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Friday, June 19, 2015

Health Research: Inkjet inks made of silk could yield smart bandages, bacteria-sensing gloves ♦ Exercise can help control blood glucose ♦ Is phthalate alternative really safe?

Researchers created and tested a custom library of inkjet-printable, functional silk inks doped with bioactive components such as antibiotics, enzymes, nanoparticles, and growth factors. The natural silk polymer stabilized the agents over time and enabled printing in varied mechanically robust formats
Exercise can help control blood glucose, and trim waist size and body fat in diabetics regardless of fitness gains Diabetics who exercise can trim waist size and body fat, and control blood glucose, even if they don’t see cardiorespiratory benefits, new research shows. Researchers found that waist circumference, percentage of body fat, and hemoglobin A1c levels ? a test of long-term blood sugar ? all improved in diabetic participants who exercised
Tissue 'scaffold' technology could help rebuild large organs Scientists have developed a new tissue 'scaffold' technology that could one day enable the engineering of large organs. Research has shown that it is possible to combine cells with a special scaffold to produce living tissue in the laboratory. It is hoped this can then be implanted into patients as a way of replacing diseased parts of the body.
Is phthalate alternative really safe? A commonly used  plasticizer known as DINCH, which is found in products that come into close contact with humans, such as medical devices, children's toys and food packaging, might not be as safe as initially thought. According to a new study, DINCH exerts biological effects on metabolic processes in mammals. The findings may have important implications since DINCH has been promoted by industry has as a safe alternative to phthalate plasticizers, despite there being no publicly available peer-reviewed data on its toxicology.
Musicians don't just hear in tune, they also see in tune Auditory melodies can enhance a musician's visual awareness of written music, particularly when the two match, a new experiment shows. That is the conclusion of the latest scientific experiment designed to puzzle out how the brain creates an apparently seamless view of the external world based on the information it receives from the eyes

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