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Researchers discover tooth-enamel protein in eyes with dry AMD

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 08:16 AM PDT

A protein that normally deposits mineralized calcium in tooth enamel may also be responsible for calcium deposits in the back of the eye in people with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a study from researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI). This protein, amelotin, may turn out to be a therapeutic target for […]
Designing a coronavirus vaccine, researchers prepare for next year and beyond

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 08:12 AM PDT

As the number of novel coronavirus infections rises daily across the globe, strategies for developing a safe and effective vaccine are rapidly moving forward. In response to this public health crisis, researchers in the Precision Vaccines Program (PVP) at Boston Children’s Hospital are on the front lines of developing a vaccine specially targeted toward older […]
Silkworms provide new spin on sticky molecules

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 08:08 AM PDT

Silkworms are useful for more than just making strong and absorbent strings of silky thread for the textiles industry. A group of KAUST scientists has now coaxed these grub-like insects into making the human form of E-selectin, a critical adhesion molecule involved in inflammation, cancer and other disease processes. Working with collaborators at Kyushu University […]
Doctors urged to reconsider controversial acne drug

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 08:04 AM PDT

Acne treatment including the highly effective acne medication isotretinoin should be made more readily available despite reports of its association with depression and teen suicide. That’s the implication of a study just published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Isotretinoin has been linked to depression and suicide. But UCR researcher Misaki Natsuaki, one […]
LEGOs could survive in ocean for up to 1,300 years

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 07:58 AM PDT

A LEGO brick could survive in the ocean for as many as 1,300 years, according to new research.A study led by the University of Plymouth examined the extent to which items of the ever-popular children’s toy were worn down in the marine environment.By measuring the mass of individual bricks found on beaches against equivalent unused […]
If you’re poor, poverty is an environmental issue

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 07:55 AM PDT

In 2017, when interviewers asked Latino community members in San Antonio, Texas, about their top environmental concerns, the answers took researchers by surprise. Poverty. Inequality. Education. Racism. “They started bringing up things that don’t typically come up in environmental studies,” said Neil Lewis Jr. ’13, assistant professor of communication in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. […]
Rubbery nanomaterial replace human tissue

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 07:50 AM PDT

​Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have created a new, rubber-like material with a unique set of properties, which could act as a replacement for human tissue in medical procedures. The material has the potential to make a big difference to many people’s lives. The research was recently published in the highly regarded scientific […]
Ancient mantis-man petroglyph discovered in Iran

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 07:46 AM PDT

A unique rock carving found in the Teymareh rock art site (Khomein county) in Central Iran with six limbs has been described as part man, part mantis. Rock carvings, or petroglyphs, of invertebrate animals are rare, so entomologists teamed up with archaeologists to try and identify the motif. They compared the carving with others around […]
‘Stealth transmission’ fuels fast spread of coronavirus outbreak

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 07:42 AM PDT

Undetected cases, many of which were likely not severely symptomatic, were largely responsible for the rapid spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in China, according to new research by scientists at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The findings based on a computer model of the outbreak are published online in the journal Science. The researchers […]
A more balanced protein intake can reduce age-related muscle loss

Posted: 16 Mar 2020 07:38 AM PDT

Eating more protein at breakfast or lunchtime could help older people maintain muscle mass with advancing age – but most people eat proteins fairly unevenly throughout the day, new research at the University of Birmingham has found. The body’s mechanisms for producing new muscle require regular stimulation to function efficiently – this stimulation happens when […]

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Russ Roberts



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