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  1. Pomegranate Drug May Stem Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’sThe onset of Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed and some of its symptoms curbed by a natural compound that is found in pomegranate. Also, the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson’s disease could be reduced, according to the findings of a two-year project headed by Univ. of Huddersfield scientist Olumayokun Olajide, who specializes in the anti-inflammatory properties of natural products.Now, a new phase of research can explore the development of drugs that will stem the development of dementias such as Alzheimer’s, which affects some 800,000 people in the UK, with 163,000 new cases a year being diagnosed. Globally, there are at least 44.4 million dementia sufferers, with the numbers expected to soar.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/pomegranate-drug-may-stem-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-parkinson%E2%80%99s

    Pomegranate Drug May Stem Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

    The onset of Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed and some of its symptoms curbed by a natural compound that is found in pomegranate. Also, the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson’s disease could be reduced, according to the findings of a two-year project headed by Univ. of Huddersfield scientist Olumayokun Olajide, who specializes in the anti-inflammatory properties of natural products.

    Now, a new phase of research can explore the development of drugs that will stem the development of dementias such as Alzheimer’s, which affects some 800,000 people in the UK, with 163,000 new cases a year being diagnosed. Globally, there are at least 44.4 million dementia sufferers, with the numbers expected to soar.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/pomegranate-drug-may-stem-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-parkinson%E2%80%99s

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  3. Wound-healing Compound is a SuccessVirginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist Robert Gourdie developed a wound-healing peptide while researching how electrical signals trigger heartbeats. He never imagined that the peptide, ACT1, would prove to heal venous leg ulcers twice as quickly as the current standard of care.The results of this phase 2, multicenter, randomized clinical trial, conducted by FirstString Research Inc., were recently published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/wound-healing-compound-success

    Wound-healing Compound is a Success

    Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist Robert Gourdie developed a wound-healing peptide while researching how electrical signals trigger heartbeats. He never imagined that the peptide, ACT1, would prove to heal venous leg ulcers twice as quickly as the current standard of care.

    The results of this phase 2, multicenter, randomized clinical trial, conducted by FirstString Research Inc., were recently published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/wound-healing-compound-success

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  5. Combinations of Vaccines Best to Fight PolioNew research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world’s most remote and strife-torn regions. Giving a single vaccine shot to children who’ve already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity.The World Health Organization officials said the combination strategy already is starting to be used in mass vaccination campaigns in some hard-hit areas and is being introduced for routine immunizations in developing countries, too.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/combinations-vaccines-best-fight-polio

    Combinations of Vaccines Best to Fight Polio

    New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world’s most remote and strife-torn regions. Giving a single vaccine shot to children who’ve already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity.

    The World Health Organization officials said the combination strategy already is starting to be used in mass vaccination campaigns in some hard-hit areas and is being introduced for routine immunizations in developing countries, too.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/combinations-vaccines-best-fight-polio

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  7. 3-D Printers Produce Custom Medical ImplantsA team of researchers at Louisiana Tech Univ. has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3-D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds for targeted drug delivery.The team comprised of doctoral students and research faculty from Louisiana Tech’s biomedical engineering and nanosystems engineering programs collaborated to create filament extruders that can make medical-quality 3-D printing filaments. Creating these filaments, which have specialized properties for drug delivery, is a new concept that can result in smart drug delivering medical implants or catheters.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/3-d-printers-produce-custom-medical-implants

    3-D Printers Produce Custom Medical Implants

    A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech Univ. has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3-D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds for targeted drug delivery.

    The team comprised of doctoral students and research faculty from Louisiana Tech’s biomedical engineering and nanosystems engineering programs collaborated to create filament extruders that can make medical-quality 3-D printing filaments. Creating these filaments, which have specialized properties for drug delivery, is a new concept that can result in smart drug delivering medical implants or catheters.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/3-d-printers-produce-custom-medical-implants

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  9. Autistic Kids Have Extra Brain SynapsesChildren and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is because of a slowdown in a normal brain “pruning” process during development, according to a study by neuroscientists at Columbia Univ. Medical Center (CUMC). Because synapses are the points where neurons connect and communicate with each other, the excessive synapses may have profound effects on how the brain functions. The study was published in Neuron.A drug that restores normal synaptic pruning can improve autistic-like behaviors in mice, the researchers found, even when the drug is given after the behaviors have appeared.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/autistic-kids-have-extra-brain-synapses

    Autistic Kids Have Extra Brain Synapses

    Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is because of a slowdown in a normal brain “pruning” process during development, according to a study by neuroscientists at Columbia Univ. Medical Center (CUMC). Because synapses are the points where neurons connect and communicate with each other, the excessive synapses may have profound effects on how the brain functions. The study was published in Neuron.

    A drug that restores normal synaptic pruning can improve autistic-like behaviors in mice, the researchers found, even when the drug is given after the behaviors have appeared.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/autistic-kids-have-extra-brain-synapses

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  11. Laser May Remove Pin Pricks from Diabetics’ LivesPrinceton Univ. researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people’s blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without pricking themselves to draw blood."We are working hard to turn engineering solutions into useful tools for people to use in their daily lives," said Claire Gmachl, professor of electrical engineering and the project’s senior researcher. "With this work we hope to improve the lives of many diabetes sufferers who depend on frequent blood glucose monitoring."Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/laser-may-remove-pin-pricks-diabetics-lives

    Laser May Remove Pin Pricks from Diabetics’ Lives

    Princeton Univ. researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people’s blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without pricking themselves to draw blood.

    "We are working hard to turn engineering solutions into useful tools for people to use in their daily lives," said Claire Gmachl, professor of electrical engineering and the project’s senior researcher. "With this work we hope to improve the lives of many diabetes sufferers who depend on frequent blood glucose monitoring."

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/laser-may-remove-pin-pricks-diabetics-lives

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  13. U.S. Aid Workers Released as Liberia Seals SlumAfter nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials have said.Their release poses no public health risk, Bruce Ribner of Emory Univ. Hospital stressed. Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 59, show no evidence of Ebola, and generally patients do not relapse and they are not contagious once they’ve recovered, said Ribner, director of the hospital’s infectious disease unit.Read more: www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/us-aid-workers-released-liberia-seals-slum

    U.S. Aid Workers Released as Liberia Seals Slum

    After nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials have said.

    Their release poses no public health risk, Bruce Ribner of Emory Univ. Hospital stressed. Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 59, show no evidence of Ebola, and generally patients do not relapse and they are not contagious once they’ve recovered, said Ribner, director of the hospital’s infectious disease unit.

    Read more: www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/us-aid-workers-released-liberia-seals-slum

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  15. Sleeplessness Increases Obesity RiskTeenagers who don’t get enough sleep may wake up to worse consequences than nodding off during chemistry class. According to new research, risk of being obese by age 21 was 20 percent higher among 16-year-olds who got less than six hours of sleep a night, compared with their peers who slumbered more than eight hours. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends nine to ten hours of sleep for teenagers.Researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia Univ. and the Univ. of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health are the first to examine the effect of sleeplessness on obesity in teenagers over time, providing the strongest evidence yet that lack of sleep raises risk for an elevated BMI. Results appear in Journal of Pediatrics.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/sleeplessness-increases-obesity-risk

    Sleeplessness Increases Obesity Risk

    Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep may wake up to worse consequences than nodding off during chemistry class. According to new research, risk of being obese by age 21 was 20 percent higher among 16-year-olds who got less than six hours of sleep a night, compared with their peers who slumbered more than eight hours. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends nine to ten hours of sleep for teenagers.

    Researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia Univ. and the Univ. of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health are the first to examine the effect of sleeplessness on obesity in teenagers over time, providing the strongest evidence yet that lack of sleep raises risk for an elevated BMI. Results appear in Journal of Pediatrics.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/sleeplessness-increases-obesity-risk

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  17. Coffee May Fight Gum DiseaseCoffee contains antioxidants. Antioxidants fight gum disease. Does coffee, then, help fight gum disease?That is the question researchers at Boston Univ. Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine explored in a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Periodontology. Lead author and 2014 DMD graduate Nathan Ng said, “We found that coffee consumption did not have an adverse effect on periodontal health, and, instead, may have protective effects against periodontal disease.”Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/coffee-may-fight-gum-disease

    Coffee May Fight Gum Disease

    Coffee contains antioxidants. Antioxidants fight gum disease. Does coffee, then, help fight gum disease?

    That is the question researchers at Boston Univ. Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine explored in a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Periodontology. Lead author and 2014 DMD graduate Nathan Ng said, “We found that coffee consumption did not have an adverse effect on periodontal health, and, instead, may have protective effects against periodontal disease.”

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/coffee-may-fight-gum-disease

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  19. Facial Symmetry Isn’t Linked to HealthBeauty, it is said, is in the eye of the beholder. And yet, there are many faces that a majority would find beautiful, say, George Clooney’s or Audrey Hepburn’s.Psychologists interested in mate selection and the visual processing of faces have long sought to understand why some faces are widely regarded as attractive. Researchers have identified several cues associated with facial beauty, including “averageness” – faces close to the population mean are judged attractive – and “sexual dimorphism” – faces that accentuate characteristics that distinguish males and females are desirable.There has also been long-standing interest in facial symmetry. Most faces appear broadly symmetric. Close inspection, however, almost always reveals subtle deviations from perfect symmetry. It is common for one eye to be positioned slightly above the other, or further away from the mid-line, and features are rarely perfectly symmetric in shape. Having examined the relationship between degree of facial symmetry and perceived attractiveness, many studies have found that beautiful faces exhibit greater symmetry.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/facial-symmetry-isn%E2%80%99t-linked-health

    Facial Symmetry Isn’t Linked to Health

    Beauty, it is said, is in the eye of the beholder. And yet, there are many faces that a majority would find beautiful, say, George Clooney’s or Audrey Hepburn’s.

    Psychologists interested in mate selection and the visual processing of faces have long sought to understand why some faces are widely regarded as attractive. Researchers have identified several cues associated with facial beauty, including “averageness” – faces close to the population mean are judged attractive – and “sexual dimorphism” – faces that accentuate characteristics that distinguish males and females are desirable.

    There has also been long-standing interest in facial symmetry. Most faces appear broadly symmetric. Close inspection, however, almost always reveals subtle deviations from perfect symmetry. It is common for one eye to be positioned slightly above the other, or further away from the mid-line, and features are rarely perfectly symmetric in shape. Having examined the relationship between degree of facial symmetry and perceived attractiveness, many studies have found that beautiful faces exhibit greater symmetry.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/facial-symmetry-isn%E2%80%99t-linked-health

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  21. Tickling Ears May Aid HeartStimulating nerves in your ear could improve the health of your heart, researchers have discovered.A team at the Univ. of Leeds used a standard TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine like those designed to relieve labor pains to apply electrical pulses to the tragus, the small raised flap at the front of the ear immediately in front of the ear canal.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/tickling-ears-may-aid-heart

    Tickling Ears May Aid Heart

    Stimulating nerves in your ear could improve the health of your heart, researchers have discovered.

    A team at the Univ. of Leeds used a standard TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine like those designed to relieve labor pains to apply electrical pulses to the tragus, the small raised flap at the front of the ear immediately in front of the ear canal.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/tickling-ears-may-aid-heart

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  23. Coronary Arteries Hold Heart-regenerating CellsEndothelial cells residing in the coronary arteries can function as cardiac stem cells to produce new heart muscle tissue, Vanderbilt Univ. investigators have discovered.The findings, published recently in Cell Reports, offer insights into how the heart maintains itself and could lead to new strategies for repairing the heart when it fails after a heart attack.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/coronary-arteries-hold-heart-regenerating-cells

    Coronary Arteries Hold Heart-regenerating Cells

    Endothelial cells residing in the coronary arteries can function as cardiac stem cells to produce new heart muscle tissue, Vanderbilt Univ. investigators have discovered.

    The findings, published recently in Cell Reports, offer insights into how the heart maintains itself and could lead to new strategies for repairing the heart when it fails after a heart attack.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/coronary-arteries-hold-heart-regenerating-cells

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  25. Colds May Increase Stroke Risk in Kids

    A new study suggests that colds and other minor infections may temporarily increase stroke risk in children. The study is published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

    “While the study does show an increased risk, the overall risk of stroke among children is still extremely low,” said Lars Marquardt, of the Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg, who wrote a corresponding editorial. “Minor infections are very common in children while strokes are thankfully very rare. Parents should not be alarmed whatsoever if a child catches a simple cold.”

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/colds-may-increase-stroke-risk-kids

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  27. Are Failing Bees Foreshadowing Human Health?It’s become something of a rite of spring. Every March, newspaper stories sprout about local beekeepers opening their hives to find an ongoing environmental mystery. Instead of hungry bees ready for the first flights of spring, honeycombs that should be empty after a long winter are full, and instead the hives are empty. For some reason, during winter’s coldest months, these bees chose to leave the hive to perish outside.A professor of environmental exposure biology believes that the potential human health implications of colony collapse disorder extend beyond the drop in pollination— though that is worrisome enough— to the impact on humans of long exposure to low-level poisons like neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been suspected in the bee disorder.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/are-failing-bees-foreshadowing-human-health

    Are Failing Bees Foreshadowing Human Health?

    It’s become something of a rite of spring. Every March, newspaper stories sprout about local beekeepers opening their hives to find an ongoing environmental mystery. Instead of hungry bees ready for the first flights of spring, honeycombs that should be empty after a long winter are full, and instead the hives are empty. For some reason, during winter’s coldest months, these bees chose to leave the hive to perish outside.

    A professor of environmental exposure biology believes that the potential human health implications of colony collapse disorder extend beyond the drop in pollination— though that is worrisome enough— to the impact on humans of long exposure to low-level poisons like neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been suspected in the bee disorder.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/are-failing-bees-foreshadowing-human-health

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  29. ‘Chili-pepper Receptor’ May Be Key to Treating PainAs anyone who has bitten into a chili pepper knows, its burning spiciness — though irresistible to some — is intolerable to others. Scientists exploring the chili pepper’s effect are using their findings to develop a new drug candidate for many kinds of pain, which can be caused by inflammation or other problems. They reported their progress on the compound, which is being tested in clinical trials, in ACS’ Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/%E2%80%98chili-pepper-receptor%E2%80%99-may-be-key-treating-pain

    ‘Chili-pepper Receptor’ May Be Key to Treating Pain

    As anyone who has bitten into a chili pepper knows, its burning spiciness — though irresistible to some — is intolerable to others. Scientists exploring the chili pepper’s effect are using their findings to develop a new drug candidate for many kinds of pain, which can be caused by inflammation or other problems. They reported their progress on the compound, which is being tested in clinical trials, in ACS’ Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/%E2%80%98chili-pepper-receptor%E2%80%99-may-be-key-treating-pain

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