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June 26th, 2017 United States- The Food and Drug Administration approved the first at home DNA tests that let people find out if they have a genetic risk for certain diseases. The FDA decision allows at home DNA test company 23andMe to directly market its gene tests for 10 diseases, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and some rare blood diseases.The FDA said that these are the first direct-to-consumer (DTC) tests authorized by the FDA that provide information on an individual's genetic predisposition to certain medical diseases or conditions. It could help people make decisions about lifestyle choices or inform them to have discussions with their health care professionals. Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and... Read More
June 23rd, 2017 New York, United States- Three years after some New York counties banned trans fats,heart attacks and strokes fell by more than 6 percent, researchers reported. In 2018 a national ban on trans fat will start and a study by a team at Yale University shows it may not only cut deaths, but non-fatal heart attacks and strokes as well. Trans fats are found in oils used to make cookies, crackers, microwave popcorn and to fry fast food and they stay fresh longer than liquid fats. But the chemical process used to make them solid like butter also makes them clog arteries just like butter or lard does.New York cities and counties were among the first to start banning them in restaurants and fast-food outlets. Dr. Eric Brandt, of the Yale... Read More
June 21st, 2017 Baltimore, United States- Cancer researchers reaffirm that random mutations are the single biggest factor in causing cancer. About two-thirds of the genetic mutations that lead to cancer happen because of random errors made as cells divide and not because of diet, chemicals or inherited genes, the team at Johns Hopkins University said.Dr. Bert Vogelstein of theJohn Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center is hoping that this offers comfort to the millions of people who have been diagnosed with cancer but have lived nearly perfect lifestyles. Nothing that they did made them responsible for their illness.Vogelstein says that he wants to reassure parents whose children get cancer because most of childhood cancer is caused by random mutations. These... Read More
June 19th, 2017 PLYMOUTH, UK- Researches from Plymouth have found that  the effect of a new approach using a combination of silver, titanium dioxide and hydroxyapatite (HA) nano-coatings on the surface of titanium alloy implants was successful in inhibiting bacterial growth and reducing the formation of bacterial biofilm. Also, the coating created a surface with anti-biofilm properties, thus supporting successful integration of the implants into surrounding bone and made the bone healing process faster.Peri-implantitis, an infammatory process affecting the soft and hard tissue surrounding dental implants caused by pathogenic microbes that develop into biofilms, is one of the main reasons for dental implant failure. Current approaches to dealing... Read More
June 16th, 2017 Vancouver, BC - This Sunday June 18 is Father's Day! Father's day is recognized in many countries around the world. In Canada Father's Day is celebrated every year on the third Sunday in June. It is a day to celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence fathers have on society.It is said that the creation of Mother's Day was a direct inspiration for the insitution of Father's Day. In 1910, after hearing the first sermon recognizing the important role mother's play in society Sonora Smart Dodd was inspired to host the very first "Father's Day Celebration". Although originally wanting to have it on June 5 on her father's birthday, in order to honour the civil war veteran who raised his six children as a single parent, her... Read More
June 12th, 2017 OTAGO, New Zealand- Recent breakthroughs have shown that it is possible to promote regeneration of dental tissue with the aim of reducing the use of filling material and helping teeth to self-repair, which has long been a pipe dream in dentistry.Dr Azam Ali from the University of Otago in New Zealand has launched a research project that plans to develop a biomaterials system that would allow regrowth of entire teeth.The project "No drill, no fill" was initially intended to create a biocompatible alternative to traditional filling materials use to treat dental caries. The study soon expanded to producing new dental tissue as the potential of the materials to be used became apparent during preliminary testing.A grant from the Health Research... Read More
June 9th, 2017 United States- Dental Sealants are a quick and easy way to prevent cavities for children but most of them don't get it says Federal Health Officials. Only 60% of children who need sealants get them, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.A solution to this would be doing it at school but states often lack funding to pay for such programs and often bureaucratic requirements about having dentists on site can hold them up, said the CDC.Dr. Tom Frieden says many children with untreated cavaties will have difficulty eating, speaking and learning. Sealants can be an effective and inexpensive way to prevent cavities but only one in three low-income children currently recieve them. School based programs are an effective way for... Read More
June 7th, 2017 Quebec, Canada- There is a new research that suggests that an extract from maple syrup may boost the efficacy of antibiotics and reduce their side effects. It is well know that antibiotics can increase tolerance and even strengthen the bacteria that aniboitics are trying to kill. Antibiotics have been helping us ward off infections since the invention of penicillin in 1929. In recent years though they have been losing to certain forms of highly resistant bacteria known as "superbugs."The centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that over 2 million people in the United States are infected with these superbugs every year, and more than 23,000 die as a result. The National Institues of Health (NIH) warn against the... Read More
June 5th, 2017 York, UK- Marmite is not the most popular food in the United States. However, a new study suggests that Marmite may increase levels of a neurotransmitter, boosting brain function more than peanut butter.Marmite is a British brand of food paste made from yeast extract - a food additive created from brewer's yeast.According to research at the University of York in the U.K., adults who ate a teaspoon of Marmite every day experienced a reduced response to visual stimuli, which is an indicator of increased levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain.GABA is a neurotransmitter responsible for inhibiting the excitability of brain cells, "calming" the brain.Previous studies found an association between low GABA levels and an... Read More
June 2nd, 2017 Coventry, England- A new research by the University of Warwick showed that babies cry more in Britain, Canada and Italy, than the rest of the world.Professor Dieter Wolke in the Department of Psychology has formulated the world's first universal charts for the normal amount of crying in babies during the first three months.Professor Wolke analyzed almost 8700 infants in countries including Germany, Denmark, Japan, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK, and calculated the average of how long babies fuss and cry per twenty-four hours across different cultures in their first twelve weeks.He found that babies cry an average of around two hours per day in the first two weeks. Crying generally peaks at around two hours fifteen minutes... Read More

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