Biology / Health / Medicine / Science

Measles wipes out your immune system

Twitter’s been chirping away about some new research on measles! Published in Science, the study looks into why measles causes so much extra disease burden through secondary infections. Previous work has found that measles infection suppresses the immune system, but this effect was thought to resolve fairly quickly after infection, bouncing back within 2-6 weeks. Turns … Continue reading

Brain juice
Biology / Health / Medicine / Science

Brain juice

Today I’ve been asked about norepinephrine, by someone who is taking an SNRI, or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. So, norepinephrine is also known as noradrenaline. It’s a hormone and a neurotransmitter, so it plays a role all through the body, including in the brain. It’s easier to ask what it doesn’t do, at a casual look: it’s involved … Continue reading