Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Cognition Reserves Matter in Today's Stressful World

Friday, September 28, 2018

Cognition stems from the brain and the sophisticated network made up of billions of neural connections responsible for brain adaptability all through the aging process, according to a newly published Harvard Medical School report.

Tear Film Chemistry & Diagnostics

Friday, September 21, 2018

A paper published in Experimental Eye Research addresses the viability of establishing measurable protein concentrations in tears.

Aging & Muscle Mass Loss

Friday, September 14, 2018

“Use it or lose it.” How many times have we heard this advice?One of my favorite New York Times health writers, Jane Brody, devoted her column last week to the importance of staying in shape as we age to prevent falls and fractures associated with increased risk of early death.

Ragweed and Our Changing Climate

Friday, September 07, 2018

Eyes itching, nose running, no energy? It could be ragweed overload.A scholarly article published in Environmental Health Perspectives  reports that millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies triggered by airborne pollen—not just in the spring, but in the fall, too. Growing evidence suggests their number are dramatically increasing with the changing climate.

Pondering Science Labor

Friday, August 31, 2018

To raise new questions, to regard old questions from a new angle, requires creative imagination, and marks real advances in science.  —Albert Einstein    Science advances slowly on a foundation of trusted discoveries and intense labor. Being able to replicate scientific findings is crucial for scientific progress.

Fracking: Sometimes a Great Notion Fails

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The economy of nature is not money, it is life.  ~Vandana Shiva, PhD     According to a research article just published in Science Advances, the growth in unconventional gas production involving hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is suggested by many to transform the energy landscape: reduce energy prices, decrease conventional air pollution by displacing coal in electricity generation, disrupt international energy trading arrangements, and increase the prospects for energy self-sufficiency for the United States.

Alternative Fuel Science & Incentives

Friday, August 17, 2018

Given the link between our addiction to driving and driving fast, suburban lifestyles, and scientifically proven air-quality damaging, high-emission cars, cities of all sizes in this country and their environmentally concerned citizens are now encouraging the re-creation of easy-to-use public transportation, driving slower, increased ride sharing, safe human-powered and appropriate electric-powered bicycle lanes, walking paths and trails, and alternative fuels to address public and planetary health, as well as the ever-growing obesity pandemic.

Ocular Surface Mucins

Friday, August 10, 2018

Mucins are glycoproteins expressed by epithelial tissues of mucosal surfaces. Mucins are classified as either secretory or membrane spanning, and the ocular epithelium contain both types. Since the mid-1990s, a large number of mucin (MUC) genes have been identified: MUC1, MUC2, MUC4, MUC5A, MUC5B, MUC7MUC13, MUC15, MUC16 and MUC17.

On Andrew Wheeler and the EPA: Cautious, but Hopeful

Friday, July 27, 2018

Even small children are smart enough to get it: the environment, clean air and water matters where public health is concerned. According to Kathleen Rest, PhD, the executive director of the Union of Concerned Scientists, "Families and communities country-wide clearly value a clean environment and rely on strong science-based public standards to provide the protection they need, expect, and deserve."

Walking Science and Creativity

Friday, July 20, 2018

One of the best ways to improve any creative process is to study those who have mastered their craft. We frequently turn to a favorite newsletter writer, Gregory Ciotti, for process answers, since the output of creative geniuses is frequently intimidating, even thought relating to how creative geniuses conduct their lives is often surprisingly easy.

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