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General health and wellness topics, the following items should get sorted into sub-categories at some time.
  • 2010-Nov-27: The Paleolithic Diet (here on Wikipedia), has you eating like a caveman, or perhaps an even earlier ancestor. Their idea is that at only recently (say in the past 10000 years) man added grains, beans, potatoes and dairy to his diet and that his digestive system still cannot handle these properly. [2244]
  • 2010-Nov-27: Injecting stem cells into the brains of stroke patients is being tried. [9437]
  • 2010-Oct-25: Cooking brain tumors with MRI-guided laser beams. Next they'll be sucking them out with a straw (see You want to suck out my brains with a straw, like you did the rest of them.). [9430]
  • 2010-Oct-23: A technique has been developed to convert ordinary skin cells into what appear to be embryonic stem cells. [9419]
  • 2010-Oct-21: One Hundred Pushups a site dedicated to getting the average person from a few to over a hundred pushups in a 6-week program. They have a sister site called Two Hundred Situps, combined these form a pretty good pair for getting back into shape for cross country skiing. [7065]
  • 2010-Sep-26: Some success is now being had with growing new roots for teeth from stem cells (which can be obtained from baby teeth or wisdom teeth). Wisdom teeth might also be used as a general source for stem cells. [7432]
  • 2010-Sep-26: Progress in Alzheimer's research is being made due to large-scale sharing of data between researchers. [9393] [1]
  • 2010-Sep-23: The parts of the gluten protein that are responsible for gluten allergies have been identified. [9379]
  • 2010-Sep-07: Ancient Nubians drank beer laced with tetracycline. [9366]
  • 2010-Jul-20: An attempt to genetically engineer viruses to seek out and tag cancer cells for destruction. [9315]
  • 2010-Jul-16: The US Army is getting close to manufacturing artificial blood. Wonder if they are going to call it True Blood? [9311]
  • 2010-Jul-06: The Toxoplasma Gondii parasite (which can be spread to humans from cats, and cats get it by eating mice) is known to be of some risk to pregnant women, but it might also be a much larger issue than previously thought as it appears to change behavior of infected individuals (including making them more risk tolerant). More on this as a neuro-scientist has observed a correlation between success in the World Cup and incidence of infection. [950]
  • 2010-Jul-03: A consumer guide to stem cell clinics. [9277]
  • 2010-Jul-01: A hormone gel is being developed that could stimulate tooth regrowth. [9274]
  • 2010-Jun-26: Part of acupuncture's effect may be due to triggering the release of a natural pain killer called adenosine. [9259]
  • 2010-Jun-25: Stem cells have been used to treat damage corneas. [9237]
  • 2010-Jun-20: More clues that oxygen depletion could be important to suspended animation. [9220]
  • 2010-Jun-20: A stem cell treatment tourist has died from a treatment in Thailand. [9214]
  • 2010-Jun-20: Another breakthrough in stem cell culturing, this new technique enables the cells to be cultured in a chemical environment free of any animal products - so 100% inorganic! [9212]
  • 2010-Jun-11: An article about the mis-use of statistics in science (especially health science), this is discussed here on Slashdot. It finishes with a nice example of Bayesian statistics at work (which might be applicable to financial calculations like stock valuations). A long explanation of Bayes' Theorem and another example which includes the Monty Hall problem. Some more examples of using Bayes' Theorem: Making Sense with Numbers, Bayesian spam filtering, Naive Bayes classifier, Bayesian networks, A Brief Introduction to Graphical Models and Bayesian Networks and the Wikipedia article on Bayes' theorem. [9023] [1] [2]
  • 2010-May-31: British Chiropractors have dropped their lawsuit against Simon Singh who has called a number of chiropractic treatments bogus. [9147]
  • 2010-May-21: Keep drinking that coffee, new evidence shows it may slow Alzheimer's and restore cognitive function. [9126]
  • 2010-May-17: The safety of X-ray back-scatter machines used in airport passenger screening is now being called into question. Still the safety factor on these (compared to other X-ray exposures) appears rather large, so even if current estimates are too low by a factor of a hundred these would still be pretty safe. [9116]
  • 2010-May-14: Dichloroacetate (DCA) has been found to be effective against some brain tumors in a very small trial. [9115]
  • 2010-May-07: The US Air Force is now sealing wounds with a nanotech coating that sets when exposed to laser light. [9106]
  • 2010-Apr-22: Slashdot discusses the cost of digital hearing aids, perhaps this is a good example of the distortion of the market by health insurance companies? When you think about it these devices must have a huge yearly volume and over the last decade advances in DSP chips (driven by things like the MP3 player market) must have helped reduce their costs and power consumption while at the same time increasing their capabilities, so why have prices remained so high? [9090]
  • 2010-Apr-21: DNA profiles of some cancers have been developed. [9081]
  • 2010-Apr-21: Macroketone has been found to halt tumor metastasis in mice. [9076]
  • 2010-Mar-31: It appears that rats can get addicted to fatty foods, perhaps the same applies to humans? [9047]
  • 2010-Mar-18: The loss of gene p21 in mice causes changes to the healing process that may lead to full tissue regeneration, not just scar formation. [9024]
  • 2010-Mar-13: The case against vaccine induced Autism continues to get stronger. [9019]
  • 2010-Mar-13: Using whole-genome sequencing to look for the origins of disease. [9017]
  • 2010-Mar-10: A lab in the US called Regenerative Sciences is offering stem cell treatments. Discussed here on Slashdot. [9005]
  • 2010-Mar-09: Apparently HIV can hide in a victim's bone marrow waiting to re-emerge once the patient stops taking his drugs. One more interesting twist for the virus, one that's sure to make the drug companies dance for joy. [9004]
  • 2010-Feb-09: A study of 60,000 people in Singapore over 14 years looked to see what health risks might be associated with soft drinks. They found an 87% increase in the rate of pancreatic cancer among those who drank soft drinks. This is thought to be caused by sugar. [8961]
  • 2010-Feb-08: One of the studies that linked Autism to vaccines has been recanted. [8960]
  • 2010-Feb-08: Spray-On Liquid Glass would this work on a BBQ grill? [8959] [1]
  • 2010-Jan-29: When blood from young mice was mixed into older mice the bone marrow stem cells of the old mice were rejuvenated. The cause of this is not yet known. [8947]
  • 2010-Jan-28: Neurons have now been created from skin cells. [8942]
  • 2010-Jan-26: Some prions may actually protect the myelin sheathes around nerves. [8937]
  • 2010-Jan-20: A Swedish exercise experts think that too much sitting is not good for you - even if you do exercise at other times. [8930]
  • 2010-Jan-13: Looks like Monsanto's GMO corn may not be safe for rats to eat, causing liver and kidney damage after only 90 days of feeding. [8920]
  • 2010-Jan-08: Wooden legs may be a thing of the future soon, wood has been reduced to pure carbon and then used as a matrix to receive a calcium deposit and then implanted to replace bone in sheep. Some more work on this idea, using rattan as the supporting matrix. [8392]
  • 2010-Jan-08: It looks like ginko biloba does not improve memory or cognitive skills. [8899]
  • 2010-Jan-08: A bio-printer could be used to assemble replacement tissues. [8897]
  • 2010-Jan-08: And now cell phone radiation could be used to protect the brain from Alzheimers. This experiment found that cell phone radiation erased a build up of beta amyloid protein. Perhaps the microwaves were able to break this protein down? [8888]
  • 2009-Dec-28: Scientists have been able to get follistatin (a myostatin blocker) to promote muscle growth in macaque monkeys, the next step is to run some human trials. How long will it be before this is put to use by athletes and then banned? [8882]
  • 2009-Dec-25: A stem cell treatment where healthy cells from one eye were grafted into the other eye has been used to treat limbal stem cell deficiency. [8869]
  • 2009-Dec-16: Some skin and lung cancers have been genetically mapped. These appear to have 20-30 thousand errors which are caused by prolonged exposure to sunlight or smoke. [8848]
  • 2009-Dec-13: The US military's DARPA is working on zombie pigs, next step is to apply it to soldiers to help save them after severe trauma and blood loss. Discussed here on Slashdot. Of course this will probably be first tested on astronauts. [8838]
  • 2009-Dec-11: A method to repair adult nerves may have been discovered. [8833]
  • 2009-Dec-06: Some researchers have been thinking that calorie reduced diets extend lifespans, but perhaps the real reason is reduced levels of the amino acid methionine. [8827]
  • 2009-Dec-02: A dirty child will be a healthy child. [8814]
  • 2009-Nov-27: Plasma might be useful in eliminating bacteria from surfaces, skin and wounds. Further discussion here on Slashdot. [8801]
  • 2009-Nov-24: A new laser treatment appears promising for age-related macular degeneration, one of the most common forms of blindness. Kings College Hospital are using radiation beams as a treatment technique. [8244]
  • 2009-Nov-18: Growing new face bones from fat-derived stem cells. [8755]
  • 2009-Nov-13: The naked mole rat appears to fight off cancer with a gene called p16. [8745]
  • 2009-Nov-06: An enzyme has been found that can help in the formation of new axons. [8723]
  • 2009-Nov-06: The CDC finally gets with the program and is starting to track flu in near real-time. Guess they didn't know about swinemap.org? [8719]
  • 2009-Oct-31: Some medications may be specific to certain genetic traits. [8689]
  • 2009-Oct-31: Some studies are questioning the safety of terahertz scanner systems, it appears that these can have some sort of effect on DNA where previously they were thought not to affect chemical bonds. [8685] [1]
  • 2009-Oct-23: Metformin (a drug which some diabetics take) appears to kill cancer stem cells. [8661]
  • 2009-Oct-22: The state of California will be gene sequencing 100,000 Californians. [8639]
  • 2009-Oct-20: Carbon monoxide could be useful as a medical treatment in some diseases (like malaria), controlling inflammation and in reducing organ transplant rejection rates. [8634]
  • 2009-Oct-13: This probe could be crawling around inside your guts soon. [8624]
  • 2009-Oct-11: Open source could be a much less expensive way to go for medical records systems, as Ontario is discovering. [8620] [1]
  • 2009-Oct-11: Nanoparticles could be used for killing brain cancer cells (such as GMB). [8619]
  • 2009-Oct-09: Bacteria could be making you fat, perhaps obesity could even be contagious. [8615]
  • 2009-Oct-09: Could getting the regular flu shot make you more at risk for developing H1N1 (Swine Flu)? [8606]
  • 2009-Oct-09: Slashdot discusses various exercise monitoring devices and how accessible their data is for additional processing. [8604] [1]
  • 2009-Oct-02: A dissolvable glass alloy could be used to make surgical implants for bone repair that would stabilize the bone and then the body would later disolve, eliminating the need for later surgery. [8590]
  • 2009-Sep-28: A trial of an HIV vaccine in Thailand shows some success, though rather slight. Discussed here on Slashdot. [8566]
  • 2009-Sep-26: A lack of sleep might be connected with Alzheimer's disease. Discussed here on Slashdot. [8565]
  • 2009-Sep-23: A human trial of neural stem cell therapy has been approved, this will take place on only 12 ALS patients. [8556]
  • 2009-Sep-21: And now taking showers could be harmful, shower heads have been found to harbor Mycobacterium avium. [8538]
  • 2009-Sep-21: Paraplegic rats have been trained to walk again, there appears to be a local control system in the lower spine that will move the legs, even with a damage spine. However the brain cannot control this, so its not a "cure". I wonder how much of our daily repetitive tasks are also handled in a similar manner: locally controlled with only minor supervision by the brain? Perhaps walking, running, climbing stairs or even things like touch typing? [8536]
  • 2009-Sep-19: New research is showing that adult animals can grow new brain cells after all. [8526]
  • 2009-Sep-19: A master gene that can transform blood stem cells into immune cells has been identified in mice. [8525]
  • 2009-Sep-18: Gene therapy has been used to cure color blindness in monkeys. [8517]
  • 2009-Sep-09: Liposuction may be a good source for stem cells and may have an advantage over other sources in reduced processing time to make them useful. [8495]
  • 2009-Sep-08: The US military is looking into an injectable brain gel, the idea being to help protect and then stimulate healing in the brain after trauma. Might also be useful for university students around exam times. [8486]
  • 2009-Sep-05: Cancer screening through a breathalyzer may be possible one day. [8481]
  • 2009-Sep-04: It looks like H1N1 might be just one small mutation away from being very nasty. Discussed here on Slashdot. [8467]
  • 2009-Sep-01: Fatty foods may affect memory and exercise performance. Better resist those doughnuts. [8440]
  • 2009-Aug-24: At last, a whole tooth grown in place from stem cells, but only in a mouse. [8417]
  • 2009-Aug-20: Gene therapy has been used to grow new fovea in a woman who was nearly blind from birth. [8407]
  • 2009-Aug-07: Maybe HIV is much older than we think, apparently we have a prehistoric gene that is designed to fight it. [8380]
  • 2009-Aug-07: Peer review does not guarantee quality research, it appears that Merek went as far as creating a phony journal to "publish" findings in support of some drugs. It appears that Elsevier, the publisher of this fake journal, are also publishing a number of other fake journals. So much for peer review in refereed journals. The New York Times reported on a similar issue where ghostwriters were employed to publish papers in a number of journals to develop "consensus support" for hormone replacement therapy, discussed here on Slashdot. [7934] [1]
  • 2009-Aug-07: An artificial liver is now being tested, this sounds like it is the first real step on a long road to a real artificial liver. [7539]
  • 2009-Aug-07: Nicotine might improve brain function in schizophrenics, now what is its effect on "normal" people? [8375]
  • 2009-Jul-31: The BBG (Brilliant Blue G dye) that is used in candy has been found to help minimize secondary damage in spinal injuries. [8355]
  • 2009-Jul-28: A vaccine is now in clinical trials that triggers the immune system to attack cells with a high level of a faulty version of the mucous protein MUC1 which is often present in colorectal cancers. [8340]
  • 2009-Jul-27: Chinese researchers have reprogrammed mature mouse skin cells to an embryonic stem cell state and used these to create new clone mice. [8330]
  • 2009-Jul-21: A new procedure that uses sound waves to cook brain tissue is being tested. This could allow for non-invasive treatment of deep-seated tissues in the brain without tricky (or impossible) invasive techniques. It might even be useful for replacing the use of radiation. [8307]
  • 2009-Jul-20: There might be a genetic component to (and a link between) creativity and schizophrenia. [8300]
  • 2009-Jul-17: There are now at least two experimental drugs that seem to protect cells against radiation sickness. One is known as CBLB502 and the other gets discussed here on Slashdot. [8292]
  • 2009-Jul-13: Scientific American writes about the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu outbreak. It has now reached official global pandemic status and has caused Google Maps to rework some of their map annotation code to better support the swinemap.org project. It looks like Swine Flu is killing a disproportionate number of obese people. [8035]
  • 2009-Jul-08: The US finally has a set of stem cell research guidelines to follow. [8237]
  • 2009-Jul-08: A tiny robot has been designed to crawl through the veins of patients, the real innovation in this is that it is moved through the body by an externally applied magnetic field allowing the robot to work without an on-board power source. [8234]
  • 2009-Jul-03: A similarity between the genetic faults behind both schizophrenia and manic depression has been found. [8221]
  • 2009-Jul-03: The US FDA is considering banning acetaminophen-based pain killers as they appear to be causing liver damage at doses of 2000mg per day. [8220]
  • 2009-Jul-03: An HIV Vaccine is to begin its first human trials soon. [8219]
  • 2009-Jun-25: Laser activated brain cells have been created by splicing genes from light-sensitive algae into human brain cells. While this is being used to study brain function I can't help but think this would be useful for interfacing sensory implants. [8193]
  • 2009-Jun-22: An interesting experimental cancer therapy applied with success to inoperable prostate cancer. This involves using some hormone therapy to activate and guide T-cells. [8175]
  • 2009-Jun-18: A useful chart of how many calories are consumed while cycling at different speeds, on the flat, without wind and in an upright position. [8166]
  • 2009-Jun-18: A Homeopathic cold remedy called Zicam (made by Matrixx Initiatives) which contains zinc is suspected of causing loss of the sense of smell, this is being investigated by the US FDA. [8162]
  • 2009-Jun-17: Canada now gets access (until the end of 2009) to the Cochrane Library under a trial national subscription. [8156]
  • 2009-Jun-17: The usefulness and accuracy of direct to consumer genetics testing is being questioned. [8155]
  • 2009-Jun-11: A new use for a failed ulcer medication has been found: to make cord blood stem cells divide. [8123]
  • 2009-Jun-09: The first annual Consumer Genetics Show stirs up a Slashdot discussion of direct-to-the-consumer genetic testing. [8103]
  • 2009-Jun-08: An old article on the manufacturing cost of prescription drugs. [8100]
  • 2009-Jun-05: Using stem cells to restore sight in patients with corneal disease. [8086]
  • 2009-Jun-04: Trick or Treatment examines the effectiveness of alternative medicine. It gets a mention here. [8077]
  • 2009-Jun-03: More advances in the growing of stem cells, this time a safer way of creating pluripotent stem cells from human stem cells. [8066]
  • 2009-May-25: Excessive (in the several litres a day range) Cola consumption can lead to a number of problems, including muscle weakness. [8037]
  • 2009-May-25: BPA has been found to leach out of polycarbonate plastic water bottles. [8027]
  • 2009-May-20: DARPA has released a report (discussed here on Slashdot) that describes some of their strategic research programs, there's some neat stuff including a number of projects related to vaccines and first aid. [8003] [1]
  • 2009-May-19: A gene transfer treatment has proved successful in getting monkeys to fight SIV (the simian equivalent to HIV). [7989]
  • 2009-May-13: Someone has patented bits of two genes that are associated with higher risks of breast and ovarian cancers. This patent is now being fought. [7967] [1]
  • 2009-May-06: So now some of the restrictions on stem cell research have been lifted in the US the FDA is thinking of stepping in and slowing things down with its special approval touch. [7945]
  • 2009-May-05: The flu virus appears to paralyze the immune system, this can let other infections run wild at the same time. [7942]
  • 2009-May-01: The Chinese are getting into stem cell research and are aggressively pursuing some treatments. [7926]
  • 2009-Apr-20: A stem cell based cure for blindness caused by age-related macular degeneration is approaching the clinical trial stage. [7882]
  • 2009-Apr-09: Bacteria can communicate with each other and co-ordinate attacks. [7850]
  • 2009-Apr-08: A new approach to controlling transplant tissue rejection focuses on regulatory T cells which can control the killer T cells to prevent rejection. [7846]
  • 2009-Apr-07: You can get withdrawl symptoms when you cut back on coffee consumption. Joy, oh joy! [7840]
  • 2009-Apr-04: The Obama administration may cause a shake up in the health industry with their plan to identify medical treatments that don't work. [7831]
  • 2009-Mar-29: HIV has been found to transfer directly from an infected cell to another uninfected cell when the cells make contact. Is this unique to HIV or do other viruses work this way as well. [7807]
  • 2009-Mar-23: Some success with a genetic treatment to reverse muscular dystrophy in dogs. [7771]
  • 2009-Mar-23: A short sampling of companies that are designing continuous monitoring systems for the human body. [7762] [1]
  • 2009-Mar-22: Research is underway on a pace-maker like device for muscles that have been left without proper nerve control due to injury or stroke. [7759]
  • 2009-Mar-16: Lasers may be the next defense against mosquitoes. [7730]
  • 2009-Mar-11: A study of UK children has found that asthma risk could be linked to early TV viewing. [7717]
  • 2009-Mar-09: President Obama is going to remove the chains that President Bush placed on stem cell research in the USA. [7706]
  • 2009-Mar-03: Canadian Researchers have found a way of generating stem cells from skin, this should cause some major changes in stem cell treatment research. Discussed here on Slashdot. [7672]
  • 2009-Feb-25: Active neurons have finally been created from stem cells. [7644]
  • 2009-Feb-16: GlaxoSmithKline may be having a turn of heart about providing more appropriately priced drugs for the world's poor - or they are just worried that if they do not do something soon third world governments will just act unilaterally and cut them off. [7599]
  • 2009-Feb-16: An extract of sea sponge called algeferin can fight resistant bacteria, including those that form biofilms. [7598]
  • 2009-Feb-15: Laser-bonding could be used to heal surgical incisions. [7594]
  • 2009-Feb-04: Using gene editing to introduce a mutation that provides HIV resistance to those who are already infected. [7537]
  • 2009-Jan-29: How to nap explains why the siesta might be because we are hard wired to want a mid-day snooze and how this might make us more productive. This guide has reappeared here. [6389]
  • 2009-Jan-27: Alzheimer's may be reduced by a component of marijuana. [7490]
  • 2009-Jan-24: About 1% of the population carries a genetic mutation that sets them up for heart problems; however, on the Indian sub-continent this rises to 4%. [7482]
  • 2009-Jan-16: Increasing stem cell production for faster healing. [7446]
  • 2009-Jan-16: Coffee has been found to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. I wonder if anyone has compared the rate of Alzheimer's between the general population and the Mormons? [7438]
  • 2009-Jan-14: An Australian study finds that open-plan offices (cubicle farms) make workers sicker. [7434]
  • 2009-Jan-12: Research towards getting the immune system to fight cancer on demand. [7433]
  • 2009-Jan-03: A test for genetic predisposition to prostate cancer, which checks for 5 genes that can elevate the risk up to 9 times, is being developed. [7407]
  • 2008-Dec-25: Tunable eyeglasses have been invented, essentially a sandwich of two plastic lenses with a variable amount of clear silicon liquid between them. They probably cannot do anything for astigmatism, and the frames need some work, but in a few years who knows? One application for these might be in diving masks and swimming goggles (or even in skiing goggles) where the currently bulky frames would not matter much and perfect vision adjustment is not too important. [7388]
  • 2008-Dec-21: Gene therapy has been used to cure a baby of the gene for breast cancer (BRCA1). [7380]
  • 2008-Dec-21: Hacking a cell phone into a blood cell analyzer to quickly test blood samples in the field for disease such as malaria and HIV. [7379] [1]
  • 2008-Dec-19: A Slashdot review of Trick or Treatment which calls into question the alternative health industry (acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic and herbal medicine). [7373]
  • 2008-Dec-16: An injectable artificial bone has been developed. This cures at body temperature so it will not damage surrounding cells and could be used to simultaneously deliver stem cells. [7351]
  • 2008-Dec-16: Using injectable nanotubes to monitor cancer chemotherapy. [7352]
  • 2008-Dec-08: Could the herpes simplex virus be part of the cause of Alzheimer's? [7313]
  • 2008-Dec-08: Using a checklist in the ICU can help save lives. [7312]
  • 2008-Dec-03: Work on putting animals (and people) into suspended animation by Marc Roth is still proceeding. Hydrogen Sulfide is is the current front runner (even carbon monoxide has been tried). [7287]
  • 2008-Nov-29: A set of genes that affect aging in yeast have also been found to affect aging in mice. By feeding the mice with resveratrol which is an activator for these genes they extended the lifespan of the mice by 24 to 46%. [7281]
  • 2008-Nov-20: A windpipe (lower trachea and bronchial tube) replacement has been successfully grown from the patients own stem cells. [7237]
  • 2008-Nov-09: An < ahref="http://science.slashdot.org/science/08/11/09/1558241.shtml">HIV patient has been cured (AIDS-free for 2 years) by receiving a bone marrow transplant from a person with natural HIV immunity. [7176]
  • 2008-Nov-07: Stretching before exercising can actually impair your performance. The correct thing now seems to be to do some short (5-10 minutes) aerobic (but low-intensity) activity followed by some "dynamic stretching" activity (crab walks, spiderman on the pavement, or re-enacting the Monty Python Ministry of Silly Walks skit). I suspect a few minutes of Tai Chi would probably count as dynamic stretching too. [7168]
  • 2008-Oct-24: The US DARPA is developing a special bleed control cuff that uses ultrasonics to determine the location of the bleed and then applies more sound waves to speed coagulation. While the military applications are obvious this sort of thing might be very useful to EMS crews attending to traffic accidents. [7085]
  • 2008-Oct-22: A device to allow surgeons to operate on a beating heart, sort of the same idea as motion stabilization systems for cameras? [7069]
  • 2008-Oct-22: In a rat stem cells made from fat have been used to create beating heart cells. [7064]
  • 2008-Oct-21: Drinking french-press or espresso-style coffee may elevate your blood cholesterol because of the action of cafestol. Drinking paper-filtered coffee does not do this because the paper traps the cafestol. [7062]
  • 2008-Oct-19: If black and white television can change the colour of people's dreams what will HiDef do? And does the modern kid have commercial breaks in his dreams now? [7050]
  • 2008-Oct-13: ExRx.net has a good collection of articles on training. They also have a number of online calculators, like one to do a Rockport Walk test which is based on measuring your heart rate and time walking a mile. [7017]
  • 2008-Oct-13: Personal Music Players are (again) being linked to hearing loss. [7016]
  • 2008-Oct-05: Computer-assisted detection of breast cancer through analyzing scanned x-rays has been found to be as effective as having two experts reading the x-rays. [6987]
  • 2008-Oct-03: Could bacteria be trained to deliver drugs? [6976]
  • 2008-Sep-29: Harvard scientists may have found a way to change skin cells into embryonic stem cells, without introducing a tendency to go cancerous. [6946]
  • 2008-Sep-28: Are most failed cancer studies unreported? [6936]
  • 2008-Sep-16: India is making an effort to take an open source approach to discovering new drugs for infectious diseases common to third world countries. [6865]
  • 2008-Sep-08: It looks like prions (much like any other disease organism) are capable of crossing the species barrier. [6815]
  • 2008-Aug-31: The French have used lasers to burn out brain cell tumors on 6 patients - with apparent success in 5 of them. [6771]
  • 2008-Aug-31: Sometimes politics, health and market place special interests don't mix well. When Alberta had its mad cow scare (starting in May 2003)the government and majority players in the industry only wanted to tighten procedures somewhat and make sure the appropriate standards were being complied to. A minority voice in the industry argued that 100% of cows should be tested for BSE, regardless of the international or US criteria, and that doing so would help rebuild trust in the product. As the cost of doing this probably was less than $100 per animal it would not have raised prices of the beef greatly. This idea was ignored and it took something like 4 years to get Alberta beef fully shipping back into the US and during this time the industry suffered greatly. Now one American company is wanting to test 100% of their beef that is targeted at some particular markets (such as Japan) and their competitors are using the USDA to stop them from doing this - for fear that other consumers will start to demand the same standards. Beats me why they are worried, all they would have to do is to pass on the increased costs of testing to the consumers who would be willing to pay for the better meat (probably less than $0.50/pound, if the tests were $100/animal and you get 200 pounds of meat from one animal). Of course the conspiracy theory for this is that the producers know they have a problem with BSE and by inspecting 100% of the animals this will soon become obvious... [6769]
  • 2008-Aug-29: Using a virus to reprogram adult cells has been demonstrated in mice. The immediate application seems to be restarting production of insulin by the pancreas, but other applications will surely follow if this works in humans. [6764]
  • 2008-Aug-22: Certain forms of skin cancer could emit scents that could be detected by some form of sniffer. [6728]
  • 2008-Aug-21: FLARE is a fluorescent marking dye that can be tagged so that it is ingested by cancer cells, this causes the cancerous cells to glow allowing surgeons to see exactly what they need to remove. [6713]
  • 2008-Aug-07: The first virophage (a small virus that attacks larger viruses) has been discovered. [6642]
  • 2008-Jul-30: Dutch researchers have used RFID pills to monitor the core body temperature of people on a long distance walk. [6608]
  • 2008-Jul-30: A promising new Alzheimer's drug called "rember" is in trial currently. [6606]
  • 2008-Jul-25: The head of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer institute warns his staff about the risks of cellphone induced cancer. [6581]
  • 2008-Jul-20: Trying to grow new blood vessels in the heart by injecting progenitor cells obtained from the blood or bone marrow. [6550]
  • 2008-Jul-13: The USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (the name is longer than the URL!) is a good source of nutritional information on foods, it contains much more detailed information than the standard product packaging labels and they have a nutrient list search so you can find foods that are good sources of particular nutrients. [6513]
  • 2008-Jul-11: Could nanotech be bringing us the new asbestos? [6508]
  • 2008-Jul-08: How to test your genetics. [6490]
  • 2008-Jul-03: T-Cells have been modified in the lab to make them HIV resistant by introducing an error to the CCR5 gene. Sounds a bit like what sickle-cell anemia does with the red blood cells to fight malaria. [6478]
  • 2008-Jul-03: The UK has approved a plan to harvest human stem cells from hybrid pig-human embryos. Sounds pretty strange. [6466]
  • 2008-Jul-01: After a successful trial in mice a new cancer treatment based on donating granulocytes (a type of white blood cell) is going to enter human trials. [6460]
  • 2008-Jun-27: Rapamycin which is used to help prevent organ rejection has also been found to reverse some learning disorders and mild retardation in mice. [6450]
  • 2008-Jun-27: Aging 2008 a conference to explore regenerative (anti-aging) medicine will be in Los Angeles. [6447]
  • 2008-Jun-24: Vitamin D's role in longevity is being raised, a potential issue for those living in the northern latitudes. [6416]
  • 2008-Jun-17: California is trying to restrict user-demanded DNA testing, the real reason might be to prevent people from submitting DNA that is not their own (say an employee or a date's) to see what genetic skeletons lurk. [6365]
  • 2008-May-26: Fasting may fix jet lag. Perhaps something to try on your next flight, it sounds like a 16 hour fast is about what is needed to trigger the change (in mice), and since food is no longer served on airplanes and you have to get to the airport many hours early you probably only have to start the fast a few hours before leaving your house. Then once you get to your destination have dinner and go to bed. [6230]
  • 2008-May-23: Slashdot discusses Google Health privacy concerns. There are also a number of links here that discuss past security issues Google has had. [6214] [1]
  • 2008-May-20: Not to be left in the waiting room, Google has also declared that it will offer online personal health records like Microsoft. In late Feb'08 Google started testing this system. On 19-May-2008 Google's Health Beta program was opened to the public. [3461] [1]
  • 2008-May-19: Using magnetic pulses to turn off the brain's speech center - or at least temporarily disrupt it. [6184]
  • 2008-May-18: Robotic brain surgery with the NeuroArm is a success in Calgary. [6181]
  • 2008-May-12: Another product based on nano-tech aimed at rapid blood clotting. Now all they need to do is package it in an aerosol spray for rapid application. [6134]
  • 2008-May-01: pixie dust derived from the lining of a pig's bladder helped to regrow a finger tip. This may be a hoax, or strange luck but it's certainly the direction most people want this stuff to go. A talk about why we can't grow new body parts. [6019]
  • 2008-Apr-26: Experiments are being made (discussed here on Slashdot) with adding good old kaolin clay (think kaopectate) to bandage gauze to greatly increase the speed of blood clotting. [5978]
  • 2008-Apr-22: The US military has started a program to use stem cells to regrow body parts. [5946]
  • 2008-Apr-08: Alligator blood my be a source of new antibiotics, it seems that several hundred million years of evolution have given the gators the ability to defend against microorganisms that they have not been previously exposed to. Of course this could just be a case of them having DNA that already contains a large arsenal of previously tried and true solutions, or it could be they recognize their own cells and attack everything else by default. [5740]
  • 2008-Apr-03: Another reason to drink coffee, caffeine may help prevent dementia - at least in a study on rabbits. [5379]
  • 2008-Mar-26: Suspended animation induced by hydrogen sulphide demonstrated in mice. [5332]
  • 2008-Mar-24: A study of scientists in the Czech Republic found that scientific work output (papers) was inversely proportional to beer input (drinking). This has been analyzed by another scientist and found to be severely flawed. [5305] [1]
  • 2008-Mar-19: The trade in (slightly) used body parts. [5311]
  • 2008-Mar-16: Research into a way to slow the growth of cancer cells. [5293]
  • 2008-Mar-16: Zebrafish may provide clues to the organ regeneration problem. [5288]
  • 2008-Mar-16: Calorie-Count.com has a very good food browser with nutritional break downs for many foods. [5287]
  • 2008-Mar-03: A virus that attacks an aggressive form of human brain cancer in mice has been found. The possibility of using viruses to attack specific cancer cells is very appealing, especially (as is the case with brain tumors) when it is next to impossible to operate and difficult to treat with radiation without causing significant collateral damage. [5215]
  • 2008-Mar-01: A team of researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered a gene that is capable of blocking the assembly of the HIV virus. [5204]
  • 2008-Mar-01: A key step in programmed cell death has been discovered. [5202]
  • 2008-Feb-22: The odds of dying from various causes (for Americans). [5144]
  • 2008-Feb-15: Advances in understanding cell reprogramming, with the potential of being able to regress an adult cell back to an embryonic stem cell like state. [5101]
  • 2008-Feb-05: The has been some progress made in making HIV patients non-infectious. [5044]
  • 2008-Feb-03: In Finland stem cells have been used to create a replacement jaw for a patient, discussed here on Slashdot. [5034]
  • 2008-Jan-28: Might multitasking actually make you stupid? [5003]
  • 2008-Jan-24: A liver transplant patient has taken on the blood type (and immune system) of her donor. [4985]
  • 2008-Jan-23: A new genome mapping project has started to try to map 1000 different people, the aim of this is to help identify and study genetic diseases. [4977]
  • 2008-Jan-14: A beating heart has been created in the lab. [4669]
  • 2008-Jan-12: French fries don't fatten kids, video games do! Well in what will probably be a much regretted corporate quote that's what the UK CEO of McDonalds is saying. [4659] [1]
  • 2008-Jan-09: Progress is being made towards restoring walking after a spinal cord injury. [4617]
  • 2008-Jan-03: Slashdot discusses a new theory of why we dream - the idea that dreams help us prepare for emergency situations. [4571]
  • 2007-Dec-29: Rare genetic mutations are now being identified. Could this be the start of the next era of human evolution? [4532]
  • 2007-Dec-29: A new drug that could restore a sleep deprived brain is being tested on monkeys. [4533]
  • 2007-Dec-24: A device to isolate and analyze circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from the blood. [4517]
  • 2007-Dec-21: Some stem cell lines are now able to avoid immune rejection in a large part of the population. [4478]
  • 2007-Nov-21: Producing stem cells from skin cells by using a viral vector to induce a genetic modification. [4182]
  • 2007-Nov-20: Cannabidiol, A compound found in cannabis is thought to prevent breast cancer from metastasizing. [4177]
  • 2007-Nov-17: Get your genes sequenced, only $1000, compare with friends and family. What fun... [4170]
  • 2007-Nov-15: The PCSport Power Stepper is a small, USB-attached stepper that can be placed under your desk to get some exercise while working. Slashdot discusses it here. Given that it is going to be rather limited in range of motion, and that your knees will be quite bent while using this in a typical sitting position (unless you are on the edge of a rather high seat) I doubt this will burn many calories per hour and I'd be a bit worried it might lead to some odd new joint injury (due to the odd position for the knees). Still it might help keep the circulation going. [4156]
  • 2007-Nov-11: MRI machines may soon get a lot smaller, less expensive to produce, transport and operate. Which would bea good thing as so far these have proved to be very useful with little in terms of risk (unless you've got a metal plate, or have a habit of swallowing metal objects or have tattoos). [4063]
  • 2007-Nov-07: Could being overweight make you live longer after all? [4046]
  • 2007-Oct-31: Capsaicin is being tested on surgical wounds to act as a long-term pain killer, this is applied to the wound while the patient is under a local anesthetic (so the screams don't wake the dead) and then after the initial burning sensation has worn off the nerves will remain numb for a long time (perhaps up to a month) allowing the patient to recover without having to enjoy a cocktail of conventional (and possibly addictive) pain killers. How long before this enters the labor department? [3904]
  • 2007-Oct-27: The drug clavulanate when paired with penicillin family drugs can fight antibiotic resistant tuberculosis. [3521]
  • 2007-Oct-26: Simulating a US flu pandemic. [3512]
  • 2007-Oct-24: A study now shows that a recent reduction in violent crime in the USA is well correlated with the phasing out of leaded gasoline that started in 1973. The question is, will this be repeated for the UK and Australia who did not switch to unleaded until the 1980s? Is leaded gas still used else where, Africa perhaps? [3507]
  • 2007-Oct-18: Stem cells have been used to grow replacement nerves in animals, a team from the University of Manchester is now going to expand its work on this to humans. [3462]
  • 2007-Oct-16: Now there seems to be doubt about computer use causing carpal tunnel syndrome. The real cause will probably prove to be excessive strain caused by lifting large lattes. [3447]
  • 2007-Oct-15: A potential blood test for Alzheimer's disease. [3443]
  • 2007-Oct-06: Could the human appendix have a function after all? [2619]
  • 2007-Oct-06: Could stem cell treatments change your DNA? This article describes a bone marrow stem cell transplant that appears to have given on person a second set of DNA. [2617]
  • 2007-Oct-05: Researchers may have found the cause of type 2 diabetes. [2599]
  • 2007-Oct-04: Bill Gates must be getting worried about his health, now Microsoft is wanting to make a user-controlled health care historical database. While such a system could be of great benefit to patients (the users) by centralizing all their records and ensuring whole sections don't get lost when a doctor's office moves or closes, and it could also be of great benefit for researchers who could get anonymized access to query the system, there is still the risk that such a system could be very tempting to Big Brother and so it's privacy should also be shielded by strong acts of law. [2535] [1]
  • 2007-Oct-04: Hot chili peppers get another application, the capsaicin they contain may help allow pain killers to enter the nerves more effectively. [2534]
  • 2007-Oct-02: Alzheimer's could be a third form of diabetes. [2424]
  • 2007-Sep-26: A meteorite stuck the ground in Peru on 15-Sept-2007 creating a 100 foot wide crater and now local villagers are reporting headaches and vomiting. Apparently these symptoms were from arsenic which was released from the underground water that got exposed and vapourized. [2223] [1]
  • 2007-Sep-09: Implanted RFID chips have been linked to cancer in mice and rats. [1859]
  • 2007-Sep-07: Skin stem cells have been used to mend the spines of rats. [1632]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Genetically engineered cells have been implanted in mice that have been previously sickened with Alzheimer's disease related plaque, these engineered cells have reversed the plaque build up. [993]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Dr Mirkin dot com [835]
  • 2007-Aug-30: WebMD.com has some little health calculator tools including an exercise calorie counter, target heart rate and BMI calculator (which claims I could loose over 60 pounds before being considered "underweight", if I did that I could disappear from view by turning sideways!) [836]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Slasdot on laser eye surgery [837]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Vancomycin has met its match (at least once) [838]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Extracting stem cells from your own bone marrow [839]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Alberta Blue Cross [840]
  • 2007-Aug-30: An eye transplant that worked [841]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Experiences with laser eye surgery [842]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Could AM radio transmissions be harmful? [843]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Growing your own replacement bones [844]
  • 2007-Aug-30: People with a genetic immunity to HIV exist [845]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Stem cells used to rebuild heart muscle [846]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Could modified HIV be used to fight cancer? [847]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Human cloning (of tissues) starts in the UK [848]
  • 2007-Aug-30: At least one strain of stem cells is available in the US that's not contaminated [849]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Hibernation in mice, triggered by hydrogen sulphide, has been demonstrated, perhaps this could also be used to induce a hybernative state in humans (could be very popular for dull lectures) [850]
  • 2007-Aug-30: May'05: stem cells from cloned embryos [851]
  • 2007-Aug-30: July'05: stem cells have been used to treat spinal injuries in rats, apparently with success. More on this in June'06. [852]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Aug'05: more on creating stem cells, this time involving skin cells. We see skin cells used to grow blood vessels. [853]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Mar'06, stem cells make it to court [854]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Aug'06, maybe there is a way to harvest stem cells without harming the embryo, if so, this could open things up for Americans [855]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Aug'06, genes that appear to reactivate stem cell behavior in ordinary cells have been found [856]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Nov'06, Australia looks like it may permit the cloning of embryos for stem cell harvesting. [857]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Jan'07, it may be possible to harvest stem cells from amniotic fluid [858]
  • 2007-Aug-30: July'07, a method for using adult stem cells to grow cornea stem cells [859]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Drug CX717 apparently reverses the effects of sleep deprivation, but it might also be helpful to Alzheimer's patients. Perhaps it might also be useful in boring office meetings? Here's more on drugs that eradicate the need for sleep. [860]
  • 2007-Aug-30: June'06 and some progress with Alzheimer's is being reported [861]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Might there be an anti-aging gene? [862]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Maybe its safe to drink coffee after all [863]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Coffee may help protect drinkers against cirrhosis, of course if you're drinking 4 or more cups of coffee a day what's probably happening is you go to the bathroom so often that a lot of the alcohol you consume gets eliminated by the kidneys before the liver gets to work on it. [864]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Organ and limb regrowth observed in lab mice in Australia. [865]
  • 2007-Aug-30: It looks like at least some direct exposure to the sun might be a good thing after all - turns out that the vitamin D produced by this might be very effective in reducing cancer. There's also a bunch of controversy surrounding this, as some of the related results may be that blacks have higher cancer rates than whites due to reduced vitamin D production and also since vitamin D gets trapped in fat, the obese end up with more cancer. [866]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Zombie Dogs may hold the key to a life-saving suspended animation procedure. Suspended animation of pigs has reached 2 hours now. [867]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Using induced hypothermia to save trauma patients may be just around the corner. The idea is to rapidly drain the blood, replace it with a chilled saline solution and then operate for up to 2 hours, then pump the saved blood back in. Works with pigs 90% of the time, wonder what it does for human memories? Could this be extended further by taking the temperatures lower? Perhaps even to the point of long term suspended animation? [868]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Bandages made from ground up shrimp shells cause blood to clot instantly (what happens if you have a seafood allergy?) [869]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Tumor growth may be more linear than exponential [870]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Nanotech used in early cancer detection by screening blood [871]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Disinfecting using an oxygen plasma stream, discussed here on Slashdot [872]
  • 2007-Aug-30: The scientists who discovered that stomach ulcers are usually caused by bacteria got a Nobel Prize [873]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Brain growth can be promoted by some cannabinoids? [874]
  • 2007-Aug-30: The next flu pandemic [875]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A man cures himself of HIV [876]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Could decaffeinated coffee be very bad for you? [877]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Computer games may be an addictive substance [878]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Some genes have been found that set the life expectancy of yeast, could the same apply to higher organisms? [879]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A gene responsible for controlling regeneration in planarians has been identified [880]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Beer could contain cancer fighting agents [881]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Using nose cells to cure spinal injuries [882]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Tea and Coffee could be good for your liver [883]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Follow up on a virus that kills cancer cells [884]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Some reasons that cancer spreads have been discovered [885]
  • 2007-Aug-30: The mighty mouse and growth of muscle tissue [886]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Potential new heart treatment [887]
  • 2007-Aug-30: There is now a push for earlier use of stem cells in treating human patients [888]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Treating stroke and neurodegenerative disorders by stimulating the brain to release antioxidants [889]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Diagnosing skin cancer photographically [890]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Soil bacteria are often highly resistant to antibiotics. But why? [891]
  • 2007-Aug-30: More on cancer suppressing genes [892]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A money tracking game turns into a way to study human movement that can contribute to the spread of disease [893]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Sound waves could be used to kill skin and prostate cancer cells [894]
  • 2007-Aug-30: The US President's State of the Union address appears to be calling for further restrictions on some types of medical research [895]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Fighting tooth decay with a little electric current - make's sense, this is similar to cathodic protection used on pipelines. [896]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A possible breakthrough in the search for an AIDS cure [897]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Bearing children could have a long term health benefit for the mother, it is thought that a post-natal stem cell change takes place [898]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Super vision [899]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Video games may help keep the brain young [900]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Mind Control Parasites, this sounds like an urban legend [901]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Have body snatchers returned? [902]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Repairing vision (or perhaps nerve and brain damage) with nano-particles [903]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Hot Pepper kills prostate cancer cells [904]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Using a virtual reality system to correct Lazy Eye [905]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Doctors transplant the world's first lab-grown bladder into a patient - this was actually grown from the patients own tissue making this a rather remarkable advance. [906]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Now the world has do-it-yourself bio-weapons, perhaps someone will start on their own homemade cures for diseases and cancers? [907]
  • 2007-Aug-30: VO2max calculated from a race result. Performance evaluation tests. [908]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Building directional microphones into glasses to produce a better hearing aid. [909]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Bloodless surgery [910]
  • 2007-Aug-30: The cancer resistant mouse, its in the genes somewhere. [911]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A drug called Zolpidem has been found to help some patients who are in a vegetative state. [912]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Do it your self ultrasound? Possibly the start of a new trend, by splitting medical diagnostic equipment into a sensor and software, and then connecting the sensor to a standard computer through a safe wireless interface (especially one based on a recognized standard like BlueTooth or WiFi) the cost of diagnostic equipment could be greatly reduced. So what's next? Home ECG/EKG? What about automated chemical analysis? Or maybe a small MRI solution - actually one that was small enough to just take a knee joint would be a good seller to doctors and sports medicine clinics. [913]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Could over-sanitization lead to health problems? [914]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Zap headaches with an electromagnetic pulse (probably also works well to erase mag-stripes on credit cards) [915]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A Smart Pill that records data as it travels through the body [916]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Canadian Scientists Regrow Teeth, and bones too apparently. Works by applying low-intensity, pulsed ultra sound to the tooth root - so perhaps would not work when the root is damaged. The FDA has approved the Exogen 4000+ from Smith & Nephew for use at home to stimulate bone healing. [917]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Some work towards regrowing dental enamel [918]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Growing chickens at twice normal gravity gives them bigger muscles and bones [919]
  • 2007-Aug-30: The aP2 protein has been linked to asthma and several other diseases, it may also play a role in obesity [920]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Scientists have used an enzyme, called sialidase, to facilitate spinal nerve regrowth in rats [921]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A Calgary biotech firm has developed a process to produce human insulin from genetically modified safflower oil [922]
  • 2007-Aug-30: PBT2 is entering clinical testing and is proving to be a fast-acting remedy for Alzheimers. [923]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Scorpion venom could be used to aid in the radioactive therapy of malignant gliomas [924]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Chitosan, found in crab shells can be used in bandages to help stop bleeding [925]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A contagious cancer, called Sticker's sarcoma, has been found in dogs [926]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Bacteria-killing viruses may be added to foods as a preservative. These appear to be the phages (bacteriophages) that the Russians were working with in the 70's and 80's as alternatives to antibiotics. [927]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Aug'06, the first phase of an AIDS vaccine trial has been reported as successful [928]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Researchers have reversed melanoma (cancer) by manipulating the patients blood to attack the cancer cells [929]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A tumor-surpressing gene that contributes to aging [930]
  • 2007-Aug-30: There is a price for anti-aging research called the Methuselah Mouse Prize (or M-Prize) [931]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Hydrogen Sulphide gas can be used to induce a hibernation-like state in mice [932]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A gel than can heal bleeding wounds in seconds has been tested on animals [933]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Could Autism be caused by too much TV at too young an age? [934]
  • 2007-Aug-30: The drug JANUVIA has been approved as a Type-2 Diabetes treatment [935]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Stem cell therapy has been seen to cause cancer in rats [936]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Keeping cool may help longevity [937]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Using a modified version of the AIDS virus to help train the immune system to fight AIDS [938]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Cell transplants to restore sight to mice [939]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A new painkiller may be based on human saliva. [940]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Regrowing a chicken wing (while still in the embryo phase) has been achieved [941]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Stem cells may be at the core of cancer. [942]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Using enzymes to counter cancer growth [943]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A protocol to reverse type 1 diabetes in mice has been demonstrated [944]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Causes of fainting, and after exercise. Athletes passing out after rowing. Syncope explained. Why people can faint after strenuous physical activity. [945]
  • 2007-Aug-30: The best sitting posture is not sitting up straight. [946]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Australia has reversed some laws that previously restricted their ability to do stem cell research. [947]
  • 2007-Aug-30: An important step in the search for a cure to diabetes [948]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Another study shows that moderate amounts of alcohol may extend life. [949]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A new approach to the flu vaccine might bear fruit [951]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A potential cure for cancer based on using special sugars (ManNAc) to deliver butyrate into cancer cells (where it apparently interferes with their growth) is being developed. [952]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Using nano particles to target the blood vessels that supply tumors with oxygen and nutrients [953]
  • 2007-Aug-30: There is worry that a promising new cancer drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), will not be approved for use because drug companies will not want to fund the safety and effectiveness studies as the drug cannot be patented (heck a chemistry student could probably make it in his kitchen). However, what about non-commercial academic research? Perhaps its time that University Research Groups stepped forward to do the work (after all there would be the chance to write a few PhD theses and dozens of research papers on this), and then the world could have a much less costly solution? The University of Alberta has a group looking at this. [954]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Using decoy molecules to shrink prostate tumors [955]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Mice with a defective MECP2 gene (associated with Rett Syndrome - a form of autism) have been treated [956]
  • 2007-Aug-30: According to this article (Calgary SUN 11-Feb-2007), bird flu may not greatly affect the elderly (or those born before 1969). It appears that nearly 90% of the people who have been diagnosed with H5N1 so far have been under 40 years old. This is to be reported in a letter to the "Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases" by Matthew Smallman-Raynor and Andrew Cliff. [957]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Work on regrowing lost fingers, limbs and teeth. [958]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and here, and how to shut down the brain with pulses of yellow light. [959]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Could anti-matter be used as a cancer treatment? Perhaps the power of a radio active attack without lasting radioactive traces? [960]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Some experts are advising dropping the mouth-to-mouth ventilation part of CPR altogether [961]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A genetically modified mosquito that will not transmit malaria might be a good thing, but I can't help feeling uncomfortable about the fact that is lays more eggs and has a higher survival rate than the strain it replaces. I bet it eats more too... ouch! [962]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Sheep that may be 15% human, the idea is to use them to grow organs for harvest [963]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A peptide that can boost the immune system has been identified [964]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Human blood may contain a cure for AIDS, a irus-inhibitory peptide (VIRIP) molecule occurs naturally in blood and some test changes to this have proved much more effective at blocking HIV's entry point to host cells. [965]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Forget the rain forest, the next cure for cancer may be in your backyard (in the dirt)! [966]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Vitamin D deficiency my be a contributor to some cancers. Discussed here on Slashdot. [967]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Returning to life could prove fatal. It may be that oxygen deprivation does not damage patients as much as the resumption of oxygen does. Discussed here on Slashdot. This sort of effect could explain some of the rare cases where drowning victims (particularly in cold water) have been resuscitated after long periods of time. [968]
  • 2007-Aug-30: More on reviving the dead and the strange role that mitochondria might play in cellular death [969]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A gene for longevity in worms has been found and there appears to be something similar in humans [970]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Hair loss in humans may be reversible and might be addressed by controlling a single gene [971]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A genetic marker (8q24) has been identified as being associated with aggressive forms of prostate cancer [972]
  • 2007-Aug-30: The sodium benzoate that is used as a preservative in certain soft drinks is suspected of damaging mitochondrial DNA [973]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Electrical fields are being used to treat brain cancer [974]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A type of stem cell has been produced from the skin [975]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Genetic information on a number of major diseases has been uncovered, including Crohn's, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. [976]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A team at the University of Michigan are working on an auditory nerve implant that could bring hearing to the deaf [977]
  • 2007-Aug-30: HIV can integrate itself into human DNA and now a technique to snip it out has been developed [978]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Drugs to prevent cell suicide are being worked on [979]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Pheromones might be able to trigger brain cell growth [980]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Useful drugs based on nicotine are being developed, including some that may help depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, ADHD and anxiety. Sounds like a recent (July'07) Dr. Who episode where one could buy skin patches that deliver "happy" or "forget". [981]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Maslinic acid, a type of wax found in olive oil skin can produce an 80% slowing of the spread of AIDS in the body. [982]
  • 2007-Aug-30: There may be hope in the search to find a treatment for antibiotic resistant bacteria [983]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Fructose might be a contributor to the obesity epidemic [984]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Snail venom is now being used in the treatment of chronic pain, and there are improved versions on the way [985]
  • 2007-Aug-30: An HIV vaccine is ready for clinical trials [986]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A breathalyzer for cancer [987]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University have figured out a way to turn a mouse into a factory for human liver cells, making new drug testing and other research easier. [988]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A bone produced hormone has been linked to the control of obesity and diabetes [989]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A therapeutic DNA vaccine has been developed that may be applicable to multiple sclerosis. [990]
  • 2007-Aug-30: A technique to create large amounts of cancer stem cells has been developed which may make studying cancers easier. [991]
  • 2007-Aug-30: Anti-bacterial soap may be no better than plain soap (especially at the typical concentrations used in consumer-grade soaps) and it may encourge more bacterial resistance to form through mutation. [992]
  • Body replacement parts, just in tadpoles for the moment though. [5881]
  • Building a better stem cell, or at least finding one that is available in all. [5882]
  • More on stem cells, this time in tissue waste from liposuction, where's the ethical problem with that? [5883]
  • Using stem cells to build a working thymus organ. [5884]
  • Here is a nice calories burned calculator that you give your weight and duration of exercise to and then it calculates how many calories you would have burnt for a variety of exercises. [5916]



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