Health & Science

loons on a lake
May 24, 2017 Large Image
As many as 20 million birds and other animals die annually after ingesting lead left behind by hunters, sports shooters and anglers—and the problem is about to get worse

In March, conservationists cried foul when new U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke overturned an Obama-administration ban on using lead...

May 23, 2017 Large Image
Altering bioelectric networks reveals a “hidden code” that controls the number of heads produced after injury even in normal-appearing flatworms

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (May 23, 2017) – Researchers have succeeded in permanently rewriting flatworms’ regenerative body shape by resetting...

Image of child holding two balls. Center of image is blurred, which is what happens when people get AMD.
May 15, 2017 Large Image

BOSTON (May 15, 2017, 3 pm EDT)—A study in mice finds that development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) could be arrested by switching...

illustration of water pipes and faucet
May 12, 2017 Large Image
Heavy storms can overwhelm older sewer systems, causing a spike in sewage-borne bacterial and viral infections

In older U.S. cities, heavy rainfall doesn’t just flood basements. It can also send a wave of dangerous pathogens into municipal water sources....

Athena Papas at Tufts
May 11, 2017 Large Image
Athena Papas has secured dozens of grants for groundbreaking research, helped launch countless life-changing medications and mentored generations of colleagues

One morning last summer, Athena Papas welcomed her first patient of the day at the Rubenstein Oral Medicine Clinic. The patient was a 20-year-old...