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  • The genetics of regeneration: Study uncovers genes that control process of whole-body regeneration

    03/15/2019 6:16:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    news.harvard.edu/gazette ^ | March 14, 2019 | By Peter Reuell Harvard Staff Writer
    When it comes to regeneration, some animals are capable of amazing feats. If you cut off a salamander’s leg, it will grow back. When threatened, some geckos drop their tails to distract their predator, only to regrow them later. Other animals take the process even further. Planarian worms, jellyfish, and sea anemones can actually regenerate their bodies after being cut in half. Led by Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Mansi Srivastava, a team of researchers is shedding new light on how animals pull off the feat, along the way uncovering a number of DNA switches that appear to...
  • Respecting Women as Women: Part I of II

    03/11/2019 9:07:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Natural Womanhood ^ | March 8, 2019 | Jeanette Flood
    Women are not the same as men. This widely acknowledged truth applies in multiple, multiple ways beyond the obvious external differences. Each sex is more vulnerable to certain diseases than the other, and each responds differently to certain medications. Most everyone recognizes that men and women tend to think differently, and for good reason: scientific studies show that as early as in the womb, genes and hormones begin affecting brain development in different ways in males and females. To cite just one example, females tend to be more person-oriented, while males are more task/object-oriented. “Science has affirmed … that women...
  • The Unforced Error of Medicare for All; Democrats would be wise to seek reform, not revolution

    03/08/2019 3:46:05 PM PST · by Steve Schulin · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 8, 2019, p. A15 | Vin Gupta (prof - global health, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation)
    Recent polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that although voters like the concept of Medicare for All, net favorability falls by almost 50 points when they are presented with hard truths such as the higher taxes, less provider choice, and increased wait times that will inevitably result
  • Vaccination and the Growing Rates of Childhood Food Allergies

    03/08/2019 1:15:54 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 28 replies
    The Vaccine Reaction ^ | 2017 | Rishma Parpia
    Cathryn Nagler PhD, a food allergy professor at the University of Chicago discusses her research on the cause of food allergies and states: Environmental stimuli such as antibiotic overuse, high fat diets, caesarean birth, removal of common pathogens and even formula feeding have affected the microbiota with which we’ve co-evolved. Our results suggest this could contribute to the increasing susceptibility to food allergies. Interestingly, current research on the cause of food allergies does not consider vaccination as a contributing factor. However, in the past, there have been studies demonstrating an association between vaccine ingredients and development of food allergies. This...
  • Why Your Grandparents Didn't Have Food Allergies, but You Do

    03/08/2019 7:26:50 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 62 replies
    Butter Nutrition ^ | Catherine
    Did your grandparents have food allergies? Mine sure didn’t. A stark comparison to the growing epidemic of food allergies, worsening with every generation. So why didn’t your grandparents have food allergies? It’s really quite simple… 1) THEY ATE SEASONAL REAL FOOD. Food came from farms and small markets in the early 1900’s, and because food preservatives were not widely used yet, food was fresh. Because of the lack of processed food, their diets were nutrient dense, allowing them to get the nutrition they needed from their food. For babies, breast milk was valued and it was always in season. 2)...
  • More than 200 Georgia high school students called in to get tested for tuberculosis after [tr]

    03/06/2019 10:56:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 6, 2019 | Mary Kekatos
    More than 200 Georgia high school students have been called into the school nurse to get tested for tuberculosis after one student was diagnosed with the life-threatening, infectious disease. A letter was sent to parents on Friday from the principal of Discovery High School, in Lawrenceville, notifying them of the teenager's condition. The letter also revealed that students and faculty may have been 'in close and continuous contact' with the infected student, reported WSB-TV. According to the Gwinnett County Health Department, the teenager, who has not been identified, is currently at home receiving treatment.
  • Senior Advocacy Association, AMAC, Provides an Alzheimer’s Update

    03/02/2019 4:18:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Assocation of Mature American Citizens ^ | February 28, 2019 | John Grimaldi
    WASHINGTON, DC — Alzheimer’s Disease [AD] has an insidiously disproportionate effect on senior citizens and their families. Surveys conducted over the past several years show that a diagnosis of AD sparks terror in the hearts of patients, families and friends, more so than just about any other fatal or chronic illness, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens. In fact, a Marist Poll conducted in 2012 concluded that Alzheimer’s was America’s most feared illness. And, says AMAC, it still is. The association’s president, Dan Weber, says that for patients, perhaps it is “the idea of losing their identity and...
  • This Is the Proper Way Toilet Paper Should Be Put on the Holder

    03/01/2019 8:08:47 PM PST · by aquila48 · 102 replies
    HealthiGuide ^ | 3/1/19 | Gabriela Mungarro
    Odds are you’ve probably asked yourself whether or not you put the toilet paper roll on the holder correctly. Don’t worry; you’re not alone! While you might decide it’s all based on personal preference, unfortunately, it’s not. According to Inc., this controversial topic “was allegedly the topic that generated the most letters to Dear Abby on a single subject.” “The moment when a restroom user’s hands are most likely to carry bacteria is when they reach for toilet paper,” Geoffrey James stated after sharing results from a study conducted at the University of Colorado, which found “19 groups of bacteria...
  • 35-Year-Old Runner Thought She Had Bronchitis. She Was 2 Weeks Away From a Widowmaker

    03/01/2019 8:41:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    Runner's World ^ | February 28, 2019 | Emily Shiffer
    Jen Hummel, 35, has always been a runner. After spending her high school years running cross country, she kept it up recreationally, balancing training runs and races with taking care of her two young children. “For me, it’s the best exercise and gives me time to think,” she says. But in early December, she started to experience pain and discomfort almost immediately after she’d start running. “I had pain going down my arms and in my chest. It would come up in my chin,” she explained. “I’ve always been someone who can push myself, but after I’d get up to...
  • The Brain That Remade Itself (brain remaps after removal of part by surgery)

    03/01/2019 2:11:48 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    onezero.medium.com ^ | Andrew Zaleski
    Collins was three months shy of seven years old when surgeons sliced open his skull and removed a third of his brain’s right hemisphere. For two years prior, a benign tumor had been growing in the back of his brain, eventually reaching the size of a golf ball. The tumor caused a series of disruptive seizures that gave him migraines and kept him from school. ... Surgeons cut out the entire right occipital lobe and half of the temporal lobe of Collins’ brain. Those lobes are important for processing the information that passes through our eyes’ optic nerves, allowing us...
  • Leaner for longer: the rise of the super-fit 60somethings

    02/24/2019 11:33:27 AM PST · by Mariner · 76 replies
    The Telegraph via Yahoo ^ | February 24th, 2019 | Joel Snape
    Once, you would hit the second half of life confident that nobody would expect you to whip your shirt off at a moment’s notice – or if you decided to disrobe at the beach, you would be afforded a degree of reverence becoming your age. You would hope that, if you ventured into the water, a dignified doggy-paddle would suffice. And you would not expect to have surf sprayed in your face by a 68-year-old Richard Branson, or his 57-year-old pal, Barack Obama, both of them still kiteboarding well into the age when most people are worrying about their chrysanthemums....
  • Baltimore’s So Segregated, Even Strava Shows It. These Runners Want to Change That

    02/20/2019 7:15:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Runner's World ^ | February 19, 2019 | Robbe Reddinger
    It’s a warm summer evening and Devan Clapp is standing outside his two-story brick row house in northeast Baltimore’s Ramblewood neighborhood. The streets are quiet, with postage-stamp lawns; a transition area between the city and the suburbs of Baltimore County just a couple miles north. This neighborhood, like every other Baltimore neighborhood Clapp’s family has lived in the last hundred years, was predominantly white, before it wasn’t. He talks of how, in the 1980s, the skin color of his mother and father, godmother and brother, drove their white neighbors up and over to the “more-welcoming” side of the county line....
  • Drinking two diet drinks a day increases your chance of heart attack or stroke, groups say

    02/15/2019 9:06:46 AM PST · by bitt · 77 replies
    wxyz.com ^ | 2/14/2019 | CNN
    More bad news for diet soda lovers: Drinking two or more of any kind of artificially sweetened drinks a day is linked to an increased risk of clot-based strokes, heart attacks and early death in women over 50, according to a new study by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The risks were highest for women with no history of heart disease or diabetes and women who were obese or African-American. Previous research has shown a link between diet beverages and stroke, dementia , Type 2 diabetes , obesity and metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease...
  • Researchers Find Further Evidence That Schizophrenia is Connected to Our Guts

    02/07/2019 1:10:26 PM PST · by ETL · 34 replies
    DiscoverMagazine.com ^ | February 7, 2019 | Roni Dengler
    More than 21 million people worldwide suffer from schizophrenia, a profound mental illness that interrupts thinking, language and perception. Quite a few schizophrenic people experience delusions and hear voices. Many of the disease’s symptoms stem from faulty communication between brain cells. And, for decades, scientists have searched for a cure in the brain.Now researchers say they’ve discovered that the way to heal schizophrenia might be through the gut. There’s an ecosystem of bacteria and microbes that live in our digestive tracts, known as the gut microbiome. And these may lead to some features of schizophrenia, an international team of scientists...
  • Vitamin D Supplements Aren’t Living Up To Their Hype

    02/02/2019 3:01:32 PM PST · by blam · 156 replies
    Science News Magazine ^ | 2-2-2019 | Laura Beil
    Recent studies say taking extra amount is of the nutrient may not be a boon for every body Magazine issue: Vol. 195, No. 2, February 2, 2019, p. 16 In the supplement world, vitamin D is a bit like a Kardashian. Its fame seemed to come out of nowhere about a decade ago, garnering so much press so fast that it’s hard to remember a time when people weren’t talking about it. Vitamin D had long been known for protecting bones, but its star began to rise in the early 2000s after researchers made connections hinting that vitamin D was...
  • Typhus Epidemic Worsens in [medieval and third world] Los Angeles

    02/01/2019 10:00:25 AM PST · by LUV W · 39 replies
    NBC4 - Los Angeles ^ | February 1, 2019 | By Joel Grover and Amy Corral
    A veteran Los Angeles City Hall official is one of the latest victims of an epidemic of the infectious disease typhus that continues to worsen across LA County. For months, LA County public health officials have said typhus is mainly hitting the homeless population. But Deputy City Attorney Liz Greenwood, a veteran prosecutor, tells NBC4 she was diagnosed with typhus in November, after experiencing high fevers and excruciating headaches. VIDEO AT LINK:
  • Sherrod Brown backs Kamala Harris plan to abolish private health insurance

    01/30/2019 7:28:56 AM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | January 30, 2019 08:10 AM | by Katelyn Caralle
    Sen. Sherrod Brown said he backs a proposal from Sen. Kamala Harris to abolish private health insurance. “I like Kamala,” Brown told MSNBC when asked if he would consider appearing on a ticket alongside Harris in the 2020 elections. “I was amazed at somebody called her un-American today for a proposal she had on health insurance … I stand with her on that, we have stood together on a number of issues, and I think very highly of her.” Brown, D-Ohio, on Wednesday will launch a tour aimed at promoting a possible White House run in 2020, and has said...
  • Furloughed federal workers will have to pay dental, vision premiums or risk losing coverage

    01/24/2019 10:11:43 AM PST · by aimhigh · 47 replies
    The Inquirer - Philly.com ^ | 01/24/2019 | Sarah Gantz
    If going weeks without pay wasn’t bad enough, furloughed federal workers will be on the hook to pay the premiums for their dental and vision benefits -- or lose coverage. Federal workers’ health insurance is separate from dental and vision coverage, and will remain intact throughout the shutdown. But after their second missed paycheck this week, the 800,000 furloughed federal workers will be billed directly for their dental and vision premiums, which are separate from their health plan, The Washington Post reports.
  • How likely are you live to 90? Depends on your gender and body size

    01/22/2019 10:02:53 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | January 22, 2019 | Sandee LaMotte,
    Living to the ripe old age of 90 may depend on your body size -- both height and weight -- as well as your level of physical activity, and seems to influence a woman's lifespan more than it does a man's, according to a new study published Monday in the medical journal BMJ. The study found women who lived to 90 were, on average, taller and had put on less weight since the age of 20 as compared to women who were shorter and heavier. No such association was seen for men. However, men saw more benefit from physical activity...
  • Zap: How Electric Therapy Is Curing Navy SEALs of PTSD … And Could Remake Brain Science

    01/22/2019 7:36:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    www.defenseone.com ^ | January 20, 2019 | By Patrick Tucker
    Hundreds of vets have tried out an experimental new treatment that could change how the world addresses mental disorders. Tony didn’t know what to expect when he walked into the Brain Treatment Center in San Diego, California, last spring. The former Navy SEAL only knew that he needed help. His service in Iraq and Afghanistan was taking a heavy toll on his mental and physical wellbeing. He had trouble concentrating, remembering, and was given to explosive bursts of anger. “If somebody cut me off driving, I was ready to kill ’em at the drop of a hat,” he said. And...