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Why antibiotics fail in the fight against bacteria
For the first time ever, researchers have managed to establish what allows drug-resistant bacteria to repel the action of potent antibiotics. (Medical News Today)

Why playing board games could improve your love life
Oxytocin levels rose in individuals who did a painting class or played board games with their romantic partners. Levels were highest in men who painted. (Medical News Today)

How does exercise prompt fat to benefit metabolism?
A study in humans and mice reveals that exercise prompts fat to release helpful compounds, including a signaling protein that improves glucose tolerance. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's: How do tau tangles grow?
Researchers use a mathematical model and lab experiments to unravel the process through which tangles of the protein tau grow in length. (Medical News Today)

Researchers discover almost 2,000 new gut bacteria
Researchers have used a novel method to identify almost 2,000 unknown gut bacteria. Their findings also highlight a need to study more diverse samples. (Medical News Today)

Simple drug formula regenerates brain cells
Scientists have shown how a drug cocktail of four compounds can convert glia, or support cells, next to damaged neurons into new working neurons. (Medical News Today)

Blocking fatty acids slows prostate cancer progression
New research in mice finds that fatty acids fuel prostate tumor growth and that blocking the uptake of fatty acids slows cancer progression. (Medical News Today)

Rheumatoid arthritis: Scientists stop tissue damage
Immune T cells in people with rheumatoid arthritis have a faulty mechanism whose repair can stop inflammation and tissue damage in a mouse model. (Medical News Today)

Antitumor protein can sometimes promote cancer
Scientists have issued a warning to cancer drug developers by revealing that p53, a protein that usually suppresses tumors, can also promote cancer. (Medical News Today)

How a light-activated metal could destroy cancer cells
New research looks at therapy using light beams to target and kill cancer cells. The investigators think that a compound of the metal iridium could be key. (Medical News Today)

Fasting boosts metabolism and fights aging
A new study measures metabolic changes associated with fasting. The authors conclude that caloric restriction enhances metabolism and could slow aging. (Medical News Today)

Nanoparticles in food can alter the behavior of gut bacteria
A study of how natural and synthetic nanoparticles in food can impact gut bacteria offers useful information for medicine and the food industry. (Medical News Today)

Could blocking these immune cells aid weight loss?
The small intestine harbors metabolism-regulating immune cells that can consign nutrients of digestion to fat storage rather than energy use. (Medical News Today)

Could targeting this enzyme slow aging and related diseases?
In showing how an enzyme halts cell division by producing reactive oxygen species, scientists shed new light on the biology of aging and related diseases. (Medical News Today)

These immune cells renew themselves after acute kidney injury
A new study in mice finds that after acute kidney injury, kidney-resident macrophages reprogram to a state that is similar to those in newborn mice. (Medical News Today)

Chinese fir tree compound may help to combat cancer
New research finds that a chemical analog of a compound found in the endangered Chinese fir tree 'Abies beshanzuensis' can help fight off cancer. (Medical News Today)

How aspirin may benefit some people with head and neck cancer
Regular use of aspirin or other NSAIDs increased survival in people with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and alteration in the PIK3CA gene. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's blood test detects brain damage years before symptoms
Testing blood levels of a protein that brain cells leak when faulty or dying detected people with Alzheimer's disease years before their symptoms emerged. (Medical News Today)

How your immune system uses chaos to prevent disease
New research finds that chaotic swings in the concentration of a certain protein is key for regulating our immune response and preventing chronic disease. (Medical News Today)

'Reprogramming' immune cells to attack cancer tumors
Macrophages, the immune cells that 'eat' pathogens and cell debris, are often ineffective against cancer cells. How can we co-opt them to attack tumors? (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's: What leads to brain cell damage?
The toxic beta-amyloid protein inactivates a protein that is key to the functioning of the parts of brain cells that receive signals from other cells. (Medical News Today)

Multiple sclerosis: Small molecule could delay onset
Neuroprotective treatment with the small molecule Sephin1, significantly delayed loss of myelin and damage to cells in a mouse model of MS. (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer: Changing tumor cells into fat cells stops spread
By exploiting cancer cells' innate adaptability, scientists halt invasive spread in mice by transforming malignant breast cancer cells into fat cells. (Medical News Today)

Is borax safe to use?
Borax is a common ingredient in household products. Some people use borax to make slime for children to play with, but is it safe? Learn about the risks in this article. (Medical News Today)

Could pomegranates offer the key to new IBD treatments?
A compound derived from pomegranates and berries can have a protective role in inflammatory bowel disease. New research reveals the mechanism it accesses. (Medical News Today)

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