‘World’s most painful insect sting’ found to target nerves in unique way

If you’ve been stung by an ant, you know how painful it can be. Australian researchers have found that some of the most painful ant stings are caused by nerve-targeting neurotoxins. But, unlike those found in snake and scorpion venom, ant toxins affect… Continue reading ‘World’s most painful insect sting’ found to target nerves in unique way

Potential antidote to death cap mushroom poisoning identified

Scientists have identified a potential antidote to one of the most poisonous mushrooms, the death cap. Using CRISPR, a team found that a chemical already approved by the FDA can neutralize the toxin and save lives in mouse tests – but there are a few c… Continue reading Potential antidote to death cap mushroom poisoning identified

Deadly weed may actually help us look younger, heal faster

If you’re on a hike, you’d be best steering well clear of the cocklebur weed. While the stalky green plants with curious-looking spiky burs don’t appear particularly deadly, this noxious plant is a killer.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbein… Continue reading Deadly weed may actually help us look younger, heal faster

Wonder enzyme may hold the key to longer, healthier lives

Could an enzyme responsible for breaking down and eliminating booze from our bodies also be able to help us lead longer, healthier lives? Scientists have discovered a molecular mechanism that could offer just that.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, Sci… Continue reading Wonder enzyme may hold the key to longer, healthier lives

Toxic “forever chemicals” could disrupt vital immune cell function

The negative health effects of chemicals called PFAS continue to be uncovered. Scientists from North Carolina State University (NCSU) have now shown that some types of PFAS can disrupt vital functions of immune cells.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, … Continue reading Toxic “forever chemicals” could disrupt vital immune cell function

Magnetic solution removes toxic “forever chemicals” from water in seconds

Scientists in Australia have developed an intriguing new technique for removing toxic “forever chemicals” from water. Adding a solution to contaminated water coats the pollutants and makes them magnetic, so they can easily be attracted and isolated.Con… Continue reading Magnetic solution removes toxic “forever chemicals” from water in seconds

Hydrogen and UV breaks down toxic PFAS “forever” chemicals in water

PFAS are among the most insidious pollutants, thanks to their ubiquity, their long life and their growing list of linked health concerns. But now researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a new method to break them down more… Continue reading Hydrogen and UV breaks down toxic PFAS “forever” chemicals in water

How exposure to artificial butter flavor when sick may cause lung damage

New research indicates exposure to low levels of a flavoring chemical called diacetyl in combination with a mild case of influenza can cause serious lung damage. The findings, in mice, suggest those with occupational exposure to the chemical should be … Continue reading How exposure to artificial butter flavor when sick may cause lung damage

Reactor uses supercritical water to destroy PFAS “forever chemicals”

Engineers at the University of Washington have designed a reactor that can completely destroy PFAS forever chemicals. The technology could help treat chemicals at manufacturing sites before they can leak out into the natural environment.Continue Readin… Continue reading Reactor uses supercritical water to destroy PFAS “forever chemicals”

First known RNA-targeting toxin launches “total assault” to kill bacteria

Scientists at McMaster University have identified a toxin used by bacteria to kill other bacteria through a never-before-seen mechanism. The toxin is the first found to directly target RNA molecules in what the team describes as “a total assault on the… Continue reading First known RNA-targeting toxin launches “total assault” to kill bacteria