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Researchers Create Vaccine for Dust-mite Allergies

July 23, 2014 8:33 am | by Richard Lewis, Univ. of Iowa | News | Comments

If you’re allergic to dust mites (and chances are you are), help may be on the way. Researchers have developed a vaccine that can combat dust-mite allergies by naturally switching the body’s immune response. In animal tests, the nano-sized vaccine package lowered lung inflammation by 83 percent despite repeated exposure to the allergens.

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Bamboo as Engineered Building Material

July 23, 2014 8:29 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT | Videos | Comments

Scientists are looking for ways to turn bamboo into a construction material more akin to wood composites, like plywood. The idea is that a stalk, or culm, can be sliced into smaller pieces, which can then be bonded together to form sturdy blocks—much like conventional wood composites.

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Featured Report: China Still Pushing Toward 'Informatization'

July 23, 2014 8:23 am | by The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation | News | Comments

The Chinese government sees information and communications technology (ICT) as a key catalyst for China’s transition from a manufacturing to a knowledge-based economy. That is why a decade ago China designated “informatization,” the adoption and enhancement of ICT in every aspect of the economy and society, as a central facet of the nation’s economic modernization strategy.

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Eating Probiotics Regularly May Improve Blood Pressure

July 23, 2014 8:11 am | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

Eating probiotics regularly may modestly improve your blood pressure. Probiotics are live microorganisms (naturally occurring bacteria in the gut) thought to have beneficial effects; common sources are yogurt or dietary supplements.                    

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Supercomputer Helps Improve Rare-earth Metal Purification

July 22, 2014 2:53 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory | News | Comments

Using the second fastest supercomputer in the world, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is attempting to develop a more efficient process for purifying rare-earth materials.                              

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Study Compares Weight-loss Programs, Drugs

July 22, 2014 2:43 pm | by Duke Univ. Medical Center | News | Comments

In a cost-effectiveness analysis of commercial diet programs and pills, the Weight Watchers program and the drug Qsymia showed the best value for the money. The Jenny Craig regimen generated the greatest weight loss, but was also the most expensive option tested.

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Therapeutic Bacteria Prevent Obesity in Mice

July 22, 2014 2:34 pm | by Vanderbilt Univ. | News | Comments

A probiotic that prevents obesity could be on the horizon. Bacteria that produce a therapeutic compound in the gut inhibit weight gain, insulin resistance and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice.                        

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NIST Instrument Enables High-speed Tissue Imaging

July 22, 2014 2:28 pm | by NIST | News | Comments

A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working with the Cleveland Clinic, has demonstrated a dramatically improved technique for analyzing biological cells and tissues based on characteristic molecular vibration "signatures." The new technique is an advanced form of the widely used spontaneous Raman spectroscopy.

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High-Salt Diet Doubles Diabetics' Heart Disease Risk

July 22, 2014 1:01 pm | by Endocrine Society | News | Comments

People with Type 2 diabetes who eat a diet high in salt face twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as those who consume less sodium.

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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Schizophrenia

July 22, 2014 1:01 pm | by Endocrine Society | News | Comments

Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study.

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Genetic Mapping Triggers New Hope on Schizophrenia

July 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick. Such work could eventually point to new treatments, although they are many years away.   

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World Breaks Monthly Heat Record, Twice

July 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that last month's average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average.

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Flies Inspire Sound Detector

July 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A new device, based on a fly's freakishly acute hearing, may find applications in futuristic hearing aids and military technology.

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Researchers Eliminate HIV From Cultured Human Cells

July 22, 2014 8:14 am | by Temple Univ. | News | Comments

The HIV-1 virus has proved to be tenacious, inserting its genome permanently into its victims' DNA, forcing patients to take a lifelong drug regimen to control the virus and prevent a fresh attack. Now, a team of researchers has designed a way to snip out the integrated HIV-1 genes for good.

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Refuges to Phase Out Nicotine-like Pesticide

July 22, 2014 8:01 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth.                     

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