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Overweight Men Have More Potentially Pathogenic Species Of Bacteria In Their Nose
2014-02-19 03:39:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In addition to being stigmatized as less attractive, overweight men tend to have more potentially pathogenic species of bacteria in their nose, compared to slimmer, more traditionally attractive men, according to a new study in the American Journal of Human Biology. "According to an evolutionary point of view, traits related to attractiveness are supposed to be honest signals of biological quality," said study author Boguslaw...

Earwax Can Say A Lot About You
2014-02-13 07:34:46

[ Watch the Video: What Can Earwax Say About You? ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The odor-producing chemical compounds found in a person’s earwax could help determine that individual’s ethnic origins, scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia report in a recent edition of the Journal of Chromatography B. Lead author and Monell organic chemist Dr. George Preti and his colleagues identified the presence of this compound. They also...

2013-10-22 23:24:54

InventHelp, America's Largest Inventor Service Company, is attempting to submit the M A Swab to companies in the hopes of a good faith review. Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) October 22, 2013 When his ears would itch, an inventor from Brooklyn, N.Y, would scratch them with anything from paper clips to the points of scissors. "Since these methods can be harmful and dangerous, I decided that there needed to be a better way of relieving itchy ears," he said. He then created a prototype...

Whale Earwax Helps Understand History
2013-09-17 09:55:54

[ Watch the Video: Blue Whale Earwax Tells A Tale Of A Lifetime ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Earplugs made of wax and fats are common to blue and other large whales and resemble the waxy buildup in our own ears – except on a much, much larger scale. To learn more about the history of individual whales, marine biologists from Baylor University and the Natural Museum of History have developed a unique method for analyzing these earplugs. The technique reveals...

2013-05-30 23:01:12

Spring inspires many to shape up, clean up and start anew in many aspects of life. Paying extra attention to personal care is one way that many people do a little “spring cleaning” and for those who wear hearing aids, there´s no better time than spring to spruce up. Eden Prairie, MN (PRWEB) May 30, 2013 The sounds of spring are so appealing — children laughing as they play, birds singing from the budding trees — it would be a shame to miss even a minute of...

2009-06-29 00:50:34

People who swim in pools and lakes this summer should remember their refreshing swims can lead to painful ear infections, a U.S. expert says. Dr. Barbara Schultz, associate professor of otolaryngology -- head and neck surgery -- at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, recommends treating ears after leaving the water for the day with over-the-counter drops that cost about $3 per bottle or with a 50-50 mix of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. When water mixes with ear wax,...

2009-06-02 21:00:03

A gene may link wet, sticky earwax and osmidrosis -- malodorous armpits -- to breast cancer risk, Japanese researchers say. The study, published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, suggests the same gene involved in osmidrosis and earwax may be linked to breast cancer. We do strongly hope that our study will provide a new tool for better predication of breast cancer risk by genotyping, senior researcher Dr. Toshihisa Ishikawa of the Tokyo Institute of...

2009-06-01 10:35:00

New research in the FASEB Journal shows that a "breast cancer gene" causes osmidrosis and makes earwax wet and stickyIf having malodorous armpits (called osmidrosis) and goopy earwax isn't bad enough, a discovery by Japanese scientists may add a more serious problem for women facing these cosmetic calamities. That's because they've found that a gene responsible for breast cancer causes these physical symptoms. The report describing this finding is featured on the cover of The FASEB Journal's...

2009-05-18 22:43:38

Ear wax helps avoid otitis externa -- swimmer's ear -- a U.S. doctor says. Dr. Ian Storper of the New York -Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia University Medical Center explains swimmer's ear is actually an inflammation of the external ear canal and the wax producing -- cerumen -- glands that it lines. The root of the problem is an absence of ear wax which protects the thin skin of the ear from summer's high humidity and heat as well as the exposure of the ear canal to bacteria-laden waters...


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