Do ketone nutritional supplements really work?

In the quest to improve physical performance, many athletes are turning to untested nutritional supplements. But in the case of one recently available and popular class of supplements--ketone salts--research from UBC's Okanagan campus suggests it may inhibit, rather than improve, athletic performance during high-intensity exercise. "Ketone salts are relatively new to the market and there's … Continue reading Do ketone nutritional supplements really work?

Do ketone nutritional supplements really work?

In the quest to improve physical performance, many athletes are turning to untested nutritional supplements. But in the case of one recently available and popular class of supplements--ketone salts--research from UBC's Okanagan campus suggests it may inhibit, rather than improve, athletic performance during high-intensity exercise. "Ketone salts are relatively new to the market and there's … Continue reading Do ketone nutritional supplements really work?

Ebola vaccine candidates pass another key hurdle in trials

Results from a large randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial in Liberia show that two candidate Ebola vaccines pose no major safety concerns and can elicit immune responses by one month after initial vaccination that last for at least one year. The findings, published in the October 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, are … Continue reading Ebola vaccine candidates pass another key hurdle in trials

So what WAS in that original smallpox vaccine?

It is mind-boggling that researchers still don't know exactly what virus was used in the most successful vaccine ever developed. But the mystery around the identity of the virus used by British physician Edward Jenner to create the smallpox vaccine back in 1798 has gained further traction after an international group of researchers led by … Continue reading So what WAS in that original smallpox vaccine?

Turning to Tai Chi can aid cardiac rehabilitation 

The slow and gentle movements of Tai Chi hold promise as an alternative exercise option for patients who decline traditional cardiac rehabilitation, according to preliminary research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. After a heart attack, more than 60 percent of patients decline … Continue reading Turning to Tai Chi can aid cardiac rehabilitation 

New genetic atlas simplifies genomic variation analysis

Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have completed a detailed atlas documenting the stretches of human DNA that influence gene expression - a key way in which a person's genome gives rise to an observable trait, like hair color or disease risk. This atlas is a critical resource for the scientific community … Continue reading New genetic atlas simplifies genomic variation analysis

Hibernating ribosomes may hold the key to bacterial survival

In the second of two high-profile articles published in recent weeks, Saint Louis University scientist Mee-Ngan F. Yap, Ph.D., in collaboration with the laboratories of 2009 Nobel laureate in chemistry Ada Yonath at the Weizmann Institute of Science and Alexey Amunts at Stockholm University, describe in Nature Communications new information about the structure of Staphylococcus … Continue reading Hibernating ribosomes may hold the key to bacterial survival

Human brain cell engineering with a twist

Li Gan, PhD, wants to find treatments to help patients with Alzheimer's disease. Like most researchers, she's hit a few major roadblocks. When researchers like Gan find potential new drugs, they must be tested on human cells to confirm they can benefit patients. Historically, these tests have been conducted in cancer cells, which often don't … Continue reading Human brain cell engineering with a twist

Zika is proving even more dangerous than thought

Zika virus is mutating so fast in Brazilian patients that different serotypes of the pathogen could appear in the near future, as is already the case with dengue virus. This would hinder the production of a vaccine and impair the effectiveness of the diagnostic tests already developed. The alarm was sounded by Edison Luiz Durigon, … Continue reading Zika is proving even more dangerous than thought