The heat of summer brings us out into the water and directly in the line of fire of the sun’s UV radiation. Many of us grumble about applying sunscreen and wish it could be simply applied once for the whole summer. Thanks to a $1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, a research team at the University of Cincinnati is developing a topical cream that makes this fantasy possible by taking UV protection to a new level.
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As BPA-free bottles started becoming the norm, the Science Market Update published a prophetic article warning about the dangers of the new trend. The article cautioned that BPA substitutes had just as much potential for adverse health effects as the original compound. Recent research from the University of Cincinnati finally provides proof to back up this claim.
Summer is just around the corner, and for many this means more time to spend on outdoor activities. This last Sunday saw an excellent incentive to start the summer biking with the Ride Cincinnati event, an effort to raise money for breast cancer studies while encouraging the public to be active. This annual event awards grants to select cancer researchers in the area; this year five researchers from the University of Cincinnati won a combined $200,000 in grants for their outstanding research.
Untreated or under-treated brain concussions can be deadly. More than 1.7 million people in the United States need urgent medical care for traumatic brain injuries each year; an improved method for the emergency room personnel to diagnose these injuries is a pressing need.
Occasionally the most interesting discoveries are made simply by investigating a chance observation. Take for instance our earlier MSU blog about venom-resistant mice, whose analgesic usefulness was only realized after noticing that they didn’t seem to mind being stung by scorpions. Now at the University of Cincinnati, scientists have discovered a previously unknown property of a junk food ingredient that actually helps remove toxins from the body.
One of the major health concerns for a newborn child is viral and bacterial infection. Prevailing medical belief holds that babies have underdeveloped immune systems and thus are simply unable to fight back. New evidence from the University of Cincinnati overturns this claim and provides insight on a better way to fight these invaders.
Getting blood work done is generally not the most simple or satisfying experience. Often it requires blood to be drawn from a vein, which is uncomfortable even if you don’t have a fear of blood or needles. On top of that, the results of the test take between three and nine months to finally get back to you. A research team at the University of Cincinnati is perfecting a new biosensor that aims to make the process considerably easier to bear.
Cancer is like the supervillain that all the heroes must team up to defeat. University researchers play the heroes in this analogy, always coming up with new tricks and methods to beat back cancer in its various forms. Nowhere is this theme more prevalent than at the University of Cincinnati, where we have seen remarkable improvements to cancer imaging technology and vaccines to enhance immunotherapy in some of our previous blogs. UC’s new superpower appears to be flash freezing as a method of targeting and eliminating tumors.
Humans might be on the top of natural food chain, but they still have to be wary of environmental dangers. One such danger that is often overlooked in the excitement of producing new things, like the next model of iPhone or a pair of solar contact lenses, is the effect of man-made products on the environment, and the subsequent consequences on human health. Fortunately, this is the research focus of the Center for Environmental Genetics, located at the University of Cincinnati.