Leaping Caimans and Tasty Piranha in the Wild Amazon

We’ve all read about the vast biodiversity and rich natural resources of the Amazon. But to fully appreciate its riches, nothing beats a hands-on demonstration. Or in this case, hand-on: My left hand, placed palm down (and with great trepidation) on a bulbous nest of tapiba ants, attached to an imbaubeira tree on a trail…

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Eat: Don’t Fear the Artichoke. Cook It Whole.

I know a guy — he collects unemployment even though he’s employed — who just had his teeth veneered bright white, with ceramic laminates. I ran into him recently, and he dropped to his knees to coo over how my puppy has grown. As he went to kiss her freckled nose, he flashed his crocodile…

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Eggs Not Tied to Higher Stroke Risk

Neither egg consumption nor dietary cholesterol are associated with an increased risk for stroke, researchers report. Their analysis, in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, used health and diet data on 1,950 Finnish men ages 42 to 60. Over 21 years of follow-up, there were 217 strokes. On average, the men ate about four and…

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Voices: Lessons on Living From My 106-Year-Old Aunt Doris

My Aunt Doris recently passed away, exactly two weeks before her birthday. She would have been 107. I have been involved in health care for my entire professional life, as a hospital executive, consultant and professor of health care management. But the time spent with my aunt at the end of her life taught me…

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Experimental noninvasive tool monitors effectiveness of stem cell transplantation

VIDEO: Sunday Kaushal, PhD., MD, describes how a liquid biopsy can provide a window into the activity and effectiveness of stem cell transplantation. view more  Baltimore, Md., May 22, 2019 — Stem-cell based therapies to strengthen the heart muscle and treat other diseases are beginning to show promise in human clinical trials. However, other than observing…

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Reducing the destruction of heart failure

IMAGE: University of Houston associate professor of pharmacology Bradley K. McConnell is working to reduce the destruction of heart failure. view more  Credit: University of Houston A University of Houston College of Pharmacy researcher is characterizing a potential therapeutic target to increase heart function following a heart attack, helping alleviate the symptoms of heart failure. The…

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Lupus characteristics and progression differ among racial/ethnic groups

In the first epidemiologic study comparing lupus among four major racial/ethnic groups, researchers found that, following a lupus diagnosis, Blacks, Asians/Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics are at increased risk of developing problems related to the kidneys, the neurological system, and the blood. The findings are published in Arthritis Care & Research. By analyzing data from the…

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Insilico and Ageing research at King’s partner for health-span and longevity collaboration

IMAGE: Insilico and Ageing Research at King’s enter a research collaboration to enhance health-span and longevity. view more  Credit: Insilico Wednesday, May 22 — Insilico Medicine, a biotech company developing the end-to-end drug discovery pipeline utilizing next-generation artificial intelligence, announces its partnership with Ageing Research at King’s (ARK) — dedicated to enhancing multidisciplinary research collaborations across…

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Defects in heart valve cilia during fetal development cause mitral valve prolapse

VIDEO: Primary cilia (green), which serve as cellular antennae to receive signals from the extracellular space (grey), are required for cardiac valve development. view more  Credit: Video courtesy of Dr. Russell Norris of the Medical University of South Carolina Genetic variation in heart valve cells of the developing fetus create the blueprint for the later development…

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