Tagged: mineral

Calcium, the sixth taste?

Calcium is something of a double-edged sword. Too much of the essential element is as dangerous as too little, either case adversely affecting health in animals from humans to mice to fruit flies. Sensing...

Osteopenia: what to do about bone loss

It’s easy to take your bones for granted—until you break one. As we grow older, our bones become weaker and more brittle because of reduced density, loss of mass, and deterioration of bone architecture....

What causes kidney stones?

The biggest kidney stone on record weighed more than a kilogram and was 17 centimeters in diameter. The patient didn’t actually swallow a stone the size of a coconut; kidney stones form inside the...

$500,000 of Calcium

The rare isotope Calcium-48 plays a key role in the creation of superheavy elements. But it’s not easy to obtain. Filmed at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, in Dubna, Russia. Calcium-48 is a...

Magnesium: A Mighty Mineral

Magnesium has never been a nutritional superstar, but in recent years, research has confirmed its many crucial roles in the body and uncovered new potential benefits. Notably, it’s involved in energy production, cell growth,...