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Zinc is an essential mineral that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Zinc is also found in many cold lozenges and some over-the-counter drugs sold as cold remedies.
Chemical modification improves release and availability of insulin, research shows

Chemical modification improves release and availability of insulin, research shows

Replacing a hydrogen atom by an iodine atom in insulin, the hormone retains its efficacy but is available more rapidly to the organism. [More]
Study shows new role of zinc in optic nerve injury

Study shows new role of zinc in optic nerve injury

For more than two decades, researchers have tried to regenerate the injured optic nerve using different growth factors and/or agents that overcome natural growth inhibition. [More]
Researchers develop first non-human primate X-SCID models using genome editing techniques

Researchers develop first non-human primate X-SCID models using genome editing techniques

Researchers affiliated with the Kawasaki INnovation Gateway at SKYFRONT, have successfully generated the first ever non-human primate X-SCID models by using two genome editing techniques. The findings were published in Cell Stem Cell, July 2016. [More]
Modest increase in dietary zinc reduces oxidative stress and damage to DNA, study shows

Modest increase in dietary zinc reduces oxidative stress and damage to DNA, study shows

A new study by researchers from the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Research Institute shows that a modest 4 milligrams of extra zinc a day in the diet can have a profound, positive impact on cellular health that helps fight infections and diseases. [More]
Study highlights lack of nutritional standards for premixed infant cereals in lower-income countries

Study highlights lack of nutritional standards for premixed infant cereals in lower-income countries

For parents around the world, premixed infant cereals--also known as complementary foods--can be a vital source of the solid food needed for healthy child growth after six months of age, when infants outgrow the nutrients provided by breast milk alone. [More]
Monell Center receives Gates Foundation grant to support innovative global health research project

Monell Center receives Gates Foundation grant to support innovative global health research project

The Monell Center announced today that it has received a $345,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant supports an innovative global health research project titled, "Developing Novel Pediatric Formulation Technologies for Global Health: Human Taste Assays." [More]
Tiny, glowing crystals could be powerful new tool to detect and clean contaminated water sources

Tiny, glowing crystals could be powerful new tool to detect and clean contaminated water sources

Tiny, glowing crystals designed to detect and capture heavy-metal toxins such as lead and mercury could prove to be a powerful new tool in locating and cleaning up contaminated water sources. [More]
Acne: when to seek help?

Acne: when to seek help?

Acne develops due to an interplay between genetic factors (so people often have a family history) and hormonal factors that can increase the size and activity of the sebaceous or oil gland. [More]
Scientists develop genetically engineered T cells with fusion inhibitor to disrupt HIV's harpoon

Scientists develop genetically engineered T cells with fusion inhibitor to disrupt HIV's harpoon

When HIV attacks a T cell, it attaches itself to the cell's surface and launches a "harpoon" to create an opening to enter and infect the cells. [More]
Fast-cooking dry beans could help retain more protein and iron, research suggests

Fast-cooking dry beans could help retain more protein and iron, research suggests

Beans are a versatile, inexpensive staple that can boost essential nutrients in a diet, especially for people in low-resource areas where food options are limited. [More]
New report highlights need for innovations to combat pneumonia and diarrhea among children

New report highlights need for innovations to combat pneumonia and diarrhea among children

A new report finds some progress in combatting pneumonia and diarrhea among young children in the nations most severely impacted by the two diseases, but they remain responsible for hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths around the world. [More]
Researchers create detailed blueprint of how the body transports zinc to maintain good health

Researchers create detailed blueprint of how the body transports zinc to maintain good health

Zinc is essential for wound healing, for vision, for DNA creation, for our senses of taste and smell, even for sexual health. But despite its importance, scientists have never fully understood the mechanism that moves the mineral through the body - until now. [More]
Researchers create detailed blueprints of molecular moving vans that transport zinc everywhere

Researchers create detailed blueprints of molecular moving vans that transport zinc everywhere

Zinc is essential for wound healing, for vision, for DNA creation, for our senses of taste and smell, even for sexual health. But despite its importance, scientists have never fully understood the mechanism that moves the mineral through the body - until now. [More]
Vitamin A-biofortified orange maize improves visual functions in kids

Vitamin A-biofortified orange maize improves visual functions in kids

A new study has found that vitamin A-biofortified orange maize significantly improves visual functions in children. [More]
Scientists develop mechanically stable, disposable sensor for monitoring heart attacks

Scientists develop mechanically stable, disposable sensor for monitoring heart attacks

Blood-glucose monitoring devices have revolutionized the management of diabetes by making it easy for ordinary individuals to test their glucose levels at home. [More]
Four CGIAR researchers win World Food Prize for improving nutrition and health

Four CGIAR researchers win World Food Prize for improving nutrition and health

Four CGIAR scientists, Dr. Howarth Bouis (HarvestPlus), Dr. Jan Low (CIP), Maria Andrade (CIP), and Robert Mwanga (CIP) will be awarded the World Food Prize tonight for their combined success in improving nutrition and health through biofortified crops. [More]
Researchers discover Achilles heel of common bacteria that causes fatal infections

Researchers discover Achilles heel of common bacteria that causes fatal infections

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacterium of our environment. It can however become a formidable pathogen causing fatal infections, especially in intubated patients, people suffering from cystic fibrosis or severe burns. [More]
High levels of dietary zinc increase susceptibility to Clostridium difficile infections

High levels of dietary zinc increase susceptibility to Clostridium difficile infections

Too much dietary zinc increases susceptibility to infection by Clostridium difficile - "C. diff" - the most common cause of hospital-acquired infections. [More]
New research shows childhood diarrhea cases significantly higher than estimated

New research shows childhood diarrhea cases significantly higher than estimated

The number of cases of childhood diarrhoea attributable to pathogens (bacteria, parasites, viruses or other infections) have been substantially underestimated and may be nearly twice as high as previous analysis suggests, according to new research published in The Lancet. [More]
Novel therapy offers hope for effective treatment of intractable metastatic cancers

Novel therapy offers hope for effective treatment of intractable metastatic cancers

Cancer treatments that mobilize the body's immune system to fight the disease have generated a lot of excitement in the past few years. [More]
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