“The slug known as Dusky Arion (Arion subfuscus) coats itself with mucus to keep moist. It can add certain proteins to its mucus to make a glue. With this glue, the slug can attach so strongly to a surface that it can’t be carried off by a predator.
Inspired by the Dusky Arion, a research team led by Dr. David J. Mooney at Harvard University created a family of medical glues that could be sticky, strong, stretchy, and nontoxic. The study was supported in part by NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Results were published on July 28, 2017, in Science.”
“It seems like a new health risk is in the news every day. How do you know which risks are worth worrying about? NIH has created a one-page guide called Making Sense of Your Health Risks to help you put risks into perspective.
A health risk is something that increases your chance of developing a disease. For example, getting too much sun on your skin may put you at higher risk for skin cancer. That doesn’t mean that you will definitely get skin cancer. You can take steps to lower your risk by protecting your skin from sun exposure.”
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“A carefully adapted set of yoga poses, practiced under the guidance of a well-trained instructor, may help reduce chronic low back pain and improve function. Moodboard/Thinkstock
Many people experience low-back pain over their lifetime. For those who don’t recover quickly, the discomfort can become chronic, lasting for months or even years.
NIH-funded researchers have been looking for new ways to treat long-lasting low-back pain. A new study shows that yoga may help relieve moderate to severe low-back pain. The research team recruited 320 people with chronic low-back pain from diverse backgrounds and underserved communities. More than half of the study’s participants were non-Hispanic black and earned less than $30,000 per year.”
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