Posted: February 11th, 2015 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Favorite New Thought, Health, Outside the Box | Tags: Mitochondrial dysfunction, Pharmacological endoplasmic reticulum stress inhibitors | Comments Off on Obesity Damage to Mother’s Eggs Passed on to Offspring
Researchers from the University of Adelaide say they’ve unraveled a key mechanism that may explain how obesity can be passed from mother to child, the discovery may also provide clarity into why obese women find it so difficult to fall pregnant.
According to their study, obese mothers ‘transmit’ metabolic problems to their offspring through changes to the mitochondria in their eggs, long before conception has taken place.
The researchers were able to reverse this damage in eggs of obese mice using drugs that reduce cellular stress.
They say their findings, published today in Development, may point towards future therapies to help obese women overcome fertility issues and prevent multigenerational health problems related to obesity :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 18th, 2014 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: Chukotka, Pithovirus sibericum, Russia, Siberia, Worlds Biggest Virus | Comments Off on Scientists Wake Virus After 30,000 Year Slumber
French scientists say they have revived a giant but harmless virus that had been locked in the Siberian permafrost for more than 30,000 years.
Wakening the long-dormant virus serves as a warning that unknown pathogens entombed in frozen soil may be roused by global warming, the scientists said.
The virus, Pithovirus sibericum, was found in a 30-metre-deep sample of permanently frozen soil taken from coastal tundra in Chukotka, near the East Siberia Sea, where the average annual temperature is -13.4 degrees Celsius.
The team thawed the virus and watched it replicate in a culture in a petri dish, where it infected a simple single-cell organism called an amoeba.
Radiocarbon dating of the soil sample found that vegetation grew there more than 30,000 years ago, a time when mammoths and Neanderthals walked the Earth, according to a paper published in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 29th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Favorite New Thought | Tags: Department of Sustainability and Environment, Eastern Bentwing Microbats, Flying Mammal, Microchiroptera, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Science News, United States Army, Victoria's Microbat Program, Wee Jasper | Comments Off on Missile Technology Tracking Microbat
During Australia’s sizzling hot summer months, there’s no better place to be than underground, especially if your a pregnant Microchiroptera, or Microbat.
While we may not be aware of it – microbats are seldom seen – these tiny creatures play an important role in controlling urban insect numbers, eating up to half their weight in bugs each night.
Every summer tens of thousands of female Eastern Bentwing Microbats migrate to limestone caves in southern New South Wales to deliver and rear their pups.
There are very few remaining breeding grounds for large colonies of this vulnerable species, females Bentwing Microbats migrate up to 300 kilometres to roost.
Researchers are using some pretty unusual technology to track and monitor these colonies, missile tracking software from the United States Army :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: November 30th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: Health Warning, Parechovirus | Comments Off on Government Agency Warns Infants Diagnosed with Parechovirus
Australian GPs are being urged to be on the look out for a new virus, called Parechovirus – HPeV – that affects infants and has not been seen in Australia before.
About 20 babies have been diagnosed with the gastro and respiratory virus, which usually only causes fever, rash and diarrhoea but in severe cases can develop into hepatitis or encephalitis.
New South Wales Health – NSWH – says all 20 cases of HPeV have so far been in children aged under 16 weeks. Parents and doctors should be on the lookout for symptoms.
HPeV is a ubiquitous virus that is transmitted from person to person via direct and indirect routes. It is the cause of paralytic poliomyelitis, a disease that has been eradicated from most western nations :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 22nd, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Toxically Engineered | Tags: Food and Agriculture Organisation, Food Wastage Footprint, Food Waste, Geenhouse Gases, United Nations | Comments Off on 3rd Biggest Carbon Emitter? Wasted Food!
The food the world wastes accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than any country except for China and the United States, according to a United Nations report.
It says every year about a third of all food for human consumption, around 1.3 billion tonnes, is wasted, along with all the energy, water and chemicals needed to produce it and dispose of it.
Almost 30 per cent of the world’s farmland, and a volume of water equivalent to the annual discharge of Europe’s River Volga, are in effect being used in vain.
In its Food Wastage Footprint Report – below – the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation – FAO – estimated the carbon footprint of wasted food was equivalent to 3.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
If it were a country, it would be the world’s third biggest emitter after China and the US, suggesting that more efficient food use could contribute substantially to global efforts to cut greenhouse gases to limit global warming :: Read the full article »»»»