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Man Contracts Non-human Cancer from Tapeworm

Posted: November 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: | Comments Off on Man Contracts Non-human Cancer from Tapeworm

Man Contracts Non-human Cancer from Tapeworm - Dwarf TapewormThe idea of having a parasite infest your body is unsettling enough, but the case of a tapeworm that gave its human host cancer takes the grossness to an entirely new level.

The New England Journal of Medicine yesterday published a case study about a HIV-positive Colombian man who had tumours that yielded puzzling biopsy results: the cells were definitely cancer-like, but the cells were not human.

Three years of tests finally revealed the man had been infected by a tapeworm that had contracted cancer, which had then spread around the man’s body.

The man’s weakened immune system made him particularly susceptible to the tapeworm’s cancer cells, according to scientists and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which helped diagnose the man :: Read the full article »»»»

Chook Evolution Rate Questions Domestication Rate and Human Migration

Posted: October 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Engineered Life, Genetics | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Chook Evolution Rate Questions Domestication Rate and Human Migration

Chicken evolution rate challenges timings of domestication and human migrationChickens are evolving faster than previously thought, according to new research that challenges ideas of when they were domesticated and may have implications for human migration.

The findings, published in journal Biology Letters, are based on a genetic analysis of a chicken population that can be traced back over 50 generations.

The international team of researchers sequenced 12 mitochondrial genomes – DNA generally thought to be passed down from the mother to their offspring – in a well-known population of White Plymouth Rock chickens.

Previous chicken research – March 2014 – has been used to gauge human events in history, notably that Christopher Columbus beat Polynesians to South America :: Read the full article »»»»

UK Team Levitates Small Objects Using Sound

Posted: October 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Engineered Life | Tags: , | Comments Off on UK Team Levitates Small Objects Using Sound

UK Team Levitates Small Objects Using Sound

A team of UK scientists have cleverly used sound waves to levitate tiny objects, the breakthrough, published in Nature Communications, could lead to applications as out-there as Star Trek style tractor beams :: Read the full article »»»»

BACONS as BAD as Smoking!?

Posted: October 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Health News, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on BACONS as BAD as Smoking!?


According to a new report by the World Health Organisation, Bacon is BAD! More accurately, the study says that processed meats like hot dogs, sausages and bacon can cause colon cancer and red meat is also a likely cause of the disease, World Health Organisation experts say, in a potentially heavy blow for the global meat industry.

The analysis of 800 studies from around the world by the International Agency for Research on Cancer – IARC – found “sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer”.

“Each 50-gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 per cent,” it said in a statement.

The category includes meat that has been salted, cured, fermented or smoked, hot dogs, sausages, corned beef, dried meat like beef jerky or South African biltong, canned meat or meat-based sauces.

The finding supports “recommendations to limit intake of meat” particularly in processed forms, the IARC said  :: Read the full article »»»»

CHRONIC! Australia to Legalise Cannabis

Posted: October 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web, Medicated | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on CHRONIC! Australia to Legalise Cannabis

CHRONIC! Australia to Legalise CannabisAustralia’s Government has announced it will legalise the growing of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Health Minister Sussan Ley says the Government wants to give people suffering from debilitating illnesses access to all of the most effective medical treatments, including medical cannabis.

The minister said she had been moved by stories of people who get relief from the currently restricted drug, sometimes legally imported but not always. However, Ms Ley said the legalisation was only about medicinal cannabis, not recreational use.

“This is not a debate about legalisation of cannabis. This is not about illicit drugs. This is not a product you smoke. This has nothing to do with that,” Ms Ley said. “Most commonly the product is an oil or a tincture that you put on your skin.”

A progressive government in Victoria looks to have that state as the nation’s first onboard, the state Government plans to embark on a cannabis cultivation trial, based on the recommendations of a report by the Victorian Law Reform Commission :: Read the full article »»»»