Biodegradable nanoparticles slip through mucus
(Phys.org) -- Researchers at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) have created biodegradable, ultra tiny, nanosized particles that can easily slip through the body's sticky and viscous mucus secretions to deliver a sustained-release ...
A Better Mesh: Researchers 'Tighten' Body's Protective Coating
A net with large holes won't catch small fish. Likewise, the microscopic fibers in the protective mucus coatings of the eyes, lungs, stomach or reproductive system naturally bundle together and allow the tiniest ...
High-angle helix helps bacteria swim
(Phys.org) —A high-angle helix helps microorganisms like sperm and bacteria swim through mucus and other viscoelastic fluids, according to a new study by researchers from Brown University and the University ...
Pig stomach mucins are effective as anti-viral agents for consumer products
Mucus often elicits strong revulsion, but to MIT biological engineer Katharina Ribbeck, it is a fascinating material.
The making of mucus in common lung diseases
In the lung, mucus is produced by cells known as goblet cells, which are present in small numbers in the walls of the lungs and airways.
Researchers discover how tree frogs use their bodies to cling to overhanging surfaces (w/ video)
Sulfurous chemical known as 'smell of the sea' serves as clarion call for coral pathogens
Coral is really an ecosystem within the reef ecosystem: a colony of invertebrate polyps that excrete a calcium-carbonate skeleton. Living within the polyps are photosynthetic algae that produce nutrients ...
Reluctant hero? Cleaner fish show it pays to be selfless
Putting yourself in the line of fire is shown to reap huge rewards, in a new study published this week in Science.
Misuse of Vicks VapoRub may harm infants and toddlers
Vicks® VapoRub®, the popular salve used to relieve symptoms of cough and congestion, may be harmful for infants and toddlers. New research appearing in the January issue of Chest, the peer-reviewed journal of the Americ ...
Sneezing sea lion dies after treatment at NY zoo
(AP)—A sea lion that had been receiving treatment for sneezing has died unexpectedly at a New York zoo.
Study reveals the keys to the locomotion of snails
A research study has found evidence that suggests that the key to locomotion in snails stems from the animal's complex muscle movements, and not from its mucus, as had been previously thought. This finding ...
Key to potential new treatment for allergy-induced asthma identified
In research that could lead to new asthma drugs, scientists at Yale School of Medicine, Hydra Biosciences of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the University of California, San Francisco have discovered that a protein may be ...
The need to feed programs Campylobacter's 'Sat Nav'
A rumbling tummy is our body's way of telling us "it's time for lunch". Likewise, bacteria need to know when it's time to eat.
A surprising new vehicle for drug delivery?
(PhysOrg.com) -- Are our bodies vulnerable to some pollutants whose lack of solubility in water, or "hydrophobicity," has always been thought to protect us from them? New Tel Aviv University research has discovered ...