Smoothie time? Pig blood becomes protein powder

An enzyme from papayas can turn pig blood into protein powder, report researchers. Right now, the blood ends up in animal feed.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
yesterday ~4 min

Tags: sustainability protein food blood pigs meat science-and-technology earth-and-environment

The spooky and dangerous side of black licorice

Who knew that black licorice had a dark side? A scientist explains when this treat becomes a threat.

Bill Sullivan, Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology; author of Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are, Indiana University • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Tags:  health  medicine  sugar  halloween  blood-pressure  sweets  candy

Early trauma leads to changes in the blood

Early trauma changes metabolites in the blood, researchers find. Those changes can be passed down to the next generation, too, experiments with mice reveal.

Rita Ziegler-Zurich • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: anxiety stress trauma blood childrens-health featured health-and-medicine

Mosquito neurons for tasting blood ‘break the rules’

A unique group of neurons lights up in female mosquitoes only when they're eating the combined ingredients of blood, researchers report.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neurons blood taste science-and-technology mosquitoes

Immune cells may explain high BP after menopause

Menopause-induced changes to protective immune cells may contribute to the sharp increase in high blood pressure in postmenopausal women.

U. Arizona • futurity
Oct. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: blood-pressure older-adults menopause health-and-medicine sexes immune-systems

Older people like President Trump are at more risk from COVID-19 because of how the immune system ages

Older coronavirus patients face grimmer outlooks. A virologist explains the aging-related changes in how immune systems work that are to blame.

Brian Geiss, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology, Colorado State University • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus immune-system t-cells immunology aging donald-trump sars-cov-2 immunity adaptive-immune-response innate-immune-response immune-response white-blood-cells t-cell immune-function coronavirus-pandemic diagnostic-test

Family experience shapes diabetes management

Watching a family member or neighbor go through type 2 diabetes shapes the way people with diabetes manage their condition, a new study finds.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: diabetes families social-lives health-and-medicine blood-sugar

Kids on steroids for asthma have increased blood pressure risk

Children who take oral steroids for asthma or autoimmune diseases have a higher risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and blood clots, a new study shows.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: diabetes asthma high-blood-pressure childrens-health health-and-medicine steroids

Smart wearable could better measure blood loss

A wearable device could one day help EMTs, medics, and ER doctors assess blood loss to better treat victims of accidents, gunshots, and battle injuries.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Sept. 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: blood health-and-medicine wearable-devices emergency-medicine

Metabolic syndrome triples COVID-19 death risk

Patients with metabolic syndrome were at 3.4 times higher risk of death due to COVID-19 and five times more likely to go to the ICU.

Keith Brannon-Tulane • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: diabetes covid-19 obesity blood-pressure featured health-and-medicine metabolic-syndrome

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