Oral antiviral drug effective against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) identified by Biomedical Sciences researchers – BIOENGINEER.ORG

ATLANTA — An oral antiviral drug that targets a key part of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) polymerase and inhibits the synthesis of viral genetic material has been identified, a finding that could provide an effective treatment against RSV disease, according to researchers at the Center for Translational Antiviral Research at Georgia State University. ATLANTA … Read more

Alzheimer’s Disease Affects Most Known Biological Pathways in the Brain, Researchers Find

Newswise – BOSTON – Nearly six million older adults have Alzheimer’s disease in the United States, a number expected to double by 2050. Already the sixth leading cause of death, Alzheimer’s disease is a complex neurodegenerative disease that causes memory loss, confusion, poor judgment, depression, delusions and agitation that robs people of their ability to … Read more

Researchers continue study of COVID-19 vaccinations, pregnancy and postpartum – BIOENGINEER.ORG

With the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic ongoing, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, in collaboration with the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), will continue a national study to evaluate the safety of COVID-19 vaccinations during pregnancy, and monitor immune response for mother and baby following vaccinations. With the SARS-CoV-2 … Read more

Researchers Calculate the Trophic Level of Megalodon Sharks and What Did They Eat by Analyzing a Shark Tooth Enamel

Megalodon sharks, which became extinct around 3 million years ago, were apex predators at the greatest trophic level yet observed. They were three times longer than contemporary great white sharks. To determine the trophic levels of the ancient predators, scientists examined nitrogen traces trapped in shark tooth enamel. Prehistoric history of megalodon (Photo: AFP via … Read more

UTSW researchers develop blood test to predict liver cancer risk – BIOENGINEER.ORG

An estimated one-quarter of adults in the U.S. have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), an excess of fat in liver cells that can cause chronic inflammation and liver damage, increasing the risk of liver cancer. Now, UT Southwestern researchers have developed a simple blood test to predict which NAFLD patients are most likely to develop … Read more

Mount Sinai researchers learn that ALS may be linked to both the immune and central nervous systems – BIOENGINEER.ORG

The immune system may play a fundamental role along with the central nervous system in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” Mount Sinai researchers report. Their study, published on June 22 in Naturecould have significant implications for diagnosing and treating the devastating neurodegenerative disease. The immune system may play a fundamental … Read more

Researchers catch record-breaking python in FL: 215 pounds

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida wildlife biologists are seen here with a female Burmese python that weighed 215 pounds. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida photo An 18-foot, 215-pound Burmese python has been caught in Florida, and biologists say it sets a state record for weight for one of the nation’s most troublesome invasive species, according … Read more

Optical microphone developed by CMU researchers sees sound like never before – BIOENGINEER.ORG

A camera system developed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers can see sound vibrations with such precision and detail that it can reconstruct the music of a single instrument in a band or orchestra. A camera system developed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers can see sound vibrations with such precision and detail that it can reconstruct … Read more

University of Illinois researchers derive new theory on behavior of new class of materials – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Researchers led by CEE Professor Oscar Lopez-Pamies have derived the governing equations that describe and explain the macroscopic mechanical behavior of elastomers filled with liquid inclusions directly in terms of their microscopic behavior. The work is described in an article by Lopez-Pamies and Ph.D. student Kamalendu Ghosh recently published in the Journal of the Mechanics … Read more

Rensselaer researchers make virus-fighting face masks – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed an accessible way to make N95 face masks not only effective barriers to germs, but on-contact germ killers. The antiviral, antibacterial masks can potentially be worn longer, causing less plastic waste as the masks do not need to be replaced as frequently. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed an … Read more