October 12, 2011

It Can Happen to Anyone

1 Adele Puts Spotlight on Vocal Cord Hemorrhage

Adele might be a Grammy winner but that doesn’t mean she can’t have problems. The songstress recently cancelled some U.S. tour dates because of a vocal cord hemorrhage. Never heard of it? Chances are you thought you suffered a sore throat if you’ve had one. Also known as vocal folds, the hemorrhage can create a change in voice and is often accompanied by pain on one of side of the throat, according to Kenneth Altman, director of the Eugen Grabscheid, M.D. Voice Center. Vocal cord hemorrhages can be caused or aggravated by voice overuse, acid reflux, cigarette smoking, alcohol use, lack of hydration, allergies and other issues. Treatment consists of strict voice rest and then careful voice use to prevent a repeat injury.

More at Fox News | Posted 6 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Common Foods That Treat Cold and Flu

Tags: Vocal Cord Hemorrhage, Adele

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Mysteries of Mouth Bacteria

2 Diagnosing Pancreatic Cancer with Spit

Differences in the bacterial colonies in the mouths of pancreatic cancer patients and healthy individuals could be important for developing an early, non-invasive test for the deadly disease. The research, published in the journal Gut, reveals that the combination of N Elongata and S mitis bacterial colonies accurately differentiated among cancer patients and healthy people in more than 80 percent of cases. The small study holds promise for developing an early test for pancreatic cancer, which has no obvious symptoms in its early stages. Pancreatic cancer can spread very rapidly, and leave only one in 20 patients alive five years after diagnosis.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Aspirin Linked to Lower Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Tags: Spit Test, Mouth Bacteria, Pancreatic Cancer Tests, Diagnosing Pancreatic Cancer Earlier, N Elongata S Mitts, Journal Gut

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Genetic Correction Made

3 Skin Cells Generate Healthy Liver Cells

Scientists in Britain have developed a technique using skin cells to generate healthy liver cells to treat alpha1-antitrypsin, a disease in which an anti-inflammatory protein builds up in cells that leads to liver cirrhosis and emphysema. Skin cells were programmed to become stem cells, also known as induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells which previous research suggested were not as “clean” and did not live as long as embryonic stem cells. The mutant alpha1-antitrypsin gene was cut out and the correct one inserted. The DNA used to insert the gene was removed and the newly generated human liver cells were viable in mice. Human clinical trials could be up to 10 years away but the hope is that liver transplants can be avoided and using a patient’s own skin cells will prevent rejection.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Blood Created from Skin Cells

Tags: Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, Liver Cells, IPS, Alpha1-Antitrypsin, Skin Cells, Liver Transplants, Organ Transplantation

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