Health

Method to predict surface ozone pollution levels provides 48-hour heads-up
February 16, 2017 11:36 AM - Penn State University

A novel air quality model will help air quality forecasters predict surface ozone levels up to 48-hours in advance and with fewer resources, according to a team of meteorologists.

The method, called regression in self-organizing map (REGiS), weighs and combines statistical air quality models by pairing them with predicted weather patterns to create probabilistic ozone forecasts. Unlike current chemical transport models, REGiS can predict ozone levels up to 48 hours in advance without requiring significant computational power.

Ottawa researchers kill brain cancer in mice with combination immunotherapies
February 15, 2017 10:36 AM - Childrens Hosptial of Eastern Ontario Research Institute

A promising combination of immunotherapies delivers a one-two punch to brain cancer tumours with high cure rates in mice, scientific evidence published in Nature Communications today says.

Eating Fish? Then You're Eating Plastic, Too
February 15, 2017 07:25 AM - Susan Bird, Care2

Synthetic fleece is something of a modern miracle. It keeps us warm and cozy, is easily cleaned and doesn’t even require we harm any animals to make it. Perfect, right? Well, every miracle comes with a price.

It turns out that every time we wash one fleece pullover or jacket, we’re sending about two grams of plastic microfibers out into our environment. Where those fibers end up from there is a bit concerning, because you’re probably eating them.

Study prompts rethink on fighting infections
February 14, 2017 11:06 AM - The University of Edinburgh

Fresh insights into how immune cells are regulated could signal a new approach to tackling infections.

Study prompts rethink on fighting infections
February 14, 2017 11:06 AM - The University of Edinburgh

Fresh insights into how immune cells are regulated could signal a new approach to tackling infections.

New Method to Detect Ultrasound with Light
February 13, 2017 04:50 PM - Julianne Hill

A tiny, transparent device that can fit into a contact lens has a bright future, potentially helping a range of scientific endeavors from biomedicine to geology.

Plant-made Hemophilia Therapy Shows Promise, Penn Study Finds
February 13, 2017 12:21 PM - University of Pennsylvania

People with hemophilia require regular infusions of clotting factor to prevent them from experiencing uncontrolled bleeding. But a significant fraction develop antibodies against the clotting factor, essentially experiencing an allergic reaction to the very treatment that can prolong their lives.

Plant-made Hemophilia Therapy Shows Promise, Penn Study Finds
February 13, 2017 12:21 PM - University of Pennsylvania

People with hemophilia require regular infusions of clotting factor to prevent them from experiencing uncontrolled bleeding. But a significant fraction develop antibodies against the clotting factor, essentially experiencing an allergic reaction to the very treatment that can prolong their lives.

Discovery may revolutionize new drug discoveries, disease research
February 13, 2017 11:29 AM - York University

Research from York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering, has found a new set of algorithms that can help determine the 3D structure of proteins to one day find new treatments for a range of diseases including Alzheimer’s, HIV and cancer. The research, published in the current edition of the journal Nature Methods, shows that these new algorithms rapidly generate 3-D structures of viruses, which could revolutionize the development of new drug therapies.

Discovery may revolutionize new drug discoveries, disease research
February 13, 2017 11:29 AM - York University

Research from York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering, has found a new set of algorithms that can help determine the 3D structure of proteins to one day find new treatments for a range of diseases including Alzheimer’s, HIV and cancer. The research, published in the current edition of the journal Nature Methods, shows that these new algorithms rapidly generate 3-D structures of viruses, which could revolutionize the development of new drug therapies.

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