Author Archives: Rocio Gallegos, MD

Researchers 3D-Print Functional Human Brain Tissue

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists has developed the first 3D-printed brain tissue that can grow and function like typical brain tissue. Printing methods have limited the success of previous attempts to print brain tissue, according to Zhang and Yuanwei Yan, a scientist in Zhang’s lab. Instead of using the traditional 3D-printing approach, stacking […]

Potential Link Between High Maternal Cortisol and Unpredicted Birth Complications

Washington State University researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in hair samples of 53 women in their third trimester. Of that group, 13 women who had elevated cortisol levels later experienced unpredicted birth complications, such as an early birth or hemorrhaging. “There was otherwise nothing about these women that would suggest a disease or anything […]

Researchers Identify Potential Way to Treat Genetic Epilepsy by Replacing ‘Lost’ Enzyme

CDD causes seizures and impaired development in children, and medications are limited to managing symptoms rather than tackling the root cause of the disease. The disorder involves losing the function of a gene producing the CDKL5 enzyme, which phosphorylates proteins, meaning it adds an extra phosphate molecule to alter their function. Following recent research from […]

Focused Ultrasound Could Reach Deep into the Brain to Relieve Pain

But what if you could ease pain by non-invasively manipulating a spot inside your brain where pain is registered? A new study by Wynn Legon, assistant professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, and his team points to that possibility. The study found soundwaves from low-intensity focused ultrasound aimed at a place deep […]

Cannabis Use Could Increase Asthma Rates

Asthma is more common among high school students who use cannabis, relative to those who do not and the prevalence of asthma increases with the frequency of its use among the students, according to a new study.  Data were drawn from the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, a CDC national high school survey, which […]

Tomato Juice’s Antimicrobial Properties Can Kill Salmonella

Tomato juice can kill Salmonella Typhi and other bacteria that can harm people’s digestive and urinary tract health, according to new research. Salmonella Typhi is a deadly human-specific pathogen that causes typhoid fever. First, the researchers, in laboratory experiments, checked to see if tomato juice really does kill Salmonella Typhi. Once they ascertained it did, […]

Disrupted Cellular Function Behind Type 2 Diabetes in Obesity

Disrupted function of “cleaning cells” in the body may help to explain why some people with obesity develop type 2 diabetes, while others do not. A study from the University of Gothenburg describes this newly discovered mechanism. It is well known that obesity increases the risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. It is […]

Weight Loss Surgery Most Effective for Long-Term Blood Pressure Control

According to the CDC, the U.S. obesity and hypertension rates in adults are 41.9% and 45.4%, respectively. Obesity is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease and a major contributor to high blood pressure, which can make a person more susceptible to heart attack, stroke and heart failure, among other risks. Researchers in this study […]

Researchers Uncover Potential Non-Opioid Treatment for Chronic Pain

Among the most difficult types of pain to alleviate is neuropathic pain, pain that is usually caused by damage to nerves in various body tissues, including skin, muscle and joints. It can cause patients to suffer feelings like electric shocks, tingling, burning or stabbing. Many of the available pain medications are only moderately effective at […]

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Tied to Memory, Thinking Problems

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder that is defined by irregular menstruation and elevated levels of a hormone called androgen. “While it has been linked to metabolic diseases like obesity and diabetes that can lead to heart problems, less is known about how this condition affects brain health. Our results suggest that people with […]