Research Features – Issue 141: Holistic health and mini satellites

Research Features Issue 141 contains some fascinating articles on cutting-edge research in the field of health and medicine. Did you know that taking a midday nap can help type 2 diabetics manage their glycaemic levels? Or that there is a herbal treatment called SH003 that reduces blood supply to tumours, thus making it an effective cancer treatment? Health is not only about medicine, as a new study in Japan proved by showing the link between frailty and a varied diet, framing health in the context of social interaction.

Innovations in green technology are also continuing apace, with natural products being developed to protect crops during periods of water deficit. And finally: Houston, we have lift-off, with a modular, miniature propulsion system that helps make space just a little bit greener by usin .

Dr Shinya Makino researches the impact of midday naps on glycaemic control for patients with type 2 diabetes, evaluating the impact of sleep inertia and healthcare risks
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Midday naps: Effects in type 2 diabetics with reduced night-time sleep

Do toddlers have the right idea about midday naps? Research indicates that taking a nap in the middle of the day could have surprising health benefits, especially for people who struggle to get a good night’s sleep.

The potential anti-cancer effects of the herbal medicine SH003

The herbal treatment SH003 has been shown to have anti-cancer properties, such as sensitising cancer cells and cutting off blood supply to tumours. Herbal treatments could be valuable as alternative or supplementary cancer therapies.

Reducing risk of frailty through a varied diet during COVID-19 pandemic

Frailty, social interaction, and a lack of varied diet in older people in Japan as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and why it’s so important to support elderly people to improve their diets.

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Combating water stress in Macaronesia: Biostimulants and sustainable agriculture

Developing biostimulants that can help communities which are struggling with water shortages as a result of climate change. Crop productivity relies on irrigation in a number of locations, so developing natural products to help crops resist drought would be invaluable.

MIMPS-G: Green rocket propulsion for miniature satellites

A mini, modular, green propulsion system for satellites, ushering in a new generation of space exploration – but miniature!

14 February, 2022
Egyptian Red Sea and Nile from ISS
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