October 19, 2012

Call It the Type O Treatment

1 Could Young Blood Reverse Dementia?

Researchers at Stanford University who transfused the blood of young mice into much older mice and vice-versa found that the young mouse blood boosted and strengthened the connections between the elderly mice's brain cells, rejuvenating them mentally and improving their memory to the level of a mouse one-fifth their age. (Significantly, the brains of the young mice receiving the older blood appeared to age.) This adds to previous animal studies which have indicated that young blood may have similar rejuvenating effects on the liver, immune system, and muscles. The researchers' goal now is to isolate the element in young blood that seems to reverse cognitive decline and other effects of aging, try to synthesize it, and if successful, see if it can be safely applied to humans.

More at News.com.au | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Frozen Blood Can Provide Stem Cells

Tags: Improving Memory, Effects of Aging, Reversing the Aging Process, Slowing Cognitive Decline, Blood and Memory, Blood and the Aging Process

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The Real Miracle Bra?

2 A Bra That Detects Cancer

Scientists at First Warning Systems have developed a bra that they claim can detect cancer. The sports bra, which uses heat to detect abnormal tissue, is equipped with a series of sensors and, when worn for 12 hours, can predict the presence of breast cancer cell with 90% specificity and sensitivity, says the company website. Measurements are then fed into a computer which compiles the results including normal, benign, suspicious or probable for breast tissue abnormalities. The bra, while promising, is not yet ready for market as it sometimes returns false positives or misses cancers altogether. More testing is needed to understand the role temperature readings play in cancer detection. In the meantime, mammography remains the gold standard in the early detection of breast cancer.

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

Previously: Blood Test for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Tags: Breast Cancer, Early Detection of Breast Cancer, First Warning Systems, Bra That Detects Breast Cancer, Thermography, Breast Tissue Abnormalities

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People Are Catching on Fire

3 Banana Boat Recalls Sunscreen for Fire Risk

Energizer Holdings, maker of Banana Boat has issued a voluntary recall of its spray on products after there were reports of five people catching fire after using them. To date, four burn cases were reported in the US; one was reported in Canada. The recall includes UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Ultra Defense and UltraMist Kids. More than 20 million units have been sold since the product launched in 2010. The company issued a statement explaining that there is a problem with the spray valve which over applies the product making it take longer to dry and raising its flammability risk if the person is near an open flame. Consumers who purchased the products are being told not to use them and to call 1-800-SAFESUN for more information. The company has notified the Food and Drug Administration.

More at ABCNews.go.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Dead Plants Can Be Fire Hazard

Tags: Food and Drug Administration, Sunscreen, Fire Hazard, Banana Boat, Energizer Holdings, Flammable Sunscreen, UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Kids, UltraMist Ultra

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