Health and Biomedical Sciences

Speech pathology graduate students help Special Olympians hear more clearly

Nearly 200 of Maine’s Special Olympics athletes received free hearing screenings on June 9 thanks to 18 University of Maine speech pathology graduate students. Compared to the general population, people with intellectual or developmental disabilities are more likely to experience hearing loss or ear problems, and most are cases undetected or under-treated prior to these […]

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Jayasundara panelist at international health conference, Environmental Factor reports

Nishad Jayasundara, an assistant professor of marine physiology at the University of Maine, was a panelist at the third International Conference on One Medicine One Science in Minneapolis April 29–May 2, Environmental Factor reported. Jayasundara, who studies chronic kidney diseases of unknown origin in Sri Lanka, presented at the conference, which aimed to explore solutions […]

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First five MIRTA teams showcase their discoveries

Five discoveries, including one designed to monitor the health of beehives using radar, were showcased by University of Maine faculty-led teams from the Maine Innovation, Research and Technology Accelerator (MIRTA) May 30 at the Foster Center for Student Innovation on campus. The five MIRTA projects are: A high-value, low-cost geoinformatics system to better compile broad-scale […]

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Wheeler probes how potentially lethal fungal infection eludes body’s defenses

Rob Wheeler is engrossed with a generally harmless fungus that naturally lives in and on people, but also can cause disease and death. For 16 years, the University of Maine associate professor of microbiology has been unraveling the mysteries of the fungus Candida albicans. The National Institutes of Health recently awarded Wheeler a three-year $428,429 […]

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Biochemist, physicist team to see antibacterial TCS deform mitochondria

Grocery shopping can be an illuminating chore for a toxicologist. Julie Gosse, a University of Maine associate professor of molecular and biomedical sciences, has scanned the supermarket aisles for products that contain triclosan (TCS), a synthetic antibacterial agent. Since the ’90s, TCS has been in a slew of consumer products, including facial cleansers, toothpaste, mouthwash […]

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Science-informed policy

Air and water quality monitoring and related research that have informed effective environmental policy in the United States in the past 25 years, reducing adverse effects of pollutants on humans and ecosystems, need to continue as part of fact-based decision-making, according to a team of 11 senior researchers, including a University of Maine scientist. Documentation […]

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Townsend awarded $750,000 to study effects of aging fat tissue on cardiometabolic health

An assistant professor of neurobiology at the University of Maine has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the American Heart Association for a three-year study looking at the aging of fat tissue and its effects on cardiovascular and metabolic conditions. Kristy Townsend, an expert on brain-adipose communication, energy balance regulation and cardiometabolic disease, received a […]

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UMaine dietetics students feed lawmakers minds

Graduate students in the University of Maine’s Food Science and Human Nutrition Program and Dietetic Internship took their expertise to Augusta this winter to help Maine’s legislators make informed decisions regarding nutrition policy. Emily Duran-Frontera, Anna Wright, Elizabeth Kowash, and Mackenzie Clapp culminated the communication effort by helping to host the Maine Academy of Nutrition […]

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New York exhibition includes innovative device that got its start at UMaine

AFARI, a three-wheeled outdoor mobility device developed at the University of Maine and now manufactured by a Maine-based company, is one of more than 70 innovative designs in the “Access+Ability” exhibition on display through Sept. 3 at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. From low-tech products that assist with daily routines to […]

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MDI Biological Lab, UMaine research could lead to new therapies for diabetics

A new study conducted by researchers at MDI Biological Laboratory and the University of Maine could lead to new therapies for people with diabetes. The research, led by MDI Biological Laboratory scientist Sandra Rieger, has demonstrated that an enzyme she had previously identified as playing a role in peripheral neuropathy induced by cancer chemotherapy also […]

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