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The intestine makes sure that we feel sated

Usually, it is assumed that a full stomach gives a feeling of satiety and we stop eating. Experiments on mice show, however, that the elongation of the intestine plays a much larger role in appetite regulation. A large network of nerve endings monitors the contents of the stomach and intestines and sends signals to the […]

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We believe we can stop MS, and this is how

Twenty-five years ago there were no treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS) – a neurological condition that affects more than 100,000 people living in the UK. Today the picture is very different. There have been major advances in treatment and, following a series of more recent discoveries, we believe we can stop MS. We’ve reached a […]

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Why we age: New theories gaining ground

Why do we age? It’s a question that has had scientists scratching their heads for decades, but finally, we are starting to get some answers. Here is the story so far. One of the oldest theories of aging is the damage-accumulation theory, proposed by August Weisman in 1882. Cells and organisms are complex systems with […]

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Study shows we like our math like we like our art: Beautiful

A beautiful landscape painting, a beautiful piano sonata—art and music are almost exclusively described in terms of aesthetics, but what about math? Beyond useful or brilliant, can an abstract idea be considered beautiful? Yes, actually—and not just by mathematicians, reports a new study in Cognition. Coauthored by a Yale mathematician and a University of Bath […]

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Why are we so drawn to places of happy memories?

If somebody asks me “are you a coffee addict?” I may say, “Yeah it seems like, but on the one condition, only in my office.” I don’t have that much craving for coffee at home, but just being in the office, where I used to drink coffee all the time seeking to get caffeine jitters, […]

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Are we using biologic therapy properly?

The introduction of infliximab (Remicade), the first biologic therapy approved for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), did not result in lower rates of hospitalizations or intestinal surgeries among patients living with IBD in Ontario, according to a study published by authors from several Canadian hospitals and ICES in the journal Gut. The authors […]