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Human Quirks: Health & Medicine
December 10, 2020

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Tomatoes Offer Affordable Source of Parkinson's Disease Drug

Scientists have produced a tomato enriched in the Parkinson's disease drug L-DOPA in what could become a new, affordable source of one of the world's essential ...

Using Targeted Microbubbles to Administer Toxic Cancer Drugs

New research has shown how microbubbles carrying powerful cancer drugs can be guided to the site of a tumor using antibodies. Microbubbles are small manufactured spheres half the size of a red blood ...

The World's First DNA 'Tricorder' in Your Pocket

Scientists have built the first mobile genome sequence analyzer, making DNA analysis portable and accessible anywhere in the ...

Restoring a Rudimentary Form of Vision in the Blind

Restoration of vision in blind people through a brain implant is on the verge of becoming reality. Recent discoveries show that newly developed high-resolution implants in the visual cortex make it ...
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Reversible Stickiness Is Something to Smile About

Researchers report a cross-linker for dental cement that breaks down under UV light, making treatments easier to ...

Interactive Virtual Reality Emerges as a New Tool for Drug Design Against COVID-19

Scientists have demonstrated a new virtual reality technique which should help in developing drugs against the SARS-CoV-2 virus -- and enable researchers to share models and collaborate in new ways. ...

Denisovan DNA in the Genome of Early East Asians

Researchers analyzed the genome of the oldest human fossil found in Mongolia to date and show that the 34,000-year-old woman inherited around 25 percent of her DNA from western Eurasians, ...

In the nearly two centuries since 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37.0 degrees Celsius) was established as the standard 'normal' body temperature, it has been used as the measure by which fevers ...

Exercising One Arm Has Twice the Benefits

New research has revealed that training one arm can improve strength and decrease muscle loss in the other arm -- without even moving it. The findings could help to address the muscle wastage and ...

Lab-Grown Mini-Lungs Mimic the Real Thing -- Right Down to Coronavirus Infection

Researchers have developed a lab-grown living lung model that mimics the tiny air sacs of the lungs where coronavirus infection and serious lung damage take place. This advance has enabled ...

Primates Aren't Quite Frogs

Researchers have demonstrated the 'spinal motor module hypothesis' in the primate arm, opening a new pathway for recovery after disease or ...

Thin tissue grafts and flexible electronics have a host of applications for wound healing, regenerative medicine and biosensing. A new device inspired by an octopus's sucker rapidly transfers ...

Customers Prefer Partitions Over Mannequins in Socially-Distanced Dining Rooms

Restaurants have had to get creative to enforce social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, including utilizing mannequins. Others were more conservative and opted to place plastic or ...

Scientists Engineer Bacteria-Killing Molecules from Wasp Venom

Scientists have engineered powerful new antimicrobial molecules from toxic proteins found in wasp venom. The team hopes to develop the molecules into new bacteria-killing drugs, an important ...

Silk Fibers Improve Bioink for 3D-Printed Artificial Tissues and Organs

Researchers processed silk fibers into a versatile component of bioink for 3D cell printing technology. Printed objects retain their shape better than those produced without the silk additive, and ...

Mammals Share Gene Pathways That Allow Zebrafish to Grow New Eyes

Working with fish, birds and mice, researchers report new evidence that some animals' natural capacity to regrow neurons is not missing, but is instead inactivated in ...

Could a Fecal Transplant One Day Be the Secret of Eternal Youth?

Fecal transplants could one day be used to restore cognitive decline among the elderly - according to new research. A new study shows how fecal transplants from older to younger mice altered their ...

Pain Relief Caused by SARS-CoV-2 Infection May Help Explain COVID-19 Spread

Research shows SARS-CoV-2 promotes pain relief through the receptor neuropilin-1, which gives scientists a new target for non-opioid pain therapeutics and offers one possible explanation for the ...

Element in Blood Is Part of Human -- And Hibernating Squirrel -- Stress Response, Study Reveals

A new study shows that part of the stress response in people and animals involves increasing the levels of naturally circulating iodide in blood. The discovery demonstrates a biological mechanism ...

Survey Finds American Support for Human-Animal Chimera Research

In September 2015, the US National Institutes of Health placed a funding moratorium on research that involves introducing human pluripotent stem cells into animal embryos. To assess attitudes on ...

Safety and Effectiveness of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation

Today, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) released the first results from the largest real-world study on the safety and effectiveness of FMT. The registry reported that FMT led to a ...

Fecal Transplantation Can Restore the Gut Microbiota of C-Section Babies

Birth by Cesarean section is detrimental to normal gut microbiota development. Researchers demonstrated that the intestinal microbiota development can be restored by postnatal, orally-delivered ...

The Ancient Neanderthal Hand in Severe COVID-19

Genetic variants that leave their carrier more susceptible to severe COVID-19 are inherited from Neanderthals, a new study ...

Wearable Exosuit That Lessens Muscle Fatigue Could Redesign the Future of Work

A new clothing-like exoskeleton can reduce back muscle fatigue and providing needed physical relief to material handlers, medical professionals and frontline ...

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