Cadmium, gene combo can speed up cognitive decline

Exposure to cadmium could speed up cognitive impairment, but it's even worse for people with a gene key to Alzheimer's disease.

Ashlie Chandler-Washington | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine alzheimers-disease brains cognition heavy-metals toxins

Little Devil frogs feed their babies poison eggs for good reason

Two species of poison frogs from distant parts of the world both feed their young unfertilized, toxin-laced eggs. New research uncovers why.

Ker Than-Stanford | Nov. 22, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology eggs evolution frogs mothers toxins

Smartphone device sniffs out toxin-producing algae in 15 minutes

A new system uses a smartphone to detect toxin-producing algae in water within 15 minutes.

National University of Singapore | Nov. 15, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine algae mobile-devices toxins water

How to explore neurotoxins without animal testing

A new way to test paralytic neurotoxins for potential therapeutic value doesn't involve euthanizing animal test subjects, researchers say.

Dominic Jarvis-Queensland | Nov. 13, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology light neurotoxins optics venom

Did great grandma’s toxin exposure shape your immune system?

New research on toxin exposure finds weakened immune response as far out as the rodent equivalent of great-grandchildren.

Mark Michaud-Rochester | Oct. 3, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine immune-systems pollution pregnancy toxins

New drug fights back against deadly ricin toxin

Researchers have discovered a drug that can save nonhuman primates from ricin and humans could be next.

Keith Brannon-Tulane | Jan. 23, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology plants terrorism toxins

Toxic diet shields water fleas from parasites

Daphnia, called water fleas, gain protection from parasites from toxins in the cyanobacteria they eat. Are they self-medicating?

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Jan. 22, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria lakes parasites toxins zooplankton

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