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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Stanford research: The meaningful life is a road worth traveling
January 1, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment
Stanford research: The meaningful life is a road worth traveling

Stanford research: The meaningful life is a road worth traveling A Stanford research project explored the key differences between lives of happiness and meaningfulness. While the two are similar, dramatic differences exist – and one should not underestimate the power of meaningfulness. “The quest for meaning is a key part of what makes us human,” [...]

Insights into Brain Injury
December 16, 2013 – 8:24 pm | No Comment
Insights into Brain Injury

Insights into Brain Injury New findings provide insight into the damage caused by mild traumatic brain injury and suggest approaches for reducing its harmful effects. Nationwide, at least 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 75% of these are concussions or other mild [...]

Tobacco, Drug Use May Raise Risk of Stillbirth
December 16, 2013 – 8:24 pm | No Comment
Tobacco, Drug Use May Raise Risk of Stillbirth

Tobacco, Drug Use May Raise Risk of Stillbirth Smoking tobacco or marijuana, taking prescription painkillers, or using illegal drugs during pregnancy may increase the risk of stillbirth, according to a new study. Stillbirth occurs when a fetus dies at or after 20 weeks of gestation.  While the U.S. stillbirth rate decreased from 18 per 1,000 [...]

How Mosquitoes Detect People
December 16, 2013 – 8:09 pm | No Comment
How Mosquitoes Detect People

How Mosquitoes Detect People Researchers discovered a receptor that mosquitoes use to detect both carbon dioxide and skin odor, and they identified compounds that interact with the receptor. The findings may help guide strategies to control mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit. Mosquitoes have an amazing ability to zero in on us from afar and [...]

Gut Microbes May Affect Cancer Treatment
December 9, 2013 – 8:24 pm | No Comment
Gut Microbes May Affect Cancer Treatment

Gut Microbes May Affect Cancer Treatment The effectiveness of certain cancer therapies may depend on microbes that live in the intestine, according to a study in mice. The findings suggest that antibiotics used to treat infections might hinder the effects of anti-cancer therapies. The bacterium Enterococcus faecalis, which lives in the human gut. Credit: Centers [...]

Study Reveals New Targets for Parkinson’s Disease
December 9, 2013 – 8:24 pm | No Comment
Study Reveals New Targets for Parkinson’s Disease

Study Reveals New Targets for Parkinson’s Disease Scientists used a novel approach to identify dozens of genes that may contribute to Parkinson’s disease. The discoveries may also yield insights into other disorders that involve mitochondria, the organelles that serve as power plants for our cells. Mitochondria convert compounds derived from food into the molecules that [...]

Genetic Testing Doesn’t Improve Warfarin Dosing
December 9, 2013 – 8:24 pm | No Comment
Genetic Testing Doesn’t Improve Warfarin Dosing

Genetic Testing Doesn’t Improve Warfarin Dosing Adding genetic data to clinical information doesn’t improve the ability to determine initial doses of warfarin, a common blood thinner. The finding contradicts earlier studies and highlights the importance of using clinical trials to assess the role of genetics in optimizing treatments. Warfarin, also known as Coumadin, is an [...]

Eye Contact Declines in Young Infants with Autism
November 25, 2013 – 8:10 pm | No Comment
Eye Contact Declines in Young Infants with Autism

Eye Contact Declines in Young Infants with Autism Beginning as young as 2 months of age, infants later diagnosed with autism show a steady decline in eye contact that might be the earliest marker yet for the disorder. If confirmed, the finding might lead to earlier autism diagnosis and treatment. Autism is a complex brain [...]

Gut Microbes Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis
November 25, 2013 – 7:20 pm | No Comment
Gut Microbes Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Gut Microbes Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis The presence of a specific type of gut bacteria correlates with rheumatoid arthritis in newly diagnosed, untreated people. The finding suggests a potential role for the bacteria in this autoimmune disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in [...]

Key HIV Protein Structure Revealed
November 25, 2013 – 6:45 pm | No Comment
Key HIV Protein Structure Revealed

Key HIV Protein Structure Revealed Researchers have developed a more detailed picture of the protein largely responsible for enabling HIV to enter human immune cells and cause infection. The findings could help guide vaccine design. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, infects more than 34 million people worldwide. Once in the body, HIV attacks and [...]