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  • Call for the pass of chemical safety reform Fig 1 JaneJane eats organic foods, avoids plastic containers and switched to plant-based shampoo and cosmetics.  “You have no idea how clean my home is, but I still don’t feel protected,” Jane told me. Like many other expectant mothers, Jane is stressed about protecting her baby’s health. We all have reasons to be worried about man-made chemicals…
  • Worth the trip: psychedelics as an emerging tool for psychotherapy Fig 3 MuschroomsAs your eyes close, a kaleidoscopic vision of pattern, color, and sense of deep meaning engulfs your entire field of experience. Thirty minutes ago you were given a controlled dose of a highly potent, and highly illegal, hallucinogenic compound—all in the name of science. Months from now, you will say that this was one of…
  • Peanut Allergy Prevention: Promising Results But More Work Needed From http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bc/PeanutButter.jpgA response to Feeding infants peanut products could prevent allergies, study suggests Peanut allergies are a fact of life for many children and adults, but a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims to have a clue to preventing peanut allergies before they start. The above New York Times article summarizes…
  • Protein Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease? Human brain. Image courtesy of Holdentrils (Pixabay).Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a neurodegenerative disorder in which symptoms of dementia worsen over time, is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Although there is currently no cure, one study recently claimed that manipulating levels of a protein involved in brain cell communication can slow memory loss and may improve the quality…
  • Can we send a message to the future with DNA? DNA microarray. DNA - Deoxyribonucleic acid. From PD-USGOV-NASA on Wikimedia CommonsEver wonder how we can relay messages to future populations? So do scientists. Recent news suggests DNA embedded in glass might be the answer to efficiently storing information for millions of years! Yet, storing large amounts of information is still limited by the price of DNA synthesis. And who knows what infrastructure we’ll have to…
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