June 7, 2012

Abortion Controversy Inevitable

1 GeneTest Might Spot 3,500 Fetal Disorders

Using blood sample DNA taken from women 18 weeks into their pregnancy, and saliva DNA from the fathers, University of Washington researchers have developed a technique to successfully predict the entire genetic code of a fetus, which raises the possibility that the complete genome of a child in utero can be screened for as many as 3,500 known genetic disorders with one non-invasive procedure. Current genetic prediction tests can identify only a handful of these disorders, such as Down’s syndrome and muscular dystrophy, and involve vaginal probes to withdraw fetal fluids or placental material, which poses hazards for both mother and fetus. Critics, however, warn that the improved ability to predict genetic diseases will probably lead to an increase in arbitrary abortions.

More at Telegraph.co.uk | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: DNA Testing, Fetal DNA Testing, In Utero Gene Mapping, University of Washington at Seattle, Testing for Genetic Disorders, Mapping the Fetal Genome, Detecting Genetic Disease

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But the Good News Was Fleeting

2 Boy, Declared Dead, Comes Back to Life

Kelvin Santos, a two-year old Brazilian boy who’d been pronounced dead due to complications from pneumonia, sat up briefly in his coffin an hour before his funeral, asked his father for a drink of water and then fell back lifeless, unable to be roused. He was rushed to the hospital where he was reexamined and pronounced dead once again. Antonio Santos, the boy’s father said of the doctors, "They assured me that he really was dead and gave me no explanation for what we had just seen and heard." The toddler was buried later that day. Mr. Santos has registered a complaint of medical malpractice with the police. "... [they] told me he was dead and handed me his body. Perhaps they didn't examine him properly. Dead people don't just wake up and talk. I'm determined to find out the truth."

More at Www.heraldsun.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Avery, Baby Girl with Bucket List, Dies

Tags: Pneumonia, Kelvin Santos, Toddler Death, Antonio Santos, Medical Malpractice, Toddler Comes Back to Life

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Electricfoxy Puts Moves on You

3 Tech Shirt Will Nudge You into Position

Electricfoxy has developed a "smart" garment called "Move," which aims to nudge you into the proper position for yoga, pilates, golf, baseball and physical therapy. The Move platform includes the wearable technology garment that connects with a mobile app, and a cloud service that allows users to save and backup custom moves, as well as tracking and progress data. According to MSNBC, users will feel an electronic "nudge" when they're out of proper alignment when performing yoga or other precision-based activities. What do you think about a shirt telling you what to do?

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Exercise Shirt, Electricfoxy, Tech Garment, Yoga Garment, Yoga Shirt, Smart Shirt, Move Shirt, Shirt Helps Yoga Positions, Smart Golf Shirt

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Caffeine Fights Onset of Disease

4 Coffee Drinking Might Delay Alzheimer's

Adults older than 65 with higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer's disease two to four years after their counterparts who had lower caffeine levels, find researchers who studied older adults who were already displaying symptoms of memory loss. The findings, to be published in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, also reveal that blood levels of caffeine were 50 percent lower in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who developed Alzheimer's during the study's follow-up period. Researchers suggest that drinking three cups of coffee daily may help delay Alzheimer's in older adults with MCI. The study included 124 adults ages 65 to 88 with MCI. Coffee was the primary or sole source of caffeine for the study participants.

More at WebMD | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Coffee Drinkers Lower Their Risk of Dying

Tags: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Memory Loss, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Delaying Alzheimers, Caffeine Good Alzheimers

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Miracle Molecule Found

5 Beer May Make You Stronger and Skinnier

Scientists with the Polytechnic School in Lausanne, Switzerland have discovered a “miracle molecule” in beer that may help prevent weight gain and diabetes, improve muscular performance and provide other health benefits. Nicotinamide riboside (NR) is a molecule, which is also present in milk, found to indirectly influence the activity of cell metabolism. Mice on a high-fat diet who were fed NR gained 60 percent less weight than mice eating the same diet without NR supplementation. They also had better endurance over the 10-week study and were in better shape. But, unfortunately, at this time, because the molecule is so small and difficult to reproduce, it is impossible to know exactly how much beer or milk a person would have to drink to get the same effects.

More at Medical Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Age 12 Years Faster with These Four Bad Habits, Alcohol More Dangerous Than Crack

Tags: Beer, Beer Drinking Effects, Diabetes, Diet, Milk, Weight Gain

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