Viruses sprayed on food to help prevent food poisoning

Public Release: 20-Feb-2018 Bacteria-eaters to prevent food poisoning? Phages eliminate Yersinia from food University of Helsinki   IMAGE: “Our study can serve as a model for the prevention of other, more serious foodborne infections through phage treatment, ” says Professor Mikael Skurnik. Credit: Helena Hiltunen, University of Helsinki Bacteria-killing viruses could be employed not just…

Total Pain Remission with Cold Open Water Swim

Total Pain Remission with Cold Open Water Swim A short, sharp, cold water swim may offer an alternative to strong painkillers and physiotherapy to relieve severe persistent pain after surgery, suggest doctors in the journal BMJ Case Reports. Cold forced open-water swimming: a natural intervention to improve postoperative pain and mobilisation outcomes? BMJ Case Reports…

Living human tracheas

Public Release: 14-Feb-2018   Case Western Reserve University researchers engineer natural windpipe replacement alternative to synthetic scaffolding now being used Case Western Reserve University Biomedical engineers at Case Western Reserve University are growing tracheas by coaxing cells to form three distinct tissue types after assembling them into a tube structure-without relying on scaffolding strategies currently…

Medical care for wounded ants

Public Release: 13-Feb-2018   University of Würzburg The African Matabele ants (Megaponera analis) tend to the wounds of their injured comrades. And they do so rather successfully: Without such attendance, 80 percent of the injured ants die; after receiving “medical” treatment, only 10 percent succumb to their injuries. Erik T. Frank, Marten Wehrhan and Karl…

Money only buys happiness for a certain amount

Public Release: 13-Feb-2018   Research looks at how much money makes individuals around the world happy Purdue University WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — There is an optimal point to how much money it takes to make an individual happy, and that amount varies worldwide, according to research from Purdue University. “That might be surprising as what…

Opioid use increases risk of serious infections

Public Release: 12-Feb-2018   Vanderbilt University Medical Center Opioid users have a significantly increased risk of infections severe enough to require treatment at the hospital, such as pneumonia and meningitis, as compared to people who don’t use opioids. The Vanderbilt University Medical Center study, released today by the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that people…

Using injectable self-assembled nanomaterials for sustained delivery of drugs

Public Release: 12-Feb-2018   New injectable delivery system can slowly release drug carriers for months Northwestern University Because they can be programmed to travel the body and selectively target cancer and other sites of disease, nanometer-scale vehicles called nanocarriers can deliver higher concentrations of drugs to bombard specific areas of the body while minimizing systemic…