New drug makes mice lean even on a sugary, fatty diet

Summary: Researchers have developed a new molecule that limits the transport of magnesium into the mitochondria. The drug prevents weight gain and liver damage in mice that have been fed a high-sugar Western diet since birth. After exposure to the molecule, overweight mice began to lose weight. Source: UT Health San Antonio Researchers at the … Read more

Steps have dropped since COVID-19 and the trend is concerning, study finds

Estimated reading time: 3-4 minutes NASHVILLE — Americans took fewer steps during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they still haven’t regained their mojo, according to a new study. “On average, people are taking about 600 fewer steps a day than they were before the pandemic started,” said study author Dr. Evan Brittain, associate … Read more

To prevent aging, stem cells must take out the trash

Summary: Blood stem cells use an unexpected method to eliminate misfolded proteins, and activity in the pathway decreases with age. However, stimulating the aggrephagia pathway could help prevent age-related diseases. Source: UCSD In humanity’s ongoing quest for the elixir of life, science keeps pointing the finger at stem cells. Research increasingly shows that maintaining stem … Read more

Reciprocal IVF: what you need to know, from how it works to how much it costs

Reciprocal IVF, or partner-assisted IVF, is a family planning option that is gaining prominence online. On TikTok alone, there are nearly 19 million views for the abbreviated hashtag #RIVF with videos of LGBTQ couples sharing their journey with the fertility process. “It’s not that it’s new, it’s because we have a more open dialogue with … Read more

Drug-resistant fungi spread rapidly, CDC says

Candida auris is a yeast responsible for many infections. Resistant to most antifungal drugs, this fungus causes several deaths around the world. BSIP | Universal Image Group | Getty Images An often drug-resistant fungus has spread at an “alarming rate” in healthcare settings across the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and … Read more

Brain decline is coming later than we thought

Summary: Brain decline begins between ages 30 and 40, not 25 as previously believed, researchers say. Source: Utrecht University Medical Center Recent research from the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht) shows that our brain declines later than previously thought. Instead after our 25th year of life, it happens when we are between 30 and … Read more