27
Nov
2016

Clot-busting skin patch keeps the blood flowing with microneedles

An illustration showing how the microneedles dissolve in the presence of thrombin to release their clot-busting ...

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year 60,000-100,000 people die in the US alone from blood clots formed from conditions known as deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolisms, with 10 to 30 percent of them dying within the first month of diagnosis. Clots form when proteins in plasma and platelets thicken causing a mass. They can sometimes appear spontaneously, but are often the result of injuries or surgeries. Now, a new patch developed by researchers in North Carolina could help battle these life-threateners in a novel way.

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Category: Biology

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27
Nov
2016

Honey bee brood – a good source of food?

The harvesting of bee larvae could help feed the hungry

What do cultures in places such as Mexico, Australia and Thailand have in common? They all consider "bee brood" to be a delicacy. Consisting of bee larvae and pupae, it reportedly has a "nutty flavor with a crunchy texture when eaten cooked or dried," plus it rivals beef in protein quantity and quality. With that in mind, a University of Copenhagen study suggests that the harvesting of bee brood be pursued on a larger scale in order to address world hunger.

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