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Gold mining with mercury poses health threats for miles downstream
Small-scale gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon poses a health hazard not only to the miners and communities near where mercury is used to extract gold from ore, but also to downstream communities hundreds of kilometers away where people eat mercury-contaminated river fish as part of their diet. (2020-05-28)
Essential key to hearing sensitivity discovered
New research is shedding light on the biological architecture that lets us hear -- and on a genetic disorder that causes both deafness and blindness. (2020-05-26)
The genome of jojoba: The only plant to store wax in its seeds
Interest on Jojoba crop was, and still is, jojoba oil, which is not a glyceride fat, but a liquid wax with unique chemical configuration and features. (2020-05-20)
How some insects manage to halt their own growth in harsh conditions
Most insects alter their own development or physiology to overcome adverse conditions, such as harsh winters. (2020-05-19)
Clinical trial shows ability of stem cell-based topical solution to regrow hair
The results of a clinical trial released today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine demonstrate how a topical solution made up of stem cells leads to the regrowth of hair for people with a common type of baldness. (2020-05-18)
Brief intervention could keep lower-risk drug use from becoming riskier: BU study
A new pilot randomized trial by researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) finds that a brief intervention for people with lower-risk drug use may help prevent increased and riskier use, as well as other health issues. (2020-05-11)
Timing of maturity, feelings about ethnicity and race can positively affect black males' self-concept, well-being
Black males start puberty at younger ages than males of other racial or ethnic groups, and early puberty has been linked to risks for negative outcomes, yet we know little about how black males navigate the changes in their bodies or understand their social identities. (2020-05-05)
Liver surgery success boosted by growth hormone
Growth hormone has been identified as playing a key role in reducing inflammation and increasing survival rates following liver surgery. (2020-05-04)
New targets for childhood brain tumors identified
People with the genetic condition neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) are prone to developing tumors on nervous system tissue. (2020-05-01)
Gentler, safer hair dye based on synthetic melanin
Northwestern University researchers have developed a new hair dye process that is much milder than traditional hair dyes by using synthetic melanin to mimic natural human hair pigmentation. (2020-04-30)
A milder hair dye based on synthetic melanin
With the coronavirus pandemic temporarily shuttering hair salons, many clients are appreciating, and missing, the ability of hair dye to cover up grays or touch up roots. (2020-04-29)
Mechanisms responsible for tissue growth
Publication in Cell: Researchers at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) uncover the mechanisms mediating postnatal tissue development. (2020-04-29)
Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy is associated with growth delays
A new study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) has found an association between exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and delays in physical growth in the early years after birth. (2020-04-22)
Experimental drug offers hope for preventing cancer relapse
A drug that is well-tolerated in patients and prevents cancer coming back in mice has been identified by researchers at the Francis Crick Institute. (2020-04-14)
Hair surface engineering to be advanced by nano vehicles
'Hair surface engineering: modification of fibrous materials of biological origin using functional ceramic nano containers', a project headed by Rawil Fakhrullin, is supported by the Russian Science Foundation. (2020-04-10)
Tracking the atomic pathways by in-situ liquid cell TEM
Using the in-situ liquid cell transmission electron microscopy, the three-stage growth of Pt3Ni-Ni(OH)2 core-shell structures at the gas-liquid interfaces was clearly observed. (2020-04-08)
Study questions impact of pregnancy-related programme on stillbirth rates
A new Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology study of 11 million pregnancies in the UK calls into question the impact of the Growth Assessment Protocol (GAP) program on stillbirth rate. (2020-04-08)
Plant root hairs key to reducing soil erosion
The tiny hairs found on plant roots play a pivotal role in helping reduce soil erosion, a new study has found. (2020-04-03)
Colorado study overturns 'snapshot' model of cell cycle in use since 1974
Live, single-cell imaging shows cellular 'memory' of growth factor availability throughout the cell cycle (and not just snapshot of growth factor availability) influences cells' decision to replicate. (2020-04-02)
Daughter cells carry memory from mother on decision to divide
Researchers at CU Boulder have found that it's actually the mother cell that determines if its daughter cells will divide. (2020-04-02)
Three non-invasive methods used to predict who has NASH agree only about 20% of the time
Researchers and clinicians have been trying to find a way to diagnose nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) without taking a liver tissue biopsy, but according to new research, formulas that aim to predict NASH based on risk factors do not agree with each other and their accuracy varies. (2020-03-31)
'Thermometer' protein regulates blooming
As average temperatures rise every year, it is no longer rare to see plants flower as early as February. (2020-03-23)
Changes in cellular degradation hubs can lead to cancer
Cancer cells grow and divide in an uncontrolled manner. A new study from Uppsala University now shows how alterations in a cell's degradation hubs, called lysosomes, can cause abnormal cell growth. (2020-03-17)
Hair in 'stress': Analyze with care
Similar to humans, wild animals' reaction to disturbance is accompanied by releasing hormones, such as cortisol. (2020-03-12)
NIH researchers successfully stop blood vessel, tumor growth in mice
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions have devised a new strategy to stop tumors from developing the new blood vessels they need to grow. (2020-03-11)
The naming of the shrew
Researchers at Louisiana State University have discovered a new species of shrew, which they have named the hairy-tailed shrew, or Crocidura caudipilosa. (2020-03-11)
Microscopic STAR particles offer new potential treatment for skin diseases
A skin cream infused with microscopic particles, named STAR particles, could potentially facilitate better treatment of skin diseases including psoriasis, warts, and certain types of skin cancer. (2020-03-09)
A molecular atlas of skin cells
Our skin protects us from physical injury, radiation and microbes, and at the same time produces hair and facilitates perspiration. (2020-02-27)
Baldness gene discovery reveals origin of hairy alpine plants
Scientists have solved a puzzle that has long baffled botanists -- why some plants on high mountainsides are hairy while their low-lying cousins are bald. (2020-02-27)
Discovery of expanding pectin nanofilaments that manipulate plant cell shapes
Scientists have discovered new filamentous structures within plant cell walls that influence cell growth and help build complex three-dimensional cell shapes. (2020-02-27)
Watching magnetic nano 'tornadoes' in 3D
Scientists have developed a three-dimensional imaging technique to observe complex behaviours in magnets, including fast-moving waves and 'tornadoes' thousands of times thinner than a human hair. (2020-02-24)
Deciphering the mechanism that determines organ size and shape
The study, published in the journal Developmental Cell and performed in Drosophila, unravels how developmental genes regulate organ size and proportions. (2020-02-21)
UConn biomedical engineer creates 'smart' bandages to heal chronic wounds
A new 'smart bandage' developed at UConn could help improve clinical care for people with chronic wounds. (2020-02-13)
How plants are built to be strong and responsive
Researchers have solved the long-standing mystery of how plants control the arrangement of their cellulose fibres. (2020-02-06)
Herringbone pattern in plant cell walls critical to cell growth
Plant cells tend to grow longer instead of wider due to the alignment of the many layers of cellulose that make up their cell walls, according to a new study that may have implications for biofuels research. (2020-02-04)
Ketamine use is underreported -- likely due to unknown exposure -- among EDM partygoers
Nearly 37% of electronic dance music (EDM) party attendees test positive for ketamine use when samples of their hair are tested -- despite only 14.6% disclosing that they have used the drug in the past year. (2020-01-30)
Crab-shell and seaweed compounds spin into yarns for sustainable and functional materials
Biobased fibres are made from two renewable marine resources and with promise in advanced applications, in wovens and medical materials, among others. (2020-01-28)
Women with PCOS experience poor health and quality of life beyond reproductive years
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) experience poor health and quality of life into their late forties, according to new research published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (2020-01-23)
Solving a biological puzzle: How stress causes gray hair
Harvard scientists have found evidence to support long-standing anecdotes that stress causes hair graying. (2020-01-22)
Scientific evidence found for role of stress in hair whitening
Partnering with scientists at Harvard, a group of Brazilians affiliated with the Center for Research on Inflammatory Diseases (CRID), supported by FAPESP, described the mechanisms that cause hair color loss in extreme situations. (2020-01-22)
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