International observers of our summer fairs seem to agree on one thing: Americans eat some really weird... You fill in the blanks; they don't call it 'food.' Well, deep fried butter, deep fried coke, and this summer's hottest, deep fried Kool Aid, stand back...
According the the National Survey on Medical Identity Theft, about 1.4 million Americans were victims of medical identity theft in 2009. Almost half of these victims did not learn of the theft until one or more years after their medical records were taken over and 'blended' with the thief's. The time it takes to discover medical identity theft is one reason why this crime is on the rise; it's easier to get away with.
Voluntary euthanasia is legal in Japan and surveys have shown that the majority of Japanese people support it, especially in terminal cases. But the focus and originality of assistive treatments and therapy available for aged cats and dogs in Japan suggest that Japanese pet owners do not readily accept euthanasia for their furry family members.
Every month more studies are published that demonstrate that if there is to be successful avoidance of, or limitation to, the ravages of Alzheimer's disease, intervention needs to begin as early as possible. Several suggest that treatments begin before Alzheimer's symptoms appear. One study, published online just yesterday in the Archives of Neurology, shows the benefits of doing such.
If there's ever a game that sticks in your mind, it's the almost classic video game Tetris®. So, our friends at Suck UK, never too shy to honor a true classic, have commemorated the 10 year old game with a new design by Ben Ambrose: Block Notes. What cooler way to remind you of your 'to do's?'
You've heard the commercials for allergy treatments; they all promise relief from the symptoms of allergies. But now, researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK have found the secret to what causes a very common allergy - cat allergies. Their discovery could lead to a whole new class of drugs that attack allergies at their first point of contact, so that symptoms of allergy and asthma never develop at all.
The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) has announced the winners of the 2011 BMEidea Competition. Awards have gone to three college groups for the invention of much needed biomedical devices and applications that will aid patients in the future: an internal bleed detector, a new therapy for dry eye disease, and a superior broad spectrum antibacterial dressing for infected wounds.
The type of skin cancer known as melanoma has historically been one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Though a few drugs have helped extend the 5 and 10 year survival periods, news of two particular drugs presented at yesterday's annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology have sparked some real hope for the future.
Cigarettes, at least through lore, have been regarded as the one luxury of prison life. Depicted in film, those long drags looked so satisfying when taken by a man behind iron bars. Prisoners would beg their visitors, not for mama's homemade meatloaf, but for cigarettes. Cigarettes were money in prison; they could be traded for favors or possessions of other prisoners....
Scientists from the Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered that the drug SAHA shows promise as a potential therapy for familial frontotemporal dementia (FTD). As yet, there is no treatment for the neurological disease, the second most common non-elderly dementia.