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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Creative Minds: Can Microbes Influence Mental Health?
January 9, 2014 – 6:14 pm | No Comment
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 [...]

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

Study reveals initial findings on health of most extreme runners
January 8, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

Study reveals initial findings on health of most extreme runners Those of us who feel accomplished after jogging a 5K may wonder what drives more serious runners – marathoners, and even ultramarathoners, who run races longer than 26.2 miles. A pair of physicians believes that learning more about these extreme athletes could benefit the rest [...]

Study provides glimpse into health of ultramarathon runners
January 8, 2014 – 6:59 pm | No Comment
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 [...]

Researchers take step toward developing ‘universal’ flu vaccine
January 7, 2014 – 8:18 pm | No Comment
Researchers take step toward developing ‘universal’ flu vaccine

Researchers take step toward developing ‘universal’ flu vaccine Every year, the approach of flu season sets off a medical guessing game, with life or death consequences. There are many different strains of flu, and they vary from year to year. So each season, health authorities must make an educated guess and tell manufacturers which variants [...]

Study shows happiness and meaning in life may be different goals
January 7, 2014 – 7:01 pm | No Comment
Study shows happiness and meaning in life may be different goals

Study shows happiness and meaning in life may be different goals Would you rather lead a happy life, or a meaningful one? New research suggests that while you can have it both ways, some people find their way along one path or the other. Published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, the study, which surveyed 397 people [...]

Gender and medical conference leadership
January 7, 2014 – 6:42 pm | No Comment
Gender and medical conference leadership

Gender and medical conference leadership How do you get more women as speakers at science conferences? Invite more to be on teams responsible for creating conference programs. A piece on MedPage Today looks at research on gender representation during two meetings sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology. Tracking 1,845 speakers across 460 symposia, the authors found that “having at least [...]

Mindful eating tips for the desk-bound
January 7, 2014 – 6:25 pm | No Comment
Mindful eating tips for the desk-bound

Mindful eating tips for the desk-bound Well, January 1 came and went, and so did the first Monday of the new year. So, how are you doing on your 2014 resolutions, if you made any? The San Francisco Chronicle recently spotlighted the common seasonal commitment of eating better. Included in the article are healthy recipes and [...]

Studying pediatric sleep disorders an “integral part” of the future of sleep medicine
January 6, 2014 – 9:54 pm | No Comment
Studying pediatric sleep disorders an “integral part” of the future of sleep medicine

Studying pediatric sleep disorders an “integral part” of the future of sleep medicine As the new mom of a four-month old, I’ve become obsessed with infants and children’s sleep habits. So I was interested to read a recent entry on the Stanford Sleep Center’s blog about how studying children’s sleep disorders can further discoveries in the field [...]

A look at dreams in art
January 6, 2014 – 8:45 pm | No Comment
A look at dreams in art

A look at dreams in art Here’s something you may have missed over the holidays: A fun piece on NewScientist.com that uses artists’ renderings to demonstrate how certain cultures have depicted dreams over time and what nighttime imaginings could tell us about ourselves in the waking world. From Homer to Lewis Carroll, Alfred Hitchcock and Salvador Dalí, writers, filmmakers, painters and more have attempted to [...]