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Modern medicine may not have found a cure for AI diseases, but through proper management and regulation of the body’s response systems using diet, healthy lifestyle patterns and nutritional supplementation, you can avoid toxic build up and reduce your risk of this increasingly common form of disease.
Since the days of Frankenstein, scientists have wrestled with the possibility of creating life. It appears that now the time has come. Microbiologist J. Craig Venter recently discussed the computer-designed synthetic bacteria that he and his team of scientists created using man-made DNA. Understandably, his creation has received mixed reviews. Is this a milestone that could further the human race, or is it a dangerous, ego-driven experiment orchestrated by a man playing God? Let’s take a look at the man behind the white lab coat.
As the staggering increase in Ritalin sales to treat ADHD has made the news, the headlines have sparked the debate over whether ADHD is a legitimate disease
or a fabrication of the minds of pharmaceutical companies. Yet, there has been no shortage of adults defending the legitimacy of ADHD, and they’ve have hit the blogosphere telling their own stories about their childhood symptoms. There are also tales of adults who continue to suffer ADHD symptoms yet were not formerly diagnosed with ADHD in childhood.
Imagine if weight loss surgery could not only help obese people reshape their body, control their diabetes
, and add years to their life, but could also lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. While still in the preliminary stage, a new study suggests that very possibility.
If you take prescription medications, you're probably familiar with the pages of literature listing and describing the possible side effects. Or, if you’ve ever seen one of those prescription drug commercials, you know that the list of potential side effects is seemingly endless. What you may not know is that scientists have determined that the average drug has 70 potential reactions. Yes, 70! And that's on the conservative side.
Some have likened it to a microscopic version of a bad Godzilla movie, but it appears dangerous pathogens
are gaining a stronger and stronger foothold in human health. Not just in Europe, but around the globe. Last year more Americans got food poisoning than previous years and salmonella cases were largely responsible for the increase.
If your child is fidgety, an excessive chatter box, and is easily distracted – especially in school – he may be a prime candidate for an ADHD diagnosis. Approximately 5.4 million American children have been labeled as such and 66 percent of them are prescribed medications
to control their behavior.
Jack Kevorkian, a Michigan pathologist better known as “Dr. Death,” died June 3, 2011. He was 83. His death was the result of pneumonia and a kidney-related ailment. Kidney problems had plagued him for years and he had checked into a Beaumont Hospital in a Detroit suburb on May 18 - just days before his death.
When an exceptionally virulent outbreak of illness from E. coli bacteria
infected more than 2300 across Europe, killing at least 27 (mostly in Germany), health officials were understandably concerned. But when the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that this new and villainous strain of E. coli had never been seen before by scientists, concern grew to flat out alarm.
When the news broke that terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden
had been killed, the nation’s sense of relief was tainted by skeptic undertones. Many question whether the body in U.S. custody was really that of America’s most elusive public enemy. For some, final celebration - or closure - is contingent on hard evidence.
As energy prices reach all-time highs and the U.S. strives to reduce its dependence on foreign oil, the drilling technique known as “fracking” is becoming more and more attractive in certain energy sectors. This process of extracting shale gas through hydraulic fracturing has been touted as a clean energy source and could provide a century's supply of natural gas. But not everyone is convinced this fracking is so squeaky clean. Will the environment pay the price?
When the news broke that terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden had been killed, the nation’s sense of relief was tainted by skeptic undertones. Many question whether the body in U.S. custody is really that of America’s most elusive public enemy. For some, celebration will be contingent on evidence.
Meet Carly, a 13-year old girl who has managed to challenge what experts think they know about autism
. What they have learned from Carly both stuns and excites them, because with the help of computer technology and behavioral therapy, this young girl has opened a window to the autistic world and revealed what it is like to be an intelligent, “normal” girl
trapped inside an autistic mind.
Now that warmer weather is upon us, our thoughts naturally navigate to backyard fun and relaxation. For many this means creating a pretty and peaceful landscape with garden flowers and shrubs. However, what some backyard gardeners don't realize is that many of the common flowers, shrubs, and plants that add color and beauty to your backyard paradise are actually poisonous.
Both in and beyond the designated awareness month, our society is tuned in to the issue of autism. It has received great legislative, investigative and philanthropic attention that the public eye continues to watch, and with good reason.
Twenty-one years ago the U.S. Human Genome Project began with the goal of mapping out which genes are responsible for our physical and biological traits. Since inception, scientists have gained first-time knowledge regarding how genes affect your tendency towards dozens of conditions and traits. Little did anyone know that capitalism would have a field day with the results.
You may have noticed that we've featured a few articles on autism
in the past few weeks. No, we aren't fixated on the condition, but we are
paying tribute to "Autism Awareness Month," which is recognized in the month of April. In today's article, we focus on possible alternative treatments for the disorder and explore whether or not they actually work.
On March 23, 2011 the world lost iconic film star Elizabeth Taylor
. Throughout her life Taylor suffered from various illnesses and conditions, eventually making her more famous for her hospital visits and treatments than her celebrated films. From back surgery to severe pneumonia to congestive heart failure
, Taylor’s adoring public watched her battle with her health.
Unexpected findings from new research could revolutionize the way scientists look at Alzheimer’s disease
. A surprising study published in the Journal of Neuroscience
revealed that it is the liver
rather than the brain that is the source of the amyloid deposits on the brain.
As radiation fears become reality with the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the world is plagued by a nagging sense of déjà vu. We revert to our global sentiment circa 1986, when a similar circumstance at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant caused widespread devastation. This sentiment is one of panic and of concern that the situation is more severe than the media lets on.