Can coffee help us live longer?

Coffee cup on a wooden surface surrounded by coffee beans

Many could be surprised to learn that a new study conducted in the United Kingdom presents findings that indicate that coffee could elongate our lives. After studying the health of half a million people from 10 European countries, data suggests that drinking three cups of coffee a day may increase our lifespan.

The study was led by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer in conjunction with Imperial College London. They selected an enormous group of people all over the age of 35 and when the study began they recorded how much coffee they drank a day. The state of health at the time of death was then analysed over 16 years. Their conclusions claim that caffeine could be linked to helping lower the risk of death and the development of health complications such as heart diseases and gut related problems. Although researches are keen to highlight that although the pool of Read more

New drug produces a tan without causing skin damage

Woman with half a tan

Inspired by the lack of advances in the field of skin cancer, a group of American scientists have recently developed a new drug that provokes the same sun-kissed effects that UV rays has on our skin but creates a tan without the damaging effects of the sun.

Tests have been conducted both on human skin as well as mice and it appears that when ingesting the drug, skin will successfully develop the pigment melanin that produces darkening of the skin. The experimental drug was developed at Massachusetts General Hospital and they have evidence that the darkening effect of the skin could even work on red-heads – many of which will never be able to boast a holiday tan because of their tendency to burn. While for many this new drug could be a vital beauty enhancer, not only to reduce aging caused by the sun and the tan itself; Read more

Scientists create the first 3-D bioprinter capable of printing fully functioning skin

Keyboard with a key to start 3-D printing

A group of ground-breaking scientists from Spain joined forces and created a prototype for the first 3-D bioprinter that has the capability of producing fully functioning skin.

This new technology is a result of a joint collaboration between a team of researchers from Carlos III University (UC3M), Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, CIEMAT (Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research) and the firm BioDan Group. Their bioprinter produces fully functioning skin that is adequate for not only cosmetic, chemical and pharmaceutical testing but also skin transplants.  Luis Jorcano, professor in UC3M's department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering and head of the Mixed Unit CIEMAT/UC3M in Biomedical Engineering, explained to scientific journal Biofabrication that the skin "can be transplanted to patients or used in business settings to test chemical Read more