“Bad” cholesterol in newborn blood could signal mental health at 5

A new study links "bad" cholesterol at fat in a newborn's umbilical cord blood with teacher ratings of their mental health at about five years of age.

Ker Than-Stanford | Dec. 6, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health cholesterol depression immune-systems lipids

HIV-fighting antibodies may lead to new vaccine

The right kind of antibodies can mobilize into a fighting force that can take on HIV, researchers report. The new work could lead to an HIV vaccine.

Sarah Avery-Duke | Dec. 6, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine antibodies cancer hiv immune-systems vaccines viruses

Bone ‘beams’ pave the way for 3D printing stuff that lasts

The structure of bones can help 3D printed materials stand up to more wear and tear, which could lead to stronger materials for buildings and vehicles.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue | Dec. 6, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine science-and-technology 3d-printing bones materials osteoporosis

Phone distraction injuries spiked at Pokémon Go launch

Head and neck injuries related to phone distraction are on the rise, researchers report. They found a couple notable spikes in the last 20 years, too.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers | Dec. 6, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine driving injuries mobile-devices trends

Proteins in the blood can show how old you are

Protein levels in a drop of blood can accurately predict someone's age, researchers say. The discovery sheds new light on how we age differently.

Bruce Goldman-Stanford | Dec. 6, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine aging biomarkers blood proteins sexes

Coral meals come with side order of microplastics

"If corals constantly are dealing with microplastics, it might not kill them, but there will be less energy for them to grow and to reproduce."

Michelle Ma-Washington | Dec. 5, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change corals oceans plastics

Bats might actually benefit from wildfires

Bats face many threats—but a new study shows wildfire isn't one of them. In fact, some actually benefit from it.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis | Dec. 5, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bats forests habitat wildfire

After exercise, signs in the blood may signal heart attack chances

Certain cells in the blood after exercise could signal which patients with coronary artery disease are most at risk for heart attack and other problems.

Quinn Eastmann-Emory | Dec. 5, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine biomarkers exercise heart-attacks heart-disease hearts medical-tests

Team pinpoints how the body repairs damage to DNA

New insight into how our bodies repair damage to DNA could help improve cancer diagnosis and therapy, researchers report.

James Devitt-NYU | Dec. 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cancer dna genomes

New drug target may halt tough prostate cancer tumor growth

Certain prostate cancer cells become resistant to treatment and turn lethal, but a new discovery could offer a new target to stop their spread.

Sarah Avery-Duke | Dec. 5, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine cancer drug-development prostate-cancer

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