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Google's Algo Overlords Plow Through Content Farms

Sounds like a game out Zynga's Farmville, but unfortunately it's much more serious for publishing sites that have been labeled "Content Farms" by the search giant. Content Farms as defined by Wikipedia is used to describe news aggregators that employ a large staff of freelance writers to generate content that is designed to "satisfy algorithms" resulting in higher rankings on Google SERPs (search engine result pages).

Coffee Cuts Women's Stroke Risk Up To 25 Percent

As almost every study warns not to change your habits because of the results of its particular findings, so does this Swedish study on women's coffee drinking habits and their relationship to stroke.  Though the authors say that the study is a preliminary one, other recent studies show similar, positive links between coffee and stroke, coffee and heart disease, and coffee and diabetes.

 


Who Says Social Media Execs Don't Make Money - When Six Are The Richest On The Planet!

There are naysayers to this day, that say you can't make money from social media. "It's a passing fad that will go the way of the dot.com bubble," has been echoed by many. With the 2011 Forbes' List of World Billionaires just released on March 9, a good many of those folks are now, either eating crow or continuing to live under a rock. This year's list of the wealthiest of the wealthiest, which tallies over 1210 billionaires with a combined net worth of $4.5 trillion includes six of Facebook's original founders and investors.

Touched By A Robot, But Just What Are Its Intentions?

Can the touch of a human nurse's hand on a patient's arm be duplicated by a robot?  The robotic nurse can certainly reach out and touch a patient, but the question of motive is not clear, because a robot touches in the same way regardless of its intention. The Georgia Institute of Technology presented a research report today at the Human-Robot Interaction Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, which I think you will find very interesting.

 

Lack Of Sleep Claims Another Victim: Colon Cancer

Sleeplessness may be romantic as a movie treatment but, in reality, chronic lack of sleep, irregular sleep, or insufficient sleep puts you at higher risk for heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and now colon cancer - a much bigger risk.

Engineered Stem Cells May Improve Memory For Alzheimer's Patients

This is the story of healthy cells tracing the pathway of killer cells to repair, instead of breakdown, the memory function destroyed by Alzheimer's disease.

Seniors May Decrease Risk Of Dementia By Taking A Daily 'Nip'

In case you think I am duplicating a recent column about moderate alcohol consumption being good for your health, that blog was about alcohol and heart disease.  In another study of studies - 23 longitudinal ones -  there are equally interesting findings about alcohol consumption and cognitive ability.  Now don't go out and party yet....

Aussies Develop A Medical App For Macho Men

The Disease Management Unit at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne, Australia has launched an iPhone app for machismo males who won't visit their doctors when disease symptoms arise. It's called "myHealthMate" and it allows men to learn about their symptoms...shhh... in secret.


Charlie Sheen's Record Speed On Social Media Highway Sets Guinness Record

It's a known fact that the Guinness World Records logs milestones for every esoteric achievement known to man. So with Charlie Sheen "high" on the drug he calls "Charlie Sheen," it was not inconceivable that he would "score" the coveted honor for the "Fastest Time to Reach 1 Million Followers" on Twitter ever. (take that, Ashton Kutcher!)

Jingle All The Way - Schwarzenegger Warns That Oil Dependence Will Leave Us With Just Change In Our Pockets

Arnold Schwarzenegger wants us to end our dependence on fossil fuels. Hasta la vista, baby!

Lip Smackers: Not Just For Kids!

Do you remember Bonne Bell from your childhood? Well, the company has teamed up with soda and candy manufacturers that make flavorful goodies like Coke, Skittles, and even M&M's. Bonne Bell uses their flavorings to create a large variety of no-calorie, yummy lip balms called Lip Smackers.  Don't we all get chapped lips?

 

New Research Reveals How Much Vitamin D You Need To Prevent Disease

Vitamin D has been shown to decrease risk for breast cancer, colon cancer, fractures, multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes.  The question is 'How much vitamin D is needed to cut risk?'  Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have estimated those levels.

The Current Verdict On Alcohol And Your Heart

I think the last medical consensus, based on the latest research study at the time, was that alcohol was not good for your heart.  I could be wrong; all I know is that the answers have varied from yes to no to yes to no to more studies are necessary. Two comprehensive studies of the latest studies were published yesterday in the British Medical Journal; let's see what they say....

Aggressive Breast Cancer Gene Discovered: Oncogene ZNF703

British and Canadian researchers have identified an oncogene that is responsible for a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. According to the report, the oncogene ZNF703 - onco meaning tumor or mass - becomes active in one out of 12 breast cancers.

 

Amplifier Makes Voices Louder AND Clearer For Hearing Impaired

Presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss, affects two aspects of hearing; volume and clarity.  Amplification provided by a hearing aid increases the volume of all sounds, but the sounds that benefit most from amplification are vowel sounds.  Consonant sounds also become louder, but not necessarily more clear.

 

Fluorescent Microworm 'Tatoo' Sure Beats Pricking Fingers To Monitor Glucose

If you have diabetes, or any other disease that requires close monitoring, there's a new development that may keep you from constantly interrupting your routine to conduct self-monitoring or going to a laboratory for regular testing.  It's affectionately called a microworm, and it's capable of not only monitoring, say your glucose levels, but emitting a fluorescent glow, or 'tatoo,' through your skin to show you when you need to be concerned.  Pretty cool...

 

Guided Missile To Eradicate Cancer At Its Roots: Next The Smart Bomb

One of the most important developments in cancer treatment has been accomplished by medical researchers in Australia and India. They created the world's first chemical missile, an RNA binding molecule that shoots straight for the root of a cancer and won't let go.

Scientists Accidentally Discover Hair Regrowth Compound

I feel like I'm writing headlines for one of the shocker tabloids, but the above lead just happens to be very real and very significant to bald humans.  Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Veterans Administration (VA) did discover a chemical compound that caused hair regrowth in mice with alopecia, but they were testing the compound on the mouse digestive system.

 


Mars Life - The Ultimate Manned Mars Mission Simulation

A Russian simulation of a manned mission to Mars has 'landed'.

Implantable Biosensor Can Tell Tales On Our Hidden Diseases

In 2009, Michael Cima, professor of materials science and engineering, and his MIT team created an implantable sensoring device capable of detecting and monitoring cancer. This week, another version of that device was presented that can detect whether a patient has had a heart attack and its severity.  This will help diagnose the 30 percent of heart attack victims for whom there are no symptoms.