Health and Biomedical Sciences

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DDT in Alaska meltwater poses cancer risk for people who eat lots of fish

Children in Alaska whose diet includes a lot of fish from rivers fed by the Eastern Alaska Mountain Range may have a long-term elevated risk for cancer because of insecticides — including DDT — in the meltwater. Even with low levels of organochlorine pollutants (OCPs) in glacial meltwater, the risk of cancer for youth and […]

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Study looks at ecological traps to minimize human risk of mosquito-borne pathogens

Ecological traps have the potential to effectively control pest species and inhibit the spread of infectious diseases, according to a University of Maine researcher. A recently published study led by Allison Gardner, an assistant professor of arthropod vector biology at UMaine, provides new insights into how ecological traps, which occur when organisms show preference for […]

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BDN reports on nursing education program between UMaine, Bangor hospital

The Bangor Daily News reported on a new partnership between the University of Maine and Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. The dedicated nursing education unit gives UMaine nursing students the opportunity to look after patients under the supervision of hospital nurses, according to the article. Officials from Northern Light EMMC and UMaine […]

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Thirteenth annual UMaine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium Oct. 12

The aging-in-place movement has heightened the imperative that living environments meet the diversity of needs of older residents. Innovative approaches to making the residential environments of older adults safe, healthy, affordable and personalized continue to challenge policymakers, planners and service providers alike. High-functioning housing communities are crucial to realizing the highest quality of life of […]

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WVII interviews Gardner about mosquito-borne illness research

WVII (Channel 7) spoke with Allison Gardner, an assistant professor of arthropod vector biology at the University of Maine, about her research examining the relationships among the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases, perceptions of mosquito-borne disease risk and human travel. Gardner and Sandra De Urioste-Stone, an assistant professor of nature-based tourism, recently were awarded $1.5 million […]

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Researchers awarded $1.5M to examine spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases

A team of University of Maine researchers has been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to examine the relationships among the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases, perceptions of mosquito-borne disease risk and human travel, including domestic and international tourism. The five-year project, “Coupled Dynamics of Tourism and Mosquito-Borne Disease Transmission in the Americas,” is […]

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King’s research finds new genetic regulators for regeneration, media report

ScienceDaily, EurekAlert and Medical Xpress published a news release from the MDI Biological Laboratory about new research on regeneration by scientists at the laboratory and the University of Maine. Benjamin King, an assistant professor of bioinformatics at UMaine and co-lead researcher, identified genetic material previously thought to be useless as having a role in regulating […]

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