sugar

New tool to dissect 'undruggable' proteins through the sugars they depend on

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Apr, 2021
by Alex Muller

Now, with a new pencil/eraser tool, researchers can start to study how sugar molecules affect these proteins, insights that could lead to new treatments for the 'undruggable.'

Scientists discover gene mutation evolved in humans to help with high-sugar diets

Posted in Highlights from UCL, Medicine on 5th Jun, 2019
by Alex Muller

In an interesting look at evolution in action, a research team led by University College London has discovered around 50 percent of people carry a gene mutation that helps lower blood sugar levels.

High sugar intake linked with poorer long-term mental health

Posted in Science on 29th Jul, 2017
by Alex Muller

Men with high sugar intakes have an increased likelihood of mental disorders (such as anxiety and depression) after 5 years compared to those with low intakes, according to UCL research.

Eating sweet food forms memories that may control eating habits

Posted in Science on 14th Nov, 2015
by Alex Muller

Neurons in the dorsal hippocampus, the part of the brain that is critical for episodic memory, are activated by consuming sweets.

Starving cells of sugar could be the key to future cancer treatments

Posted in Medicine on 27th Sep, 2015
by Alex Muller

Cancer cells are cells that cheat death; rather than growing old and dying, as healthy cells do, they continue to grow and divide.