Can Dental Stem Cell Technology Make Root Canals Obsolete?

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Stem cell technology is promising in many respects and nowhere is that more evident than in the field of dentistry where painful root canals could become a thing of the past if promising advances in treating tooth decay pan out. Continue reading

How Some People Live to the Age of 100, 122, or Even 150 Years Old

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Advancements in medicine and technology have allowed us to stretch the limits of our maximum life span, and some scientists now believe it is possible to lengthen that span to 150 years and beyond.

How would you like to live to the age of 100 … or 122 … or even 150 years?

There is one major thing that limits the average human lifespan to 79 years old— Continue reading

How Switching on a Certain Enzyme Can Help You Live Longer and Healthier Well into the Age of 100 and Beyond

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Centenarians used to be a novelty: Reaching the 100-year mark was a feat not many accomplished. Nowadays, centarians are celebrated, but certainly no longer a rarity. The UN estimates that by 2013, 3,000,000 people will be enjoying their second century! The record is set at 122 years old…

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Get Ready For the Next Big Steps In Robotic Surgery

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This is part of a 30-part series called “Game Changers.” This special series investigates the most remarkable advancements in science, energy and health — and how they will impact the way we live. This series is brought to you by Samsung’s Galaxy S3. Continue reading

Brown Fat Measured by Thermal Imaging

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Heat-seeking cameras could be used to measure people’s “good fat” and determine which foods they ought to be avoiding, scientists claim. Continue reading

Prescription Drug Use Under Watch

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The goal is to identify those who may abuse prescription drugs.

Software designed by a local physician to “score” patients’ risk for prescription drug abuse will be used in a federal pilot study looking at prescription practices.

NarxCheck, developed by Dr. Jim Huizenga, an emergency department doctor at Kettering Medical Center, and Eagle Software Corp., will be used in the study, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Continue reading

Health Secrets from your Tongue

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Did You Know…

… that your tongue can reveal powerful secrets about your health, including the presence of infection and other health threats?

In the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), “stick out your tongue” has nothing to do with Continue reading

Bill Gates Funds Technology to Destroy your Sperm

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Mass vaccination is apparently not the only depopulation strategy being employed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as new research funded by the organization has developed a way to deliberately destroy sperm using ultrasound technology. BBC News reports that the Gates Foundation awarded a grant to researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) to develop this new method of contraception. Continue reading

Cameras in Pills: the State of the Art

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Cameras ingested in the form of a pill make it possible to examine areas of the stomach and intestines that cannot be reached using traditional equipment. Norwegian researchers are busy developing the next-generation camera pill. Continue reading

Health Check on the Road

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Safety in traffic depends on a number of factors. One decisive aspect is how fit the driver is. A research team at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), in collaboration with researchers at the BMW Group, managed to develop a sensor system integrated into the steering wheel that can monitor the driver’s state of health while driving. The driver can use his time behind the wheel for a minor health check. At the same time the device might be used recognize the onset fainting spells or heart attacks. Continue reading

Simple Tips for Getting To Sleep and Staying Asleep

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You know the drill. The blaring alarm jars you from your few minutes of sweet slumber after you’ve been tossing and turning much of the night. You’ve already hit the snooze button twice. The clock’s display: 6:21 a.m. You know if you don’t get up right this minute, you’ll be late again. But you’re still tired.

You hesitantly peel yourself from that warmly embracing mattress. You hardly feel excited about the long day ahead, full of responsibilities and deadlines. But that’s morning and that’s life. Isn’t this how everyone feels?

It is the way many of us feel because we’re not getting enough quality sleep.

Overall Health

A lack of good sleep plays an important role in our overall health and the aging of our bodies. Increasingly, many scientific studies show associations between lack of sleep and health problems: Continue reading

Thermography is a Safe Alternative to Mammography

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Thermography is a high technology tool that specifically measures inflammation in the body. This test is particularly good for assessing active areas of cancer cell formation. It is more effective and is significantly less invasive than mammography.

Research has shown that the major mechanism involved with all degenerative disease is inflammation. Most medical testing searches for disease processes that have already developed. They are looking downstream to the effect rather than upstream at the underlying cause. More advanced health care practitioners use instruments and technology that search upstream for the cause of physiological abnormalities in the body.

Thermography is a scanning device  Continue reading

Improved Method for Capturing Proteins Holds Promise for Biomedical Research

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Antibodies are the backbone of the immune system—capable of targeting proteins associated with infection and disease. They are also vital tools for biomedical research, the development of diagnostic tests and for new therapeutic remedies.

Producing antibodies suitable for research however, has often been a difficult, costly and laborious undertaking.

Now, John Chaput and his colleagues at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have developed a new way of producing antibody-like binding agents and rapidly optimizing their affinity for their target proteins. Such capture reagents are vital for revealing the subtleties of protein function, and may pave the way for improved methods of detecting and treating a broad range of diseases. Continue reading

Robots Are Coming to the ER

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A group of computer engineers at Vanderbilt University is convinced that the basic technology is now available to create robot assistants that can perform effectively in the often-chaotic environment of the emergency room. The specialists in emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are enthusiastic about the potential advantages. So, the two groups have formed an interdisciplinary team to explore the use of robotics in this critical and challenging setting.

Team member Mitch Wilkes, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented an overview of the group’s thinking on Monday, Dec. 6, in a paper titled, “Heterogeneous Artificial Agents for Triage Nurse Assistance,” at the Humanoids 2010 conference held in Nashville.

The paper proposes a system of cognitive robots  Continue reading

Reduce Rising Health Care Cost by Living Healthier Lifestyle

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Heath care is expensive. Costs continue to mount despite recent efforts at health care “reform.”

Sally C. Pipes, the president, CEO and Taube Fellow in Health Care Studies at the Pacific Research Institute, argues in Forbes Magazine this week that the best way to lower costs is through expensive “medical innovation” (technology). Pipes claims that innovation alone will “minimize doctor visits, specialist referrals, round-the-clock care, trial-and-error surgeries” and other procedures in order “to deliver more value for less money in the long term.”

It is true that less use of the health care system in general will reduce costs. But does that mean we’ll actually be “healthy”? Innovation cannot make us healthier. The only way to achieve that  Continue reading