Tuesday, August 30, 2016

BIOENGINEERING

A mutual breakdown

Nature abounds with examples of mutualistic relationships. Think of bees pollinating flowers whose nectar nourishes the bees, or clownfish that fight off predators of anemones that in turn provide hab..

Gene therapy via ultrasound could offer new therapeutic tool

Pictured is a fluorescently labeled endothelial cell monolayer, pseudocolorized in blue/green, and imaged using spectral confocal microscopy. One cell has been selectively perforated via ultrasound-in..

Bubble-wrapped sponge creates steam using sunlight

MIT graduate student George Ni holds a bubble-wrapped, sponge-like device that soaks up natural sunlight and heats water to boiling temperatures, generating steam through its pores. Photo: Jeremy ChoH..

NEUROSCIENCE

Decoding hidden dreams

The brain connects sensory information from the environment to our subjective experiences, resulting in our perceptions, emotions, and memories. However, our brains need to disconnect — i.e., sleep — ..

Stroke-like brain damage is reduced in mice injected with omega-3s

New York, NY, August 22, 2016–Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found that omega-3 fatty acids reduced brain damage in a neonatal mouse model of stroke. Findings from the stu..

HEALTH

New understanding of pulmonary hypertension leads to promising drug targets

A groundbreaking new study led by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC has identified a new group of compounds that could have robust effects in treating pulmonary hypertension (PH),..

Soluble corn fiber can help young women build bone, and older women preserve bone

Connie WeaverWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Supplementing with soluble corn fiber at two critical times in a woman’s life – adolescence and post-menopause – can help build and retain calcium in bone, accordin..

Study shows acetaminophen can be tolerated by children with mild, persistent asthma

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A new study finds young children with mild, persistent asthma, can tolerate acetaminophen without the worsening of asthma, when compared with ibuprofen use. The study, funded by the ..