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Antidepressant restores youthful flexibility to aging inhibitory neurons in mice

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Inhibitory neurons in the aging brain show reduced growth and plasticity, likely contributing to declines in brain function. In a new study in mice researchers show that treatment with fluoxetine restored substantial growth and plasticity....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:52:34 EDT

Next-gen insect repellents to combat mosquito-borne diseases

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Nearly 700 million people suffer from mosquito-borne diseases -- such as malaria, West Nile, Zika and dengue fever -- each year, resulting in more than 1 million deaths. Today, researchers report a new class of mosquito repellents based on naturally occurr...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:52:22 EDT

Strawberries could help reduce harmful inflammation in the colon

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Inflammatory bowel disease is a set of painful conditions that can cause severe diarrhea and fatigue. Researchers are now reporting that a simple dietary intervention could mitigate colonic inflammation and improve gut health. In this case, a strawberry --...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:52:19 EDT

Weaponizing oxygen to kill infections and disease

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The life-threatening bacteria MRSA can cripple a medical facility since it is resistant to treatment. But scientists report that they are now making advances in a new technique that avoids antibiotics, instead using light to activate oxygen, which wipes ou...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Sun, 19 Aug 2018 16:07:16 EDT

A paper battery powered by bacteria

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In remote areas of the world, everyday items like electrical outlets and batteries are luxuries. Health care workers in these areas often lack electricity to power diagnostic devices, and commercial batteries may be too expensive. Today, researchers report...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Sun, 19 Aug 2018 16:07:13 EDT

Acid coastal seas off US putting common fish species at risk

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Scientists have shown that coastal waters and river estuaries can exhibit unique vulnerabilities to acidification than offshore waters. This acidification, detected in waters off the United States West Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, can lead to disorientati...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Sat, 18 Aug 2018 11:58:10 EDT