Our brains have been keeping a secret
Scientists have recently discovered a part of the brain that helps control the flow of cerebra-spinal fluid. This structure also protects and supports immune cells that are on the lookout for infections. Researchers have named this new layer the ‘subarachnoidal lymphatic-like membrane’, or SLYM for short. The membrane also surrounds other organs in the body, like our lungs and heart. The study is published in the journal Science.
A new strategy for treating tuberculosis
The World Health Organization reports that TB infects nearly a quarter of the world’s population, however, our current treatments rely on a century-old vaccine and antibiotics that can be ineffective. Research published in Nature Communications shows how a new tool can improve our knowledge of one tuberculosis strain and could do the same for others. This new understanding is the first step in creating better treatment options.
Science is calling upon elite free divers to help beat lung disease
Many free divers can hold their breath for more than 10 minutes underwater, while the average lung disease patient struggles to get enough oxygen in everyday life. A study in Experimental Physiology examines the qualities of divers that enable their breathing skills. Researchers hope these insights will provide new treatments for people with chronic lung disease.
Can your cognitive performance predict illness?
Research published in Scientific Reports looked at a link between our brain functioning and the severity of a viral infection. They found that subtle variations in mental ability can let us know how well our immune system is performing. In fact, a simple at-home test proved to be successful in its predictions when assessing functions, such as reaction time and attention.