Taking the “Ewww”… out of snail cream
June 17, 2014 – 11:07 pm | No Comment

Great news for all those women (and men) who have wanted to try the beautifying effects of snail slime but could never get past the “ick” factor. 20yrsyounger.com promises to get rid of the Ewww… while still letting women reap the anti-aging and rejuvenating benefits of snail slime cream. The process itself is called lyophilisation [...]

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Vitamin D Levels Predict Multiple Sclerosis Progression
February 3, 2014 – 7:41 pm | No Comments
Vitamin D Levels Predict Multiple Sclerosis Progression

Vitamin D Levels Predict Multiple Sclerosis Progression Among people with early-stage multiple sclerosis (MS), those with higher blood levels of vitamin D had better outcomes during 5 years of follow-up. Identifying and correcting vitamin D insufficiency could aid in the early treatment of MS. MS is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that [...]

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Nature-Inspired Surgical Glue Mends Hearts
January 27, 2014 – 7:55 pm | No Comments
Nature-Inspired Surgical Glue Mends Hearts

Nature-Inspired Surgical Glue Mends Hearts Researchers developed a new tissue adhesive that is biodegradable, biocompatible, and easily manipulated. It could allow for less invasive surgeries that don’t require sutures or staples. The waterproof, light-activated glue can successfully secure biodegradable patches to seal holes in a beating heart. Image courtesy of Karp Laboratory. During surgery, reconnecting [...]

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Cognitive Training Shows Staying Power
January 27, 2014 – 7:55 pm | No Comments
Cognitive Training Shows Staying Power

Cognitive Training Shows Staying Power Ten years after a training program was completed, certain cognitive abilities were still improved in older adults, according to a new report. The findings suggest that cognitive interventions could help older people remain independent for longer. To test whether training could improve the cognitive abilities of older adults, healthy seniors [...]

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Toxin Kills HIV-Infected Cells
January 27, 2014 – 7:55 pm | No Comments
Toxin Kills HIV-Infected Cells

Toxin Kills HIV-Infected Cells An HIV-specific poison can kill cells in which the virus is still reproducing despite antiretroviral therapy, a study in mice showed. Such targeted therapies could become a tool in strategies to combat HIV.   Electron micrograph of HIV (colored green) on human lymphocytes. Image by C. Goldsmith, P. Feorino, E. L. [...]

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Distracted Driving Raises Crash Risk
January 13, 2014 – 10:24 pm | No Comments
Distracted Driving Raises Crash Risk

Distracted Driving Raises Crash Risk Researchers used video technology and in-vehicle sensors to show that distracted driving, particularly among new drivers, substantially raises the risk for car crashes and near crashes. They also found that drivers eat, reach for the phone, text, or otherwise take their eyes off the road about 10% of the time. [...]

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Arthritis Genetics Analysis Aids Drug Discovery
January 13, 2014 – 8:18 pm | No Comments
Arthritis Genetics Analysis Aids Drug Discovery

Arthritis Genetics Analysis Aids Drug Discovery An international research team identified 42 new areas in the human genome associated with rheumatoid arthritis—and found that many are already the targets of drugs approved for other conditions. The findings hint at new treatment approaches for the disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can cause [...]

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Oxytocin Affects Facial Recognition
January 13, 2014 – 8:10 pm | No Comments
Oxytocin Affects Facial Recognition

Oxytocin Affects Facial Recognition A genetic variation in the receptor for oxytocin, a hormone involved in social bonding, affects the ability to remember faces in families with a child who has autism. The finding points the way to a better understanding of oxytocin’s role in social behavior. Animals that live in social groups need to [...]

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Creative Minds: Can Microbes Influence Mental Health?
January 9, 2014 – 6:14 pm | No Comments
Creative Minds: Can Microbes Influence Mental Health?

Creative Minds: Can Microbes Influence Mental Health? While sitting in microbiology class as a college sophomore, Elaine Hsiao was stunned to learn that the human gut held between as much as 6 pounds of bacteria—twice the weight of an adult human brain. She went on to learn during her graduate studies in neurobiology that these microbes [...]

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5 Questions: Longhurst on clinical informatics gaining recognition as medical sub-specialty
January 8, 2014 – 8:22 pm | No Comments
5 Questions: Longhurst on clinical informatics gaining recognition as medical sub-specialty

5 Questions: Longhurst on clinical informatics gaining recognition as medical sub-specialty Clinical informatics, a field at the intersection of clinical medicine and information technology, has reached a new milestone: Physicians can now become board-certified in this medical sub-specialty. Christopher Longhurst, MD, who is the chief medical information officer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and the leader [...]

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Study provides glimpse into health of ultramarathon runners
January 8, 2014 – 6:59 pm | No Comments
Study provides glimpse into health of ultramarathon runners

Study provides glimpse into health of ultramarathon runners Researchers have recently published the baseline findings of a longitudinal study on the health of ultrarunners. Above, runners participate in a 100-kilometer ultramarathon in Britain. For some runners, a marathon is not enough. Participation in so-called ultramarathons — defined as any distance beyond the standard 26.2-mile marathon [...]

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