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Marijuana use increases, shifts away from illegal market

A new article reports that, based on analysis of public wastewater samples in at least one Western Washington population center, cannabis use both increased and substantially shifted from the illicit market since retail sales began in 2014.

FDA issues warning about fecal transplants

For those battling the dangerous and tenacious intestinal infection caused by the bacteria Clostridium difficile, fecal transplants are a relatively new treatment option. For the procedure, doctors transfer fecal matter from a healthy person into someone with a “microbiome” that…

What is valley fever?

Valley fever is on the rise. Cases of this dangerous and sometimes fatal condition have tripled in the past decade, to the point where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have dubbed it a “silent epidemic.” Fewer than…

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Introduced a new paradigm of cell transplantation with scaffold microrobots

Scientists developed a microrobot that can precisely transplant stem cells in various in vivo and vitro environments. Expects to improve the efficiency of treating degenerative neural disorders such as Alzheimer by accurately and safely delivering to a desired location.

Guest blog – The Ethics of Animal Exploitation part 2 by Alick Simmons

Alick Simmons is a veterinarian, naturalist and photographer.  After a period in private practice, he followed a 35-year career as a Government veterinarian, latterly as the UK Government’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer. Alick’s lifelong passion is wildlife; he volunteers for…

U-M researchers testing ways to make aspen-dominated forests resilient to climate change

(University of Michigan) In an aspen-dominated hardwood forest at the northern tip of the state’s Lower Peninsula, University of Michigan scientists are testing ways to make the region’s forests more resilient to climate change.

What is arsenic and why is it bad for you?

In recent years, there have been reports about high arsenic levels in products such as apple juice and rice. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its concerns and has investigated, how worried should a consumer be? Here’s what…

Gut microbes eat our medication

Researchers have discovered one of the first concrete examples of how the microbiome can interfere with a drug’s intended path through the body. Focusing on levodopa (L-dopa), the primary treatment for Parkinson’s disease, they identified which bacteria out of the trillions of species is responsible for degrading the drug and how to stop this microbial interference.