Belly skin gives sidewinders an edge on sand

The bellies of sidewinders are studded with tiny pits and have few, if any, of the tiny spikes found on the bellies of other snakes, research finds.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Feb. 4, 2021 ~8 min

Microneedle patch tests for antibodies without the ouch

A new microneedle patch is low cost and easy to use. But another feature may offer it's biggest advantage for some: It's almost completely pain-free.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Jan. 25, 2021 ~8 min

Stuff in sunscreen may play a part in breast cancer

A particular diet and an ingredient in sunscreen called benzophenone-3 may have a role in breast cancer tumor development, new research with mice indicates.

Michigan State • futurity
Jan. 4, 2021 ~7 min

Bartonella infection can bring mental symptoms

There's growing evidence that Bartonella infection can involve skin lesions and mental symptoms, report researchers.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Dec. 9, 2020 ~5 min

This bodily fluid could provide new biomarkers

"Interstitial fluid originates in the blood and then leaks out of capillaries to bring nutrients to cells in the body's tissues." New microneedles can sample it for testing.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Dec. 2, 2020 ~9 min

Fur industry faces uncertain future due to Covid

Denmark's mass mink cull after a coronavirus outbreak at farms leaves the industry in the spotlight.

Nov. 23, 2020 ~7 min

Gel heals skin with less scarring and then vanishes

A new wound-healing hydrogel kickstarts the adaptive immune system to trigger regenerative wound healing, leaving behind stronger and healthier healed skin.

Duke University • futurity
Nov. 16, 2020 ~9 min

Simple skin test identifies Parkinson’s disease

Using a method originally developed to detect mad cow disease, researchers discovered that a simple skin test can accurately identify Parkinson's disease.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Oct. 23, 2020 ~5 min

Skin cells team up to stop moles turning into melanomas

New research upends ideas about why some moles become melanomas while others remain benign. The work could also pave the way for treatments.

Rahasson Ager - UC Irvine • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~4 min

AI checks out ‘rash selfies’ to detect Lyme disease

Artificial intelligence and deep learning that look at "rash selfies" could offer a way to more accurately detect and identify Lyme disease.

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
Oct. 16, 2020 ~5 min