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Get Your Pond Back Into Shape With Sandling

Pond muck and pond scum are perhaps the biggest challenges in maintaining a healthy pond or lagoon. Whether you have a storm water pond, a lagoon, or a retention pond, all ponds start dying from the moment they’re created. Organic material such as algae, weeds, and leaves accumulate in the pond, settle on the bottom, and decompose into “muck” that ... Read More »

Outdoor light has role in reducing short-sightedness in kids

Increasing exposure to outdoor light is the key to reducing the myopia (short-sightedness) epidemic in children, according to ground-breaking research by Australian optometrists. Optometrist and lead researcher on the project, Associate Professor Scott Read who is the director of research at QUT’s School of Optometry and Vision Science, said children need to spend more than an hour and preferably at ... Read More »

New sight test detects early AMD

Researchers based at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, received funding from Fight for Sight and the Special Trustees of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which has resulted in the design of a new test that can spot the first stages of sight loss in ... Read More »

Scientists,uncover,five,genetic,markers,for,glaucoma

Scientists have discovered new genetic areas linked to an increased risk of glaucoma – the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. The investigation studied the genetic make up of about 40,000 people and identified five previously unknown genetic areas linked to an increased risk of primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG). Co-author of the study Professor Jamie Craig from Flinders University ... Read More »

Human ‘hairless’ gene identified: One form of baldness explained

It’s not a hair-brained idea: A new research report appearing in the April 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal explains why people with a rare balding condition called “atrichia with papular lesions” lose their hair, and it identifies a strategy for reversing this hair loss. Specifically the report shows for the first time that the “human hairless gene” imparts an ... Read More »

Caught by a hair: Quick, new identification of hair may help crime fighters

Lily Huang crushes up the human hair prior to testing. Credit: Image courtesy of Queen’s University Crime fighters could have a new tool at their disposal following promising research by Queen’s professor Diane Beauchemin. Dr. Beauchemin (Chemistry) and student Lily Huang (MSc’15) have developed a cutting-edge technique to identify human hair. Their test is quicker than DNA analysis techniques currently ... Read More »

Health plans pay patients to get cheaper care

Chris Stein | Getty Images Doctor, stethoscope and money Sometimes you can to spend a little to save a lot. Even if you’re the health-insurance industry. A program that actually makes payments to patients if they agree to get treatment from less-expensive health providers saved eight health plans almost $12 million in 2015, according to an analysis by the company ... Read More »

Stem cell progeny tell their parents when to turn on

Super-sonic signal: A signal from Transit-Amplifying Cells (TACs) activates stem cells in the hair follicle, researchers have found. Both types of cells appear in green (top), with TACs clustered lower down. The researchers identified the signal as Sonic Hedgehog. In experiments, such as this one (bottom), they disabled the signal, interfering with hair growth and regeneration. Credit: Image courtesy of ... Read More »

Hedge fund ‘quants’ win heart diagnosis challenge

Two hedge fund “quants” have come up with an algorithm that diagnoses heart disease from MRI images, beating nearly 1,000 other teams in one of the most ambitious competitions in artificial intelligence. Tencia Lee, who recently left Los Angeles-based Crabel Capital Management to join a robotics start-up, said she and partner Qi Liu, a former employee of hedge fund Two ... Read More »

Survey: Almost half of African-American women have experienced hair loss

African-American women are prone to hair loss, and new data presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s 74th Annual Meeting in Washington illustrates the scope of this problem, which often goes undiagnosed. Certain styling practices may increase the risk of hair loss in this population; women who are concerned about losing their hair should consider different styling practices and see ... Read More »