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Article ID: 698225

A Paper Battery Powered by Bacteria

American Chemical Society (ACS)

— In remote areas of the world or in regions with limited resources, 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 unavailable or too expensive. New power sources are needed that are low-cost and portable. Today, researchers report a new type of battery –- made of paper and fueled by bacteria --- that could overcome these challenges.

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Article ID: 698209

Weaponizing Oxygen to Kill Infections and Disease

American Chemical Society (ACS)

The life-threatening bacteria called MRSA can cripple a hospital since it spreads quickly and is resistant to treatment. But scientists report that they are now making advances in a new technique that avoids antibiotics. Instead, they are using light to activate oxygen, which then wipes out antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The method also could be used to treat other microbial infections, and possibly even cancer.

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Article ID: 698159

The Environmental Cost of Contact Lenses

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Many people rely on contact lenses to improve their vision. But these sight-correcting devices don’t last forever — some are intended for a single day’s use — and they are eventually disposed of in various ways. Now, scientists are reporting that throwing these lenses down the drain at the end of their use could be contributing to microplastic pollution in waterways.

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Article ID: 699195

Scalp Cooling Treatment Reduces Risk of Chemotherapy Hair Loss

Loyola University Health System

Loyola Medicine is offering cancer patients a treatment that reduces the risk of hair loss by cooling the scalp. During chemotherapy sessions, the patient wears a silicone cooling cap. The cap contains a circulating coolant that reduces the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees.

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Article ID: 699191

Hurricane Harvey Anniversary: UTHealth Safety VP Talks About Preparation and Response

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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Will Weight Loss Before Conception Make Mom and Baby Healthier?

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new Michigan Medicine clinical trial — now enrolling participants — hopes to determine how weight loss prior to pregnancy affects maternal and fetal health.

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Article ID: 699185

Dr. Carri Glide-Hurst Elected Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine

Henry Ford Health System

Henry Ford Cancer Institute medical physicist Carri K. Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., DABR, has been elected to be a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

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Researcher Develops New Contaminant Detection Technique for Blood Thinner Heparin

University of Rhode Island

In 2008, a contaminant eluded the quality safeguards in the pharmaceutical industry and infiltrated a large portion of the supply of the popular blood thinner heparin, sickening hundreds and killing about 100 in the U.S.

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Research Indicates Long-Legged Lizards Better Adapted for Hurricane Survival

University of Rhode Island

Jason Kolbe has been thinking about hurricanes and lizards for many years. The University of Rhode Island professor of biological sciences has measured the length of lizard legs and the size of their toe pads to assess how those factors influence the animal’s ability to cling to vegetation during strong storms. He even used a powerful leaf blower to test his hypotheses in a laboratory.

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