Science is learning a thing or two from nature
A new paper, published in the journal Research, explains a new technique that breaks down blood clots. It uses ultrasound waves that swirl like a tornado that get rid of clots much faster than the current methods. Scientists are testing this approach to treat cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, which is a type of stroke that occurs when clots prevent blood from draining out of the brain.
A stressful day may look different depending on your gender
A recent mouse study shows that female and male hearts react differently to stress hormones. The research, published in the journal Science Advances, exposed mice to noradrenaline, a neurotransmitter and hormone associated with our fight or flight response. Researchers found that the female hearts returned to normal functioning much quicker than the male hearts. This discovery shows the need for more research on how the different sexes respond to heart medications.
Everything we know about love may be wrong
Oxytocin is often called the ‘love hormone’ because scientists believed it was responsible for promoting friendliness and romantic attachment. However, a new study in the journal Neuron challenges these beliefs. Researchers used CRISPR technology to delete the oxytocin receptor gene in prairie voles, but didn’t see any changes in their monogamous behavior and parenting habits. This study shows that oxytocin may not be as necessary as we thought to love and relationships.