatment. The research group hopes that the results could eventually lead to better treatments for children that have the highest risk to […]

Food Rich in Flavonoids Linked to Slower Memory Decline

People who eat or drink more foods with antioxidant flavonols, which are found in several fruits and vegetables as well as tea and wine, may have a slower rate of memory decline, according to a study published in the November 22, 2022, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. […]