A new study has found that fragile X syndrome, the most common genetic cause of mental retardation and autism, occurs because of a mechanism that shuts off the gene associated with the disease. Read on for more details. 

The growth of human breast cancer tumors implanted in rats speeded up by 2.5 times when they were exposed to dim light at night according to a study conducted by Steven Hill and his team at Tulane University School of Medicine. Read on to find out more. 


Researchers from New York University Langone Medical Center found that low doses of antibiotics in the early life of mice led to obesity when they grew up due to long-lasting consequences of the antibiotics on gut microbes. Read on to find out more. 

In a recent study, scientists were able to identify and arrest the action of a single molecular agent that affects the body’s ability to properly use, transport, and rid itself of cholesterol. This agent called glycosphingolipid, or GSL, resides in the membranes of all cells and is mostly known for regulating cell growth. Read on for more. 

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, found that placenta, which was thought to be sterile, harbors bacteria. They found that the placental microbiome was most similar to that present in the mouth of non-pregnant women. Read on to know more. 

The exact cause of the enigmatic and potentially lethal Kawasaki disease, which predominantly affects the children in Japan, Hawaii, and Southern California, was unknown to researchers for decades. It was assumed by many scientists that it could be a viral disease. However, new findings indicate otherwise. Read on for more details. 

Many people use Internet or app-based symptom checkers to make self-diagnosis. To understand whether physicians are better at making diagnoses than symptom checkers, researchers at Harvard Medical School conducted a study that included 234 internal medicine physicians. Read more about their research here.

A joint team headed by Eran Segal and Eran Elinav of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot led a study that found links between the use of sugar substitutes such as saccharine and obesity. It is also the first study to suggest that sweeteners cause metabolic disorders. Read on to find out more.

Using a survey carried out in a hospital cafeteria in Boston, researchers found that color-coded labels had an effect on customers' awareness and purchase of healthy food. Read on to know more. 

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who have been studying the Chinese horseshoe bats have discovered that the bats are carriers of a SARS-like virus, which has the potential of infecting humans with ease. The virus identified by the researchers is called WIV1-CoV and is capable of binding to the same receptors as SARS-CoV. Read more about their research here.