Welcome to Fitmodo, your regular weekly round up of the news you need to know to keep your earthly form in top shape — from fitness advice to breakthroughs in medical research.
This week: Why drinking is worse for you if you are poor, a vaccine against designer drugs and cancer tumours shown to shrink in mice who go for a run.
Despite drinking the same amounts, people in lower income communities have higher levels of alcohol-related ill health than people in wealthier communities, and now UK scientists think they know why.
Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute have just published the results of a study done on a special kind of vaccine in the journal Angewandte Chemie. This vaccine does not guard against a virus. Instead, it blocks the effects of synthetic designer drugs.
For the first time ever, researchers have successfully demonstrated a system that enables a person to move the individual fingers of a prosthetic hand using just their thoughts.
Tumours shrink 50 per cent faster in mice given access to a running wheel than in inactive animals, because the exercise-related surge in adrenaline helps move their cancer-killing immune cells towards the tumour, according to international scientists. They also found exercise makes muscles release a specialised signalling substance, which helps guide the immune cells towards the tumours.
Australian children who are exposed to higher levels of environmental lead are more likely in early adulthood to show increased aggressive behaviour and commit an assault that results in death, a new study led by Macquarie University researchers has found.
A critical discovery about how bacteria feed on an unusual sugar molecule found in leafy green vegetables could hold the key to explaining how ‘good’ bacteria protect our gut and promote health.
Also catching our eye:
- Lifehacker Australia has all the details on ASDetect — a free app that can detect Autism in babies and toddlers.
- Can a fast food diet actually be healthy? Business Insider Australia took a week-long challenge to find out.
- Want to create a home gym, but have no idea where to start? Popsugar Australia has you sorted with this handy guide.