Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Coleen Conway-Welch: A Lasting Impact

Friday, October 19, 2018

Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch, RN, MS, PhD has died. The world lost an important woman of science and an unparalleled nursing educator, woman's health leader, and generous friend. Her impact will last. 

Lavender History and Health Science

Friday, October 12, 2018

As promised in this week’s Tasty Tuesday recipe for a vegan Lavender Latte, today’s Friday Pearl addresses both the health science and history that supports the use of lavender.Stress has become an integral factor of everyday living. Every individual who lives encounters some manifestation of stress in life, and is considered to be a major factor in many health problems. Lavender has been used since ancient times to help manage stress and neurological disorders.

Thioctic Acid

Friday, October 05, 2018

Thioctic acid is an organosulfur compound derived from caprylic acid, also know as lipoic acid (LA), or alpha-lipoic acid (ALA). It’s produced in animals and is essential for aerobic metabolism. It's present in almost all foods, but slightly more so in kidney, heart, and liver.

Cognition Reserves Matter in Today's Stressful World

Friday, September 28, 2018

Cognition stems from the brain and the sophisticated network made up of billions of neural connections responsible for brain adaptability all through the aging process, according to a newly published Harvard Medical School report.

Tear Film Chemistry & Diagnostics

Friday, September 21, 2018

A paper published in Experimental Eye Research addresses the viability of establishing measurable protein concentrations in tears.

Aging & Muscle Mass Loss

Friday, September 14, 2018

“Use it or lose it.” How many times have we heard this advice?One of my favorite New York Times health writers, Jane Brody, devoted her column last week to the importance of staying in shape as we age to prevent falls and fractures associated with increased risk of early death.

Ragweed and Our Changing Climate

Friday, September 07, 2018

Eyes itching, nose running, no energy? It could be ragweed overload.A scholarly article published in Environmental Health Perspectives  reports that millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies triggered by airborne pollen—not just in the spring, but in the fall, too. Growing evidence suggests their number are dramatically increasing with the changing climate.

Pondering Science Labor

Friday, August 31, 2018

To raise new questions, to regard old questions from a new angle, requires creative imagination, and marks real advances in science.  â€”Albert Einstein    Science advances slowly on a foundation of trusted discoveries and intense labor. Being able to replicate scientific findings is crucial for scientific progress.

Fracking: Sometimes a Great Notion Fails

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The economy of nature is not money, it is life.  ~Vandana Shiva, PhD     According to a research article just published in Science Advances, the growth in unconventional gas production involving hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is suggested by many to transform the energy landscape: reduce energy prices, decrease conventional air pollution by displacing coal in electricity generation, disrupt international energy trading arrangements, and increase the prospects for energy self-sufficiency for the United States.

Ocular Surface Mucins

Friday, August 10, 2018

Mucins are glycoproteins expressed by epithelial tissues of mucosal surfaces. Mucins are classified as either secretory or membrane spanning, and the ocular epithelium contain both types. Since the mid-1990s, a large number of mucin (MUC) genes have been identified: MUC1, MUC2, MUC4, MUC5A, MUC5B, MUC7MUC13, MUC15, MUC16 and MUC17.

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