Pregnancy Loss: A Possible Link Between Olfaction And Miscarriage

Unexplained repeated pregnancy loss is a poorly understood condition that can cause significant distress and for which no effective treatment exists. Much research to date has focused on dysfunctions of the uterus or hormonal signaling (Saravelos and Regan, 2014), but the possible involvement of the nervous system has not been explored despite the role of the olfactory system in mammalian reproduction being well-documented (Dulac and Torello, 2003). Exposing female rodents to the smell of adult males can lead to synchronized menstrual cycling (Whitten, 1956) and accelerated sexual maturation (Vandenbergh, 1967), as well as to embryos failing to implant in the uterus (Bruce, 1959).

The 7 Habits of Highly Serene People

Is it possible to model the habits of serenity? Would a person who is highly serene even have any habits? Or are people who are habitually calm actually living in a numbed-out cocoon? Can you genuinely feel a sense of serenity on a regular basis? Sometimes it seem like feelings of anxiety have become normal in nearly all aspects of life . People aren’t able to enjoy feelings of calmness and peace on any regular basis.

Venetoclax

Venetoclax, (brand names Venclexta and Venclyxto) is an oral medication used to treat adults with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), or acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Venetoclax attaches to the protein Bcl-2. This protein is present in high amounts in CLL cancer cells, where it helps the cells survive for longer in the body and makes them resistant to cancer medicines. By attaching to Bcl-2 and blocking its actions, venetoclax causes the death of cancer cells and thereby slows down progression of the disease.

When The Purpose Of Sleep Changes From Neural Reorganization to Repair

A significant change in the purpose of sleep happens at the age of about 2 and a half, a UCLA-led team of scientists has discovered. Prior to that age, the brain grows very rapidly. During REM sleep, when vivid dreams occur, the young brain is busy building and strengthening synapses — the structures that connect neurons to one another and allow them to communicate. “Don’t wake babies up during REM sleep—important work is being done in their brains as they sleep,”

What Is Sunitinib Used For?

Sunitinib (brand name Sutent) is a medication used to treat cancer. It is a small-molecule, multi-targeted receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) inhibitor that was approved by the FDA for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and imatinib-resistant gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) on January 26, 2006. Sunitinib was the first cancer drug simultaneously approved for two different indications. Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor Like RCC, gastrointestinal stromal tumor does not typically respond to standard chemotherapy or radiation.

Immune System Affects Mind As Well As Body

Immune cells surrounding the brain produce a molecule that is then absorbed by neurons in the brain, where it appears to be necessary for normal behavior, new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates. The findings indicate that elements of the immune system affect both mind and body, and that the immune molecule IL-17 may be a key link between the two. “The brain and the body are not as separate as people think.

Sleep Impairment Alters Reactions To Both Negative And Positive Events

Following a night of shorter sleep, people react more emotionally to stressful events the next day, and they don’t find as much joy in the good things, according to new research from University of British Columbia. “When people experience something positive, such as getting a hug or spending time in nature, they typically feel happier that day. But we found that when a person sleeps less than their usual amount, they don’t have as much of a boost in positive emotions from their positive events,”

Unconscious Learning May Prime Belief In God

People who can unconsciously predict complex patterns, an ability called implicit pattern learning, are likely to hold stronger beliefs that there is a god who creates patterns of events in the universe, report neuroscientists at Georgetown University. The study spanned two very different cultural and religious groups, one in the U.S. and one in Afghanistan. “Belief in a god or gods who intervene in the world to create order is a core element of global religions.