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The Alcohol Hangover: A Thought Impairing Experience

Headache, nausea, and fatigue are all common symptoms experienced the morning after a night of heavy drinking. Individuals also describe effects on concentration, mood, and decision-making. However, the scientific literature investigating these effects is scarce and has often produced mixed results, preventing firm conclusions. Given that... click to read more

  • Craig Gunn | PhD student at Department of Psychology, University of Bath, Bath, UK
Views 138
Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 11, 2018
A new way to go gray

Although gray hair is often seen as just another sign of getting older, for us at the Harris Lab it’s a window into the mysterious world of stem cells and their role in aging and tissue regeneration. Hair color depends on a specialized set of... click to read more

  • Christopher R. Keys | Researcher at Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
  • Melissa Harris | Assistant Professor at Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Views 325
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 23, 2018
Empowering the immune system to fight against cancer

It is well known that to grow and invade different organs, tumours must find ways to evade several layers of controls that are in place in our body. The immune system, a complex network of cells and antibodies has been shaped by evolution to protect... click to read more

  • Giovanni Germano | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at School of Medicine, University of Torino, Turin, Italy
Views 436
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 22, 2018
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Despite consisting only of one single cell, the microorganism Paramecium has an amazingly complex life cycle. It has a period of infancy and of old age, it learns, defends itself from prey, has sex, responds to different sensory cues - all things we can relate... click to read more

  • Sarah Allen | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institut für Zellbiologie, Universität Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  • Mariusz Nowacki | Professor at Institut für Zellbiologie, Universität Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Views 507
Reading time 4.5 min
published on Oct 19, 2018
Vaccine hope against a sexually transmitted disease: the answer to the burgeoning rise in a superbug

Gonorrhoea is a common bacterial infection caused by a bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is usually sexually transmitted and can cause complications such as an infection of the upper part of the female reproductive system (i.e. pelvic inflammatory disease), septic arthritis and heart muscle inflammation.... click to read more

  • Helen Petousis-Harris | Senior Lecturer at Immunisation Advisory Centre, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Australia
Views 736
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 3, 2018