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Boost Your Immune System With Boogers For Lunch?
2013-05-01 11:23:04

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scott Napper certainly has a way of making a first impression. In his biochemistry classes at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, Napper poses the following question to his first year students: “Does eating your boogers boost your immune system?” This, says Napper, gets the students instantly engaged in the class, exchanging ideas rather than dutifully taking notes. It´s a question...

2013-04-23 12:46:46

New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis points to a common species of bacteria as an important contributor to bacterial vaginosis, a condition linked to preterm birth and increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases. The condition affects one in every three women, making it more common than yeast infections. But bacterial vaginosis often does not cause significant symptoms, leaving many women unaware they have it. “Bacterial vaginosis can...

2013-04-22 22:18:49

Researchers look for answers in a most obvious, but surprisingly overlooked, place: Nasal mucus Snot. It's not something most of us spend a lot of time thinking about, but, for a team of researchers in Washington, D.C., it's front and center. Robert I. Henkin, founder of the Taste and Smell Clinic in is charmingly self-deprecating. He says with a chuckle that he's often called a "spit and snot doctor," but he knows all too well that for his patients — those who no longer can...

2013-04-12 16:06:55

A new technique based on atomic force microscopy was developed at the Institute of Food Research to help ℠read´ information encoded in the gut lining. The lining of our gut is an important barrier between the outside world and our bodies. Laid out, the gut lining would cover the area of a football pitch. It must let nutrients from our foods through, but prevent invasion by disease-causing bacteria, at the same time hosting the trillions of beneficial bacteria needed for proper...

Drugs That Limit Excess Mucus Could Save Lives
2012-11-26 19:53:34

Washington University School of Medicine Respiratory conditions that restrict breathing such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are common killers worldwide. But no effective treatments exist to address the major cause of death in these conditions — excess mucus production. "There is good evidence that what kills people with severe COPD or asthma is mucus obstructing the airway," says Michael J. Holtzman, MD, the Selma and Herman Seldin Professor of...

Lung Mucus Gel Prevents Nanoparticles From Getting Through
2012-10-23 10:54:10

Joint press release by the Saarland University and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research Mucus coats our airways' internal surfaces. The viscous gel humidifies the lungs and prevents viruses and other small particles like diesel soot from entering the body unchecked. Previously unclear was the extent to which such nanoparticles are able to move through the lungs' mucus. Here, the research evidence was contradictory. Scientists could not explain why, in inhaled medication development,...

2012-09-29 23:03:47

The Hydro Pullse Sinus Pulse Irrigator was originally developed for chronic sinusitis. But today, more persons use it for throat and snoring therapy! Mission Hills, California 91345 (PRWEB) September 28, 2012 In a recent survey it was discovered that more persons are using the Hydro Pulse Nasal/Sinus Pulse irrigator for Throat and Snoring than for Sinus conditions. The Hydro Pulse was originally invented by Dr Murray Grossan as a means of clearing sinus and nasal conditions without drugs....

Asthma Challenged With Fresh Treatment Approach
2012-09-18 12:49:08

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A researcher from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and his colleagues believe they have found a way to help asthma sufferers by impeding the two most significant biological responses that lead to an asthma attack. In a paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers from UCSF, Johns Hopkins University and Duke University demonstrate that a specific calcium-activated...

Mucus Helps Clean Out Human Lungs
2012-08-24 10:53:38

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill recently published a study on their work to understand how human lungs clean out mucus from colds and allergy, making the airways free of foreign matter that may be toxic or infectious to the body. The findings, published in a recent issue of the journal Science, will help scientists identify issues related to human lung diseases like asthma, chronic obstructive...


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Cystic Fibrosis
2013-07-19 15:03:45

Cystic fibrosis, also called mucoviscidosis, is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder of the viscous secretions in the body. In turn, it effects the lungs, pancreas, liver, and intestines, as well as all other exocrine glands in the body. The most common genetic mutation that causes CF is a deletion of three nucleotides that results in a loss of phenylalanine, an amino acid at the 508th position on the protein. It should be noted, however, that there are over a thousand other mutations that...

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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.