Red wine compound could help astronauts keep their muscle mass

Harvard researchers have found that a compound found in red wine could prevent astronauts from losing ...

It's been said that red wine has health benefits, with studies suggesting it can help fight cancer, obesity, aging, and even cavities. Now, a new study may add muscle loss to the list. In tests on rats, a Harvard team has found that a red wine compound called resveratrol could help keep astronauts toned and healthy during trips in space or life on Mars.

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Healthy lifestyle can counteract genetic risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer's

Two studies show a healthy lifestyle can significantly offset any genetic predisposition a person may have ...

Two new studies presented recently at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference affirm the potential for a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of age-related dementia and cognitive decline. The research particularly suggests lifestyle factors can counteract genetic predispositions for Alzheimer's disease.

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Astronauts could heal themselves with 3D-printed skin and bones grown from their own cells

Bioprinted bone growing in a lab

It goes without saying that there aren't any doctors in space – which is a problem, given that the harsh environment is conducive to injuries. Now researchers from Dresden Technical University (TUD) have developed a 3D bioprinting method for use in space, creating new skin and bone tissue out of resources that might be available to astronauts.

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Fast new directed evolution technique makes viruses create drug proteins in days

A new directed evolution technique can guide viruses to create new proteins in a matter of ...

Evolution is one of nature's most impressive forces, allowing organisms to adapt to changing environments to survive. By harnessing and guiding that process scientists have managed to manipulate micro-organisms into producing useful new drugs and materials, but it's still a time-consuming process. Now, researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) have developed a new tool that speeds up the process in mammalian cells, creating new therapeutics in a matter of days.

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Researchers create eye-tracking glasses that auto-focus where you look

Researchers at Stanford University have created glasses that track your eyes and automatically focus on whatever you're looking at. The so-called autofocals, detailed in a paper published in the journal Science Advances, could prove a better solution...

Apple starts selling diabetes monitors in its stores

Apple's health push now includes more tools for diabetics. Apple retail stores have started carrying a diabetes tracking product -- in this case, One Drop's blood glucose monitor. It's not a continuous monitor (you have to lance yourself), but its...