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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.

 

A Back Support That Moves With You: The Hug

Back pain is the most common health complaint in the world.  It seems that nearly everyone you know has, or has had, back problems, whether they come from swinging a golf club, falling off a curb, or sitting at a desk all day. 

Achoo! Allergies Shown To Lower The Risk Of Brain Cancer

It's nice to read that allergies are actually beneficial to allergy sufferers in some way.  According to a  study reported in this month's issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, the more allergies you have, the less likely you are to get brain cancer!

Diet Soda May Be Deadly

Nothing like a diet orange to wash down some barbecue spare ribs, french fries, and buttered biscuits, heh?  Or a Diet Coke with your Mac & Cheese?  If this sounds like your idea of saving calories, you're a lot like millions of Americans, who believe that because diet soda has no calories, it can't be bad for your diet.  You're wrong.

 

Got Issues? Map Them - A New Map Making Tool That Anyone Can Use

IssueMap is an easy to use, free map making tool that allows you to map your data quickly and professionally.

Spread Of Ovarian Cancer Contained By Certain RNA Genes

.... If this success is continued in subsequent studies, miR-429 could become the catalyst that literally reverses the fate of an ovarian cancer patient.

 

Retro iPhone Charger Stand Lets You Talk While You Charge

You'll really get a charge out of this cool, cute iPhone charging station! It juices up your smartphone while allowing you to talk hands-free or via the retro handset.

Advance Planning: Burial With Your Pet

Americans are buried next to their cats, dogs... even iquanas, and more are preparing for their own inevitability by purchasing plots in advance, right next to their pets.

Miraphone Turns Up The Sound, Not The Volume, For Hearing Impaired

... Users seem to find the Miraphone a desirable solution to their telephone communication difficulties, as many hearing impaired persons cannot use a voice amplified phone at all.

Study Shows Osteoporosis Drugs Add Five Years To Your Life

Some rather surprising results from a longitudinal study of older persons taking bisphosphonates for osteoporosis revealed that they are outliving those who are not on the drugs... by five years!  That's not all....

Bioengineered Blood Vessels May Revolutionize Bypass & Hemodialysis Surgeries

A new bioengineering technique for creating 'off the shelf' blood vessels was unveiled today in the journal Science Translational Medicine.    Researchers believe their technique might one day obviate the need to use the patient's own blood vessels to replace those that are not functioning, specifically in heart by-pass and hemodialysis surgeries, saving as many as 500,000 lives a year in the U.S. alone.

 

New Lights To Shine On Cancer Cells With FDA OK Of C Dots

C Dots, or Cornell Dots, named for the university where they were first developed, have received approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)... to be used in a human clinical trial.  The C Dots were first developed as optical probes, but have since been adapted for use as cancer cell trackers, assisting both the diagnosis and targeted treatment of cancer cells.

 

Aerobics Or Toning? Which One Can Grow Back Your Memory?

The hyppocampus is the brain structure responsible for all memory formation.  When it shrinks during aging, it is also responsible for memory loss.  Researchers from four universities studied the brains of older persons who were already experiencing atrophy of the hippocampus to see if and what kind of exercise might increase the size of the hippocampus.