June 23, 2010

No More Accidental Mooning

1 New Hospital Gowns Preserve Modesty, Save Money

A stay in the hospital is trying enough without the added anxiety of immodest hospital gowns. But now, peek-a-boo gowns may be a garment of the past. Researchers from the U of Montreal have designed an improved healthcare garment, called the DUO gown, that not only preserves one’s modesty, it saves hospitals money. Composed of superimposed front and back panels that maintain modesty, the gown is unisex, one size fits all and can accommodate obese or pregnant patients. Without ties or Velcro closures, it simplifies dressing patients. The cost and maintenance of 100 traditional gowns amount to $10,738 versus $9,540 for the DUO gowns. The designers secured patents for North America and it’s expected that the gown will be widely available there within the next five to 10 years.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Skin Tone Hospital Gowns Could Aid Diagnosis

Tags: Hospital Gowns, Obesity, Pregnancy, University of Montreal, DUO Gown, New Gowns Save Hospitals Money

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Ugly Need Not Donate

2 "Beautiful" Virtual Sperm and Egg Bank Launched

A virtual sperm and egg bank, launched by online dating service, BeautifulPeople.com, aims to create beautiful babies by accepting only good-looking donors. “Every parent would like their child to be blessed with many fine attributes, attractiveness being one of the most sought after," said Greg Hodge, managing director, in a written statement. Dr. David King, Human Genetics Alert, considers the service’s emphasis on beauty part of an ugly trend. "It's the symptom of a very dangerous tendency in our society, a eugenic tendency I think," he told the Wall Street Journal. Prospective donors are judged by other members of the virtual community on their attractiveness, although anyone can visit the site. But beware. Last year, 5000 loveless members were banished after they gained weight.

More at Cbsnews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Obese Men Have Lazy Sperm

Tags: Babies, Wall Street Journal, Sperm Bank, Virtual Sperm and Egg Bank, BeautifulPeople.com, Greg Hodge, Dr. David King, Human Genetics Alert, Sperm Donors

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Go Ahead; Have That Cup of Joe

3 Coffee Is Good for Women's Health

Coffee used to have a bad reputation of increasing the chances of strokes and coronary heart disease, but recent studies show the opposite is true. According to a 2009 Harvard Medical School study that tracked coffee habits and strokes among 83,000 American women for nearly a quarter century, drinking coffee lowers the risk of stroke by 19% among women. Research has also shown that women who drank one to three cups of coffee a day reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease by 24%, although it was noted that this benefit diminished as the quantity of coffee rose above three cups. Other recent studies have shown that coffee is protective against certain brain tumors, endometrial cancer and advanced prostate cancer.

More at Yahoo Health | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Coffee and Tea Good for Heart

Tags: Caffeine, Coffee, Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, Women Health

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Cuppa Joe a Day Is Healthy

4 Caffeinated Coffee May Lower Risk of Oral Cancer

Italian researchers have found that drinking caffeinated coffee appears to be associated with a lowered risk of certain oral cancers. In data pooled from nine case-control studies that included over 14,000 participants, caffeinated coffee consumption was associated with a 12% lowered risk developing cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx. Increasing consumption to four cups daily cut the risk by a third. Caffeine consumption was not found to lower the risk of laryngeal cancers. Decaffeinated coffee and tea were not found to be associated with lowering the risk of these head and neck cancers. The odds of getting head and neck cancer are about one in 10,000 in the United States. The research is published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention.

More at Washington Post | Hat tip to Modern Medicine | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: RA More Common in Women Who Drink Tea, Boiled Coffee May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

Tags: Caffeine, Cancer, Coffee, Coffee Consumption, Oral Cancer, Laryngeal Cancer

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Wish I Was Lyin'

5 Arizona Restaurant Serves Lion Meat Burgers

"So, how do they taste?"
- Ufongo in the comments

An Arizona restaurant is offering burgers made with African lion meat in an attempt to offer customers a South African experience during the World Cup. Cameron Selogie’s II Vinaio restaurant in Mesa ordered 10 pounds of lion meat from a USDA-regulated free range farm in Illinois. The burgers are a mix of the lion meat and ground beef, and the restaurant says it is serving about 15 burgers per day. The burger plus a side of chips and corn cost $21. Although there is a great deal of protest, including a bomb threat, a USDA spokesman says that lions are protected, but not endangered, and he knew of no prohibitions against serving lion meat in the US. A nutritional analysis of lion meat is not available, but in general, wild game is usually lower in fat than other meats.

More at TreeHugger | Hat tip to Christian Science Monitor | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Burger Diet Increases Asthma in Kids

Tags: Burger, Endangered Species, Wild Game

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Only the Best Survive

6 Female Body Rejects Inferior Sperm

University of Adelaide Professor Sarah Robertson says that she has found that the female reproductive system is ‘choosy’ when it comes to inferior quality sperm and it rejects those that are not good enough to create a pregnancy. Her findings, currently based on animal studies of mice and pigs, indicate that seminal fluid initiates a signaling pathway that activates gene expression changes in the female immune system. The female body responds either positively or negatively to the opportunity to become pregnant. She believes the biology has evolved to prevent pregnancy with genetically damaged sperm or to avoid having a baby when conditions in the female body are unfavorable. Dr. Robertson plans to do further research in human subjects.

More at The Medical News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Beautiful Virtual Sperm and Egg Bank Launched

Tags: Genetics, Pregnancy, Sperm

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Stem Cells Restore Sight

7 Stem Cells Reverse Blindness Due to Chemical Burns

Eighty two eyes out of 107 that were blinded due to caustic chemical burns had their sight completely restored when doctors transplanted the patients’ own stem cells from their healthy eye and new corneal tissue could grow without being rejection, with effects lasting up to 10 years. Stem cells were taken from the outer ring of the cornea called the limbus. Damaged optic nerves or retinas are not treatable with this method and one eye has to be healthy. A previous study in Italy took stem cells grown in a laboratory and glued them to the cornea after the scar tissue was removed saw 75 percent of the 106 patients involved regain their sight. The advantage of lab grown stem cells is that a large number can be grown and doctors would not have to take a large sample from a healthy eye.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Ophthalmologists Warn on Vodka Eyeballing

Tags: Blindness, Blindness Due to Chemical Burns, Blindness Due to Caustic Chemical Burns, Vision, Stem Cells Restore Vision, Stem Cells Restore Eyesight

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