Theme: Health

, , Nov 22, 2011 Add a comment

You’re really going to eat THAT!?

Salmonella in peanut butter. E. coli in beef. Listeria in lettuce. Each year a surprising number – one in six – of Americans get sick from tainted food. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that more than 3,000 of those people die. Part of the problem is the global supply chain. Those peanuts may come [...]

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Nov 21, 2011 Add a comment

Re-engineering the Human Heart

More than one out of every four deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for men and women every year.
Cardiac regeneration scientist Elizabeth Lipke sees a solution. […]

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Sep 27, 2010 Comments Off

Nature’s Mysteries Revealed with New DNA Libraries

Hundreds of drugs available today were derived from compounds scientists originally found in microbes. The development of these drugs relied on isolating microbial species in pure cultures — that is, cultures containing only a particular species of microbe. But less than 1 percent of the millions of microbial species on Earth have been cultured in [...]

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Aug 17, 2010 Comments Off

Television to Improve Your Relationship

For years, researchers have known that men and women in strong marriages tend to be healthier and wealthier than their single counterparts; and children raised in strong marriages are more likely to attend college, succeed academically, and live longer than those raised by single parents.

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Jun 30, 2010 Add a comment

Inhaler Drug Delivery Gets a Micro-Makeover

…inhaler particles that are the wrong size or shape or charge get stuck in the mouth and throat, or the wrong part of the lung – never making it to where they are needed for healing or relief…

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Jun 30, 2010 Comments Off

Training for a Heart Attack

The only practical and sustainable countermeasure capable of providing cardio-protection is regular endurance exercise. Indeed, studies demonstrate that regular exercise reduces the risk of death from myocardial ischemia-reperfusion insult…

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, Jun 30, 2010 Add a comment

Dynamic Dosing with Contact Lenses

Byrne and his team have figured out a way to load drugs onto soft contact lenses, and tailor the release of these drugs to a prescribed therapy. Auburn was the first to demonstrate the extended release of antihistamines via contact lenses, and since that pioneering work, has tailored delivery systems to antibiotics…

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Jun 28, 2010 Comments Off

How to Fly a Hospital

Baptist Health in Montgomery, Ala. has partnered with experts in aviation management from Auburn University to redesign the way hospital staff operate in extreme situations.

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, , , Jun 24, 2010 Comments Off

Mosquitoes Fight Pesticides; Auburn Punches Back

Mosquitoes. Everyone knows they’re annoying, but did you know they’re also deadly? The American Mosquito Control Association estimates that every year, more than a million people die from mosquito-borne diseases. And it’s going to get worse. We’ve been spraying insecticides in massive amounts across the globe, but we can’t do that forever. Mosquitoes are becoming [...]

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, Jun 17, 2010 Comments Off

Auburn and the Soldier-Athlete

The Army’s emphasis on training recruits as “soldier-athletes” inspired Col. Terrence McKenrick, commander of the 192d Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, Ga., to reach out to Auburn kinesiologist JoEllen Sefton. Each year, an estimated 14,000 soldiers cycle through nine weeks of basic combat training or fourteen weeks of infantry training. And six days a week, [...]

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