Saturday, September 17, 2011

Vitamin C therapy might prevent sepsis

Could an apple a day keep sepsis away?: (Lawson Health Research Institute) Sepsis kills more people than breast, colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancers combined. Outside of coronary care units, it is the leading cause of mortality in intensive care units. Every year 18 million people worldwide develop this potentially fatal disease. Thanks to a generous grant of $138,238.65 from the Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation, Lawson Health Research Institute's Dr. Michael Sharpe is exploring a new sepsis therapy using Vitamin C.

Would be really great if something as accessible and side-effect free as Vitamin C helped against sepsis.

Playing outside reduces ADHD symptoms

For kids with ADHD, regular 'green time' is linked to milder symptoms: (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) A study of more than 400 children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has found a link between the children's routine play settings and the severity of their symptoms, researchers report. Those who regularly play in outdoor settings with lots of green (grass and trees, for example) have milder ADHD symptoms than those who play indoors or in built outdoor environments, the researchers found. The association holds even when the researchers controlled for income and other variables.

I always suspected that ADHD is just a symptom of activity deprivation. Although this might be a bit too simple, it seems to be partly true.

The nervous systems might be capable of repairs after all

New class of stem cell-like cells discovered offers possibility for spinal cord repair: (Allen Institute for Brain Science) The Allen Institute for Brain Science announced today the discovery of a new class of cells in the spinal cord that act like neural stem cells, offering a fresh avenue in the search for therapies to treat spinal cord injury and disease.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New hybrid imaging device shows promise in spotting hard-to-detect ovarian cancer

New hybrid imaging device shows promise in spotting hard-to-detect ovarian cancer: (Optical Society of America) By combining three previously unrelated imaging tools into one new device, a team of researchers from the University of Connecticut and the University of Southern California has proposed a new way to diagnose early-stage ovarian cancer in high-risk women through minimally invasive surgery. The new technique, described in the Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express, may be better than the current standard procedure of preemptively removing the ovaries.