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2009-01-23 09:57:31

In recent years, genetic studies have uncovered hundreds of DNA variations linked to common diseases, such as cancer or diabetes, raising the prospect that scientists can gauge disease risk based on information in an individual's genome. But the variations identified to date only account for a small percentage "“ typically one to three percent "“ of the overall genetic risk of any common disease. This disappointment has led geneticist Barak Cohen, Ph.D., of Washington University...

2009-01-08 17:46:36

As a chemical for industrial processes, butanol is used in everything from brake fluid, to paint thinners, to plastics. According to a University of Illinois researcher, butanol made from plant material could displace butanol made from petroleum, just not at the fuel pump."Yes you can drive your car around with 100 percent butanol, but butanol is much more valuable "“ about three times more valuable -- as a chemical than as a liquid fuel," said Hans Blaschek, microbiologist in the...

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2008-10-17 14:05:00

College students often spend their free time thinking about beer, but a group of Rice University students are taking it to the next level. They're using genetic engineering to create beer that contains resveratrol, a chemical in wine that's been shown to reduce cancer and heart disease in lab animals. Rice's "BioBeer" will be entered in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition Nov. 8-9 in Cambridge, Mass. It's the world's largest synthetic biology competition, a...

2008-10-09 00:00:39

Probiotics ease symptoms and help normalize bowel movement frequency in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, U.S. researchers say. Probiotics found in yogurt or dietary supplements contain potentially beneficial bacteria or yeasts. A systematic review of the efficacy of probiotics in IBS included 19 randomized controlled trials that involved 1,628 IBS patients found that probiotics are effective in IBS. However, they found there was not enough information to be sure whether...

2008-10-06 18:00:11

By Eric Billingsley Journal Staff Writer There are trillions of microbes living in your gastrointestinal tract that aid digestion and your body's normal and healthy functions. And any disruption to their peaceful co-existence can lead to a host of medical problems. "It's hard to be healthy if you don't have a healthy colon," says Dr. Ben Markham, a board-certified clinical nutritionist in Albuquerque. "One of the best things we can do to stay healthy and strengthen our immune system is to...

2008-09-13 03:00:10

By Anonymous Pack your kids' lunches with healthful snacks, smooth your kisser with organic lip balms, and get your greens with a new supplement powder Kick the habit and cleanse your body with ReNew Life Smokers' Cleanse. This three-part formula is designed not only to support lung detoxification and healthy bronchial function, but also to temporarily ease the desire to smoke. Nutrients and botanicals such as malabar nut tree leaf extract, mullein leaf, and wasabi extract help cleanse the...

2008-03-11 09:00:12

SAN BRUNO, Calif., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- After undergoing intensive voluntary testing, Florastor(R), the world's top-selling probiotic supplement, has been named to the list of Approved Quality products on ConsumerLab.com, the leading provider of independent test results and information to help consumers and healthcare professionals evaluate health, wellness and nutrition products. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080311/NYTU032 ) "We are thrilled that Florastor has been...

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2007-08-31 09:05:00

By William Brand BERKELEY -- Flies love Samuel Adams Winter Lager. That may not seem too surprising -- after all, it's great beer. But for a team of University of California, Berkeley researchers, the news was astounding and has led to a serious scientific breakthrough. It wasn't exactly the beer, it was the carbon dioxide in the beer that drives fruit flies wild. The flies, the Berkeley scientists have discovered, have special taste receptors that are sensitive to carbon dioxide -- the...

2005-10-27 14:16:41

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who suffer from frequent vaginal yeast infections show biochemical signs of being under chronic stress, a Swedish study has found. Dr. Sophia M. Ehrstrom, of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, and colleagues, reporting in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, note that the problem of recurrent yeast infections is on the rise. To investigate any link to stress, the researchers studied 35 women who experienced at least four yeast...

2005-08-08 17:54:21

Chemotherapy and organ transplantation not only take a huge toll on patients, but they can compromise the immune system and leave patients vulnerable to infections from microbes such as pathogenic fungi--the fastest-growing cause of hospital-acquired infections. Now researchers from Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research have discovered one possible reason why these fungal microbes are such a scourge. According to the research appearing in the August 7 online edition of the journal...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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