• The Medical Bond: The search is on for a way to image infections

    Going under the knife for surgery is a scary enough prospect by itself. But throw in the risk of contracting a bacterial infection, and even a routine procedure can become a nightmare.   Now, keep in mind that ...
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  • The Medical Bond: New bandage is just like a scab

    Before I rammed my knee into the sharp edge of my desk a few weeks ago, I hadn’t had a scab in years — decades, even. Scabs are unsightly, but they are really important in protecting an open wound against ...
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  • The Medical Bond: Welding tissues instead of getting stitches during surgery

    For many types of surgery or for a bad cut on the skin, stitches are just fine. They bring the tissues together and speed up the healing process. But for some types of surgeries, you really need something better&mdash...
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  • The Medical Bond: BRAIN initiative to better understand the brain

    The typical human brain weighs less than 3 pounds, is pinkish-beige in color and has the consistency of gelatin. It’s a crinkly thing, with lots of folds on its surface. Not that impressive. It’s actually ...
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  • The Medical Bond: Using photosynthesis to make medicines and other useful substances

    Plants are amazing chemical factories. They take sunlight and use it and carbon dioxide to make energy for themselves. They also make oxygen, which we breathe. But they also make substances that can help heal us. Trad...
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  • The Medical Bond: Hidden mold toxins lurk in some foods

    Aside from some molds growing on “stinky” cheeses, molds are generally not good for human consumption. For example, we all know to stay away from bread with tell-tale green spots or white cottony threads o...
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  • The Medical Bond: Mussels help scientists fight tooth sensitivity

    A substance in the sticky goo that mussels use to glom on to rocks and other surfaces could help ease tooth sensitivity. That’s welcome news to my ears — well, to my sensitive teeth!   Like 74 percen...
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  • The Medical Bond: Celiac patients eating bread? Perhaps someday soon…

    Scientists report that someday soon, celiac patients might not need to go down the special “gluten-free” aisle of the grocery store anymore. They are making progress toward a pill that could allow celiac p...
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  • The Medical Bond: Psychoactive substance exposes users to direct carcinogens

    People have chewed or smoked plants to achieve “highs” almost since time began. Sure, some people use psychoactive substances recreationally to escape the pressures of their lives. But they are also someti...
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  • The Medical Bond: Nanoparticles could treat traumatic brain injuries

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when there’s a bump or blow to the head, or when something (like a bullet) goes into the head. Every year, about 1.7 million people, including soldiers, auto accident victims...
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  • The Medical Bond: Uh-oh. Did I just touch poison ivy?

    The leaves have turned, and there’s a chill in the air. Summer is over and fall is well underway. Fewer people are outside tending to gardens and lawns, which means fewer incidences of poison ivy, oak or sumac e...
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  • The Medical Bond: Sutures that fight off infections 1,000 times better than existing stitches

    Few people like going to the hospital, whether it’s for major surgery or just to stitch up a cut. But a recent paper in ACS’ journal Langmuir reports a development that could make the post-operation recove...
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  • The Medical Bond: Solving the mystery of how cigarette smoking weakens bones

    Sure, smoking can cause lung cancer, but until I saw this paper in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research (JPR), I had no idea it also can weaken bones. Apparently, I’m late to the game, as it’s been almo...
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  • The Medical Bond: An entirely new way to attack urinary tract infections (UTIs)

    In a recent paper I saw in ACS’ Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, one research group is taking a very different and, might I add, clever approach to fighting off urinary tract infections, or UTIs. Surprisingly, it...
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  • The Medical Bond: Pig mucus could fight off viruses in toothpaste, other products

    OK, this one sounds pretty gross at first, but using a substance found in pig mucus to ward off viruses in personal hygiene products, such as wound ointments and toothpastes, or even in baby formula really does make a...
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  • The Medical Bond: Mud stoves harm health and the air; some “improved” replacements don’t do much better

    When I stumbled upon a paperhttp://pubs.acs.org/stoken/presspac/presspac/full/10.1021/es203388grecently about stoves in the developing world in Environmental Science &Technology, I vaguely remembered having heard ...
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