Zika injections shrank aggressive tumours in fully grown mice, yet left other brain cells unscathed.
Human trials are still a way off, but experts believe Zika virus could potentially be injected into the brain at the same time as surgery to remove life-threatening tumours, the Journal of Experimental Medicine reports.
In the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine.
The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to "refute" concerns about sugar's role in heart disease. The SRF then sponsored research by Harvard scientists that did just that. The result was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, with no disclosure of the sugar industry funding.
I just heard about this - viruses are a normal component of our gut biome, and may even play a role in killing "bad" bacteria.
Medical Maggots (tm)
Posted by kingskyprawn in health 2 years ago
Monarch Labs is the leading biotherapy company in the United States. We manufacture and distribute Medical Maggots™ (disinfected Phaenicia sericata larvae), a natural (non-genetically modified) wound treatment with a long history of use around the world.
[ Via this NPR story: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/05/31/480146514/from-medical-maggots-to-stench-soup-grunt-explores-the-science-of-warfare ]
The Disappearing Soldier
Posted by LinusMines in health 2 years ago
The stranger was a 31-year-old infantry captain in the Royal Australian Regiment who'd been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after returning from Afghanistan two years before. He arrived at 6 p.m. on the one bus that comes through town each day...

Three days later, the news would hit the town paper: A young Australian named Paul McKay had gone missing in the North Country, last seen in Saranac Lake [New York]...

Saranac Lake's police chief at the time...wrote to Paul's banks for statements, urgently explaining that Paul might be missing in the wilderness, and that temperatures were 15 below zero and dropping. As the police knocked on doors in search of clues, the ink froze in their pens, and the people they interviewed were aghast at the idea of anybody being out in that cold...


By Kathyrn Joyce.

"As national attention focuses on Flint, Mich. — where lead-contaminated water flowed for over a year to a relatively poor, minority community — new research suggests that across the U.S., communities like these are more likely to be exposed to some of the most intense pollution."

Link to the original study. here.


(Yay, 500th link!)
Eat, Fast & Live Longer
Posted by PAgent in health 2 years ago

Michael Mosley makes documentaries for the BBC. He was also trained as a physician. His efforts to live longer, and healthier, led to this 2012 BBC2 Horizon documentary on calorie restriction that launched the 5:2 intermittent fasting craze in Europe.

How to drink water
Posted by r03 in health 2 years ago

Without this video, I would have died of thirst.

It’s Christmas Day, and you know what that means: time to plumb the depths of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s database of emergency room visits. We’re looking for the weirdest, least explicable, and most awkward objects that America has shoved inside its various holes. God bless us, everyone.
There are lots of reasons why women have sex – some are very misleading, some are very serious, and some can be very, very, VERY SURPRISING. The hardest fact is that women’s reason and desire for sex is not necessarily a desire to really have sex and experience a pure physical pleasure. The Texas University psychologists, Cindy Meston and David Buss, conducted a fascinating study (2006-2009) and interviewed 1,000 different women to find out why they really have sex. In their book “Why Women Have Sex” (2009), Meston and Buss identified more than 200 unexpected reasons and diverse sexual motives!  
 
Some women have sex to keep their loved one, whereas other women have sex to trap a new partner or get rid of an unwanted one. Some ladies do not know how to say ‘‘no’’ and feel like it’s easier to ‘‘go all the way’’ than to say no. Some feel sorry for a person, others feel guilty or make a special favor to someone. Among female reasons for sex there are – revenge, boredom, profit, losing weight, boosting self-esteem, curing a headache, relieving menstrual cramps, making her partner to forget about his problems and keeping the peace at home. The list is long, and love and pleasure are not at the top of it…  
 
Survey: 3 Percent Have Sex Once a Day
Psychiatry and the Human Condition provides an optimistic vision of a superior alternative approach to psychiatric illness and its treatment, drawing upon modern neuroscience and evolutionary theory. Psychiatric signs and symptoms - such as anxiety, insomnia, malaise, fatigue - are part of life for most people, for much of the time. This is the human condition. But psychiatry has the potential to help. In particular, psychotropic drugs could enable more people to lead lives that are more creative and fulfilled. Current classifications and treatments derive from a century-old framework which now requires replacement. Available psychotropic drugs are typically being used crudely, and without sufficient attention to their psychological effects.  
 
We can do better. This book argues that obsolete categories of diseases and drugs should be scrapped. The new framework of understanding implies that clinical management should focus on the treatment of biologically-valid symptoms and signs, and include a much larger role for self-treatment.  
 
Psychiatry and the Human Condition is a referenced work of medical science by an experienced researcher, but written in a clear and vivid style so as to be accessible to a general audience. Since its publication the book has divided opinion very sharply - attracting both strong praise and vitriolic criticism in roughly equal proportions.
Federal health officials are investigating whether contaminated alcohol prep products from a shuttered Wisconsin firm led to the death of a 66-year-old man who developed a bacterial infection after being treated for skin cancer and diabetes.  
 
The death is among eight reports of fatalities, 11 infections and nearly 250 other problems now associated with medical products manufactured and distributed by the Triad Group and H&P Industries Inc. of Hartland, Wis., newly released records from the federal Food and Drug Administration show.  
 
The death is the second fatal report to the FDA that specifically cites a rare infection with the bacteria
Bacillus cereus in a patient who used Triad Group alcohol prep pads. Last month, the Wisconsin firm was legally barred from making or distributing the products because of potential contamination with that life-threatening bacteria...
Russia has more heroin users than any other country in the world – up to two million, according to unofficial estimates. For most, their lot is a life of crime, stints in prison, probable contraction of HIV and hepatitis C, and an early death. As efforts to stem the flow of Afghan heroin into Russia bring some limited success, and the street price of the drug goes up, for those addicts who can't afford their next hit, an even more terrifying spectre has raised its head.
Some gestures were more helpful than others, and a few were downright annoying. So at the risk of offending some well-meaning people, here are Six Things You Should Never Say to a Friend (or Relative or Colleague) Who’s Sick. And Four Things You Can Always Say.
That's not smoke coming out of Cliff Phillips' mouth.  
 
But that hasn't stopped others from cringing, making remarks, waving their hands in their faces and coughing at the sight of the vapor from his electronic cigarette.  
 
"They're just conditioned if they see you inhale and exhale something, it's got to be smoke and it's going to stink. ... They're not even smelling anything," said Phillips, a 61-year-old retiree and former cigarette smoker from Cuba, Ill.  
 
Electronic cigarettes don't burn and don't give off smoke. But they're at the center of a social and legal debate over whether it's OK to "light up" in places where regular smokes are banned. Despite big differences between cigarettes and their electronic cousins, several states, workplaces and localities across the country have explicitly included e-cigs in smoking bans.  
 
Some have clarified that the battery-powered devices don't fall under those bans. Others are retooling smoke-free laws to include them...
 
 
Going smoke free (sort of) (with informational sidebar)