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Newest Cancer Treatment May Already Be In Your Medicine Chest

....These findings are completely novel, establishing a relationship never before drawn between allergies and cancer and even a possible means of fighting cancer!

R2D2's Got A New Job: Zapping Away Deadly Bacteria With UV Light

Your next trip to the hospital may have gotten a whole lot safer, thanks to a strikingly familiar robot. Developed at the University of Pennsylvania, Violet is a machine that zaps away superbugs using ultraviolet radiation. Looks like R2D2 found gainful employment after the Star Wars films after all.

A Stinky, Explosive Gas Shows Hope For Remediation Of Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Dementia And Other Major Diseases

You are lucky if you've never smelled hydrogen sulfide, a gas most strongly wafting from swamps and sewers. But you probably have smelled it, as hydrogen sulfide is present in flatulence and in rotten eggs. It results from the breakdown of organic matter without the benefit of oxygen. In anything but very tiny amounts, hydrogen sulfide is very toxic, flammable, and corrosive. But researchers at Great Britain's University of Exeter have found some promising applications for this gas when used in small doses and targeted to certain cells in our bodies.

Bad Relationships Put Your Heart At Risk In More Ways Than One

A bad relationship may end in a 'broken heart,' but research indicates stayng in a bad relationship is really bad news for your heart.  It can lead to cardiovascular disease or stroke.

Odor Eating Bacteria Could Snuff Out Unpleasant Bathroom Smells

A bacterial “bio-weapon” developed by researchers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences could soon make smelly bathrooms a thing of the past. Cheap, natural and non-toxic, the unique strain of waste-eating Lactobacillus promises an “ultimate” cure to an “urgent” national issue.

Dark Chocolate Improves Blood Flow To Legs, Boosts Walking Ability

Many studies have shown that dark chocolate has healh benefits, but few have shown such immediate remedial benefits as the study published in the most recent Journal of the American Heart Association.  Could the study, although conducted with peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients, also suggest some benefit to athletes, particularly marathoners?

Hug: A Way To Revolutionize Childhood Vaccinations

As a student at the University of Kansas, George Ressler learned of microneedle vaccinations being developed at Georgia Institute of Technology. He saw it as a painless way to provide childhood vaccinations. With the help of Georgia Tech’s research team he designed Hug, a vaccination system designed to be a solution and alternative to needle injected vaccines for children.

Dance Therapy Improves Pain And Gait In Elderly

People with a slow gait are more likely to be dependent on others for care, more prone to falls and the concomitant broken bones, and more dependent on pain relief medication.  Researchers at the University of St. Louis looked into the possibility that dance, a once very popular activity of the elderly (during the 1940's and 50's, for example), might help increase and stabilize gait as well as help reduce pain and stiffness in the hips and legs in older persons.

Study Shows 'Cut The Rope' Video Game Improves Executive Function In Adults

Psychologists who study the impact of video games on the human brain have an interest in how games can be utilized to reinforce certain everyday thinking skills. Assistant Professor of Psychology at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Michael D. Patterson, is considered an expert in the psychology of video games.  He has previously identified certain thinking skills enhanced by individual games, but the game 'Cut The Rope' is the first one, according to Patterson, that shows evidence of improving 'executive function' in adult gamers.

Ever Wished You Could Have An Extra Pair Of Hands? Now You Can - Through The Power Of Robotics!

Wouldn't it be awesome to have an extra pair of hands? Just think about how much more you could get done - and how much easier it'd be to perform tasks like moving and construction. Two experts from MIT were thinking just that when they developed SRL - the Supernumerary Robotic Limbs.