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Using parasites to fight autoimmune diseases
 By Guest Column   --Medical News

It is common to make fun of men for acting like “big babies” when they’re even mildly sick. According to Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld, who heads the Shlomo and Pola Zabludowicz Center of Autoimmune Diseases (eng.sheba.co.il/567/329.htm) in the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, there is a physiological basis for this behavior.



From ‘Science Fiction’ to Reality: The Evolution of Saving a Life Before Birth
 By Heritage Foundation   --Medical News

The fetal surgery enterprise came to life like most innovations do: from an idea inspired by a problem.



Take a Look Before You Flush the Toilet
 By Dr. Gifford Jones   --Medical News

Readers tell me they often discuss my column at dinner parties. But at this festive time of year I doubt that will happen with this column. Today, it’s Course 101 on Poop. So, why would you want to look into the toilet before flushing it? It could save your life. But it might also scare you half-to-death.







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Wearable technology is breakthrough for Parkinson’s
 By Guest Column

A new wearable technology that constantly detects mobility patterns in people with Parkinson’s disease, analyzes that data and transmits it to the cloud, is set to fuel a worldwide breakthrough for Parkinson’s researchers and physicians, as well as for wearers of the device.



New ‘electronic skin’ for prosthetics, robotics detects pressure from different directions
 By American Chemical Society

Touch can be a subtle sense, but it communicates quickly whether something in our hands is slipping, for example, so we can tighten our grip. For the first time, scientists report the development of a stretchable “electronic skin” closely modeled after our own that can detect not just pressure, but also what direction it’s coming from. The study on the advance, which could have applications for prosthetics and robotics, appears in the journal ACS Nano.



Questions remain about Ebola’s survival in the environment
 By American Chemical Society

The Ebola virus travels from person to person through direct contact with infected body fluids. But how long can the virus survive on glass surfaces or countertops? Or in wastewater, for example, when liquid wastes from a patient end up in the sewage system. In the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, scientists review the latest research to find answers to these questions.







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A strong, year-end finish for the pharmaceutical industry
 By American Chemical Society

As 2014 comes to a close, pharmaceutical companies have much to celebrate. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, takes a look back at the milestones the drug industry hit this year, some of its stumbles and what it could mean for patients.



Heroin for Addicts? Or Send Them to Northern Canada?
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

How would I react if I were dying of terminal cancer and none of the current painkillers could ease my agony? Or if I were suffering day after day the pain of crippling arthritis and no medication relieved my misery? And then I read that addicts were granted prescription heroin to treat their addiction. I’d be damn annoyed that this painkiller was available for addicts but not for cancer victims and others dying in pain.



Glaucoma: Could Low Blood Pressure be a Cause?
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

Three million North Americans suffer from glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in North America. Glaucoma has been called the “sneak thief of sight” as half the people with this disease do not know they have it. Now Dr. Patrick Quaid, Head of the Guelph Vision Therapy Centre, says that physicians treating hypertension must be cautious that blood pressure doesn’t get too low.



Enriched environments could heal brain injuries
 By Guest Column

One of the greatest risks in contact sports such as boxing and football is a violent blow to the head, which can cause mild to severe traumatic brain injury leading to debilitating and even fatal consequences. And despite great strides made in recent years in the area of brain science, there still aren’t any effective medical or cognitive treatments for patients with this type of injury.



Coenzyme Q10 Needed For 100 Trillion Cells
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

Heart failure is the fastest growing cause of heart disease in North America. What’s ironic is that the medication prescribed to prevent heart problems may in fact be causing weakened hearts and sapping energy from our 100 trillion cells.



Beta-O2 testing cure for type 1 diabetes
 By Guest Column

The ßAir bio-artificial pancreas, developed by Israel’s Beta-O2, was recently implanted in the first of eight diabetes patients in Sweden as part of a $1 million pilot human study on this groundbreaking treatment and potential cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D).



EP = a2 Has Killed More People than E=mc2
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

It’s been said Einstein’s E=mc2 (energy=mass x C speed of light squared) is the world’s most important scientific equation. Unfortunately it created the atomic bomb that killed thousands in World War II. But I believe my equation EP = a2 (extra pounds = atherosclerosis squared) is the world’s important medical equation. Regrettably, it’s killing more millions every year than E=mc2.  Think again if you believe this is exaggerated.