About Irene Feliciotti

A biologist, with a Master's Degree in Biology, specialized in neurobiology, she continued her career as a scientist abroad, with an internship in neurogenetics at the University of St Andrews, and now a PhD in structural biology from the University of Reading. So now he lives in the UK, and is interested in neuroscience, biomedicine, structural biology, probiotics and microbiome; but also of all the other aspects of science and how this is always part of our daily life. He has been collaborating with Minerva since November 2018 but he has always taken part in scientific dissemination events, come “Low cost Science” e “Pint of Science”.

Fish-oil supplements

2022-02-16T01:25:52+01:0016 February 2022|Categories: Food and Health|Tags: , , , , |

Fish oils capsules are among the most used supplements in the USA and Europe, and are often suggested as a good source of Omega-3. But is not all gold everything that shines. behind the billionaire fish-oil business, there are legends, fake news and not enough- consideration for the environmental impact of this choice. . Because fish oil? Tutto inizia probabilmente da un’idea geniale di un farmacista norvegese Peter Möller. During industrial revolution, in 1800, the increase of industries and urbanization , In Europe, rickets start to spread really fast, , una malattia che colpisce bambini e adolescenti causando [...]

What does not kill you, doesn't make you stronger.

2022-01-24T12:09:47+01:0021 January 2022|Categories: Curiosity|Tags: , , , , |

Ció che non ti uccide NON ti rende piú forte Quante volte lo abbiamo usato questo detto? Even with other shades maybe, like "Wht doesn't kill you, makes you fatter", derived from the popular tradition for which still gaining weight was good and right (thank you Grandma). Ma c'è voluto proprio uno studio dell’Università del Texas per farci smettere di usare questo proverbio. In an article published on the 9 th of January in fact, it is written that what does not kill you, leaves you with mental impairment.. Texas is a slightly unlucky country, often affected by floods, industrial accident , tornado and hurricanes.. Dando retta al [...]

Depression and walks in the woods

2022-02-10T18:52:24+01:0021 January 2022|Categories: Medicine and Research|Tags: , , , |

Depression is serious business! There are diseases that do not leave scars, that do not require plaster, crutches or patches, but that cannot for this reason be ignored. Psychiatric disorders are this: they are invisible to anyone without an experienced eye, but there are, and they are dangerous. DEPRESSION, for example, is often underestimated! Because it is so easy to say to a depressed person “go for a walk in the countryside!”? Simple: because you have no idea what depression is. Good, let's explain it, but not in an easy way, not with cartoons that confuse depression and sadness, [...]

Rita Levi-Montalcini, a history of science, love and struggle.

2021-12-30T12:58:10+01:0030 December 2021|Categories: Medicine and Research|Tags: , , , |

As far as 30 years ago it was taught, unfortunately also at school, that the nervous system is a static thing, that is born and dies, without growing; than the nerves once injured, they no longer regenerate. Fortunately this is not the case and, if we know the truth, we owe it to a great scientist: Rita Levi-Montalcini. She was responsible for the discovery of the neuronal growth factor (NGF) but not only: his is also a good science story, love, struggle and tenacity that we now tell you. Rita was born in Turin in 1902 from a very interesting family: the father, Adamo [...]

A glass of water, Thank you!

2021-12-08T13:03:58+01:0023 September 2021|Categories: Curiosity|Tags: , , , , |

When you go to the restaurant and ask for a glass of water, it's okay if they give you tap water or ask for bottled water? Many people still don't trust drinking tap water and prefer bottled water; ISTAT reports that in the 2019 the 29% of Italians follow this trend, with higher numbers in Sardinia (59,9%) and Sicily (53,1%), while Umbria is in the lead for the consimo of bottled water. What is it we don't like about tap water? The water we drink, whether it is bottled or not, comes from superficial sources, come [...]

How- DNA does -not- change

2021-08-03T10:16:51+02:003 August 2021|Categories: Medicine and Research|Tags: , , , |

With the problem of RNA vaccines, fear of changes in our DNA has also risen. What are we really talking about? There is this risk? Let's try to explain it. The structure of DNA is a relatively young discovery, which has less than 70 years. Editing - modification- genica has even fewer years of history behind it, so much so that the most advanced technique that is known won the Nobel only last year. So we can say that the unscientific community, who is not so familiar with these hi-tech stuff, he didn't have much time to understand concepts like genetics, the term [...]

Celiac disease or problems with fructose?

2021-07-17T15:29:04+02:0014 July 2021|Categories: Food and Health|Tags: , , |

People suffering from celiac disease are about 1% of the population, but until 12% reports having the same symptoms when eating bread, pasta, pizza and products derived from wheat: hence intestinal disorders, difficulty digesting, physical weakness e, in some cases, skin rashes. In these cases, following a gluten-free diet does not solve the problem. Apparently, the enemy for these people is not a protein, like gluten, but the fruit, a carbohydrate. Fructan is a food that is part of the FODMAPs, short chain carbohydrates, which are not easily digested and ferment in our intestines, [...]

Craving for dessert?

2021-06-20T16:56:24+02:0020 June 2021|Categories: Food and Health|Tags: , , , , , , , |

How many times after lunch, even if you ate a whole plate of pasta, feel that hole in your stomach, precise for a piece of cake, or a little chocolate? And how many times, with all the good intentions of following a decent diet, try to deceive yourself by eating some fruit? And how many times then, after fruit, give in and also eat any chocolate, finger, candy you are standing in front of? Eh, I'm sorry, but the brain is not deceived! Rather, better: the intestine is not deceived! In fact, you need to know there are special cells in our intestines that can tell you the difference [...]

Serological tests and swabs: when and why to do them

2021-06-19T16:59:41+02:008 January 2021|Categories: Medicine and Research|Tags: , , , |

The pandemic has just begun, we all had heard of tests and swabs before: What are? What are they for? How many must be made, Why? What are false positives? A few months later, we started talking mainly about serological tests, sampling, antibodies and vaccine. A very common mistake has been to confuse the two types of tests: the swab and the serological. But these two procedures are very different from each other and must be done for different purposes, let's see why. First of all, when we talk about serological tests we have to talk about antibodies. Antibodies are "Y" shaped proteins, produced by cells [...]

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