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Blueberry Extract Combats Gum Disease, Reduces Antibiotic Use

September 2, 2015 11:39 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Many people have had some degree of gum inflammation, or gingivitis, caused by dental plaque. The gums get red and swollen, and they bleed easily. If left unchecked, the condition can progress to periodontitis. Now, an oral device in development could slowly release wild blueberry extract after deep cleaning to help treat periodontitis.

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Phthalate Exposure Linked to Miscarriages

September 2, 2015 11:35 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A new study suggests that exposure to certain phthalates — substances commonly used in food packaging, personal-care and other everyday products — could be associated with miscarriage, mostly between 5 and 13 weeks of pregnancy.

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Leftover Coffee Grounds Used for Fuel Storage

September 2, 2015 11:25 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a simple process to treat waste coffee grounds to allow them to store methane. Methane capture and storage provides a double environmental return — it removes a harmful greenhouse gas from the atmosphere that can then be used as a fuel that is cleaner than other fossil fuels.

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Scientists Discover Graphene’s New Relative, Phagraphene

September 2, 2015 11:18 am | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | News | Comments

Researchers, using computer generated simulation, have predicted the existence of a new two-dimensional carbon material, a "patchwork" analogue of graphene called phagraphene. 

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Feeling Blue, Seeing Blue: Sadness Influences Color Perception

September 2, 2015 11:10 am | by Association for Psychological Science | News | Comments

New research suggests that the associations we make between emotion and color go beyond mere metaphor.

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Radioactive Contaminants Found in Coal Ash

September 2, 2015 10:45 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

A new study has revealed the presence of radioactive contaminants in coal ash from all three major U.S. coal-producing basins. The study found that levels of radioactivity in the ash were up to five times higher than in normal soil, and up to 10 times higher than in the parent coal itself because of the way combustion concentrates radioactivity.

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Young at Heart? Not Most Americans, Government Report Says

September 2, 2015 10:40 am | by Mike Stobbe, Associated Press | News | Comments

Your heart might be older than you are. A new government report suggests age is just a number — and perhaps not a very telling one when it comes to your risk of heart attack or stroke. Nearly three out of four U.S. adults have a heart that's older than the rest of their body, according to CDC calculations.

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Brain Disease Similar to Mad Cow is First to be Linked to Rogue Proteins in 50 Years

September 2, 2015 10:36 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Multiple System Atrophy, a brain disorder is caused by a newly-discovered prion linking it to incurable diseases like mad cow and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, according to new research. The prion link makes it the first human disease caused by the misfolded proteins to be identified in 50 years.

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A Bold Move to Save a Man's Hand: Tucking it into His Stomach

September 2, 2015 10:35 am | by Associated Press, Marilynn Marchione | News | Comments

Frank Reyes agreed to an uncommon operation at Houston Methodist Hospital, and spent three weeks with his left hand surgically tucked under a pocket of tissue in his belly to give it time to heal and form a new blood supply. Last Thursday, doctors cut his hand free of its temporary home and shaped some of the abdominal tissue and skin to cover it. 

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Ancient Cold Period Could Provide Clues about Future Climate Change

September 2, 2015 10:30 am | by University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

Researchers have found that a well-known period of abrupt climate change 12,000 years ago occurred rapidly in northern latitudes but much more gradually in equatorial regions, a discovery that could prove important for understanding and responding to future climate change.

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3-D Printing Revives Bronze-age Music

September 2, 2015 10:28 am | by Australian National University | News | Comments

An archeologist has 3-D-printed a replica of an iron-age artifact to revive a rich musical culture in ancient Ireland. Billy Ó Foghlú, from The Australian National University (ANU), has found evidence that the artifact may have been a mouthpiece from an iron-age horn and not a spear-butt as previously thought.

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How Fast Does Your Microbiome Grow?

September 2, 2015 10:24 am | by Weizmann Institute | News | Comments

It is increasingly clear that the thousands of different bacteria living in our intestinal tract - our microbiome - have a major impact on our health.But the details of the microbiome's effects are still fairly murky. A new study suggests approaching this topic from a new angle: assess how fast the various bacteria grow. 

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Sleeping Six Hours Means Four Times the Chance of Common Cold, Study Says

September 2, 2015 10:16 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Sleeping less means more colds, researchers warn. Six hours or less per night means being four times more likely to get sick with the common cold virus, according to research published this week in the journal Sleep.

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Mouth Guard Monitors Health Markers, Transmits Information Wirelessly

September 1, 2015 3:05 pm | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

Engineers have developed a mouth guard that can monitor health markers, such as lactate, cortisol and uric acid, in saliva and transmit the information wirelessly to a smart phone, laptop or tablet. The technology, which is at a proof-of-concept stage, could be used to monitor patients continuously without invasive procedures, as well as to monitor athletes' performance or stress levels in soldiers and pilots.

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Fossil Specimen Reveals New Species of Ancient River Dolphin

September 1, 2015 3:02 pm | by Smithsonian Institute | News | Comments

​The careful examination of fossil fragments from Panama has led Smithsonian scientists and colleagues to the discovery of a new genus and species of river dolphin that has been long extinct. The team named it Isthminia panamensis.

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