Leaves are kind of like nature’s power plants, converting incoming sunlight into energy for the plant to thrive on. Inspired by the real thing, scientists have previously created artificial leaves that function in much the same way as their natural counterparts to produce electricity and even liquid fuels.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
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This week President Trump had a widely publicized meeting with the bosses of Big Pharma.
The Daily Mail reported that the CEOs met with the president at the White House on Tuesday, and said “he expects them to lower drug prices and bring jobs back to the United States.”
“You folks have done a terrific job over the years, but we have to get prices down for a lot of reasons. We have no choice,” Trump said.
Thus far Trump has done some pretty great things – last being his pick for supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. If he is confirmed, which is likely, and acts according to his history, he will be a voice for the Constitution for decades to come.
However, of course the drug companies have a choice. And to date their choice has been to move elsewhere. And that hasn’t been much of choice. I suppose a better explanation would be to say that our government has forced drug manufacturers to move, just like many other industries, to avoid the crippling taxes and regulations past administrations have saddled them with.
We’re all familiar with the inescapable effects that the march of time has on our bodies, but the processes that drive aging are still offering up surprises. Scientists have long known that DNA segments called telomeres play a crucial part in our aging process, but new research has discovered a protein that acts as a kind of cellular timekeeper, regulating the length of telomeres to maintain healthy cell division and prevent the development of cancer.
A third of adults diagnosed with asthma may not actually have the condition, research suggests.
Experts think many people are misdiagnosed with the condition, while others recover to the extent the asthma is no longer active.
They say doctors are too often diagnosing their patients with asthma without doing the proper tests.
‘Doctors wouldn’t diagnose diabetes without checking blood sugar levels, or a broken bone without ordering an X-ray,’ lead author Professor Shawn Aaron said last night.
It can be a hassle when your phone’s battery runs out of juice and you have to hunt down a power outlet to recharge, but a flat battery is an even bigger hassle in implanted electronic medical devices, such as pacemakers. It often means invasive surgery to replace the battery or the entire unit, but now a new study has found that the use of solar cells implanted under the skin to power medical implants is a feasible approach.
For medics in the field, getting replacement blood into patients as soon as possible can make the difference between life or death.
But scientists working to develop artificial blood cells could bring life-saving transfusions to more trauma patients within the next 10 years.
The hope is that the artificial blood could be freeze dried and stored in powder form, ready for use by paramedics and combat medics on the battlefield.
The numerous folds which cover our brains change over time, becoming slacker as we age, according to a study.
What’s more, this slacking was seen to be more pronounced in those with Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers believe that learning more about how the mechanisms which control how folding changes with age could potentially be used to help diagnose brain diseases and spot dementia.
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About 17 million adults and more than 850,000 adolescents had some problems with alcohol in the United States in 2012.
Long-term alcohol misuse could harm your liver, stomach, cardiovascular system and bones, as well as your brain.
Chronic heavy alcohol drinking can lead to a problem that we scientists call alcohol use disorder, which most people call alcohol abuse or alcoholism.
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