cornfungus

Reducing the Fungus, Protecting the Harvest

Crops all over the world are susceptible to infection by Aspergillus fungi. This fungus produces aflatoxins, which stunt children’s growth, increases risk of liver cancer, and makes people more prone to diseases like HIV and malaria. In the U.S., crops are tested for aflatoxin and burned if levels are over 20 parts per billion. There … Continued

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At the Green Light, Pain Takes Off

Going out in nature always has a soothing effect. Stress goes away, pain subsides, and the mind clears. It may not be the quiet surroundings that relax the body, but the actual plants themselves. It’s not some chemical they release, but the color that emanates from the leaves into our brains – green. Researchers at … Continued

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cryofreeze

Thawing Frozen Organs Closer to Reality

When organs are cryopreserved, returning them to functionality is the hard part. Current warming techniques create small cracks in the tissues. New research is working on a method that could rewarm larger pieces of tissue without major damage. This new method could lead to storing organs for transplant. Scientists from the University of Minnesota published … Continued

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medicalcuba

Cancer Treatment from Cuba

Cuba claims it a long history of providing high-quality care. Cuban researchers began working on a new cancer treatment in the 1990s because of the high rate of lung cancer there. After chemotherapy and radiation are completed and failed, patients are willing to try treatments not approved by the FDA. A retired OBGYN was diagnosed … Continued

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DIY Dialysis: Same Result, Less Stress

When the kidneys can no longer clean toxins from the body, dialysis becomes a life saver. Half a million Americans need dialysis, which can cost more than $50,000 each year and hours each week at a dialysis center. There are about 7,000 dialysis centers across the country. The traditional dialysis routine in a clinic setting … Continued

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To Make Drugs, Just Add Water and Stir?

It sounds like the simple instructions for making Ramen or hot chocolate. A new appliance-looking device could be mass producing drugs in a similar fashion in the near future. When hooked up to some test tubes, chemists have used the Freezemobile to make a ring of crystalline ice ready for transport to the most remote … Continued

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