Regeneration of eye cells: Warning lights discovered

Moving around in the half-light is difficult but not impossible. To help us in this undertaking we have the rods, a type of light-sensitive cells (photoreceptors) present in the retina of vertebrates, capable of detecting very low lights which allow to move about even in poorly lit cellars or caves. They are biological wonders capable…

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Extruded grains may be better for pigs

URBANA, Ill. — Extrusion is the norm in the pet and aqua feed industries, yet it remains unusual for swine feed in the United States. But the technology can improve energy and protein digestibility in pigs, according to research from the University of Illinois. «We’re not doing this much in the U.S., partly because the…

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New data on increasing cloth mask effectiveness

Recent FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb argued that he’d «rather try to get everyone in masks» and «try to get them in high-quality masks because we know it’s going to slow down the transmission.» Against this backdrop, a new study published in Risk Analysis, «Reinventing cloth masks in the face of pandemics,» by Stephen Salter,…

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Trial will test existing drugs against rare blood cancer

A clinical trial designed to test existing drugs in the treatment of a rare blood cancer has been launched at the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick. Funded by Blood Cancer UK, the trial seeks to repurpose existing drugs to improve the outlook, health and quality of life for people with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a condition…

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Mathematical modeling suggests optimal timing for antiviral therapies against COVID-19

A new mathematical modeling study by Ashish Goyal and colleagues, informed by data collected from 25 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in 4 different countries, offers some important new insights into the optimal timing of 4 different antiviral therapies to combat the disease. The results indicate that treatment with either of two small molecule drugs (remdesivir…

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The Gerontological Society of America congratulates new 2020 awardees

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the country’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — is proud to acknowledge the work of 20 outstanding individuals through its prestigious awards program. GSA salutes outstanding research, recognizes distinguished leadership in teaching and service, and fosters new ideas through a host of awards. Nominated…

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