Two Great and Ethical Developments with Stem Cells

Bioethics
Scientists Closer to Cure for Parkinson's Thanks to Adult Stem Cell Research LifeNews is reporting that scientists at Griffith University in Australia published an article showing that the use of adult stem cells may be getting closer to a cure, or at least an effective treatment, for Parkinson's. Their new studies show adult stem cells from a patient's own nose could treat their condition. (more…)
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Sleep a Necessity, Not a Luxury

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Men's Health, Mental Health, Obesity, Parenting, Woman's Health
HealthDay News reports that as the pace of life gets faster and faster, and people try to cram more and more into every minute of the day. Before Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1880, people slept an average of 10 hours a night. These days, Americans average 6.9 hours of sleep on weeknights and 7.5 hours a night on weekends, according to the National Sleep Foundation. But lack of sleep affects a person in one of two ways. (more…)
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Bad Bacteria Lurk in Rest Stop Bathrooms

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Men's Health, Woman's Health
WebMD Health News is reporting this study, which was presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Researchers collected swab samples from places people normally touch in public bathrooms, such as restroom door handles, toilet stall handles, toilet flush handles, sink handles, towel dispenser handles, and blow dryer handles, at travel and rest stops along major interstate highways in the Southwest. (more…)
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Should Recommendation for Heart CT Screening be Heeded?

Health Headlines, Heart Health
Reuters News is reporting that a group of prominent cardiologists, dubbed the SHAPE Task Force, is recommending we doctors not only look at standard risk factors for heart disease – like obesity, diabetes, smoking, abnormal lipids, and high blood pressure – but, the task force says, doctors should routinely use CT scans to look for calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. Should we heed their recommendation? (more…)
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