A genetic mutation detection may be the cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in some cases

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Some cases of sudden infant death (SIDS) can be explained by a genetic anomaly, a mitochondrial trifunctional protein deficiency, according to a new study published yesterday in Nature Communications. It is a cardiac metabolic disorder caused by a genetic mutation in the HADHA gene. As explained in the press release in which the study was presented, children born with this… Read more »

Phenol compounds in the skin of coffee beans can alleviate inflammation and counteract diabetes

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A new study published in Food and Chemical Toxicology shows that the treatment of fat cells in rats with extracts from the peel of coffee beans reduces cellular inflammation caused by fat and generally improves absorption of fatty acids, glucose and insulin sensitivity. Essentially, in prolonged inflammation associated with obesity macrophages, cells for the body’s immune response and adipocytes, the… Read more »

Genetically modified pigskin applied to the human wound

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Pigskin genetically modified to close a person’s wound: This is the goal achieved for the first time in the history of xenotransplantation by doctors at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The success of this procedure shows that tissue from genetically treated animals can be successfully used to close a human wound. When the deep wounds caused by burns have to… Read more »