How spit gets its ‘army’ of proteins

A new paper maps out how saliva gets its many proteins. It's a baseline for further investigations into spit as diagnostic fluid.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Nov. 20, 2020 ~6 min

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Could better ‘oral posture’ spare kids braces?

If lifestyle, not genetics, is shrinking human jaws, perhaps the answer isn't orthodontics, but better "oral posture." Here's what that involves.

Stanford • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~10 min

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It’s time to learn how to smile in your mask

Cultural differences may explain why some people resist masks more than others. Here's how smiley North Americans can learn to adapt.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~7 min

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Don’t forget dental health during the pandemic

The pandemic may put regular trips to the dentist on hold, but there are ways to protect your family's dental health.

Katherine Unger Baillie-Penn • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~8 min

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Giant armored fish moseyed with its mouth open

The jaws of the ancient giant Titanichthys, an armored fish, suggest how it gathered food.

U. Zurich • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

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Vaping changes the microbes in your mouth

Vaping changes the oral microbiome and make users more prone to inflammation and infection.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
Feb. 27, 2020 ~5 min

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Our spit reflects cooking, farming, and not licking each other

Our cooked, meaty diets and lack of fur appear to have made human saliva quite different from that of close relatives like gorillas.

Marcene Robinson-Buffalo • futurity
Oct. 17, 2019 ~6 min

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To change how you feel, put on a smile

Changing your facial expression can alter the emotions you feel, according to 50 years of data.

Texas A&M University • futurity
April 11, 2019 ~2 min

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